Bret Bartlett, owner and manager of Ex Umbra Defense Solutions, served with the Tampa Police Department (FL) for almost 32 years. He served as a Patrol Officer through the rank of Captain.  Bret's commands as a Captain include the Criminal Intelligence, Major Crimes , and Internal Affairs Bureaus. 

He also served as the lead firearms instructor for the department, responsible for developing and delivering top-quality firearms instruction.  He continues to teach firearms subjects to basic police recruit academies both for the Hillsborough Community College and Pasco-Hernando State College.  Bret holds certifications as a police firearms instructor by the State of Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission, and is a licensed State of Florida Firearms Instructor (K License). He is also certified by the National Rifle Association in numerous firearms  subjects.​  Bret is a Certified Firearms Specialist as recognized by the International Firearms Specialist Academy (

Bret is licensed in Florida as a Private Investigator, and is certified as Professional Certified Investigator by ASIS International (  and as a Florida Certified Professional Investigator by the Florida Association of Private Investigators ( Private Investigations is one of Ex Umbra Defense's primary functions.  Our PI network includes some of the finest PI's in the country. 

Ex Umbra Defense Solutions is a State of Florida Licensed Private Investigative Agency (A1200260) and Security Agency (B1300222).


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