Welcome to Professional Security Training Institute,
We are dedicated to training the Citizens of Louisiana,
as well as Police and Security Officers.
All staff members are registered, licensed, and experienced instructors having many years of teaching experience. Each instructor must attend an Intern Program before licensed.
Our founder, Mr. Paul Graffeo, retired from the New Orleans Police Department having served more than 29 years. During his tenure he taught at the New Orleans Police Academy, Loyola University, Tulane University, Nicholls State University, throughout the United States for the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and taught security officers since 1984.
Mr. John Pennino retired from the New Orleans Police Department after serving 30 years. During his tenure he taught firearms and was a member of the N.O.P.D. Shooting Team for many years. He has taught numerous police departments and has been associated with Professional Security Training Institute since 1986 teaching firearms, classroom training, baton, and criminal justice.
Mr. Michael Lentz is our Operations Director. He has a Bachelor degree from Harding University. He is retired as a Lieutenant from the New Orleans Police Department after having served 29 years. During his career, he was a certified civil service instructor and examiner; he served in all police districts as a police officer and supervisor, concentrating on investigations, crisis management, and criminal & civil actions. He commanded various specialized units throughout the department. He is registered with the Louisiana State Board of Private Security Examiners and the National Rifle Association as an instructor in basic and advanced pistol, defensive pistol, tactical shotgun, PR-24 baton and the expandable baton, and Chief Range Safety Officer.
Karen Saboe, the Administration Manager of Professional Security Training, Inc., develops and administers all human resources and administration programs. She is a Louisiana State Board of Private Security Examiners certified classroom and firearms instructor and is a National Rifle Association certified pistol instructor.
Mr. James P. Baldassaro has been a staff member of Professional Security Training since 2005. He is an NRA certified pistol instructor. He is registered with the Louisiana State Board of Private Security Examiners as a certified expandable baton and PR-24 instructor. He is a certified Louisiana State Police Concealed Handgun instructor.
Demi Deleaumont, conducts our clerical and state board obligations and is the Liaison Officer for P.S.T. and our many dedicated clients.
Mr. Matthew E. Lehrmann retired from the military with the rank of First Sergeant, having served for 40 years with 21 years on active duty. He is a licensed Louisiana State Board of Private Security Examiners classroom and firearms instructor for Professional Security Training. In addition, Matthew is a certified NRA Pistol and Shotgun instructor and a certified Louisiana State Police Concealed Handgun Instructor. He also works as a Lieutenant in Security with the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.