Tina has been a trooper with the Connecticut State Police for 29 years. She spent 12 years as a Patrol Trooper in motor vehicle and criminal investigations, over 4 years as a Patrol K9 Handler (protection, human tracking, and evidence recovery), and 9 years as a Detective with the Central District Major Crime Squad.
She spent 4 years as the core Criminal Investigations Instructor for the CSP Academy. She was also an assistant Safety and Survival Instructor and was certified to teach Taser, Baton, Handcuffing, OC Spray, LOCKUP and Defensive Tactics. Tina is also a Simunition Scenario Instructor, an Active Shooter Instructor, and Field Training Officer. For 4 years she was a full time firearms instructor for the CSP Firearms Unit in pistol, rifle, and shotgun. She is a P.O.S.T.C. certified instructor in all of the above and an NESPAC certified instructor in Baton, Handcuffing, and OC Spray.
During her time with the CSP, Tina has received various medals and awards, which include: 2 medals for Meritorious Service, 2 Unit Citation medals, 1 CSP Commissioner's Recognition Award, and the Connecticut Association of Women Police Leadership Award (2010).
Tina has 35 years of martial arts experience and is a black belt 1st degree in Tae Kwon Do, which has helped her in becoming certified as a Krav Maga Instructor, as well as an instructor for Women’s Self Defense.
She is also certified as an NRA Pistol Instructor.