Dustin is a full-time Speaker, Facilitator & Entertainer based in Minneapolis, Minnesota area.
Originally from a charming small river town in Minnesota, Dustin faced adversity at a young age when his parents divorced. He grew up in a disadvantaged neighborhood in North Minneapolis, marked by gangs and drugs. However, during high school, he relocated with his mother and step-father to the more peaceful Minnetonka area, where he successfully completed his education.
Dustin embarked on a career in Law Enforcement in 1995, joining the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office Lakes & Trails Unit. He started as a part-time licensed officer, rising to the rank of unit Sergeant. In 1998, he transitioned to a full-time position with the Anoka County Sheriff's Office, primarily serving in the Patrol Division. During his tenure, Dustin actively participated in the Anoka-Hennepin Drug & Violent Crimes Task Force, focusing on Drug & Alcohol Enforcement. He became a certified Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) through the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and went on to instruct several programs related to drugs and alcohol, including serving as a DRE Instructor.
As an experienced instructor in the field of drug and alcohol education, Dustin thrives on stage and in front of diverse groups. His initial speaking engagements revolved around sharing his story of surviving the shooting and managing the resulting PTSD. Over time, as he navigated his own healing process, Dustin discovered solace in writing his book, 10-88! Officer Down, and sharing his experiences with various audiences. By intertwining his personal narrative with relatable barriers and challenges faced by others, he effectively conveys his message. Combining his expertise in team building, improv comedy, hypnosis, and his magnetic personality, Dustin skillfully guides minds toward positive change.
Presently, Dustin resides in Ham Lake, Minnesota, with his wife, three wonderful sons and his 3 amazing dogs. In his limited leisure time, he indulges in light guitar playing, motorcycle rides, skydiving, scuba diving, and simply embracing life's joys.