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Jennifer Coffindaffer at Eagle Security Group

Jennifer Coffindaffer at Eagle Security Group

1380 Central Park Blvd., Suite 202
Fredericksburg, Virginia 22401

Phone(540) 642-1615

Website https://www.eaglesecuritygroup.com/services/corporate/expert-witness/jennifer-coffindaffer/

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Jennifer Coffindaffer is a retired FBI Special Agent who provides case consultation, investigative support, litigation support and expert witness testimony in the areas of: Use Of Force; Firearms Training; Tactical Training (specifically, self defense both with and without firearms); Active Shooter Training; Gang and Narcotics Investigations; and Nuclear Counterproliferation matters.

In addition to consultation, litigation support and expert witness work, Ms. Coffindaffer provides consultation and commentary and serves as a keynote speaker and law enforcement expert for Eagle Security Group.

Services

Jennifer Coffindaffer is a consultant and expert witness for Eagle Security Group, Fredericksburg, VA.

Delivers consultation, training, investigations support, litigation support and subject matter expertise including strategy and testimony in the areas of Use of Force Continuum including reasonableness, less than lethal, excessive force and deadly force; Firearms Training; Tactical Training (specifically, self defense both with and without firearms); Active Shooter Training; Gang and Narcotics Investigations; and Nuclear Counterproliferation matters.

In addition to consultation, litigation support and expert witness work, Ms. Coffindaffer provides consultation and commentary and serves as a keynote speaker and law enforcement expert.


Litigation Support Services

We recommend obtaining legal counsel prior to retaining expert services. Initial consultation calls are provided at no charge.

Areas of Expertise

Additional Expertise:

- Use of Force Continuum including reasonableness, less than lethal, excessive force and deadly force
- Tactical training specific to self-defense with and without firearms
- Maritime Narcotics Investigation.

Profile

Jennifer Coffindaffer's career in federal law enforcement spanned over 28 years and included extensive investigative, operational, leadership and training experiences. As a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), she specialized in gang, narcotics, organized crime, Title-III electronic surveillance and counterintelligence investigations. She participated in numerous high-profile arrest operations and led nationally recognized investigations involving organized crime, weapons of mass destruction and counterterrorism matters. Her leadership of investigations resulted in the disruption of the Crips criminal street gang in Fort Worth, Texas and the dismantlement of a Medellin Cartel Cell responsible for distributing thousands of kilos of cocaine throughout the Midwest and Northeast United States. In addition, she worked multiple undercover assignments and managed and conducted numerous covert counterintelligence investigations in the nuclear counterproliferation arena.

A tactical operator on the FBI's Houston, Dallas and San Juan's SWAT Teams, Ms. Coffindaffer is an accomplished and certified FBI, Police, Tactical and Firearms Instructor and Tactical EMT who provides firearms and tactics instruction. Specifically, she has taught handgun and shoulder weapon techniques, marksmanship and defensive tactics to hundreds of federal agents, state and local law enforcement officers and civilians over the last 30 years. Capitalizing on her extensive proficiencies, she founded Firearms Beyond International whose mission is to teach self-defense, marksmanship, tactical use of force, active shooter self defense and terrorism awareness to civilians, where she serves as CEO and instructor.

Ms. Coffindaffer has testified on more than 200 occasions before Federal grand juries, at identity, probable cause, detention, suppression and sentencing hearings, and at trials on topics ranging from federal gang criminal violations and white collar crime record analysis to criminal informant investigative involvement. An accomplished public speaker, Ms. Coffindaffer was selected by the FBI to lecture throughout the United States and Canada about terrorism, aviation security, gang investigations and conspiracy/sports betting. Ms. Coffindaffer has consulted on television projects for CBS, NBC and Imagine Entertainment, she has been featured as a self-defense expert for Action News Jax and the Fort Worth Star Telegram, and her career in the FBI has been highlighted in Glamour Magazine. She works for the NFL, is a Nationally Registered EMT and is a recipient of numerous awards from the FBI, Department of Justice and the CIA.

With her extensive qualifications, in addition to serving as a keynote speaker and law enforcement expert for Eagle, Ms. Coffindaffer provides case consultation, investigative support, litigation support and expert witness testimony in the areas of: Use Of Force; Firearms Training; Tactical Training (specifically, self defense both with and without firearms); Active Shooter Training; Gang and Narcotics Investigations; and Nuclear Counterproliferation.

Consulting Practice

All States and Abroad

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Professional Experience

Experience – Private Sector

2019 to Present Consultant and Expert Witness for Eagle Security Group, Fredericksburg, VA
Delivers consultation, training and subject matter expertise in the areas of use of force, firearms training, tactical training specific to self-defense both with and without firearms, active shooter training, gang investigations, narcotic investigations and nuclear counterproliferation.

2016 to Present Firearms Beyond International, LLC
Founder and CEO responsible for all aspects of the business. Firearms Beyond International, LLC provides self-defense, firearms marksmanship, defensive tactical training and License to Carry Certifications to civilians. Trained over 300 civilians through scenario-based training methods and one on one personalized instruction.

2016 to Present NFL Spot Checker
Spot Checker responsible for attending Jacksonville Jaguar football practices and preparing reports for the NFL detailing who practices and what activities take place during the practice. These checks are conducted to ensure compliance with the NFL's rules and regulations.

2016 to Present NBC, CBS, Imagine Entertainment and Network Screenwriters
Consults on television show pilots featuring FBI related fictional television shows providing background information related to potential plots, characters and federal criminal investigative procedure.

Experience & Assignments – The Federal Bureau of Investigation

2010 - 2015
Supervisory Senior Resident Agent (SSRA) and Headquarters Supervisory Special Agent
Assignments included U. S. Virgin Islands, Ocala, FL and Gainesville, FL

Types of Crimes Included: Counter intelligence, Counterterrorism, Gang investigations, Nuclear counterproliferation, Organized crime, Public corruption, Violent crime, Weapons of mass destruction, White collar crime

Within the FBI, SSRA's are supervisors that manage Resident Agencies (RA) and the Agents and Support personnel assigned to the RA. Unlike FBI squads, RA personnel have investigative jurisdiction over all federal crimes that occur within their territories as opposed to FBI Squads that investigate specific crimes assigned to the squad. RAs are small satellite offices tasked with investigations ranging from extortion to child pornography and from foreign counter intelligence matters to counterterrorism cases where personnel work closely with local law enforcement officers to investigate crimes occurring within the RA territory.

As SSRA, managed the daily operations and administrative activities of all federal investigations occurring within the RA's territory and was responsible for overseeing all aspects of investigations including all investigative assignments, personnel and support staff management, and conducting liaison activities with police chiefs, governors, foreign dignitaries, sheriffs, and federal counterparts in the RA's territory. Ran the first FBI-led Organized Criminal Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) Title-III electronic surveillance investigation in St. John, US Virgin Islands, deploying over 60 agents to execute the search and obtain arrest warrants against this well-organized group of narcotic traffickers, which was comprised of local police officers who had been distributing cocaine in the Virgin Islands for years. Authored the Operations Plan and was designated as the On-Scene Commander for the arrest operations which resulted in all members of the criminal enterprise being indicted. As SSRA in St. Thomas for two years, oversaw all FBI drug investigations being conducted in the US Virgin Islands.

Counterproliferation is a term used to describe the prevention of the increase and spread of the international possession of nuclear weaponry. While assigned to FBI Headquarters Weapons of Mass Destruction Counterproliferation Unit, was the National Program Manager of a classified, multi-agency US Intelligence Community (USIC) platform involving global nuclear counterproliferation. Formed a multi-agency task force to successfully meet the operational goals & objectives and deployed 18 times to FBI Field Offices throughout the U.S. to educate and train field agents on the platform and oversee covert and classified counterproliferation operations. In addition to the platform being nominated by USIC for the Intelligence Integration Unit Citation, personally received a commendation from the Department of Defense for her accomplishments.

2005 - 2010 Special Agent (SA), Fort Worth Resident Agency - Dallas Fort Worth Police Department -
Gang Unit

Types of Crimes Included: Gang investigations, Narcotics investigations, Organized crime, Violent crime

Assigned to the Safe Streets Gang Task Force (TF) located at the Fort Worth Police Department (FWPD) after a wave of gang violence began in Fort Worth, Texas. As the sole federal agent assigned to these cases, initiated nine federal investigations against various gang organizations in Fort Worth and worked side by side with the federal prosecutors to successfully prosecute each indicted gang member. Personally interviewed more than 50 gang members, many on multiple occasions, to determine their modus operandi. The highlight of the TF's accomplishments was a case against The Crip Gang crime enterprise, which was particularly difficult to infiltrate due to the closed nature of their associations. Developed a confirmed gang member as a cooperating witness, collaborated with an FWPD uncover officer to conduct undercover purchases of crack cocaine from numerous gang members, and assisted with successfully prosecuting 46 Crip gang members and associates at the federal level by testifying at each associated Grand Jury proceeding and at all associated Detention, Suppression and Sentencing Hearings related to each members' gang affiliation and crimes. Testified at three trials associated with this matter. Received the United States Attorney's Office Award for Outstanding Investigation and an FBI Incentive Award for her work on this complicated case.

1999 - 2005 Senior Resident Agent (SRA), Investigator, Fort Worth Resident Agency - Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) Airport RA

Types of Crimes Included: Counterterrorism, Crime aboard aircrafts, Immigration, Organized crime Violent crime, White collar crime

As the SRA at the DFW Airport in the post-911 environment, led the daily investigative activities of the DFW Task Force (TF) comprised of 12 agents from multiple federal agencies who were tasked with a nationwide initiative to ensure no illegal aliens were working in the secure areas of airports, including the DFW Airport. As a result of the TF's efforts, 140 individuals, four corporations and 12 corporate officers were indicted for false statements, immigration violations and tax and social security fraud. Presented the case before the grand jury and testified at the associated detention and sentencing hearings and at trial. Authored the operations plan for the searches and seizures related to the case and, from a command post setting, led 300 agents and officers in the apprehension of the 140 indicted individuals.

1999 - 2005 Senior Resident Agent (SRA), Investigator, Fort Worth Resident Agency - Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) Airport RA

Types of Crimes Included: Counterterrorism, Crime aboard aircrafts, Immigration, Organized crime, Violent crime, White collar crime

As the SRA at the DFW Airport in the post-911 environment, led the daily investigative activities of the DFW Task Force (TF) comprised of 12 agents from multiple federal agencies who were tasked with a nationwide initiative to ensure no illegal aliens were working in the secure areas of airports, including the DFW Airport. As a result of the TF's efforts, 140 individuals, four corporations and 12 corporate officers were indicted for false statements, immigration violations and tax and social security fraud. Presented the case before the grand jury and testified at the associated detention and sentencing hearings and at trial. Authored the operations plan for the searches and seizures related to the case and, from a command post setting, led 300 agents and officers in the apprehension of the 140 indicted individuals.

1991 - 1999 Special Agent (SA) - Houston Division - Organized Crime/Drug Squad

Types of Crimes Included: Fugitive cases, Narcotic investigations, Organized crime, Undercover assignments

As the Case Agent on three Title-III electronic surveillance/international drug trafficking investigations, authored four Title-III electronic surveillance affidavits comprised of extensive facts supporting wire intercepts and was responsible for all aspects of the day-to-day investigative activity, developed and handled the main confidential human sources involved in these cases, wrote multiple search warrant affidavits, oversaw the controlled drug purchases, orchestrated money seizures and arrests and directed the informant activities within the criminal organizations. At the conclusion of each case, testified before the Grand Jury regarding the investigative findings. Post indictment, testified at the Federal grand juries, at identity, probable cause, detention, suppression and sentencing hearings, and at the jury trials related to each investigation. These cases resulted in the conviction of 56 subjects, the seizure of 535 kilos of cocaine and the recovery of $2 million. Received the US Attorney's Office Award for Outstanding Drug Investigation.

1988 - 1990 Special Agent (SA) - United States Department of Agriculture– Office of Inspector General

Types of Crimes Included: Agricultural subsidies fraud, Food stamp fraud, Organized crime, White collar crime

Case Agent on two of the USDA's largest fraud against the government cases involving landowners who defrauded the USDA out of millions of dollars of agricultural subsidies. Conducted all aspects of these investigations including scrutinizing thousands of bank records, analyzing contracts, interviewing dozens of witnesses and subjects, utilizing consensual monitoring techniques, collecting evidence, testifying before the Grand Jury and preparing the cases for discovery and trial.

Collateral Duty Assignments
1994 - 2015 FBI SWAT Operator/Firearms Instructor/Tactical Instructor/Physical Fitness Advisor/Tactical Emergency Medical Technician/Law Enforcement Instructor

As a member of the FBI's Houston, Dallas and San Juan SWAT Teams from 1995 - 2014, was deployed on long term domestic and overseas temporary duty assignments in support of high-risk investigative operations. Conducted high-risk arrests and searches, deployed overseas to support martial law during natural catastrophes and provided executive protection to three FBI Directors and two United States Attorneys.

As an FBI Firearms Instructor, provided marksmanship instruction to hundreds of local and state officers and federal agents in Texas, Florida, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Washington, D.C. and Quantico. Served as a Range Safety Officer during qualification shoots and SWAT tryouts and taught beginning firearms handling, safety and marksmanship techniques to dozens of new agents at Quantico. As a part of the Houston SWAT Team, served as a Primary Firearms Instructor (PFI) on Houston's SWAT Team providing instruction to fellow SWAT members pertaining to numerous weapons systems including the M-4 assault rifle, MP5, shotgun, various pistols and revolvers.

As an FBI Tactical EMT, provided medical assistance to officers, agents and injured parties during FBI SWAT Operations in both the Dallas and San Juan Divisions and has consistently maintained certification as a Nationally Registered EMT.

As an FBI Physical Fitness Advisor, conducted physical fitness tests on agent personnel and administered physical fitness tests on individuals applying for FBI Agent positions.

As an FBI Tactical and Law Enforcement Instructor, taught arrest techniques and tactics to hundreds of state and local officers and federal agents in Texas, Florida, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Washington D.C., and Quantico.


Testifying Experience

As a Special Agent for the FBI, testified on more than 200 occasions before Federal Grand Juries, at identity, probable cause, detention, suppression and sentencing hearings and at trials. In each of these cases, testified concerning the facts of the investigation in the following matters:
• Affidavits
• Arrest tactics
• Child pornography cases
• Counterterrorism
• Crimes aboard aircraft including sex crimes and assaults
• Electronic surveillance including Title-III wire tap
• False statement matters
• Gang investigations
• Informant handling
• Interviews
• Narcotic investigations
• Organized crime
• Pen registers
• Public corruption
• Searches and seizures
• Surveillances
• Undercover operations
• White collar crime including bank fraud, agricultural subsidiary fraud, food stamp fraud, tax fraud and fraud against the government cases as well as conspiracy


Teaching Experience

As a Firearms Instructor and Tactical Instructor for the FBI, provided firearms and tactics instruction to local and state law enforcement officers and federal agents on hundreds of occasions. Since retirement, continues to teach marksmanship and self-defense techniques to civilians as the lead instructor for Firearms Beyond International, LLC.

Major Presentations/Lectures

Selected by the FBI to speak to law enforcement personnel, prosecutors and public safety officials throughout the United States and Canada about aviation security, counterterrorism, gang investigations and conspiracy/sports betting matters including:
• Aviation security, counterterrorism awareness and Al-Qaeda terrorists specific to countering aviation attacks at airports
• Criminal street gangs, covering all aspects of MS-13 and the Crips
• Post-911 terrorism case studies
• Shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles and Man Portable Air Defense Systems (MANPADS)

Key organizations where she has spoken include:
• Cabela's
• Defender Sports and Outdoors Women's Panel
• Houston Aeros Professional Hockey Organization annual conference.
• Multiple Rotary Clubs
• The American Law Enforcement Aviation Network
• The Art Show for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
• The Bolles School
• The Canadian Aviation Security Conference
• The Federal Women in Law Enforcement Conference
• The New Orleans Aviation Conference
• The North Texas Airport Security Conference
• The Northwest Pennsylvania Disaster Conference
• The Safe Neighborhoods Anti-Gang Training Conference
• The Southlake Women's Club
• The Tarrant County District Attorney's Office
• The Texas Christian University Department of Criminal Justice
• The Texas Gang Investigator's Association
• The Texas Youth Commission


Licenses

• Emergency Medical Technician: 2003 to Present
• Florida Concealed Carry License: 2016 to Present
• Texas License to Carry Instructor: 2016 to Present
• Personal Protection Specialist: 2019 to Present
• Previously Held Security Clearance: Top Secret//HCS/SI-G/TK


Legal Experience & Services

Testifying Experience

As a Special Agent for the FBI, testified on more than 200 occasions before Federal Grand Juries, at identity, probable cause, detention, suppression and sentencing hearings and at trials. In each of these cases, testified concerning the facts of the investigation in the following matters:
• Affidavits
• Arrest tactics
• Child pornography cases
• Counterterrorism
• Crimes aboard aircraft including sex crimes and assaults
• Electronic surveillance including Title-III wire tap
• False statement matters
• Gang investigations
• Informant handling
• Interviews
• Narcotic investigations
• Organized crime
• Pen registers
• Public corruption
• Searches and seizures
• Surveillances
• Undercover operations
• White collar crime including bank fraud, agricultural subsidiary fraud, food stamp fraud, tax fraud and fraud against the government cases as well as conspiracy


Awards & Honors

Accolades, Recognitions and Awards

• Appreciation of Performance Award - Airport Law Enforcement Agencies Network
• Certificate of Achievement - FBI Director Louie Freeh
• Certificate of Appreciation - Acting Director, United States Department of Agriculture
• Certificate of Commendation - FBI Director Robert Mueller
• Certificate of Recognition - FBI HQ Assistant Director
• Commendation Award - USAO - Southern District of Texas
• Intelligence Integration Unit Citation - Awarded by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence
• Kids and Cops Citation - SAC Dallas
• Law Enforcement Commendation Award - USAO - Northern District of Texas
• Letter of Appreciation - AG John Ashcroft
• Letter of Appreciation - Tarrant County District Attorney
• Letter of Commendation - FBI Director Louie Freeh
• Performance Award - FBI SAC Houston
• Salutatorian - EMT Class 248 - Methodist Hospital
• Special Commendation Award - USAO - Southern District of Texas
Wichita State University - Wichita, Kansas - Magna Cum Laude


Seminars & Training

Training

1988 Federal Agent Training School
The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Glynco, Georgia

1989 Reid's Interviewing School
Denver, Colorado

1990 FBI New Agent Training School
The FBI Academy, Quantico, Virginia

1991 White Collar Crime In-Service
The FBI Academy, Quantico, Virginia

1992 Drug Investigations In-Service
The FBI Academy, Quantico, Virginia

1992 Houston Police Department Warrant School
Houston, Texas

1994 FBI Firearms Instructor School (Recertification School every 4 years thru 2013)
FBI Academy, Quantico, Virginia

1994 Law Enforcement Instructor School
FBI Academy, Quantico, Virginia

1995 FBI SWAT New Operators School
FBI - Houston, Texas

1996 Relief Supervisor Training
FBI Academy, Quantico, Virginia

1997 Advanced Tactical Firearms Training
FBI – Mountain Home, Texas

1998 Advanced Handgun Training
FBI - Houston, Texas

1999 FBI Tactical Firearms Training – 1911 Transition School
FBI - Houston, Texas

2002 Law Enforcement Training For Street Survival School (LETSS) COURSE
FBI Academy, Quantico, Virginia

2002 Airport Agent Training Conference
DFW Airport, Texas

2003 Law Enforcement Training for Safety and Survival (LETSS) Instructor School
FBI Academy, Quantico, Virginia

2003 Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) School - Salutatorian
Methodist Hospital - Dallas, Texas (EMT recertification class 2005 – 2019)

2004 Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Tactical Operators Course
FBI Academy, Quantico, Virginia

2005 Texas Gang Association Training
Houston, Texas

2005 Texas Gang Association Intelligence Training
Houston, Texas

2006 Tactical Medicine for the Operator
Dallas, Texas

2012 FBI Physical Fitness Advisor Course
FBI Academy Quantico, Virginia

2014 FBI Leadership Development Course
Fredericksburg, Virginia

2016 Texas Department of Public Safety License to Carry Instructor Course
Austin, Texas

2016 National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT) Recertification Course – 2017, 2019, 2021
St. Augustine, Florida


Publications

Expert Commentary

Provided Expert Commentary related to Self Defense on Action News Jax pursuant to a rash of assaults occurring at ATMs – Jacksonville, Florida on January 17th, 2019; and related to Stalking and Self Defense after a man was found following random women into public stores – Jacksonville, Florida on January 21st, 2020.


Education

Wichita State University - Wichita, Kansas - Magna Cum Laude

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