Mr. Quent Pirtle has dedicated his adult life to the law enforcement and emergency management fields. As an eighteen year law enforcement veteran he worked in and experienced numerous areas of the criminal justice system and has spent a large part of his career in both District and Magistrate court testifying as an expert. He began his career with the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department where he worked in the Patrol and Traffic divisions, and spent significant time as an Operator and Team Leader with the Special Response Team (SWAT), and as an Assistant Bomb Technician with the Bomb Squad.
During his career, Mr. Pirtle has excelled as a respected and effective instructor both locally, nationally, and internationally. For the past 12 years he has taught first responders in the following explosive related courses; Incident Response to Terrorist Bombings, Homemade Explosives, Understanding and Planning for School Bombing Incidents, Initial Law Enforcement Response to Suicide Bomber Attacks, and Prevention and Response to Suicide Bomber Incidents.
As an emergency manager Mr. Pirtle administered a Federal Emergency Management grant for two and one-half years as well as chairing the Exercise Design sub-committee of the Local Emergency Planning Committee. In 2002 Mr. Pirtle chaired the revision of the Doña Ana County/City of Las Cruces All Hazards Plan that is still in effect, and was approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and adopted by all local governments in Doña Ana County. Mr. Pirtle is certified as an instructor with the Department of Homeland Security and a Public Information Officer for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He is recognized as a Subject Matter Expert in explosives.