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Red Scorpion Training is a defensive tactics training organization that addresses the needs of law enforcement, corrections, probation and parole, the military and civilian personnel. Founded  by Dan Solla, Red Scorpion Training offers customized trainings that are relevant and utilize effective proven techniques that are capable of being performed under stress. Certification courses are offered at the instructor and basic levels as well as recertification courses at these levels. Courses can be tailored to fit any agency’s or department’s needs.

Dan Solla
 PPCT Instructor Trainer, Founder of Red Scorpion Training

Dan Solla graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in December, 1973 with a bachelor’s degree in criminology. Shortly after graduating, he secured work as an undercover investigator for a private security firm before being hired by the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole in November, 1974. During his more than 32 years with the agency, he worked as an Investigator, Agent, Supervisor and Deputy Director. In addition to his above duties he also provided recruit, in-service and instructor certification trainings for this agency between the years 1987 through 2000.

Mr. Solla was first certified as a Speedcuffing Instructor through Police Safety Systems in 1987. In 1990 he certified as a Defensive Tactics Instructor through PPCT (Pressure Point Control Tactics) and subsequently earned additional PPCT Instructor certifications. In 1996 he achieved Instructor Trainer status and currently holds Instructor Trainer certifications in the following areas:

  • Defensive Tactics

  • Pressure Point Control Tactics

  • Straight Baton

  • Collapsible Baton

  • Weapon Retention and Disarming

  • Inmate Control

  • Spontaneous Knife Defense

  • GAGE—Ground Avoidance Ground Escape

  • SHARP—Sexual Harassment Assault Rape Prevention

  • Disruptive Student Management

  • Violent Patient Management

He also holds instructor certifications in PPCT Dynamic Simulation and OCAT Pepper Spray.

In addition to the above certifications, Mr. Solla was a student of Jiu Jitsu for 13 years and made countless arrests during his law enforcement career. In 1988, he and his Drug Unit were featured in an ABC Network television documentary: “Trackdown—Prisoners on the Street”.

Mr. Solla has provided numerous civilian and law enforcement trainings and has been a presenter at a number of professional conferences:

American Probation and Parole Association (APPA)
American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers  (ASLET)
International Law Enforcement and Educators Training Association (ILEETA)
Mid Atlantic States Correctional Association (MASCA)
Pennsylvania Association of Probation, Parole and Corrections (PAPPC)
Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole (PBPP)
Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD)
Probation Association of New Jersey (PANJ)
Western Pennsylvania Citizen’s Crime Prevention Association (WPCCPA)
West Virginia Juvenile Probation Officer’s Association (WVJPOA)

Mr. Solla is an active member of ILEETA and the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 92. He has earned the following training related awards:

Outstanding Service in Law Enforcement 1990
Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 92

PPCT Excellence in Training, June 2001

Mr. Solla’s varied experience enables Red Scorpion Training to meet your specific individual or departmental needs.

"Well Equipped. Well Trained. Well Prepared."


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