John Combs

Adjunct Faculty
Fort Bragg & Pope Campus
Adult & Online Education
Office Address:
Fort Bragg Campus
Mailing Address:
Bragg Training Education Center Bldg. 1-3571 Wing B
Fort Bragg, NC 28307


I served as a full-time Police Officer from 1987-1999. Following this, I served with the NC Department of Justice/Justice Academy from August of 1999 until my retirement in May of 2016 as the Program Director and Chief Instructor for the Subject Control/Arrest Techniques and Physical Fitness Training Programs. I also served as the School Director for the Police Corps/Basic Law Enforcement Training program.

I am currently a reserve Deputy Sheriff with the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office and have been employed in law enforcement for over 30 years. Further, I have been training both law enforcement and detention personnel since 1994 in numerous specialized areas, and have been retained to provide written and oral opinions along with deposition/trial testimony in both civil and criminal cases in the areas of use of force, physical fitness, training tactics, and arrest, search and investigation techniques. Currently, I am a sworn law enforcement officer with the NC Special Police in Fayetteville (a company police agency), and provide full police services in a variety of special assignments and locations to include patrol, in-service training, and school resource based on contract and need.

I have been instructing in the Criminal Justice program at Campbell since 2001 and am currently an adjunct faculty for the Basic Law Enforcement Training Program at Fayetteville Tech, Sandhills CC, and Richmond CC, providing instruction in several specialty topic areas.


  • MPA, UNC-Charlotte (concentrated coursework in Criminal Justice)
  • Graduate Certificate/Disaster Management, UNC
  • Doctoral coursework (21 hours) in Adult Education/Training & Development
  • B.A./Sociology (concentrated coursework in Criminal Justice), Pfeiffer University


  • Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate, NC D.O.J.
  • Nationally Certified Instructor/IADLEST
  • Specialized Criminal Justice Instructor, NC D.O.J.
  • Curriculum Developer/IADLEST
  • Subject Matter Expert/CRI-TAC, International Association of Chiefs of Police
  • 31 years of law enforcement/emergency response experience, along with over 24 years of criminal justice training experience.
  • Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate, NC Department of Justice
  • Certified Criminal Justice School Director (NC Dept. of Justice, Criminal Justice Education & Training Standards Commission), 1999-2016
  • Tactical Training Certificate Program (NC Justice Academy) – 500 Hours
  • Rapid Deployment Instructor (NC Dept. of Justice)
  • First Responder Instructor (NC Dept. of Justice)
  • Officer Safety Instructor (NC Dept. of Justice)
  • Instructing in Criminal Justice baccalaureate degree programs at the university level since 2001, and frequently provide instruction in the Homeland Security and Emergency Management areas.
  • Specialized Instructor Certifications in Physical Fitness, Subject Control, Firearms, Explosives & Hazardous Materials, First Responder, and Rapid Deployment (NC Department of Justice)
  • Emergency Medical Technician, NC OEMS
  • CPR/AED Certified (AHA)
  • Hazardous Materials Technician (OSHA/FEMA)
  • Radiological Emergency Response Operations (FEMA)
  • Hazardous Materials Technician for CBRNE Incidents (FEMA)
  • Integrated Capstone Event for Hazardous Materials (FEMA)
  • FEMA/Emergency Management Institute – ICS Courses: 100, 200, NIMS Courses: 700, 800; WMD Radiological/Nuclear Awareness; Radiological Emergency Management; Military Resources in Emergency Management; Exercise Design
  • C.E.R.T. Instructor

Career Highlights

  • University Adjunct Instructor at Campbell University since 2001
  • Served as an Expert Witness since 2004 in over 70 civil and criminal cases involving law enforcement training and tactics
  • Presented training at numerous law enforcement training and legal conferences at the local, state, national, and international levels
  • Developed the first employee wellness program at the City of Fayetteville, covering 1800 employees across 20 departments
  • Primary developer and committee chair for the NC Police Officer Physical Abilities Test


  • International Law Enforcement Educators & Trainers Association (ILEETA)
  • International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST)
  • NC Police Benevolent Association
  • East Carolina Alumni Association
  • Co-Chair, Pfeiffer University Criminal Justice Curriculum Advisory Board
  • Florida SWAT Association
  • NC Department of Juvenile Justice, Subject Control Curriculum Advisory Board
  • Chapter President – Southern Piedmont Chapter, NC Police Benevolent Association, 1994 -1998
  • Alpha Kappa Delta, Pfeiffer University, 1994
  • NC Tactical Officer’s Association
  • MPA Alumni Interest Group, UNC-Charlotte
  • NC Law Enforcement Training Officer’s Association
  • American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers – Former NC State Director/Representative


  • Combs, John E. (2017). Exercise Program Architypes – Which One is for You? Approved by International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors – The Firearms Instructor magazine for publication.
  • Combs, John E. (2016). Strength on the Line: The Importance of Physical Strength on Sub-Maximal Physical Activities. International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors – The Firearms Instructor (Fall 2016, Issue 58).
  • Combs, John E. (2014). Fitness standards and testing validation for public safety. Tactical Strength & Conditioning Report, National Strength & Conditioning Association, October 2014 issue.
  • Combs, John E. (2010). Developing voluntary in-service wellness programs & validating mandatory fitness standards (part II). IADLEST Newsletter, 21(3), July 2010, 9-14.
  • Combs, John E. (2010). Developing voluntary in-service wellness programs & validating mandatory fitness standards (part I). IADLEST Newsletter, 21(2), April 2010, 12-15.
  • Combs, John E. (2007). Functional conditioning (part II). The Firearms Instructor. Issue 43.
  • Combs, John E. (2006). Functional conditioning (part I). The Firearms Instructor. Issue 41.
  • Combs, John E. (2005). Transfer training effectiveness. Law and Order. Under review for publication in an upcoming “Training” issue.
  • Combs, John E. (2002). Scenario-based training. Use of Force Journal, 2(6).
  • Combs, John E. (2002). Distance education. FBI National Academy Associate, 4(4), 13-14; 18-20.