About Us

Our Team  

Michael Witzgall

Security Analyst and Consultant

The son of a career military officer, Mike spent 12 years on active duty as a non-commissioned and commissioned officer (mostly carrying a rifle, rubber boat, and dive equipment running up and down the beaches of sunny California). While in the military, Mike served in the Marine Corps elite Force Reconnaissance teams and then later as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Infantry and Military Police Corps. In 1988, after numerous deployments around the world, Mike left the military as a Captain and joined the Dallas Police Department. During his tenure with Dallas, Mike earned 48 written commendations, 2 life saving awards, 1 police commendation bar (for valor), 2 Certificates of Merit (for valor) and the Medal for Valor (43rd Recipient). Mike served as a patrolman in south Dallas and as a member of a Tactical team (SWAT). Published in his field, Mike has written numerous articles for law enforcement magazines and has published eight tactical training manuals. Mike's career with Dallas ended after a severe line of duty injury forced him into early retirement. This injury eventually led to the amputation of his left leg above the knee. Mike is the previous owner of Charlie-Mike Enterprises, Inc. Charlie-Mike Enterprises, Inc. specializes in teaching courses such as, but not limited to;  Hazardous Warrant / Apprehensions, Basic and Advanced SWAT, Basic and Advanced Police Rifle, Hostage Rescue, and Counter Paramilitary Operations. Through Charlie-Mike Enterprises, Inc. Mike has also been contracted as a consultant to review and assist in upgrading security at Independent School Districts and private corporations.  Since its inception in 1998, Charlie-Mike Enterprises, Inc. has taught over 5,000 officers from as many as 500 different agencies.  

In addition to teaching SWAT, Mike is a specialist in underwater salvage and recovery operations of small to medium-large size water craft. Several of these “recoveries” have led to insurance investigations and the conviction of the claimants for arson and fraud.  Through hard work and dedication (and with his wife Shelly always at his side) Mike has earned a reputation as an expert in Underwater Crime Scene Reconstruction, Evidence Preservation and Watercraft Recoveries.

Michael Witzgall's Publications


Mike Bellard

Lead Tactical Consultant

Mike has 25+ years of security experience and 20 years of LEO SRT/Swat experience as a Trainer/Operator. He served in the Marine Corps Infantry/Security Forces for 10 years. He provided high threat protection operations as a part of the Residential Security Team and Critical Infrastructure Protection within the private sector. Mike currently trains Basic Swat, Advanced Swat and Tactical Hostage Rescue along with other courses to various law enforcement agencies within the State of Texas.  His resume will show that he has a strong background within this industry. In his spare time, He enjoys reading and attending training as well as spending time with his three daughters.


Jim Blackwell - Training Coordinator

Jim Blackwell

Instructor and Training Coordinator

With more than 20 years of experience, Jim is a natural leader with a diverse background in Law Enforcement. His expertise encompasses supervision and administrative management, risk analysis and mitigation, and physical security. Throughout his career he has taken part in complex operations, including but not limited to large-scale multi-agent operations. As a fugitive apprehension specialist, he specializes in locating and apprehending ordinarily elusive criminals and child support evaders. He has a proven record in executing policy development and implementation, monitoring through audits, and conducting competent training all through managing different programs.

While he is now a retired Texas Master Peace Officer, where he served several years as the Tactical Operations Team Leader, he first began his career in 1997 at the Harris County Sheriff's Academy. He then went on to serve with the Harris County Constable Pct. 3 and received a multitude of awards and recognition including the MADD for DWI Enforcement award. He has also served with several Task Forces, including Clandestine Drug Lab Teams and the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force. Although he is widely recognized as a breacher, Jim has made it his goal to serve and excel in every capacity on a tactical team. As a career field training officer, he has continually proven success in team building and managing high-stress situations. He is passionate about teaching the next generation of tactical operators to help others also succeed in various high-stress situations.

As the Training Coordinator here at Charlie Mike, Jim is available to help with any and all aspects of your training or tactical program. From consulting, tactical operation development, or assisting with the interview and selection of team members. Charlie Mike is here to help! Contact us with any questions at support@cmeswat.com.


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