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J. Eric Preddy, Ph.D.
CEO, Master Instructor - Eric's career spans over 25 years having served as a law enforcement officer, instructor, and administrator.  Eric started Regional Proving Grounds as an innovative alternative to traditional public safety training.  He brings theory and practice together in a way that narrows the gap between the ideal, and what is realistic, ethical, and lawful during a critical encounter.  Eric has worked extensively with government agencies and corporate organizations in threat response, workplace violence, and crisis mitigation.  Along with his work at RPG, Eric also works to improve training efforts for first-responders through the non-profit Public Safety Training Alliance.  Eric holds a Ph.D. in Occupational and Technical Studies from Old Dominion University and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.  

We value Respect, Support, & Preparation

Regional Proving Grounds, LLC (RPG) was created out of care and concern for those in mental/emotional crisis and the men and women who encounter them while performing their job-related duties.  Our grassroots programs were originally developed for law enforcement applications, but our extensive partnerships with the public safety community have given us the opportunity to broaden our reach while meeting the unique needs of professionals in public safety, healthcare, corporate, governmental, educational, and security environments. 

Who We Are 

...There is an intersection that exists between theory and practice.  We move our participants through this intersection in a way that gives them confidence in their knowledge, skills, and abilities, training them to rise to their expectations instead of falling prey due to lack of preparation or complacency.                            
​ ​                                                                                                                 J. Eric Preddy, Ph.D.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            CEO / Regional Proving Grounds, LLC

Our vision is to gain full understanding of the physical and psychological underpinnings of high-stress encounters involving those suffering from a mental and/or emotional crisis and to develop training that is effective in application. 

Our mission is to provide quality training in a way that prepares others for the "POSSIBILITIES".  

M.J. 'Mac' Macario
COO, Lead Defensive Tactics/De-Escalation Trainer – Mac possesses over 15 years of law enforcement and crisis intervention experience.  His fieldwork, education, and training has positioned him among one of the leading contributors to North Carolina's Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) initiatives.  As a CIT ambassador, Mac works to identify, evaluate, champion, and execute opportunities to drive awareness and develop strategies and techniques to enhance the safety of first-responders when engaging with others suffering from mental/emotional crises.  Mac has received several recognitions for his work including: CIT Officer of the Year; North Carolina Tarheel of the Week; Recognition for the development of Veterans Crisis Intervention Training; and a special note of commendation from the Governor of North Carolina for his contributions to mental illness response. Mac holds a Master’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Virginia. 

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