Joe joined the Guardian Defense team in 2018. He specializes in teaching our Active Threat Response Programs for schools, businesses, and places of worship. He currently serves as a law enforcement officer in South Florida and has served in the following units: traffic, community policing, and criminal investigations. He began his career in law enforcement in 1998. He has also served as an EMT since 2008. Joe has been the training coordinator and lead instructor for his agency. He has developed and taught programs involving lethal weapons, firearms and tactics and response to active shooter and other in progress events.

Joe is a certified instructor in firearms, vehicle operations, defensive tactics, First Aid, and CPR. He teaches new hire and in-service for his agency, the police academy and for the Florida Public Safety Institute. Most recently, he has been assigned to the team teaching the Safe Schools Guardian program. He also provides firearms safety and handling training for civilians (CCW) as well.

Joe has received the Officer of the Year Award in 2009, and the Florida MADD, “Outstanding Dedication to DUI enforcement” in 2011.

Joe graduated from FAU with a double Bachelors degree in Sociology an Criminology.

Joe DeRogatis instructing scenarios with his group at Junior Achievement.


What Our Clients Say About Joe!

“Joe was very knowledgeable. Good delineation of roles.”

– Participant from Boca Prep International School


“Joe was fantastic, explaining the options and giving feedback.”

– Sr. Director of Junior Achievement of South Florida