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Bill Kirkpatrick

Bill Kirkpatrick

President/CEO
bkirkpatrick@360groupintl.com

As the President and Chief Executive Officer of 360 Group International, Bill Kirkpatrick offers more than two decades of Law Enforcement experience with the Beverly Hills Police Department. For the last 10 years of his career at the BHPD, Officer Kirkpatrick had the responsibility for coordinating the Police Department's needs for all special events for the City of Beverly Hills. Bill also created and implemented security / traffic plans for visiting dignitaries and heads of state as well as many high profile celebrity events and awards shows including the Golden Globes, the Emmy’s, and Academy Award events.

Bill Kirkpatrick has many years of experience working protection details for Corporate Executives including Forbes 100 Corporate Clients, A-list Celebrities, Military and Government Officials. He is a top level dedicated professional with excellent interpersonal communication skills and a comprehensive knowledge of Protection, Intelligence, Criminal Investigations and Threat Assessments.

Bill possesses a CCW and is authorized to carry a concealed firearm nationwide. Through inter-agency training, he has developed special expertise in tactical field operations and high-risk threat assessments.

Bill is experienced in managing sensitive operations including the day-to-day activities for prominent public figures, A-list celebrities, and organizations. He directs a staff of threat assessment analysts, investigators, and experts trained at rapid response reaction. Bill routinely coordinates with the U.S. Secret Service, Military and Law Enforcement officials, as well as foreign government agencies that protect heads of state and other officials. He has managed hundreds of protective details for the world’s most prominent public figures globally (film and television locations, domestic and international travel details, private estates, public appearances / events).

During his Law Enforcement career, Bill received numerous personal commendations and citations including “Officer of the Year” honors on two occasions from both the Beverly Hills Police Department and the Beverly Hills American Legion.

Certifications & Special Training

  • CCW, HR-218 card
  • CPR & First Aid
  • Defensive Tactics (Krav Maga)
  • Domestic Violence
  • Tactical Firearms
  • Crisis Communications
  • Tactical Communications
  • Special Events Management
  • Tactical Rifle
  • Pursuit Driving
  • Special Tactics Team Training
  • Dignitary Protection Training
  • Surveillance/Counter-surveillance
  • Tactical Operations

 

Abel Hernandez

Abel Hernandez

Executive Officer
ahernandez@360groupintl.com

As Executive Officer of 360 Group, Major Abel Hernandez is responsible for the daily management and operation of the company’s strategy. Abel has been with 360 Group International since January of 2010.

Major Abel Hernandez began his military career as an officer taking on leadership roles including Platoon Leader and Battalion Logistics Officer at Fort Hood, Texas in 2002.

He went on to assume commands such as Chief Logistics Officer, Company Commander, Recruiting Company Commander and Security Forces Team Commander. Five tours (Iraq and Afghanistan) primed him in the fields of Logistics, Operations, Management and Leadership.

During Operation Iraq Freedom Abel deployed one of the largest companies in the US Army totaling 299 Soldiers to Iraq. Most recently Abel established Command and Control for all operations within his regiment in Kandahar where he managed a 24-person staff in operations, intelligence, communications, and logistics.

He acted as Principal Advisor to the Afghan Battalion Commander and 720 Afghan Soldiers on matters of security, intelligence and communications.

Leadership
Excelling in the areas of building and implementing employee involvement and quality control programs to increase morale and performance, Abel has exceeded production, quality, safety and financial goals in all facets of his career.

As Logistics Officer in Fort Bliss, Texas, Abel handled a $240 million budget and headed-up all contracts for civilian instructors and facilities, totaling an additional $180 million. He has conducted countless logistical missions during combat operations, coordinating teams in safety maneuvers and military functions.

Abel has been awarded innumerable military awards in achievement and merit, including two Bronze Stars for meritorious service in a combat zone. He is an important asset to 360 International, ensuring the watertight execution of our clients’ security requirements.

Abel has studied: Combined Logistics, Fort Lee, VA ; Transportation Logistics, Fort Eustis, VA; and, holds a B.B.A., in Management and a B.B.A. in Computer Information Systems from the University of Texas at El Paso.

Specialized Training & Certifications
  • Top Secret Security Clearance
  • Weapons Training M4/M9
  • Security
  • Operations
  • Counter Insurgency/Counterterrorism
  • Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention Specialist
  • Combat Tactics
  • Intelligence Gathering and Analysis
  • Reconnaissance
  • National/Homeland Security
  • Military Logistics
  • Physical Security

 

Walt Jordan

Director of Executive Protection

Walt Jordan is the Director of Executive Protection of 360 Group. He has 28 years of experience with the Beverly Hills Police Department. During that time he was the officer in charge of the Special Tactics Unit, Senior SWAT/Special Response Team Supervisor. In that capacity Walt was the lead instructor for WMD, terrorism response and officer safety.

Following his career at the Beverly Hills Police Department, Walt accepted a position as Principal Special Agent, Office of Security, Strategy and Special Operations at AMTRAK. As a Special Agent in Charge and Commander of the Amtrak Counter Terror Unit in the Western U.S. he helped in strategy development for the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak). He completed his career as a Police Captain and Commander of the Special Operations Unit of the Amtrak Police in the Western United States with duties of assisting with strategy and policy development related to Homeland Security concerns as they apply to the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) and the application and integration of those strategies and policies with other governmental agencies.

Walt has been involved in technical/tactical briefings with U.S. Military Joint Chiefs of Staff; U.S. Navy, Naval Special Warfare Units, Teams Five and Seven; U.S. Secret Service; Israel National Bomb School-Biet, Shemesh Israel; Israeli National Counter Terror Unit, Dutch National Police National SWAT; Jordanian Counter Terror Unit and the International Counter Terrorism Summits at Herzlya, Israel.

 

Michael Hines

Director of Investigations
mhines@360groupintl.com

As Director of Investigations for 360 Group, Michael Hines is responsible for the overall management of our licensed investigative services. He is personally involved in all cases, with an emphasis on timely, thorough investigations and satisfied clients. His team of investigators is comprised of active and former law enforcement professionals, each with decades of service.

Michael has over 30 years of distinguished law enforcement experience as a police officer, investigator, sergeant and lieutenant with the Beverly Hills Police Department. His extensive training in various disciplines comes from many sources, including the FBI, Secret Service, US Department of Justice-DEA, Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, California Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement, California Highway Patrol, and the US Marine Corps. Prior to promotion at the BHPD, he served on the Special Weapons Team and as a Defensive Tactics instructor. Michael was assigned to several protection details for Presidents Ronald Reagan through George W. Bush.

During Michael's law enforcement career, he worked in jurisdictions throughout Southern California on narcotics enforcement, tracking dangerous felons, seeking intelligence on organized crime, and consulting with allied agencies on Homeland Security and mutual aid projects. As a senior management representative, Michael authored several public safety grants, worked as a legislative liaison representing the City in Sacramento, consulted with foreign diplomatic officers, and, when assigned to the Chief’s office, handled serious Internal Affairs Investigations. At various points in his career, Michael served as a negotiator for both the Officers’ Association and the Police Management Group.

Michael holds both a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. Michael is a member of the California Association of Licensed Investigators (CALI) and the National Council of Investigation and Security Services (NCISS). As an honorably retired member of law enforcement, Michael holds a concealed weapon authorization and the 50 state HR-218 certificate.

Specialized Training & Certifications

  • Criminal Investigative Techniques
  • Behavioral Interviewing
  • Narcotics Case Investigation
  • Stalking/ Paparazzi Intrusion
  • Surveillance/ Counter-surveillance
  • Domestic Violence/ Dependant Abuse
  • Civil Dispute Resolution
  • Media Relations/ Public Information
  • Security & Threat Assessment
  • Workplace Violence Prevention
  • Special Event Management
  • Crisis Negotiations/ Emergency Management
  • Special Weapons Training (LASD/ LAPD)
  • Dignitary Protection/ Venue Risk Assessment
  • Explosive Breeching Techniques
  • Chemical Agent Deployment
  • Defensive Tactics Instructor
  • Law Enforcement Pistol & Shotgun Instructor
  • Advanced Traffic Collision Investigator
  • Motorcycle Operator School
  • Canine Unit Management
  • Jail Operations Management

 

Grant Murray

Grant Murray

Director of Operations
GMurray@360groupintl.com

Grant Murray has served in four different positions with two different federal government agencies. He is a former Special Agent with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security specializing in counterterrorism. He was stationed in New York City, and also traveled overseas fifty-two times in support of counterterrorism operations worldwide, including countries in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. He worked both covertly and as a member of an elite counterterrorism security team, in which he provided overt security for several transportation venues, national security events, and three U.S. Presidential details.

Prior to working for the Department of Homeland Security, Grant was a Dive Operations Specialist for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). He was responsible for preparing astronauts underwater for their Extra-Vehicular Activity, or spacewalks. He served as a safety and rescue diver, underwater videographer, and technical diver. Grant then became a NASA Protocol Officer in Johnson Space Center's Public Affairs Office, where he served as a NASA liaison to members of the U.S. House and Senate, foreign diplomats, and celebrities. He is also an experienced and accomplished public speaker, having given presentations about NASA to various audiences around the country.

After his government service, Grant gained extensive private sector experience in both the security and film industries. He has recently provided security for some of Hollywood's highest-profile celebrities, and has provided security consulting for sports venues, industrial complexes, transportation hubs, and movie studios.

Grant also advised the Los Angeles Police Department on implementing unmanned aerial vehicles, and is considered an expert on unmanned aircraft in security and law enforcement.

Prior to his current position with 360 Group, he served as a tactical advisor to several film and TV productions.

Grant has been extensively trained by DHS, NASA, the Department of Energy, and former members of the Army's 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta, including training in:

  • Tactical operations / close quarter combat
  • Surveillance and countersurveillance
  • Hand-to-hand combat
  • Maritime security / counterterrorism measures
  • Aviation counterterrorism
  • Search and Rescue operations
  • Nuclear detection / radiological countermeasures
  • All aspects of spaceflight
  • Satellite communications
  • Tactical unmanned aircraft

Grant holds a bachelor's degree in History and Political Science from Texas Tech University, and a master's degree in Public Policy (National Security) from UCLA.

 

Tony Blades

Tony Blades

Senior Consultant
tblades@360groupintl.com

Formerly with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Tony Blades was an Investigative Specialist participating in surveillance and discovery activities. While with the FBI he attained the position of Supervisor of Communication where he supervised a staff dedicated to development and logging of time and destination schedules for fellow agents on the location of targeted subjects.

Tony has over twenty years of experience providing security and managerial services, both locally and worldwide. He has worked with A-list clientele in the entertainment community as well as corporate executives.

Services include managing A-list artists and supporting cast members; coordinating concert tours and special events. Tony has prepared and implemented security plans for many of our large-scale events. He has been the Director of Security for major tours and events throughout the world.

He has also worked as Traffic Captain/Security for Public Relations events at the BET Awards and celebrations, Executive Liaison for the Silver Dollar Football Classic held in Los Angeles, CA, and most recently, the Security Liaison for the American Black Film Festival in Los Angeles, CA.

Tony has traveled extensively throughout the world with A-list celebrities and Executives. Places visited include Mexico, South Africa, Europe, and Australia.

Tony has excellent interpersonal skills and takes great pride on the work that he carries out, making him an asset to any client and their team, whether in the United States or traveling internationally.

 

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