Martin D. Castellanos has been serving in law enforcement, at the federal and local level, since 1987 and he's been instructing since 1995. His students over the past 25 years have included local, federal and foreign law enforcement officers, U.S. military members and allied military personnel.
At his current agency since 2001, he serves in the Patrol Division. He has supported the Training Staff, Range Master, and the Department Chaplain Team. Other experience includes years in the Investigative Services Bureau Tac Team and Crisis Negotiation Team.
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Marty enlisted in the United States Coast Guard in 1987. During 27 years of active-duty and reserve service, he earned 4 promotions, Search & Rescue boat crew certifications and Maritime Law Enforcement Instructor certifications.
At Tactical Law Enforcement Team South; he was a Spanish Linguist, Boarding Officer, Deployable Team leader (Law Enforcement Detachments) and IonScan Operator for Counter Narco-Terror deployments on the High Seas, International Training Missions and local community operations. He was appointed the unit's first Assistant Training Officer in 1999.
In 2005 he was selected to lead TACLET South's first all-Reserve LEDET as Officer in Charge; a position normally held by a Chief Petty Officer or a Lieutenant (junior grade). In 2009 he was selected for recall to active service as a Pre-Deployment Instructor, teaching in Moyock, NC, in direct support of US Coast Guard Patrol Forces Southwest Asia and the US Navy 5th Fleet for 3 years. He retired from the USCG in 2014.
His Service includes:
Sometime about 1998, students started calling him "Uncle Marty" and the name stuck at both agencies. He founded UNCLE MARTY'S TRAINING & CONSULTING in July 2020 to keep sharing knowledge with other cops. So they can keep their communities SAFE. So they can MITIGATE their agency's liability during honorable careers. And- quite frankly- because funerals suck!