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One fateful night in 2002, Mira O'Connell's whole life would change forever. After awaking to a home invader, she survived the fight of her life.  


After her attack, Mira became a police officer and worked in Law Enforcement for over 15 years, 5 of which were as a Supervisor. She became a Certified Instructor in 2007. She has taught adults and children in Crime Prevention, General Safety, Defensive Tactics, and Active Shooter Response. 

Mira holds multiple degrees:

  • Bachelor of Applied Science - Occupational Education - Criminal Justice
  • Master of Arts - Business and Security Management

Mira is the Author of the Blog - Safety Sense

About Mira O'

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2012 APD Leadership Forum member

2011 Crisis Intervention Team  Award

2010 National Jr Honor Society Award 

2008 NM National Guard Appreciation Award

2008 Jackson Middle School Letter of Appreciation  

2008 Highland High School Appreciation Award

2005 Women Against Crime Appreciation Award

2004 Oprah Winfrey Chutzpah Award

1997 Outstanding Attitude - Target Stores

1995 Delegate - National Cooperative Leaders Conference - Washington DC

1994 Employee Appreciation Award - REI

1990 Youth Leadership Award - National Young Leaders Conference - Washington DC

1989 Who’s Who Among American High School Students