Sergeant Grant Whitus, COO
Sergeant Grant Whitus is a 26-year veteran of a Colorado sheriff’s office. He served 17 years on SWAT, the last seven as the Team Leader.
Grant is a certified Explosive Breacher and a Colorado P.O.S.T. Certified Instructor for the Law Enforcement Training Academy. He teaches Officer Survival, Building Searches, Rapid and Immediate Deployment (RAID), Single Officer Response (Lone Wolf), SWAT, Responding to In-Progress Calls, Law Enforcement Driving, Precision Immobilization Technique, Building Searches, Close Combat Techniques, Traffic Stops, and Civil Law for the Patrol Officer, as well as many other disciplines.
Grant was the Lead SWAT Team member during the Columbine High School shooting. He gave aid to the teacher who was shot and then was the first to enter the library and locate the shooters. Grant was also the Team Leader during the Bulldozer Incident in Granby, CO. Additionally, he was the Team Leader who devised and executed the explosive tactical plan for the Hostage Rescue at Platte Canyon High School in September 2006, the only one of its kind. Most recently, Grant was the Team Leader during an Officer Rescue where over thirty rounds were fired. The officer was rescued without injury while the suspect was shot by SWAT. Grant’s story has most recently been told in the upcoming autobiography, Bullet Riddled: The First S.W.A.T. Officer Inside Columbine… and Beyond.
Grant has received 16 Medals, including five Medals for Valor, and is the most decorated employee the a sheriff’s office. In 2002, Grant and his SWAT Team were honored as “Police Officer of the Year.” Grant attended Arapahoe and Red Rocks Community Colleges.