Able Shepherd

Armed and unarmed, active shooter response and violent encounter training, for individuals, administration, and internal security response teams.

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What is Able Shepherd?

Able Shepherd™ is the standard-setting, nationally-recognized progressive training program designed to teach situational awareness, leadership and protective tactics that can be applied to virtually any threatened environment. We operate from the belief that your family’s immediate safety cannot be delegated; you can be the fastest and most capable ‘first responder’ in your immediate vicinity.

At its core, Able Shepherd™ is an elite-level self-defense program utilizing armed and unarmed tactics. Graduates become known as “Able Shepherds,” gaining skills that empower themselves to actively protect, guide and strengthen their communities. Our goal is to make you, and those around you, safer. We do this by holding you to the highest of moral, ethical and tactical standards.

The Able Shepherd Programs

P.O.P (Protect our People)

The POP class can be taken as a complete stand-alone class. It is also a prerequisite for the full Able Shepherd Program. 4 hours.

The Program

At the core of all that Able Shepherd offers is the proven progressive training route that we commonly refer to as “The Program”. Students transition through each phase at their own pace while laying the foundation on which to build. Students must pass predetermined phase milestones prior to advancing to the next phase. 

5-Day Intensive Training

This course is a favorite with our out-of-town guests.

These 5-Day courses are specifically designed for groups of 5 or more with an interest in rapidly developing the team skills necessary to effectively respond to an active shooter violent encounter/situation.

Due to the rapid advancement of the curriculum, this option is not recommended for beginners.

This course is a favorite with our out-of-town guests.

Full-Spectrum Safety Programs

For everyone from teachers to the security professional.

School Security

We have presented a solution to provide proven physical stops within schools. This is not another theory, this is what we have done, and what we will continue to do.

Corporate Security

We currently work with a wide variety of corporate clients in order to make their workplace safe for those in their care.

Church Security

We pride ourselves in providing the most effective individual and team church security training available today.

Civic Security

Our company was developed in 2012 to provide elite-level training to law enforcement and government agencies at any level. We currently specialize in taking professionally trained individuals and teams to the next level.

POP Course

POP (Protect our People) is our entry course into the program.

Start by building a strong foundation with the POP Course.



Who Runs this Program?

Developed and directed by veteran US Navy Seal and GRS instructor Jimmy Graham.


Is this Program for Me?

You are your best ‘first responder’ — no one is more capable of providing a first line of defense for you, your family, and your community, than you. If you have an interest in increasing your own capability and cognizance in a threatening situation, then the Able Shepherd Program is for you.


Why do I need this Program?

According to the FBI, Active Shooter Incidents are on the rise and the majority of them occur in places of business, churches and schools. Active shooter response training offers comprehensive preparedness for life-threatening situations.


How do I Get Started?

The P.O.P Course (Protect our People) is our entry course into the program. 

Client Testimonials

One of the Best Courses I have Attended.

“One of the best courses I have attended. In law enforcement, it is crucial to test new skills while under simulated stress to imprint long lasting muscle memory.”

J.P. Burt / Larkspur, Colorado

We Learned to Communicate as a Team.

“We learned to communicate as a team with one common language. The course exposed many areas of weakness and makes me only want to learn more. The training is second to none.”

Chad Davies / Castle Rock, Colorado

I have the Confidence to make a Difference.

“I now feel that I have the confidence to make a difference and save lives. I highly recommend that anyone and everyone should consider training with Jimmy Graham.”

Chris Waterman, President of Waterman Group Mortgage / Castle Rock, Colorado

Curriculum that was second to None.

“Jimmy listened to our needs and created a curriculum that was second to none. He integrated well with the students and was able to gain their trust very quickly. I would not hesitate for a second to recommend Jimmy and DTA for any force-based or tactical law enforcement training.”

Rob Heide, Retired Police Officer and Owner/Lead Instructor,186 Training and Consulting LLC.  Virginia

Training for Tough Decisions.

“Training for tough decisions under Jimmy’s expert eyes prepares you and your family for what life will unexpectedly bring—with confidence.”

Kevin Cullis, Author and Owner of / Littleton, Colorado

I Gained far more than what I Invested.

“Jimmy’s leadership, confidence, and ability to effectively communicate maximized the time we spent together. I gained far more than what I invested.”

Shay Miles, Founder/President of The Cowboy Academy 

Black Forest, Colorado

The Best Training Money can Buy.

“If you want the best training for armed and unarmed conflict, this is it. This IS the best training money can buy.”

Brett Boness, Operations Manager, Ora Labs

Parker, Colorado

Don't be a Potential Victim.

“Friends, EVERYONE would benefit from taking one of these classes! Don’t be a potential victim! An added benefit: IT’S FUN!!!!!!!!!”

Lynn St. Peter / Fort Collins, Colorado

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Active Shooter Response Training Center

(Main Location)
6649 S Paris Street
Centennial, CO 80111

Able Shepherd Headquarters

7146 S Tucson Way
Unit A
Centennial, CO 80111

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