Martin D. Castellanos served in law enforcement, at both the United States Coast Guard and the Boca Raton Police Services Department for a total of 34 years. Now an independent trainer; he has been instructing military personnel, law enforcement officers, and private citizens since 1995.
Marty enlisted in the United States Coast Guard in 1987. During 27 years of active-duty and reserve service, he served in local Search & Rescue before two decades in Maritime Law Enforcement.
While assigned to USCG Tactical Law Enforcement Team South; he was a
· Spanish Linguist
· Boarding Officer
· Deployable LEDET Team Leader
· Ion Scan Operator
His deployments included:
· drugs patrols in the Caribbean and Pacific Ocean
· the USCG response to the September 11th
· training missions in Central & South America
· special security missions.
In 1999 Marty was appointed Assistant Training Officer at the unit. In 2005 he was appointed Officer in Charge of TACLET South's first all-Reserve LEDET. In 2009 he was assigned as a Pre-Deployment Instructor at Moyock, NC, in support of the US Coast Guard and Navy operations overseas. He retired from the USCG in 2014.
Marty was selected to serve at the Boca Raton Police Department in 2001. For over two decades, Marty served in the Patrol Division, Critical Incident Stress Management Team, the Investigations Bureau's Tactical-Team, Hostage Negotiation Team, and a brief assignment to the Chief's Office. He often assisted the Training Staff as an In-Service Instructor and Range Safety Officer. He also supported the Chaplain Team, and the Department Wellness Coordinator. He was a certified Field Training Officer, CIT Officer, and CISM Peer/Group Counselor.
As a young man, Marty attended Cathedral Preparatory Junior Seminary in NYC. During his police career, he served a 2-year term as 2nd Vice President of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #35 Boca before he was elected as Lodge Chaplain for another 15 years. He celebrated his police retirement in October 2021.
Community Service includes:
· volunteering as Chaplain for the Coast Guard Tactical Law Enforcement Association
· volunteered as Vice President of the Boca Blue Benevolent Association
· volunteers on the Palm Beach County Critical Incident Stress Management Response Team.
Sometime around 1998, students in a training class started calling him "Uncle Marty" and the nickname stuck at both agencies. He started UNCLE MARTY'S TRAINING & CONSULTING in 2020 to continue sharing knowledge with law enforcement officers, with our military service members and with law-abiding citizens. So that they can keep their communities safe. So that law enforcement agencies can MITIGATE their liability by training officers who retire after honorable careers.
And- quite frankly- because funerals suck!