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.
Paul S. Graffeo
Our founder, Mr. Paul S. Graffeo, established Professional Security Training, Inc. in 1985. It is a citizen training and Vo-Tech Institution registered and licensed with the Louisiana Board of Private Security Examiners, the Louisiana State Police, Concealed Weapon Division, the New Orleans Police Department Special Officers Division, and has been training police officers, security officers, private citizens, and retired police officers for over 25 years.
In 2017, Professional Security Training, Inc. was awarded the distinction as Louisiana’s first Security Training Center of Excellence through the Louisiana State Board of Private Security Examiners.
Mr. 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.
Judith Goodman Graffeo
Ms. Graffeo is President and Chief Financial Officer of Professional Security Training. Her experience in the security industry spans over 30 years. From 1985-2017, she served as President and owner of Polygraphics in Metairie, Louisiana and formed strong liaisons with the legal, commercial, and law enforcement community. She is an honorary member of the Fraternal Order of Police and currently serves as Chairman of the Louisiana State Polygraph Board.
Ms. Bufkin is our Office Manager, conducts our clerical and state board obligations, and is the Liaison Officer for P.S.T. and our many dedicated clients.
Ms. Ordoyne is our Administrative Assistant and a Liaison Officer for P.S.T. and our many dedicated clients.
Mr. Pennino is 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.
Matthew E. Lehrmann
Mr. 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.
James P. Baldassaro
Mr. 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.
Mr. diBenedetto has been a NRA certified firearms instructor for multiple disciplines since 2007. A former Specialist in the US Army, he brings that same level of professionalism and discipline to the classroom. His experience in the security industry includes assignments ranging from Military Contracting, Nuclear Security Response, Executive Protection & Federal Security Training, and contract security in the state of Louisiana. During his career in contract security, he has held many different positions from Security Officer to District Manager. He is a Louisiana State Board of Private Security Examiners licensed instructor and certified in firearms, expandable baton, and classroom. He is also certified to instruct in OC spray and Red Cross first aid CPR/AED.