Dave is a 35 year law enforcement, military and private sector veteran whose distinguished career has taken him around the world on a variety of missions, assignments and covert operations. His law enforcement experience is as expansive, broad, and diverse as his worldwide travels. He has worked for federal, county, large municipal and university agencies.
In 1989 he began his career as a police officer with the Los Angeles Police Department where he worked as a Gang Investigator with the famed high intensity anti-gang units known as CRASH Units. He is a veteran CRASH Officer who was intimately involved in the turbulent 1992 LA Riots while he was assigned to 77th Street Division, the police division at center of this historic event.
Dave transferred to the federal level of law enforcement as a Federal Air Marshal in early 2002 responding to the call to serve after the horrendous terrorist’s attacks on 9/11/2001.
From 2012 to 2104, he was a Security Protective Specialist and Agent in Charge of High Threat Protection for the U.S. Department of State Diplomatic Security Service, where he commanded U.S. Diplomatic Motorcades throughout Iraq.
His military experience spans over twenty years with service in both the United States Marine Corps and the United States Coast Guard Reserve.
When he is not travelling around the globe, Dave is a columnist for The Leavenworth Times Newspaper under the column name of “Viper One Six” which was his military call sign in Afghanistan. In his columns he focuses on law enforcement, public service, military, patriotic themes, and current events. His column is also published on-line and shared throughout the Gate House Media syndicate. Mr. Shearman also owns his own Word Press Blog site, www.ViperOneSix.com, where he provides content on a variety of subjects to include current affairs, politics, patriotic themes, world history, military and law enforcement issues. His website has followers throughout the United States and is shared with followers overseas as well.