William Aprill of Aprill Risk Consulting

William Aprill is a licensed mental health professional with over 19 years experience across the continuum of clinical care. He presently maintains a private practice and consultancy specializing in post-traumatic interventions and other disciplines.

William is a former deputy sheriff (Orleans Parish, LA, Criminal Sheriff’s Office) and Special Deputy US Marshal (Eastern District of Louisiana). He is a decorated competitive shooter and has taught civilian, law enforcement, and military personnel in various fighting skills since 1990. He maintains an active schedule both as student and teacher, having been instructor-rated by several top-tier trainers and studying under many of the most influential members of the combative arts community.

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Through his company Aprill Risk Consulting, William has presented his material on violent criminals and their decision-making, defensive incident aftermath, mindset development and defensive preparedness nationally, including at the Annual Conference  of the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (IALEFI), the Annual Conference of the Georgia Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (GALEFI), Rangemaster Tactical Conference, Tactical Response Alumni Weekend, and founder and Training Director of Paul-E-Palooza, the memorial conference and fundraiser for the family of the late Paul Gomez. Collaborative presentations have been conducted across the country with Craig Douglas/Shivworks, Lethal Force Institute, Rangemaster, Active Response Training, Sharp Defense, Tactical Response, Safety Solutions Academy, Modern Defensive Training Systems, Immediate Action Combatives, Defense Training International, Armed Dynamics, and others.


William has been a regular guest in firearms/training industry media, including popular appearances on
Ballistic Radio
Practically Tactical
Downrange Radio, with Michael Bane,
American Warrior, with Michael Seeklander

The Safety Solutions Academy Podcast

Armed Dynamics podcast
Armed Squirrels Project

“DrZ” YouTube channel, with Dr. Dave Zehrung

“Crash & Burn”, with Allstar Tactical
ReWild Yourself podcast

Personal Defense Talk

Personal Defense Talk Interview with William Aprill – 3-22-2015

Ballistic Radio Interview with William Aprill – 2/16/14 

Ballistic Radio Interview with William Aprill – 7/14/13

Our Mission

IDS focuses on teaching intuitive defensive handgun skills that lend themselves to efficiently handling a firearm in ways that are congruent with the body’s natural reactions under stress. This methodology allows us to better prepare our students for situations where drawing a firearm is a possibility.
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