The 2021 OTOA Training Conference planning is underway. On-line registration will open on or about March 1, 2021

Below is a list of all events that are currently open for registration. Click on the event name to proceed.
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Ohio Tactical Officers Conference Registration
  2021 OHIO TACTICAL OFFICERS CONFERENCE FIVE - DAY PACKAGE
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$ 300.00 2000 57

5-DAY CONFERENCE TRAINING PACKAGE

Can't make the full week? Conference Training Options Below

  2021 TEMS TWO - DAY TRAINING PACKAGE
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$ 150.00 150 6
  2021 MONDAY ONLY TRAINING PACKAGE
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$ 100.00 300 5
  2021 ONE - DAY TRAINING PACKAGE
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$ 120.00 300
  2021 TWO - DAY TRAINING PACKAGE
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$ 200.00 300 3
CURRENT OTOA Member (Valid membership required)
  I have a CURRENT OTOA Membership
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Included with Course Registration 1000 55
Standard OTOA Membership Purchase
  NEW Member Sign-Up - STANDARD Membership
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$ 30.00 1000
  CURRENT Member Renewal - STANDARD Membership
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$ 30.00 500 2
Retired OTOA Membership Purchase
  NEW Member Sign-Up - RETIRED Membership
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$ 20.00 500 1
  CURRENT Member Renewal - RETIRED Membership
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$ 20.00 500
Civilian OTOA Membership Purchase
  NEW Member Sign-Up - CIVILIAN Membership
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$ 50.00 500
  CURRENT Member Renewal - CIVILIAN Membership
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$ 50.00 500
Tactical Emergency Medicine - Monday & Tuesday
  TEMS Track (16 Hours) June 7-8, 2021
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Included with Course Registration 50 8
8-Hour Monday Training Courses
  Bolt Action Sniper Rifle Armorer Course (8 Hours) June 7, 2021
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Included with Course Registration 20 11

Course Description:
Law Enforcement Snipers & Marksman need to be able to maintain and inspect their rifles to keep them in working order. The course covers the Bolt Action Sniper Rifle systems of the Remington 700 series, Savage 10/110 series, and Winchester/FN 70 series type rifles. All students will have the opportunity to inspect their rifles and make any corrections in class to insure their rifle is in top working order. This is a hands on class that will cover action disassembly & repair, torquing actions, proper torque of the action, extraction and ejection, maintenance, truing/lapping scope rings to maximize the performance of the rifle and optic, inspection of the pillar and bedding, and more. This program is to train Licensed Peace Officers in the maintenance, care, and repair of these weapons systems. This program follows the Manufacturer’s guidelines and is taught by FBI and NRA Certified Instructors.

Lead Instructor Bio:
Greg “Sully” Sullivan is the Chief Instructor for Defensive Edge Training/SLR15 Rifles. He has been featured in SWAT Magazine, Guns & Ammo Magazine Tactical Guns & Gear Annual, Shooting Times, Gun Digest, Guns & Weapons for Law Enforcement Magazine, and Precision Rifle Magazine. Our armoring courses have been taught for over two decades all over the country.

Student Requirements:
Students need to supply their own rifle and cleaning equipment to give it a thorough cleaning, inspection and gauging for wear. The student may bring more than one rifle.   (All tools will be supplied).

  Enhanced Diversionary Device Instructor Course (8 Hours) June 7, 2021
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Included with Course Registration 25 4

Course Description:
This is an instructor course that certifies officers in all aspects of the Enhanced Diversionary Device (EDD). This 1 day course comprised of classroom and range time covers topics such as tactical deployment, reloading procedures, science of the EDD, nomenclature, legal considerations and more. This is a required course for departments to utilize the Enhanced Diversionary Device technology.

Lead Instructor Bio:
Sam Todd retired from the Kent (OH) PD in 2012 after 22 years of service. His career required several assignments and collateral duty roles during that time frame. After starting out in patrol, he moved into the drug task force after being shot during an HRW. He served two years in the Detective Bureau prior to being promoted to sergeant. Sam returned to the DB as the Sergeant where he spent approximately seven years while functioning as one of the SWAT Team Leaders and department Rangemaster for the balance of his career. Sam helped to resurrect the Ohio Tactical Officers Association in 1999 with the assistance of other tactical officers in Ohio. He spent 13 years as the President of the OTOA and three years as a member of the NTOA Board member in 2010-2012. Sam is one of the co-authors of the Team Leader Development course during is 12 year as one of the NTOA Staff Instructors. At the time of his retirement he was the senior most operator with 19 years on Metro SWAT. Prior to his law enforcement career Sam was a soldier in the US Army during the early 80's. After his retirement from Kent PD, Sam continued to teach with many of the major Less Lethal Munition companies and currently instructs for Combined Systems Inc and is the Director of Operations for Black Cloud Operations. He still routinely assists many of the different State Associations on a regular basis with is experiences and tactical knowledge.

Student Requirements:
Ear and eye protection, tactical gloves, and note taking materials.

  Walther PPQ Armorer Course (8 Hours) June 7, 2021
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Included with Course Registration 20 4

Course Description:
This 8 hour course covers the PPQ M1 and the PPQ M2 models and certifies the user for three years as a Walther certified armorer.

Lead Instructor Bio:
David Barnes instructs this course with credntialing of 31 Years Of Military And Law Enforcement Service. David is an Armorer Trainer And Law Enforcement Manager For Walther Arms.

Student Requirements:
Note taking materials

  UAS Drone Familiarization for Public Safety (8 Hours) June 7, 2021
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Included with Course Registration 120 7
  General Session - Critical Incident Debriefings (8 Hours) June 7, 2021
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Included with Course Registration 1500 27

Course Description:
The General Session - Critical Incident Debriefings is a full day of critical incident debriefings.

Student Requirements:
Note-taking materials

Tuesday Training Courses
  Canine Nutrition--The Truth Behind the Ingredients in Your Food (2 Hours) June 8, 2021
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Included with Course Registration 30 4

Course Description:
Canine Nutrition: Is your dog on the right fuel and how do you know?

Does your dog itch continuously, lose hair, have a dull-stiff or brittle coat or show signs of coat dander or flaking? Do you feed him 5-6-7-8 cups of food or more a day to maintain their weight? Does your dogs stool look like a cow patty, are they gassy? There is a reason for this and you don’t have to look much further than the bag of food…

This is a fast paced, interactive class that teaches the student: how to read a nutritional label, define what “that” ingredient is; how to tell a good dog food from a bargain brand; how minerals and vitamins get depleted in a K9 Officer; and pictures of what happens when you don’t replace the nutrients. You don’t fuel a high-performance car or motorcycle with low octane gas and expect it to reach peak perform and it is the same with your K9 athlete…. By the end of the class you will be armed with the ability to look at your canine and see the effects of poor diet and what changes you can do to correct them.

Lead Instructor Bio:
Dave Dourson is the co-owner and co-founder of Kinetic Performance Dog Food (KPDF). Dave has 30 years of experience in various blue-water business ventures that focused on filling a “need” that, many times, in the corporate world, are overlooked by CFO’s that focused on profit, over quality.

Dave and his partner, John Howard, met while working for a large, mid-west based, pet food company in 2009, witnessing firsthand the real factors that go into ingredient selection of most foods. With a desire to focus on animal health over profitability, the two left corporate America and started their own company in 2011. The pair spent countless hours working with various kennels across the United States on K9 nutrition with a goal of discovering the best ingredient formulation for working and sporting dogs.

Dave has conducted numerous seminars across the USA, Canada, Hawaii, Alaska and Great Britain for various divisions of the DOD, Homeland Security, USSS, Military, DEA, DHS/TSA, Intercom, State as well as hundreds of State and Local PDs teaching the Handler how to quickly identify nutritional deficiencies in their K9 partner.

Student Requirements:
Note taking materials

  Homemade Explosives and Injuries (1 Hour) June 8, 2021
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Included with Course Registration 30 8

Course Description:
This course will introduce the student to various commercial, military and homemade explosives. Videos from many different explosive materials will be shown to provide the impact needed to identify today's explosives in use. The student will learn the precursors and the final product such as Triacetone Triperoxide and HMTD. We will also cover the power source, initiators, and switches. The term PIES is used to assist an investigator post-blast. Many terms like PIES will be used so that the officer or investigator can know what to look for after a blast. The response to a bomb or post-blast scene will be covered with some basic medical treatments officers can perform to help the medics in the field.

Lead Instructor Bio:
Lt. Alden is a Firefighter/Paramedic for the City of Akron's Fire Department. He has 16+ years of experience in this capacity and 9+ years experience as a TEMS medic for The Akron Police Department's SWAT team. He was a former sociology instructor at The University of Akron.

Student Requirements:
Note taking materials

  Troubleshooting the Pistol and the Cycle of Operation (2 Hours) June 8, 2021
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Included with Course Registration 50 7

Course Description:
Troubleshooting the Pistol and the Cycle of Operation is a 2 hour block of instruction designed to orient the firearms instructor to a systematic process that identifies and isolates malfunctions related to the shooter, ammunition, and the pistol.

Lead Instructor Bio:
Warren Ackerson served in the US Army Military Police Corps on the DMZ, and later as a member of the first Special Reaction Team formed for the 8th US Army in Korea.   He retired as a sergeant from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office - Stillwater, MN in 2005 after 25 years of law enforcement service. Warren served as a patrol sergeant, SWAT Team leader, firearms and control tactics instructor, and FTO. Warren has worked for GLOCK since his retirement in 2005. Warren is a certified instructor for pistol, rifle, sub-gun, and shotgun.

Student Requirements:
Note taking materials. This course is designed for the firearms instructor or those with more than a basic knowledge of firearms operations and ballistics

  National Counter-IED Capability Analysis Database (1 Hour) June 8, 2021
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Included with Course Registration 20 3

Course Description:
Looking for a free tool that you can use to assess the capabilities of your agency’s tactical team? The DHS Office for Bombing Prevention (OBP) will provide an overview of their online capability assessment tool that is a component of the National Counter-Improvised Explosive Device Capabilities Analysis Database (NCCAD) that provides capabilities analysis of bomb squads, explosives detection canine teams, dive teams, and Special Weapons and Tactics Teams throughout the United States. The NCCAD methodology measures readiness, equipment, training, and assets required for effective planning, prevention, and response to improvised explosive device (IED) and active assailant threats. It also identifies gaps in a unit’s readiness and makes recommendations for filling those gaps. This analysis of your unit’s capabilities is provided back to you in report format that can be used to brief decision-makers in your agency about potential shortfalls, resource allocation and capability enhancements.

Lead Instructor Bio:
Richard Campbell is a subject-matter expert (SME) with R3 Strategic Support Group Inc. (R3) serving the Department of Homeland Security, Office for Bombing Prevention as the Team Lead for the National Counter-IED Capabilities Analysis Database (NCCAD). He holds a Bachelors Degree in Law Enforcement Intelligence from American Military University and is retired with over 30 years of experience in law enforcement and explosives ordnance disposal. Prior to working for R3, he served in the U.S. Navy as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician and most recently with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives as an Explosives Enforcement Officer (EEO). During his 20 plus years with ATF he was a member of the National Response Team, Bomb Squad Commander, Team Commander of the Underwater Explosives Recovery Dive Team, a Master Beacher and Tactical Bomb Technician with the Special Response Team. During his careers with the Navy and ATF, he participated in thousands of explosives related incidents and cases and has provided operational support both domestically and internationally. Campbell previously served on the National Bomb Squad Commanders Advisory Board and currently serves on the board of the National Capital Region SWAT Association.

Student Requirements:
Commander or Deputy Commander

  2016 Ohio State University Terror Attack (2 Hours) June 8, 2021
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Included with Course Registration 100 7

Course Description:

This course will be a tactical debrief of the OSU Terror Attack in 2016. Officer Alan Horujko will share his personal experience as the first responding officer to the scene and what events lead to him ultimately shooting to stop the attacker. This course will briefly cover the multi-jurisdictional LE response as well as the multi-agency SWAT response. Alan will also discuss some of the tactical training at OSUPD which he credits his success that day.

The course will conclude with Alan's personal experiences in the aftermath of a critical incident as they relate to job stress, mental health awareness and post-incident care for a department's officers. Anyone can attend this course however if you are a member of a CISM team, a peer assistance team or trying to get one started for your SWAT team or department, please consider attending.

Lead Instructor Bio:

Alan Horujko has 7 years of Law Enforcement experience on patrol and 3 years as an SRT member with The Ohio State University Division of Police. Alan is an instructor and member of multiple teams at OSUPD. In 2017, Alan was awarded OTOA's Steven Micheal Smith Award for Valor and in 2019, Alan was awarded the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor by President Trump for his response to the Terrorist Attack on OSU's Campus in 2016. Since the event, Alan has spoken at LE event's across the country about the importance of training, preparedness and first responder mental health.

Student Requirements:
Note taking materials. 

  It's What You Do Next That Matters (2 Hours) June 8, 2021
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Included with Course Registration 100 3

Course Description:

On March 3, 2015, response to a 911 call became a life and death encounter for 19 year veteran officer, Julie Werhnyak of the Tempe, Arizona Police Department.
Julie and additional officers answered a check welfare call, discovering a domestic violence victim screaming for help from inside her residence.
Officers forced entry- Julie was the first through the door, and in a darkened hallway was ambushed by the suspect who was armed with a large hunting knife. Julie was
stabbed in the neck, missing her carotid artery by less than an inch!
Julie and other officers shot and killed the suspect and found the victim bound, beaten and stabbed multiple times. The immediate and heroic actions taken by Julie and the other officers on scene saved the young woman’s life.
This presentation provides a detailed account of this harrowing call, including recordings of radio traffic and actual crime scene photos. Julie also shares how
her personal commitment to mental and physical readiness combined with tactical training prepared her to survive this lethal encounter.

Lead Instructor Bio:

Julie Werhnyak is a decorated police officer who proudly served 20 years before retiring from the Tempe, Arizona Police Department in 2016. She was awarded the Police Cross, the Medal of Valor, and was named the 2015 Officer of the year and the 2013 Defensive Tactics Instructor of the Year.
Julie is a subject matter expert in Physical Fitness - certified trainer for the Federal Air Marshals and Adjunct Faculty Member for Rio Salado College. She is passionate about teaching and holds certificates in several areas including; Defensive Tactics, Force on Force, Firearms and Crisis Negotiations.
Julie is a board member for the National Emergency Responders Assistance Program that provides post critical incident care to all emergency first responders
and their families.
A black belt in tae-kwon-do, Julie has practiced and taught martial arts for over 30 years and is a two time member of the United States National Tae-Kwon-Do Team.
Julie is the owner of Artemis Self Defense and is a sought after speaker and personal safety consultant trusted by global brands to design and deliver life-changing
presentations and interactive training that inspires change, challenges thinking and increases personal and professional safety.

Student Requirements:
Note taking materials. 

  Bleeding Control - Tourniquets (1 Hour) June 8, 2021
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Included with Course Registration 20 6

Course Description:
Bleeding out is the leading cause of trauma death. Attend this 1-hour session covering best practice techniques in Tourniquet application. Short presentation followed by hands on training and skills checks

Lead Instructor Bio:
Matt Babika is a former Medical Operations Officer, 82nd Airborne Division (OIF 07-08, 09-10). Currently a Primary Instructor for Eleven 10, Adjunct Instructor for TriMed Tactical TEMS program, and National Stop the Bleed Month Ohio Coordinator. Current SWAT Medic

Student Requirements:
Note taking materials 

  Bleeding Control - Wound Packing (1 Hour) June 8, 2021
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Included with Course Registration 20 7

Course Description:
Bleeding out is the leading cause of trauma death and Tourniquets aren’t always the answer. Attend this 1-hour session covering best practice techniques in using hemostatics such as Combat Gauze and other products. Short presentation followed by hands on training and skills checks.

Lead Instructor Bio:
Matt Babika is a former Medical Operations Officer, 82nd Airborne Division (OIF 07-08, 09-10). Currently a Primary Instructor for Eleven 10, Adjunct Instructor for TriMed Tactical TEMS program, and National Stop the Bleed Month Ohio Coordinator. Current SWAT Medic

Student Requirements:
Note taking materials 

  Introduction to Red Dot Sights on Patrol Pistols (1 Hour) June 8, 2021
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Included with Course Registration 30 8

Course Description:

The course is Jim Dexter's (Lisle IL PD / Metro Regional SWAT) Introduction to Red Dot Sights on Patrol Pistols

Upon completion of this block of instruction instructors will understand the benefits of red dot sights on patrol pistols and be able to identify considerations in selection, mounting and training officers on red dot pistol sights.

Lead Instructor Bio:

Scott Jedlinskii is a Lifelong Martial Artist (TKD, BJJ). FAST coin holder #15 only one to do it with an RDS Pistol. Master class USPSA Carry Optics Competitor.

Has taught RDS Pistol classes for OTOA, TTPOA, Border Patrol FMU, Pentagon ERT, FBI NTTU, and many more.

Student Requirements:
Good attitude, note taking material

  Advantages and Disadvantages of Night Vision and Thermal (2 Hours) June 8, 2021
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Included with Course Registration 100 5

Course Description:
In this two hour block we will break down the Night Vision spectrum, equipment, tactics, and how to properly utilize this capability to provide an advantage to your team. We will also discuss purchasing the right equipment for your team’s mission and budget

Lead Instructor Bio:
Sergeant Major (r) Jamey Caldwell, spent more than 21 years in the United States Army, serving his entire career in Special Operations. SGM Caldwell served 7 years with the 75th Ranger Regiment then spent the following 14 years in a Special Missions Unit that maintained a high operational tempo in Bosnia, Iraq, Afghanistan, and numerous other countries in the world. He has deployed to combat 14 times and has conducted well over 500 missions. SGM Caldwell has been awarded three medals for valorous actions in combat while under direct fire from the enemy. During his career SGM Caldwell has consistently dedicated himself to the success of the mission and put the unit’s goals in front of his own. He has been sought after for his leadership skills, planning, leading combat operations, marksmanship and CQB instruction, culminating from years of adaptive thinking in combat situations. Jamey is also the owner of 1 Minute Out a tactical training company

Student Requirements:
Good attitude, note taking material

2,3,4-Hour Wednesday Training Courses
  After the Call (2 Hours) June 09, 2021 1100-1300 *Course open to spouses
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Included with Course Registration 30 3

Course Description:
Critical and traumatic incidents can have varied and long-reaching impacts on a public safety agency, at all levels.  Some could be dealing with the incident itself, injury or worse to a friend and or co-worker but administrators have additional issues, not shared by others within the department.

In addition to the effects felt by other members of the agency, administrators often have the added responsibilities of the media, staffing coverage, and benefits for the employee or their family, addressing operational and administrative questions regarding the incident, response to the incident and any subsequent fallout.  Administrators also have to address questions and concerns from governmental agencies tasked with overseeing public safety in their jurisdiction.  Sometimes these folks may be unknowledgeable about the work we do, the dangers we face and the toll it takes on our personnel.

Many command level officers feel they must maintain a visual image for their agency as a whole and not allow themselves the chance to acknowledge their own reactions to these incidents.  Given the paramilitary culture of public safety, sergeants don’t ask chiefs if they are OK.  Just not something we have done in the past.

These incidents could include; the death or serious injury of any member of the agency, (either on or off duty), serious illness, use of deadly force by or against an officer, mass casualty, death involving children or older folks, or anything that overwhelms their personnel’s ability to cope. 

After the Call was created to provide administrators with some ideas, concepts and techniques they might use to help themselves during a critical or traumatic incident.  We also want to let these officers know that, just like the rest of their agency, they are having a normal reaction to an abnormal circumstance.  It’s not only ok to ask for assistance, it will help ensure that they are able to provide the guidance and oversight to help their agency and its personnel work through the aftermath to be stronger than before the incident happened.

Lead Instructor Bio:
Steven M. Click serves as the First Responder Liaison for Ohio Mental Health & Addiction Services.  Prior to assuming his current position, he served as a lieutenant, assigned to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Office of Personnel / Ohio ASSIST program.  Steve has been involved in peer support with the Patrol’s Member’s Assistance Team (MAT) since its inception in 2002.  He previously served as the Operational Commander.  Prior to retirement, he oversaw all aspects of the team including policies, activations and training. Steve is trained in both group and individual peer support by the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation. 

He has been active in peer support since being CISM trained in 1993.  He was deployed to New York City twice after the 9/11 attacks and worked with the NYPD peer support program, POPPA. 

He helped bring the Post Critical Incident Seminars to Ohio.  He has been utilized as a peer in South Carolina, Kentucky, Texas and Georgia, for their PCIS / STLS programs. 

He serves as the lead trainer for several training programs offered by OhioMHAS and ASSIST, having provided training to a number of public safety and civilian agencies across Ohio.

Steve holds a bachelor’s degree from Franklin University in Public Safety Management with minors in leadership and public relations.

Steve retired with 36 years of service with the Ohio State Highway Patrol and served in a number of assignments including Commander of Cadet Training, the Patrol’s Motorcycle Unit, the Ohio Statehouse Detail as well as several field supervisory positions.

He and his wife Lori live in Grove City, Ohio.

Student Requirements:
None

  Building Search - Utilizing the Canine in Tactical CQB with a Team (2 Hours) June 09, 2021(1030-1230
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Included with Course Registration 30 1

Course Description:
Training the k9, handler and team to work together as a pack tactically clearing buildings.

Stressing the importance of the K9s ability to work in front, with and behind the team (The Pack Mentality) so team members can focus on the threats that arise. Talk about the importance of K9 selection for SWAT verse the road.

Lead Instructor Bio:
Bobby Roettger served as a police officer for 9 years in Connersville Indiana where he was a member of the K-9 unit working a Dual Purpose Narcotic dog on patrol and as a team leader for SWAT. Bobby is an NNDDA certifier, a graduate of VLK Trainers Course and has been a guest instructor for VLK on numerous occasions from 2000 - 2003. In January 2004 Bobby became a full time trainer. Bobby has judged K-9 competitions and instructed seminars in several states to include Tennessee, North Carolina, Utah, Indiana and Ohio. Bobby has traveled to Afghanistan training Afghan handlers on VLK bomb dogs.

Student Requirements:
Note taking materials

  Obedience to Odor (2 Hours) June 09, 2021 0800-1000
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Included with Course Registration 30

Course Description:
This class will take handlers deeper into why detection dogs do what they do. Ken will delve into what “drives” are and how they are utilized. The term obedient to odor refers to the dog understanding that odor drives the reward, not the handler. This fast pace class will cover everything from odor imprintation, to reward, to search patterns and the why’s behind each of these components of detection dog training.  Not only is this class highly entertaining, but most of all, it is highly informative.

Lead Instructor Bio:
SMSGT, USAF (Ret) Kenneth Licklider, is the Owner/Operator of Vohne Liche Kennels, Inc., (VLK), a Service Disabled Veteran owned company headquartered in Denver, Indiana, with kennels also in California and Holland. VLK is widely known as the premier Canine Training Facility and Detection Service Provider in the world and has been providing superior service for the past twenty-eight (28) years.

Ken has forty three (43) years canine experience, including seventeen (17) years serving in the United States Air Force (U.S.A.F.) in the canine career field. Ken served in the U.S.A.F. from 1977-1993, serving in the capacity of Law Enforcement Superintendent, Kennel Master, Police Service Dog Trainer, and as a Police Service Dog Handler.

In 1991, Ken formed VLK.  He is considered a subject matter expert (SME) and is world renowned for his scent work, which has been copied by Dutch Customs and many others. VLK currently has canines in 49 states and 32 countries around the world. He has been invited to speak and instruct by agencies throughout the United States and abroad and has traveled around the world teaching his methodologies.

Student Requirements:
Note taking materials

  QPR, Question, Persuade and Refer (2 Hours) June 09, 2021 0800-1000 *Open to spouses
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Included with Course Registration 30 2

Course Description:

QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide.

Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Each year thousands of Americans, like you, are saying "Yes" to saving the life of a friend, colleague, sibling, or neighbor.

QPR can be learned in our Gatekeeper course in as little as one hour.

Lead Instructor Bio:
Steven M. Click serves as the First Responder Liaison for Ohio Mental Health & Addiction Services.  Prior to assuming his current position, he served as a lieutenant, assigned to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Office of Personnel / Ohio ASSIST program.  Steve has been involved in peer support with the Patrol’s Member’s Assistance Team (MAT) since its inception in 2002.  He previously served as the Operational Commander.  Prior to retirement, he oversaw all aspects of the team including policies, activations and training. Steve is trained in both group and individual peer support by the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation. 

He has been active in peer support since being CISM trained in 1993.  He was deployed to New York City twice after the 9/11 attacks and worked with the NYPD peer support program, POPPA. 

He helped bring the Post Critical Incident Seminars to Ohio.  He has been utilized as a peer in South Carolina, Kentucky, Texas and Georgia, for their PCIS / STLS programs. 

He serves as the lead trainer for several training programs offered by OhioMHAS and ASSIST, having provided training to a number of public safety and civilian agencies across Ohio.

Steve holds a bachelor’s degree from Franklin University in Public Safety Management with minors in leadership and public relations.

Steve retired with 36 years of service with the Ohio State Highway Patrol and served in a number of assignments including Commander of Cadet Training, the Patrol’s Motorcycle Unit, the Ohio Statehouse Detail as well as several field supervisory positions.

He and his wife Lori live in Grove City, Ohio.

Student Requirements:
None

  Shots Fired! You Won the Battle; Now Win the War (2 Hours) June 09, 2021 0800-1000
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Included with Course Registration 150 5

Course Description:
You are alive. The suspect is not. Your reaction to his deadly threat in three seconds or less will be scrutinized for three years, and possibly beyond. You have one more ordeal in which you must prevail. You must win in two legal arenas – criminal and civil – as well as the court of public opinion. Doing so requires damage control before the event, as well as after. And you must fully account for your actions, truthfully and accurately in a manner that puts the odds in your favor to win the aftermath. But the deck is stacked against you, as politicians, media and keyboard experts attack you. Taught by a former homicide commander and OIS investigator, this course will tell you how to win the legal fight of your life.

Lead Instructor Bio:
Lieutenant Pete Ebel has served in tactical law enforcement roles throughout his 30-year law enforcement career in two agencies, the Lake Worth Police Department and the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office. At the start of his career, he worked as a tactical / SWAT officer at the LWPD. He also served as a homicide and officer-involved shooting detective, trainer, and for 17 years on the LWPD SWAT Team, as an entry man, team leader and commander. His last position in that agency was a five-year assignment as the commander of its Special Operations Division, which included the SWAT team, tactical / street crimes unit and narcotics unit.  In 2008, the LWPD merged with the PBSO, where Lt. Ebel has served as the commander of its Tactical Unit, Gang Unit and Homicide Unit, leading officer-involved shooting investigations. He is currently the head of the PBSO Major Case Squads in the Narcotics Division and is a member of the agency’s Post Critical Incident Assessment Team, which reviews officer-involved shootings. Lt. Ebel is an adjunct instructor with the Palm Beach State College and Valencia State College Criminal Justice Institutes, has served as an expert witness in police use of force cases, and is an instructor for the Team One Network, which specializes in weapons and tactics training for law enforcement officers.

Student Requirements:
Note taking materials

  Shots Fired! You Won the Battle; Now Win the War (2 Hours) June 09, 2021 1100-1300
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Included with Course Registration 150 3

Course Description:
You are alive. The suspect is not. Your reaction to his deadly threat in three seconds or less will be scrutinized for three years, and possibly beyond. You have one more ordeal in which you must prevail. You must win in two legal arenas – criminal and civil – as well as the court of public opinion. Doing so requires damage control before the event, as well as after. And you must fully account for your actions, truthfully and accurately in a manner that puts the odds in your favor to win the aftermath. But the deck is stacked against you, as politicians, media and keyboard experts attack you. Taught by a former homicide commander and OIS investigator, this course will tell you how to win the legal fight of your life.

Lead Instructor Bio:
Lieutenant Pete Ebel has served in tactical law enforcement roles throughout his 30-year law enforcement career in two agencies, the Lake Worth Police Department and the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office. At the start of his career, he worked as a tactical / SWAT officer at the LWPD. He also served as a homicide and officer-involved shooting detective, trainer, and for 17 years on the LWPD SWAT Team, as an entry man, team leader and commander. His last position in that agency was a five-year assignment as the commander of its Special Operations Division, which included the SWAT team, tactical / street crimes unit and narcotics unit.  In 2008, the LWPD merged with the PBSO, where Lt. Ebel has served as the commander of its Tactical Unit, Gang Unit and Homicide Unit, leading officer-involved shooting investigations. He is currently the head of the PBSO Major Case Squads in the Narcotics Division and is a member of the agency’s Post Critical Incident Assessment Team, which reviews officer-involved shootings. Lt. Ebel is an adjunct instructor with the Palm Beach State College and Valencia State College Criminal Justice Institutes, has served as an expert witness in police use of force cases, and is an instructor for the Team One Network, which specializes in weapons and tactics training for law enforcement officers.

Student Requirements:
Note taking materials

  Vehicular Undercover Rescue Part 2 (2 Hours) June 09, 2021 1000-1200
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Included with Course Registration 30 3

Course Description:
(UC) Undercover Officers and cover teams will learn basic vehicle fighting tactics related to attacks on UC’s inside of vehicles.  These vehicle fighting tactics mesh with the Conceptual Warrior undercover vehicular rescue (Part 2 of this course) when UC’s are being held up or attacked.  UC’s and cover teams will learn methods to get ahead of the suspect’s OODA Loop (Observe, Orient, Decide and Act) in potential life or death situations.  UC’s will learn how to remove themselves from rescue team’s sectors of fire, while keeping the suspect from harming them.  Cover teams will learn what the UC is doing inside of the vehicle, making their job of undercover rescue safer and more effective.

Lead Instructor Bio:
Jason Laferriere has spent over 30 years in law enforcement and 34 years studying and teaching martial arts.  Jason served in the United States Coast Guard then moved on to work for the Vermont Department of Corrections.  Jason led the Corrections Emergency Response Team, taught defensive tactics and was a guest defensive tactics instructor at the Vermont Correctional Academy.  Jason then moved on to work as a Police Officer in Montpelier Vermont where he was the lead defensive tactics instructor  for his department and a regular guest instructor at the Vermont Police Academy.  Jason currently works in federal law enforcement and serves on a Federal Special Response Team as the Assistant Team Leader and Training Coordinator.  Jason has designed and developed the undercover combatives system, SRT combatives system and edged weapon escape evasion course.  Jason has designed and developed the Chicago Police Department organized crime undercover combatives system and UC rescue concept.  In addition to training Law Enforcement Officers through out the United States Jason has also trained Law Enforcement world wide in combatives and undercover rescue tactics.

Student Requirements:
Training gun, UC or personal vehicle

  Crisis Awareness (3 Hours) June 09, 2021 1400-1700 *Open to spouses
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Included with Course Registration 30 1

Course Description:
Crisis Awareness Training provides participants possible examples of physical and emotional signs that a co-worker, family member, friend or the employee themselves may be in crisis after a traumatic event.  This can be brought about by an incident at work, in their personal life or as the result of the cumulative effects of exposure to traumatic situations.  Everyone’s reactions to trauma are unique to that person, but this course gives some possible signs and symptoms as well as techniques to help someone who may benefit from assistance. 

Issues discussed include; physical, cognitive and emotional responses to trauma, alcohol / drug issues, techniques and strategies for working through the effects of a traumatic incident. 

Often, we want to help another person but don’t know what to say or how to best assist them.  This course provides the opportunity to ask questions about trauma and stress as well as being given resources and concepts to help not only someone else, but the employee themselves.

Lead Instructor Bio:
Steven M. Click serves as the First Responder Liaison for Ohio Mental Health & Addiction Services.  Prior to assuming his current position, he served as a lieutenant, assigned to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Office of Personnel / Ohio ASSIST program.  Steve has been involved in peer support with the Patrol’s Member’s Assistance Team (MAT) since its inception in 2002.  He previously served as the Operational Commander.  Prior to retirement, he oversaw all aspects of the team including policies, activations and training. Steve is trained in both group and individual peer support by the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation. 

He has been active in peer support since being CISM trained in 1993.  He was deployed to New York City twice after the 9/11 attacks and worked with the NYPD peer support program, POPPA. 

He helped bring the Post Critical Incident Seminars to Ohio.  He has been utilized as a peer in South Carolina, Kentucky, Texas and Georgia, for their PCIS / STLS programs. 

He serves as the lead trainer for several training programs offered by OhioMHAS and ASSIST, having provided training to a number of public safety and civilian agencies across Ohio.

Steve holds a bachelor’s degree from Franklin University in Public Safety Management with minors in leadership and public relations.

Steve retired with 36 years of service with the Ohio State Highway Patrol and served in a number of assignments including Commander of Cadet Training, the Patrol’s Motorcycle Unit, the Ohio Statehouse Detail as well as several field supervisory positions.

He and his wife Lori live in Grove City, Ohio.

Student Requirements:
None

  Leading Past Chaos (3 Hours) June 09, 2021 1300-1600
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Included with Course Registration 50 4

Course Description:
The instructor uses his past training, education and experience in leading critical operations in both Law Enforcement and Counter-Terrorism, to provide the student with rapidly applied leadership principles and practices for stabilizing and resolving rapidly developing violent emergencies.

Lead Instructor Bio:
Randy Watt is the Chief of Police of the Ogden Police Department in Ogden, Utah.  He has served the Department for 35 years at all levels of supervision and command.  His service awards include the Department’s Medal of Valor twice awarded.  Chief Watt spent 12 years with the Ogden/Metro SWAT Team. 

Chief Watt is a retired Colonel, U.S. Army and Utah Army National Guard, Infantry and Special Forces branches, with 34 years of enlisted and officer service.   His wartime service includes multiple deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq in the Global War on Terror.  Colonel Watt commanded at all levels of the 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne), from ODA to Group.  He is a Master Parachutist and is Military Freefall qualified.  His combat awards include the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Bronze Star Medal with V-device, the Bronze Star Medal with 3 OLCs, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with 2 stars, the Iraq Campaign Medal with 3 stars, the GWOT Expeditionary Medal and the GWOT Service Medal.

Chief Watt has been an instructor with the NTOA since 1995.  A past leader of the Command Section, he authored the On Leadership column in the Tactical Edge magazine for 8 years.  He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Police Science, a Master’s Degree in Business, and a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies.  He has been published in numerous scholarly journals.

Student Requirements:
None


  SWAT in the 21st Century (3 Hours) June 09, 2021 0800-1100
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Included with Course Registration 50 1

Course Description:
The instructor uses his training, education, and experience to review the evolution of SWAT from its beginnings through to the current era of Tactical Operations capability and capacity.  Provides knowledge of the current applications of live-time intelligence and technology to incident resolution through command decision making.

Lead Instructor Bio:
Randy Watt is the Chief of Police of the Ogden Police Department in Ogden, Utah.  He has served the Department for 35 years at all levels of supervision and command.  His service awards include the Department’s Medal of Valor twice awarded.  Chief Watt spent 12 years with the Ogden/Metro SWAT Team. 

Chief Watt is a retired Colonel, U.S. Army and Utah Army National Guard, Infantry and Special Forces branches, with 34 years of enlisted and officer service.   His wartime service includes multiple deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq in the Global War on Terror.  Colonel Watt commanded at all levels of the 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne), from ODA to Group.  He is a Master Parachutist and is Military Freefall qualified.  His combat awards include the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Bronze Star Medal with V-device, the Bronze Star Medal with 3 OLCs, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with 2 stars, the Iraq Campaign Medal with 3 stars, the GWOT Expeditionary Medal and the GWOT Service Medal.

Chief Watt has been an instructor with the NTOA since 1995.  A past leader of the Command Section, he authored the On Leadership column in the Tactical Edge magazine for 8 years.  He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Police Science, a Master’s Degree in Business, and a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies.  He has been published in numerous scholarly journals.

Student Requirements:
None


  LEO Interactions with Civilians During Self-Defense Shootings (4 Hours) June 09, 2021 0800-1200
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Included with Course Registration 20

Course Description:
This course will explore case studies of self-defense incidents and analyze how law enforcement interacted with the civilians present.  This course will strive to educate all law enforcement on the dos and don'ts when it comes to responding to a civilian involved self-defense shooting. The course covers an overview of self-defense law as well as various other civilian concealed  carry laws.

Lead Instructor Bio:
Derek Andrew DeBrosse is a licensed Ohio state attorney with a practice focusing on a wide range of matters regarding firearms, from gun rights restoration, NFA issues and gun trusts, to FFL representation. Derek has represented individual, corporate, and grass-roots organizational firearm clients in both Federal and State courts. Derek began his law practice immediately after law school in 2008 when he graduated from Regent University School of Law; Derek also holds a B.A. from The Ohio State University.

Before entering into law school Derek served a combat tour of duty with the 1487th Transportation Company in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Derek has received various military accolades to include the Combat Action Badge, Army Commendation Medal and Iraq Campaign Medal. Mr. DeBrosse is licensed to practice in all Ohio State and Federal Courts, the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals, U.S. Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals, U.S. Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals, U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.

Mr. DeBrosse is a NRA Benefactor Life Member and repeated speaker at the Annual NRA Meeting of Members Law Seminar, NRA Golden Eagle Member, NRA and USCCA Firearms Instructor, GLOCK Advanced Armorer, Smith & Wesson M&P Armorer, O.P.O.T.A. Duty Knife Instructor, Defensive Edge Certified Armorer in Precision Rifle/AR15/M4/M16/LEO Shotgun, and member of various other pro Second Amendment organizations. In his free time Derek enjoys tactical gun and firearms training, backpacking, scuba diving, white water rafting and anything outdoor related.

Professionally Derek also serves on the Advisory Board for the United States Concealed Carry Association, as General Counsel of Ohioans for Concealed Carry, Special Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for the Village of Hartford, Ohio, and as an Adjunct Professor at Capital University.

Student Requirements:
None


  Overdose Investigation and Prosecution (4 Hours) June 09, 2021 0800-1200
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Included with Course Registration 30 3

Course Description:
This course will provide students with information on prosecuting overdose deaths as well as showing the newest trends in heroin/fentanyl investigations.

Lead Instructor Bio:
Scott Moran began his career as a Cleveland Police Officer on August 19, 1996 and was originally assigned to the 1st District. Transferred to the 4th District where he worked on the fast response car responding only to high priority assignments in the most criminally active area of the city.  He eventually transferred back to the 1st District where he was assigned to a special car targeting the high drug area of that district.

He was then assigned to the 1st District Vice Unit where he began his active role in undercover drug operations. Spent almost 3 years in the Vice Unit before being assigned to the city wide Narcotics Unit in 2005. In the Narcotics Unit he worked major cases targeting high level drug dealers and served on several task forces. During this he continued to do extensive undercover work with both local drug dealers as well as serving in an undercover capacity with Mexican Cartel members and Jamaican drug trafficking organizations.

In 2013 he started working heroin overdose cases. He has responded to over 900 fatal overdoses successfully prosecuting dealers.

During the course of his career he has arrested 1000’s for various drug law violations. He has been the affiant in nearly 1000 search warrants.

In all of the cases he has presented for prosecution, he has never lost a case.

He has also been awarded several awards including the Cleveland Police Medal of Honor and Distinguished Service award.

In 2015 he began speaking on Opioid panels throughout the state of Ohio. This led to him becoming a faculty member for NAGTRI, The National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute. As a member of the faculty he has traveled the country giving presentations to other police departments for Heroin Overdose and prosecution cases.

He also gives presentations for the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s office concerning heroin Overdose prosecutions as well as for OTOA, Ohio Tactical Officers Association regarding the same subject matter.

In February 2015, he completed the OPOTA (Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy) Instructor course and is an instructor for the Cleveland Police Department presenting classes regarding drug awareness to the new recruits for the department.  He also serves as a Crisis Negotiator for the Cleveland PD.

Student Requirements:
Note taking materials


  Vehicular Undercover Rescue Part 1 (2 Hours) June 09, 2021 0800-1000
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Included with Course Registration 30 4

Course Description:
(UC) Undercover Officers and cover teams will learn basic vehicle fighting tactics related to attacks on UC’s inside of vehicles.  These vehicle fighting tactics mesh with the Conceptual Warrior undercover vehicular rescue (Part 2 of this course) when UC’s are being held up or attacked.  UC’s and cover teams will learn methods to get ahead of the suspect’s OODA Loop (Observe, Orient, Decide and Act) in potential life or death situations.  UC’s will learn how to remove themselves from rescue team’s sectors of fire, while keeping the suspect from harming them.  Cover teams will learn what the UC is doing inside of the vehicle, making their job of undercover rescue safer and more effective.

Lead Instructor Bio:
Jason Laferriere has spent over 30 years in law enforcement and 34 years studying and teaching martial arts.  Jason served in the United States Coast Guard then moved on to work for the Vermont Department of Corrections.  Jason led the Corrections Emergency Response Team, taught defensive tactics and was a guest defensive tactics instructor at the Vermont Correctional Academy.  Jason then moved on to work as a Police Officer in Montpelier Vermont where he was the lead defensive tactics instructor  for his department and a regular guest instructor at the Vermont Police Academy.  Jason currently works in federal law enforcement and serves on a Federal Special Response Team as the Assistant Team Leader and Training Coordinator.  Jason has designed and developed the undercover combatives system, SRT combatives system and edged weapon escape evasion course.  Jason has designed and developed the Chicago Police Department organized crime undercover combatives system and UC rescue concept.  In addition to training Law Enforcement Officers through out the United States Jason has also trained Law Enforcement world wide in combatives and undercover rescue tactics.

Student Requirements:
Training gun, UC or personal vehicle

  Shots Fired! You Won the Battle; Now Win the War (2 Hours) June 09, 2021 1400-1600
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Included with Course Registration 150 4

Course Description:
You are alive. The suspect is not. Your reaction to his deadly threat in three seconds or less will be scrutinized for three years, and possibly beyond. You have one more ordeal in which you must prevail. You must win in two legal arenas – criminal and civil – as well as the court of public opinion. Doing so requires damage control before the event, as well as after. And you must fully account for your actions, truthfully and accurately in a manner that puts the odds in your favor to win the aftermath. But the deck is stacked against you, as politicians, media and keyboard experts attack you. Taught by a former homicide commander and OIS investigator, this course will tell you how to win the legal fight of your life.

Lead Instructor Bio:
Lieutenant Pete Ebel has served in tactical law enforcement roles throughout his 30-year law enforcement career in two agencies, the Lake Worth Police Department and the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office. At the start of his career, he worked as a tactical / SWAT officer at the LWPD. He also served as a homicide and officer-involved shooting detective, trainer, and for 17 years on the LWPD SWAT Team, as an entry man, team leader and commander. His last position in that agency was a five-year assignment as the commander of its Special Operations Division, which included the SWAT team, tactical / street crimes unit and narcotics unit.  In 2008, the LWPD merged with the PBSO, where Lt. Ebel has served as the commander of its Tactical Unit, Gang Unit and Homicide Unit, leading officer-involved shooting investigations. He is currently the head of the PBSO Major Case Squads in the Narcotics Division and is a member of the agency’s Post Critical Incident Assessment Team, which reviews officer-involved shootings. Lt. Ebel is an adjunct instructor with the Palm Beach State College and Valencia State College Criminal Justice Institutes, has served as an expert witness in police use of force cases, and is an instructor for the Team One Network, which specializes in weapons and tactics training for law enforcement officers.

Student Requirements:
Note taking materials

  MS-13 From a Law Enforcement Perspective (2 Hours) June 09, 2021 0800-1000
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Included with Course Registration 30 4

Course Description:
"Presentation Overview:
This presentation will discuss issues involving the infamous “Mara Salvatrucha.” The course will cover the gangs inception, the history on how they started here in the United States, and the different cities/sates they have settled in, and how they have become a transnational gang. Additional topics covered include: the current actions/ tactics law enforcement is using to combat the gang; current and up to date information directly from El Salvador thru agents currently living in Central America; issues the gang has created in the east coast VS west coast. I will debrief the murders that are occurring in areas such as Malibu, CA. and New York City. The highlight of the presentation will be identifying MS-13 gang member, primarily the new MS-13 kids crossing into the United States labeled “unaccompanied minors”. These kids are the current problem to society and primarily to law enforcement."

Lead Instructor Bio:
Detective Richard Sanchez
Detective Richard “Richie” Sanchez has been a peace officer for 29 years. He served 11 years with the Compton Police Department and 18 years with the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department. He has served as a hostage/crisis negotiator since 1995 a total of 24 years. Detective Sanchez is considered to be one of few bilingual negotiators and gang expert assigned to the Los Angeles county Sheriff Department Crisis Negotiation Team.

Detective Sanchez maintains his collateral duty as a crisis negotiator, his current assignment is that of a Gang Investigator assigned to the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department Operation Safe Streets Bureau. As a Gang Investigator, Detective Sanchez is responsible for investigating all gang related crimes in the city of Compton. Throughout his law enforcement carrier Detective Sanchez held the position of Field Training Officer, Narcotics Officer, Helicopter Observer, SWAT Officer (Compton PD), and Task Force Officer.
Detective Sanchez is also a 25 year Veteran with the United States Army. Detective Sanchez served six years active duty assigned to a special operations unit, and 19 years in the Army National Guard. From 2004-2005 Detective Sanchez was deployed to Iraq where he sustained a significant injury. For his bravery at the time of the incident Detective Sanchez was awarded a Bronze Star, Second Combat Infantry Badge, Matrious Presidential Unit Citation, and a Purple Heart. Detective Sanchez retired from the military with the rank of Staff Sergeant.

Detective Sanchez is a graduate of the FBI’s National Crisis Negotiation Course; he is also a member of the California Association of Hostage Negotiators (CAHN), California Gang Investigators Association (CGIA). Detective Sanchez has been a guest speaker at CGIA, CAHN, and teaches gang sub culture classes at the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department and other departments throughout the states.

Student Requirements:
Note taking materials

  Negotiations with Military Personnel and PTSD (2 Hours) June 09, 2021 1200-1400
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Included with Course Registration 30 2

Course Description:
"Presentation Overview:
This presentation will discuss issues involving Subjects suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder/ PTSD. Attendees will hear from the presenter, firsthand knowledge of individuals who have returned from overseas and are suffering from PTSD. This course will cover several incidents which turned into barricades involving soldiers and law enforcement personnel as the subjects. The presentation will cover different tactics on how to deal with PTSD individuals during a barricade. The course will provide helpful tips such as, identifying what type of PTSD, trigger points, medication, and the do’s and don’ts when negotiating with PTSD subjects.
Goals and Objectives of Presentation:
The presenter will provide attendees with insight from a soldiers/officers point of view on PTSD. Key points when dealing with individuals suffering from PTSD. Good and bad strategies.
What Are The Key Takeaways For Attendees:
Attendees shall be able to walk away with a better understanding on what is PTSD. Attendees will develop a better approach/plan when dealing with subjects suffering from PTSD. "

Lead Instructor Bio:
Detective Richard Sanchez
Detective Richard “Richie” Sanchez has been a peace officer for 29 years. He served 11 years with the Compton Police Department and 18 years with the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department. He has served as a hostage/crisis negotiator since 1995 a total of 24 years. Detective Sanchez is considered to be one of few bilingual negotiators and gang expert assigned to the Los Angeles county Sheriff Department Crisis Negotiation Team.

Detective Sanchez maintains his collateral duty as a crisis negotiator, his current assignment is that of a Gang Investigator assigned to the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department Operation Safe Streets Bureau. As a Gang Investigator, Detective Sanchez is responsible for investigating all gang related crimes in the city of Compton. Throughout his law enforcement carrier Detective Sanchez held the position of Field Training Officer, Narcotics Officer, Helicopter Observer, SWAT Officer (Compton PD), and Task Force Officer.
Detective Sanchez is also a 25 year Veteran with the United States Army. Detective Sanchez served six years active duty assigned to a special operations unit, and 19 years in the Army National Guard. From 2004-2005 Detective Sanchez was deployed to Iraq where he sustained a significant injury. For his bravery at the time of the incident Detective Sanchez was awarded a Bronze Star, Second Combat Infantry Badge, Matrious Presidential Unit Citation, and a Purple Heart. Detective Sanchez retired from the military with the rank of Staff Sergeant.

Detective Sanchez is a graduate of the FBI’s National Crisis Negotiation Course; he is also a member of the California Association of Hostage Negotiators (CAHN), California Gang Investigators Association (CGIA). Detective Sanchez has been a guest speaker at CGIA, CAHN, and teaches gang sub culture classes at the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department and other departments throughout the states.

Student Requirements:
Note taking materials

  Tactical Compact Breaching Solutions (4 Hours) June 09, 2021 0800-1200
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Included with Course Registration 25

Course Description:

This course will focus on the need and role of compact breaching tools in active shooter patrol and small team tactics.

The course will move through the elements of compact mechanical, electric tools and breaching shotguns.

Along with discussion and demos on the correct techniques used to maximize the effectiveness of the compact tools and how to gain the maximum advantages of these in the most tactical way possible.

Also discussed will be techniques used by UK Counter Terrorist Specialist Firearm Officers and how they work with breaching tools in and around doors to gain entry on operations.

Also discussed and shown will be full mounting solutions on different systems of carriage for these tools. Emphasizing the fact that the operator now has the ability to fully hands free whilst employing advanced solutions to gain entry onto the target such as fast roping, rappelling or maritime underway boarding.

The course will move through the elements of compact mechanical, electric tools and breaching shotguns.

Along with discussion and demos on the correct techniques used to maximize the effectiveness of the compact tools and how to gain the maximum advantages of these in the most tactical way possible.

Also discussed will be techniques used by UK Counter Terrorist Specialist Firearm Officers and how they work with breaching tools in and around doors to gain entry on operations.

Also discussed and shown will be full mounting solutions on different systems of carriage for these tools. Emphasizing the fact that the operator now has the ability to fully hands free whilst employing advanced solutions to gain entry onto the target such as fast roping, rappelling or maritime underway boarding."

Lead Instructor Bio:

Bushido Tactical is operated and instructed by Wade Rorich who has former South African Police Service and South African Defense Force experience. He has taught military, law enforcement and security personnel and responsible citizens from all over the world for the past 25 years. He is a former staff instructor (train the trainer) for Surefire Institute LLC and Strategos International LLC where he was involved in teaching military and law enforcement in small arms tactics, prevailing in low light conditions (5 day tactics school), response to an active shooter, team tactics, close quarter battle and defensive tactics. He has also had the privilege to instruct at such facilities as Gunsite and the Sig Arms Academy while working for his past employers. Wade was previously contracted to provide private maritime security aboard vessels in the Middle East aiding in Anti Piracy attacks.Wade currently travels abroad to work with Counter Terrorism Units and Specialist Firearm Officers.

Student Requirements:
Note taking materials

  Tactical Compact Breaching Solutions (4 Hours) June 09, 2021 1300-1700
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Included with Course Registration 25 2

Course Description:

This course will focus on the need and role of compact breaching tools in active shooter patrol and small team tactics.

The course will move through the elements of compact mechanical, electric tools and breaching shotguns.

Along with discussion and demos on the correct techniques used to maximize the effectiveness of the compact tools and how to gain the maximum advantages of these in the most tactical way possible.

Also discussed will be techniques used by UK Counter Terrorist Specialist Firearm Officers and how they work with breaching tools in and around doors to gain entry on operations.

Also discussed and shown will be full mounting solutions on different systems of carriage for these tools. Emphasizing the fact that the operator now has the ability to fully hands free whilst employing advanced solutions to gain entry onto the target such as fast roping, rappelling or maritime underway boarding.

The course will move through the elements of compact mechanical, electric tools and breaching shotguns.

Along with discussion and demos on the correct techniques used to maximize the effectiveness of the compact tools and how to gain the maximum advantages of these in the most tactical way possible.

Also discussed will be techniques used by UK Counter Terrorist Specialist Firearm Officers and how they work with breaching tools in and around doors to gain entry on operations.

Also discussed and shown will be full mounting solutions on different systems of carriage for these tools. Emphasizing the fact that the operator now has the ability to fully hands free whilst employing advanced solutions to gain entry onto the target such as fast roping, rappelling or maritime underway boarding."

Lead Instructor Bio:

Bushido Tactical is operated and instructed by Wade Rorich who has former South African Police Service and South African Defense Force experience. He has taught military, law enforcement and security personnel and responsible citizens from all over the world for the past 25 years. He is a former staff instructor (train the trainer) for Surefire Institute LLC and Strategos International LLC where he was involved in teaching military and law enforcement in small arms tactics, prevailing in low light conditions (5 day tactics school), response to an active shooter, team tactics, close quarter battle and defensive tactics. He has also had the privilege to instruct at such facilities as Gunsite and the Sig Arms Academy while working for his past employers. Wade was previously contracted to provide private maritime security aboard vessels in the Middle East aiding in Anti Piracy attacks.Wade currently travels abroad to work with Counter Terrorism Units and Specialist Firearm Officers.

Student Requirements:
Note taking materials

8-Hour Wednesday Training Courses
  Close Quarters Pistol/Rifle (8 Hours) June 09, 2021
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Included with Course Registration 20 2

Course Description:
This course will teach officers to survive the initial moments of a gun battle. Using the principles of Israel Point Shoot, officers will learn to fight with their firearms at close proximity. This is a physically demanding class.

Lead Instructor Bio:
BK Blanchtein served in the Israeli Defense Forces as an infantry reconnaissance team member from 1993 to 1997.  He was honorably discharged upon completion of mandatory service as a sergeant first class. BK’s expertise includes firearms, tactical operations, hand-to-hand combat, amphibious assaults, operational security in hostile areas, intelligence and counter-intelligence operations. BK is often used as a consultant in designing training programs for military and law enforcement agencies. BK is a sworn officer in Alabama.

BK holds a Bachelors degree from the University of Maryland in Counterterrorism and International Security, and a Graduate degree from American Military University in Security Management.

Student Requirements:
Students must bring:

-Eye and ear protection

-350 round pistol & 250 rifle ammunition

-Service Pistol +three magazines

-Patrol Rifle +2 Magazines

-Sling and duty holster

-Water

WEARING OF BODY ARMOR IS MANDATORY

  Concealed Carbine for Law Enforcement Counter Terrorism Operations (8 Hours) June 09, 2021
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Included with Course Registration 18 1

Course Description:
The Concealed Carbine for LE CT operations will introduce the TTP’s for no/ low signature carriage and rapid deployment of the Tactical officers issued shoulder fired weapon and associated gear to counter terrorism operations.

Lead Instructor Bio:
David "Boone" Benton combined 26 years experience with specialized teams in the military; law enforcement, intelligence community, and private sector. Spent the last 12 years working no signature counter terrorism and low profile protective operations for a government intelligence agency.

Student Requirements:
* Short barreled Carbine with sling (300;556,9mm, etc.,).

* 350 rounds of carbine ammo.

* 50 rounds of service pistol ammo.

* Vest/ chest rig/ holster.

* Helmet and other PPE (eyes and ears).

* Service pistol.

* Backpack capable of concealing carbine

  Counter Terror Carbine (CTC) (8 Hours) June 09, 2021
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Course Description:
Learn and implement advanced carbine techniques that build on the basic carbine skillsets. Skills highlighted include effective communication, cover/concealment, psychological stressors, threat/no threat situations, hostage situations, weapon transitions, and reactive shooting. Students will be placed in high stress environments and situations. Physical/mental fitness is a must. Students will be evaluated on go/no go requirements. Previous carbine/rifle training/experience is a requirement.

Lead Instructor Bio:
Travis McConnell is currently the Customer Service/Returns/Repairs Manager for Black Rain Ordnance. He was a full time County Deputy for 15+ years. He is currently still an active Reserve Deputy. He has over a decade of experience as a LE Instructor in various disciplines (firearms, defensive tactics, building search/clearing, medical, active shooter, etc.)

Student Requirements:
Prior rifle/carbine/handgun experience required.

Duty/SWAT Gear: Must be in appropriate gear to accommodate soft or hard body armor, handgun with extra magazines, patrol rife/carbine with extra magazines, sling for patrol rifle. Duty belt, duty vest, or carrier system are acceptable; they need to have magazine pouches (handgun and rifle) and handgun holster. Hydration system and knee pads recommended. Student will need a minimum of 300 rounds for patrol rifle/carbine and a minimum of 150 rounds for their handgun.

  Covert Lock Picking (8 Hours) June 09, 2021
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Included with Course Registration 40 1

Course Description:
This is a one-day, hands-on-intensive training program that focuses on gaining entry by such methods as lock picking, bypassing, and bumping. This course is of benefit to any patrol officers, tactical operators, investigators, probation/parole officers, conservation officers as well as specialized military units. The Covert Lock Picking course teaches specialized methods for gaining entry into a variety of secured structures as well as everyday applications such as padlocked gates, fire safes, desks, file cabinets, and strongboxes. The course focuses on practical methods of gaining entry, and details techniques on lock picking, bypassing, bumping, and defeating advanced locking technologies such as magnetic door locks, "high-security" locks, and electronic access gates.  Students will have the opportunity to work on hundreds of different locks that are identical to those encountered in the field.

Lead Instructor Bio:
Pat Cantlin is a 16+ year veteran at the Lakewood Police Department and assigned to the Special Operations Unit.

Pat is the Operations Commander of the Westshore Enforcement Bureau SWAT team and assigned full time to the US Marshals Violent Fugitive Task Force since 2012.

Student Requirements:
Note taking materials.  USB flash drive for course materials, if desired.


  Critical Incident Leadership for Patrol Personnel (8 Hours) June 09, 2021
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Included with Course Registration 50 2

Course Description:
This course will extensively address the responses to critical incidents such as hostage barricade situations, armed barricaded suspects, active killers, at the patrol level. Course material will assist patrol supervisors and officers in efficiently, effectively, and safely responding to high risk incidents prior to the arrival of a SRT or a SWAT team. Some topics which will be addressed are legal considerations, the establishment of effective containment, arrest team formation, emergency entry teams, streamlined ICS, effective use of CIT officers and patrol rifle operators, deployment of less lethal assets and the efficient transition of command and control once special operations units arrive.

Lead Instructor Bio:
Lieutenant Paul Ohl has been a law enforcement officer for 32 years, the last 30 serving with the Columbus Division of Police.  He has been the SWAT Commander since 2012 and has commanded approximately 400 barricade situations and 500 high-risk search warrant services. Lieutenant Ohl has 18 years of experience serving in the Patrol Bureau as a lieutenant, sergeant and officer, with barricaded suspect and critical incident response experience at all levels.

Student Requirements:
Note taking materials.  USB flash drive for course materials, if desired.

  Do You Know Your ACE for Conflict De-escalation? (8 Hours) June 09, 2021
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Included with Course Registration 24

Course Description:
Class participants will learn what the acronym ACE stands for, and why knowledge and control of those 3 concepts are critical to successfully de-escalating a volatile situation with a difficult person.

Lead Instructor Bio:
John spent 7 years in the Army as an infantryman, is a Desert Storm veteran, before spending 20 years as a police officer in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Student Requirements:
Note taking materials

  Edged Weapons Use and Counter Measures for Law Enforcement (8 Hours) June 09, 2021
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Included with Course Registration 60 1

Course Description:
A reexamination of edged weapons application for personal protection and tactical response for law enforcement.  The Use and Application section of the course focuses on:  1) weapon access under stress, 2) efficient application of offensive and counter offensive techniques and 3) training and conditioning to solidify the neurological pathways needed to make responses “automatic”. The Counter Measures section of the course will focus on: 1) reality of edged weapons attacks, 2) surviving the attack and counter measures and 3) training and conditioning to solidify the neurological pathways needed to make responses “automatic”.  The goal not just to provide new information and techniques, but to provide a method for sustainment training that allows these methods work when you need them the most.

Lead Instructor Bio:
Vince Perez-Mazzola, has spent over thirty years training and teaching martial arts, combat sports and self-defense.  Vince is a certified instructor in Muay Thai Boxing, Jun Fan/JKD, Filipino and Indonesian Martial Arts under the legendary Dan Inosanto.  He is also a PreFense instructor under Steve Tarani, as well as an A.B.R. Instructor for 5.11 Tactical, and a Staff Instructor at C2 Tactical in Phoenix, Arizona.  Vince has trained professional fighters (Boxing and MMA) as well as individuals from elite military and law enforcement organizations. He spent the last two years working CONUS and OCONUS training a PSD Unit for the sovereign of an allied country in Southeast Asia.  Presently, Vince works as a security consultant (VPM Enterprises) providing training to protective units, military and law enforcement, select private individuals and companies.  In 2019, he founded Sharpen-the-Axe (www.sharper-axe.com) a company designed to aid people in using critical thinking skills in order to get the most out of their training experiences. His unique background allows for an intelligent reexamination of defensive tactics methods and training, different from the vast majority of instructors today.

Student Requirements:
Training Knives (folders/straight blade), eye protection, hand protection (mma gloves), focus mitts


  Firearms in Confined Spaces and Close Proximity (8 Hours) June 09, 2021
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Course Description:
This course is designed to offer options to deal with weapons in close quarter environments. Principals of fighting for a gun vs. gunfighting; retention, take aways, and draw stroke.

Lead Instructor Bio:
Buck Peddicord is the Owner and Training Director for Defense Midwest LLC, 27 years in law enforcement with 25 in training, 20 in SWAT with the last 5 as Team Leader, and around 25 years of random UC ops for multiple agencies. I am also an AI for Lead Faucet Tactical.

Student Requirements:
Duty or off duty/UC edc carry gear. 250 rounds of handgun ammo. Matching Blue gun is recommended but not required. Standard range gear. Wearing of body armor is recommended.

  Human Terrain Mapping and Behavior Pattern Recognition (8 Hours) June 09, 2021
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Included with Course Registration 90

Course Description:
This workshop is designed to give officers the capability to make observations in human behavior patterns to increase their survivability and effectiveness while on duty. HTMBPR is a science-based predictive analysis and proactive decision-making model. It's based upon lessons learned from the development of Human Behavior Pattern Recognition and Analysis (HBPR&A) programs for the Department of Defense. HTMBPR focuses on developing advanced critical thinking by understanding human behavior patterns. It provides a framework for Law Enforcement Officers to observe, articulate, document and defend decisions they make in the course of performing their duties by providing officers with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to 1) observe a situation, orient themselves within it, and make sound practical decisions in accordance with law and agency policy and procedure, and 2) then take legal, moral and ethically appropriate action(s). This is a tactical field decision-making model for intelligence-based policing.

Lead Instructor Bio:
Lynn Westover has 20 years of experience in Intelligence & Counterterrorism with 12 years in USMC Special Operations (Force Recon, Scout Sniper). Aside from his 5 combat tours (Global War on Terrorism, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom), Lynn was also a Military Formal School Instructor, Master Instructor Certified, and Curriculum Developer. He was one of the first Marines to participate in the Combat Hunter limited objective experiment and ultimately became an instructor for Combat Hunter, ASAT, SOFSAT, and IT-SAT. Lynn participates as a Team Member & Evaluator for USASOC unnamed covert surveillance & counter-surveillance asymmetric operations.

Jay Seese spent 20 years in Law Enforcement in corrections, patrol, and counter-narcotics 14 years of which were undercover/plain clothes operations. He was also a US Army veteran of 5 years as Military Police with 2 Combat Tours (Operation Just Cause Panama, Operation Desert Shield, Operation Desert Storm). Jay was instrumental as one of the original SME’s recruited to develop the Combat Hunter program and an instructor for Combat Hunter, Border Hunter, ASAT, SOFSAT, MASAT, IT-SAT. Additionally he participates as a Team Leader & Evaluator for USASOC unnamed covert surveillance & counter-surveillance asymmetric operations.

Student Requirements:
General note taking materials (notebook computer, notepad, pens/pencils/highlighters)

  Injured, But Not Out! (8 Hours) June 09, 2021
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Course Description:
The Injured, But Not Out course is a one-day course created to help fill the void of injured shooter programs that are seldom taught in academies or in-service training. Injured, But Not Out will cover basic principles of employing a weapon platform system, proper combat application tourniquet (CAT-TQ) process, basic care under fire principles, positions, movement, ballistic coverage, and concealment vs cover. Problem solving will occur, come prepared mentally & physically.

Lead Instructor Bio:
Bryan Veliz began his career as a state law enforcement officer serving as an active patrol officer for several years. As a Patrol Officer, within in his first two years on the field he was assigned as a member of the agency’s Emergency Response Team where he later was responsible for instructing firearms training.  Bryan has attended several training courses with top instructors across the nation and seminars regarding the fundamental’s, mechanics and safety standards of firearms. Bryan continues to serve in law enforcement in addition to being the founder and lead instructor with SlyTac Training Solutions, LLC..

Student Requirements:
Semiautomatic pistol chambered in 9mm /40 or 45 caliber with a minimum of 3 magazines

A functional and practical carbine or battle rifle with a minimum of 3 magazines

Approximately at least 800 rounds of ammunition for each weapon system (Allows students to have enough repetitions to build and reinforce techniques)

Sturdy Holster w/ Belt (Cross-draw and Blackhawk Serpa Prohibited)

Double or Triple Magazine Pouch

Personal IFAK kit & Tourniquet

Ear and eye protection

Handgun lubrication/cleaning kit

Comfortable clothing used for strenuous activity (Pants only)

Food and Beverage

Note taking material

WEARING OF BODY ARMOR IS MANDATORY

  Intro to Krav Maga (8 Hours) June 09, 2021
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Course Description:
Krav Maga for modern-day law enforcement can be particularly useful because most agencies cannot afford the luxury of prolonged training courses for their personnel. Krav Maga is quick, effective and both easily learned and retained.  Krav Maga emerged in an environment where extreme violence, mostly of a political nature, was common. It has had ample opportunity to be tested and improved under real-life conditions. Few defensive tactics system in the world are as street and battle-tested as Krav Maga.

Lead Instructor Bio:
A law enforcement officer since 2003 Jeremy Hooley has been an ILEA certified instructor since 2010 focusing on the areas of physical tactics and firearms.  Assigned as an ATL on the regional SWAT team, he has also taught in two foreign nations.

Student Requirements:
Red/blue training handgun replicating their duty gun and a duty holster.  Red/blue training rifle.  Vest. (Vest will not be worn the entire course)

  It Pays to be a Winner (8 Hours) June 09, 2021
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Course Description:
During this 8-hour Course of Instruction, participants will review and analyze incidences from the past that involve police shootings.  Each incident reviewed will include a video and article about the incident followed by a facilitated conversation regarding what went wrong, what could have been done better, and actions to take to mitigate escalation of force as a way to learn from the past.  Additionally, discussion will include agency-specific considerations like various policies allowing each officer to tailor respective incidents to their own situation.  Each incident reviewed will conclude in an objectively scored shooting drill that replicates the respective incident.  Finally, to come full circle to the name of the course, “It Pays to be a Winner”, each incident reviewed and ensuring shooting drill will be sponsored by a leading company in the ‘shooting’ industry where the winner of each shooting drill will leave with not only bragging rights, but also swag provided by the sponsor company.

Lead Instructor Bio:
Jared Ogden is from Atlanta, GA and after high school, he attended the United States Naval Academy; graduated in 2004 and was commissioned as an Ensign.  His initial orders were to a Warship in San Diego and from there, he applied for and was accepted into BUD/S (Basic Underwater Demolition / SEALs), the rigorous Navy SEAL selection program, and graduated BUD/S Class 265.  After eight years of Active Duty and multiple deployments, he left the Naval Service in 2012.  His military awards include the Combat Action Ribbon and Bronze Star with "V" for Valor among other numerous Joint awards.  He spent the next three years contracting in the defense industry during which time he also represented the Special Operations Community as a cast member on National Geographic Channel's Ultimate Survival Alaska for two seasons.  In March of 2015, Jared co-founded Triumph Systems and serves as their CEO today.

Student Requirements:
Eye Protection, gloves, note taking material and 100 rounds of UTM/Simunition/Airsoft or similiar force on froce munitions.


  Low Visibility Pistol (8 Hours) June 09, 2021
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Course Description:
Low visibility pistol course is designed to diagnose officer's mechanics of the draw, refine retention shooting techniques, alternate methods of aiming, work, target identification and shooting in crowded situations. Hueristic cues will be discussed as they pertain to the officer and also to those they encounter.

Lead Instructor Bio:
Drew Estell is the owner of BAER Solutions, and served for a decade in Special Operations. He has been fortunate enough to serve with soldiers and instructors who were invested in his success, and as such have benefitted from the years of experience that each of them had. During the course of his multiple combat deployments and experiences, he has learned that no shooter is the same.

Student Requirements:
Concealed carry pistol

Concealed carry holster

Belt

Knife if carried concealed

600 rds of ammo max

3 magazines minimum

Ability to carry one mag on belt

Eyes, ears, food, water, etc

Note taking is encouraged if you want.

Wearing of body armor is recommended.

  Mastering Pistol Fundamentals (8 Hours) June 09, 2021
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Course Description:
This course is geared towards the intermediate shooter who wants to master their fundamentals in pistol. Students will review concepts such as proper grip, different trigger presses , different sight alignment, sight picture, stance and practice clearing malfunctions. The aim of this course is to give the student confidence and the skill set necessary to successfully engage and neutralize a lethal threat in a safe manner. Students will be able to apply newly taught principle in live-fire exercises on the range.

Lead Instructor Bio:
Sang Lee, started out in the private sector working in executive protection. After 5 years of supervisory experience working with high profile clients, Sang Lee moved back to Chicago from Los Angeles and was recruited by multiple shooting schools. Since then, he has been teaching L.E.O medical, handgun, and rifle courses all over the U.S. and overseas.  Sang has certifications in medical training, edged weapons, armourer for multiple weapons platforms, and CQB and Shoot House training. Sang has had the opportunity to train with some of the best instructors in the business and brings a different perspective from his many years of being an instructor and student.

Student Requirements:
Ammunition: Minimum 350 rds.

Duty belt

Ballistic Vest

Pistol with holster

Minimum of 3 magazines for double stack

Minimum of 5 magazines for single stack

Magazine pouches

Ballistic eye protection

Ear protection

Brimmed hat

  Negotiations for Tactical Operations (8 Hours) June 09, 2021
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Course Description:
Learn the basics of Hostage or Crisis Negotiations, and how to best utilize a Hostage Negotiations Team to fulfill a tactical operation.

Lead Instructor Bio:
Detective Terry Kelley has served with the Columbus Division of Police since 2001, and has been a member of the Hostage Negotiation Team since 2010, having been recently named as the Assistant Team Leader for operations and training. Detective Kelley was most recently assigned to the Special Victim Bureau, Child Sexual Crimes Section. Prior to his service with the Columbus Police Department, Detective Kelley has held roles with both Franklin County Sheriff’s Department and the Drug Enforcement Agency.  Detective Kelley completed a 23 year military career, serving with the U.S. Air Force, Ohio Air National Guard, and U.S. Army Reserve. This career culminated with numerous deployments to the Middle East and the rank of Master Sergeant.

Student Requirements:
No physical requirements for this course, only an open mind to new ideas.

  ALS / PACEM Defense OC Spray and Chemical Munitions Instructor (8 Hours) June 09, 2021
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Course Description:
Learn how to safely deploy, OC aerosols, CS/OC grenades and launchable chemical munitions and receive instructor certification from ALS / PACEM Defense.

Lead Instructor Bio:
Bill Gazza is a retired Sergeant and SWAT Team Leader from Santa Cruz California Sheriff’s Office.  Bill has over 20 years Law Enforcement experience, 15 on SWAT and 13 as a Team Leader.  Bill is an FBI and NRA certified Range Master with over 25yrs experience of firearms training for Patrol, SWAT and civilians in everything from basic patrol weapons, less lethal munitions, SWAT tactics and active shooter.  Bill is the Law Enforcement Business Manager and Master Instructor for ALS- Pacem Defense

Student Requirements:
Eye and ear protection, change of clothes.

  Close Quarter Engagement Principles for the Patrol Officer (8 Hours) June 09, 2021
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Course Description:
Patrol based close quarters concepts, principles and skills for single officer or multiple officers responding to calls associated with building searches, response to critical incidents and active shooter situations. Training will focus on drills to enhance critical decision making, threat recognition, and response to appropriate use of force.

Lead Instructor Bio:
Phil Chaney is a retired Marine Chief Warrant Officer 3 with over 25 years of specialized training and instruction. Phil served as a Special Missions Close Quarters Battle Instructor for 1st Special Operations Training Group and as the Chief Instructor for the Close Quarters Battle section for MCSF. He was instrumental in the development of the Advanced Urban Combat Course and The Fleet Antiterrorism Security Teams Advanced Handgun and Carbine Training Curriculum.

Phil serves as the Lead Training Officer for the Ohio Tactical Officers Association (OTOA). He also serves as a state certified Defensive Tactics Instructor, a state certified Firearms Instructor, a SWAT instructor, and is an adjunct instructor for the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy (OPOTA) for basic and advanced SWAT courses.

Phil has been on several Marine Expeditionary Units (SOC) serving with the Maritime Special Purpose Force / Maritime Raid Force while participating in Operation Restore Home, Operation Determined Response, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Ashbury Park.

Phil’s combat decorations earned during several deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia include Bronze Star W/ “Valor” Device (OEF), Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal W/ “Valor” Device (OIF), Meritorious Service Medal (OIF), and the Navy /Marine Corps Commendation Medal.

Student Requirements:
Pistol, rifle, or both. 100 rounds of simmuntion, UT, or airsoft with appropriate protective gear. Clear eye protection and patrol based tactical gear.

  Patrol Rifle Problem Solver (8 Hours) June 09, 2021
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Course Description:
Patrol Rifle Problem Solver is designed to increase the skill and proficiency of experienced individual officers working alone or in a team environment. The course focuses in increasing officer proficiency in weapon manipulation, problem solving and tactical decision making based on environmental factors. This is a fast-paced course with intermittent stress and little downtime. Topics Include: • Safety as it relates to carbine employment • Ready positions and presentation • Post engagement considerations • Speed/emergency reload • Critical communication • Manipulation and stoppage problem solving • Handgun, speed and precision • Handgun manipulation • Deploying the secondary weapon • Transitioning from secondary to primary • Full and half support side engagement • Changing levels • Positional problem solving • Working through problems as a team

Lead Instructor Bio:
Daniel Shaw is a retired US Marine Infantry Unit Leader with multiple combat tours and instructor titles. He has developed curricula and training standards for pre-deployment training and Marine Security Forces such as the Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Teams (FAST) and the Naval Nuclear Security Program. Daniel has been a DOD/USMC firearms instructor for over 19 years. Since retirement from the Marine Corps in 2013, Daniel has traveled the U.S. teaching Armed Citizens and Law Enforcement Officers. He holds numerous instructor certifications from the US Marine Corps to include foreign weapons and master instructor of handgun, rifle/carbine, shotgun, and light, medium and heavy machine guns.

Daniel uses his life of training and combat experience to develop and present curriculum to help Law Enforcement, US Military and responsible Armed Citizens prepare for emergency situations.

Student Requirements:
Student Equipment Needs: Zeroed rifle, Handgun, Dress and wear equipment that would be common for rifle employment situations, 350-450 rounds of rifle/carbine ammunition, 100- 200 rounds of handgun ammunition, and fluids and Lunch. We will take a 30-minute lunch, so please bring yours. WEARING OF BODY ARMOR IS MANDATORY.

  Peer Support for Tactical Teams or Street Officers after a Critical Incident from a Leadership Perspective (8 Hours) June 09, 2021
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Included with Course Registration 60

Course Description:
Your Swat Unit was just involved in a shooting, now what?

This class provides an overview of peer support for critical incidents and dealing with the aftermath of a critical incident. In today’s toxic, politically charged environment the need for law enforcement professionals to have peer support is vital for the emotional survival of those involved in such incidents. This class provides information to everyone from a street officer to a tactical team supervisor in dealing with stress, officer suicide, officer involved shootings and in the line of duty traumatic incidents and deaths. The time to think about this isn’t after an incident an agency must be prepared and have the mindset of “when not if” it happens here!

Lead Instructor Bio:
Chief Jim Gilbert grew up in Cincinnati and comes from a law enforcement family. His father was a retired Cincinnati Police Specialist and his brother is a current Cincinnati Police Officer. When he was young he was an Explorer with the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office as well as a Firefighter/EMT with the Miami Township Fire Dept. He graduated his first Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy in 1993. He worked as a police officer at the Miami University in Oxford, Ohio until he was hired at the Columbus Division of Police in 1996 attending their academy. He worked almost his entire career on 3rd shift assigned to the 11th Precinct. In 2006 he was elected as President of the Fraternal Order of Police-Capital City Lodge #9 a position he held for 6 years. In 2007 He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. While at CPD he received many awards & commendations; which included 2 Chief's Special Commendations, The Blue Star, The Medal of Merit, 2 separate Officer of the Year Awards, the MADD TOP COP Award, Central Ohio Crime Stoppers Officer of the Year, The Ohio Attorney General's Distinguished Service Award, and a FCSO Certificate of Merit. He served on the Honor Guard, Officer Support Team, State FOP CISM Team, FTO, CIT Member and guest academy instructor.

Chief Gilbert was involved in an officer involved shooting on October 9, 2000 when he shot & killed a suspect who had disarmed an officer. Over his career he has responded to and/or assisted in a peer support capacity at over 315 critical incidents. He has extensive training in critical incident response and on numerous occasions has been a requested speaker on the topic. He retired from CPD in January 2013 to join the Command Staff at the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office. He is very passionate about the profession of law enforcement and his leadership style is to "lead from the front". He currently commands over 175 sworn and civilian employees in the Patrol Bureau as a Chief Deputy.

Chief Gilbert understands the importance of balancing proactive policing in today's world with an understanding that the upmost professional services are required at all times. He understands that interactions with the public are of the upmost importance and has adopted the 3 P’s of Patrol. They are; Professionalism in all that you do, Pride in how you do it and Passion to care about the quality of your work in your service to the communities you serve! Chief Gilbert is still very active with the Fraternal Order of Police Capital City Lodge #9 and had served on their Executive Board for over 12 years. He is a member of Ohio Concerns of Police Survivors, a member of the Ohio State FOP Critical Incident Response Mid-Ohio Team, a member of the National Sheriff's Association, Buckeye State Sheriff's Association, Ohio Chiefs of Police Association, Franklin County Chiefs of Police Association, Franklin County EMA Board, Ohio Tactical Officer’s Association, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #9, American Legion Post 283 and is active in his community.  Chief Gilbert is a graduate of the Ohio State University John Glenn College of Public Affairs Public Safety Leadership Academy “Class #3” & the FBI-LEEDA Command Leadership Institute. He is married and has four children.

Student Requirements:
None


  Pepperball Instructor (8 Hours) June 09, 2021
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Course Description:
PepperBall products can help reduce officer and suspect injuries, save lives, decrease the risk of litigation, and improve public perception of law enforcement agencies. The PepperBall System is an affordable, non-lethal tool designed for patrol, corrections, and tactical officers in a wide variety of situations. The PepperBall Instructor/Armorer Certification course involves intensive training in the use of the nonlethal PepperBall System, including operation, safety, maintenance, and deployment. This course certifies attendees as PepperBall Instructors for their individual agency, allowing the attendee to design a course in the safe and effective use of the PepperBall System.  This course will cover the new Variable Kinetic System (VKS) Launcher and TAC SF (Select Fire) Launcher. The course is normally 2 days and has been condensed to 1 day specifically for OTOA attendees.

Lead Instructor Bio:
Michael Forrest has 19 years cumulative experience in Law Enforcement. Michael spent 4 years in the US Army as a Military Police Officer, specializing as a K9 Handler / Trainer. During his military service, Mike competed in two World Level Competitions, placing 12th in the Warfighter Challenge and 2nd in the DOD K9 World Trials. Michael also contributed to the Multi National efforts of the Stabilization Force while Deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina.  Upon returning from Bosnia, Michael was selected to attend the Primary Leadership Development Course (PLDC) to be promoted to SGT, being recognized as the Honor Graduate upon completion.

 Currently, Michael Forrest is a Lieutenant / K9 Handler with the Golf Manor Police Department, having served that community for the past 15 years. During this time, Michael has earned a distinct reputation for his dedication to the training of Law Enforcement and Military personnel. Michael has become known for developing curriculum based upon Reality Based Scenario Training, incorporating the real world issues faced by today’s peace keepers with the tools and equipment available to them. As a testament to Michael’s training style, many agencies specifically request to have Michael instruct, while they are setting up their classes.

Student Requirements:
Pen, eye protection (sunglasses), lunch


  Pistol Crisis Mitigation (8 Hours) June 09, 2021
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Course Description:
This course will push the student in problem-solving with their handgun. It brings home the importance of one-handed pistol manipulation utilizing strong side and support side while in clearing those type 1, 2, and 3 malfunctions. The student will leave the course with an understanding of gear placement and what effectively works when getting your gun back into the fight.

Lead Instructor Bio:
Jason Paletta has 21 years of law enforcement experience with over 10 of those years being assigned to SWAT.  Jason is a full-time Law Enforcement professional where his current duties as a Special Agent, consist of UC, Surveillance and Search Warrant Operations while assigned to a Violent Crimes Team.  Jason left Law Enforcement from 2011 to 2013 and served as a High Threat Diplomatic Security Professional which included an assignment as a member of the U.S. Ambassador’s Protection Detail and Counter Assault Team in Baghdad, Iraq.  Jason worked as a firearms instructor from 2003 to 2010 for a Northern California P.O.S.T. Police Academy. Along with Jason’s firearms experience, Jason also helped to create and was a member of his agency’s Gang Unit in Detectives. Prior to Jason’s Law Enforcement career, he served as a Weapon Squad Team Leader with the 82nd Airborne Division where he was also tasked with teaching tactics and being a firearms instructor.  Jason has a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice and is currently attending Arizona State University where he is finishing his Master’s Degree in Emergency Management.  Jason, who has been chosen as a VIKTOS Brand Athlete, considers himself always a student and continues to evolve by taking courses from other well know instructors.   With Jason’s past experience and training, he has taught firearm skills to novice firearm handlers at the police academy as well as to seasoned soldiers, contractors and law enforcement professionals.

Student Requirements:
Equipment List:

Handgun
Holster (No Serpa Holsters)
3 magazines
Magazine pouches
Round count: 300-500
Water / Snacks
Note taking material is optional
Sunscreen
Good attitude
Wearing of body armor is recommended

  Pistol Diagnostics (8 Hours) June 09, 2021
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Course Description:
Pistol Diagnostics will give the student the ability and knowledge necessary to recognize and self-diagnose issues he or she may be having and to fix those issues through a better understanding of the fundamentals of marksmanship as they relate to the pistol. We will break down each of the fundamentals in terms that make sense to you, that you’ll be able to take back with you to increase your confidence and competence with your pistol.  If you’ve been frustrated with your pistol marksmanship or would simply like to tune things up, this is the class for you.

Lead Instructor Bio:
Russ Lyons is a Cleveland Police officer with twenty three years of experience. Russ was previously assigned to the Ordnance Unit where he served as a lead firearms trainer for ten years. While assigned to the Ordnance Unit he was instrumental in the implementation and development of the Division's patrol rifle program and served on Division's Weapons Committee. Russ was also responsible for the basic training of over eight hundred recruits and the development of the yearly in-service firearms training curriculum for his fifteen hundred officer department.

Russ is currently assigned to the S.W.A.T. Unit where he serves as an operator, sniper and trainer.

Student Requirements:
Eye and ear pro, handgun, holster, magazine pouch, at least 3 magazines, 300 rounds training ammunition, ball cap, bug spray, sun screen, water and an open mind. Wearing of body armor is recommended.

  Pistol Mounted Optics (8 Hours) June 09, 2021
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Course Description:
The following course is designed to prepare a LEO to successful deploy a handgun equipped with a red dot optic. Identifying and overcoming the challenges faced with running a pistol mounted optic. Course will cover the following subjects: Zeroing, Presentations, Obstacles (fogging, cracked broken glass, mud, water), Framing, Speed drills, One handed Operations, and Use of Cover.

Lead Instructor Bio:
Brandon N. Wright

Student Requirements:
Pistol w/ Red Dot Optic
Holster / Mag Pouch
500 rounds of ammo
Eyes and ears
Wearing of body armor is recommended

  Red Dot Pistol: Fundamentals and Performance Sponsored by GLOCK (8 Hours) June 09, 2021
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Course Description:
Red Dots on pistols are becoming more popular as options for duty weapons. Part of mastery is training - here it is!

Topics Covered

Zeroing your red dot.

Draw and how to stop fishing for the dot.

Red dots up close. 5 yards and in.

Red dots at distance.

Speed: Efficiency of draw and presentation.

Dot tracking: Grip, stance, dot movement, predictability. Stop over confirming the dot!

Lead Instructor Bio:
Scott Jedlinski is a lifelong martial artist (TKD, Muay Thai, BJJ), no LEO or military experience. Scott has received hundreds of hours of training from people he considers to be the best in the industry ranging from tactical/self-defense to competition.

Scott is a Master class shooter in USPSA, the 16th recipient of the F.A.S.T Drill (#15) coin and a three stripe Purple Belt under Tony Passos.

Scott has been afforded the honor of instructing members of Pentagon ERT, US Marshall's Service, NYPD Instructor Cadre, Chicago SWAT,  Ohio Tactical Officers Association, Texas Tactical Police Officers Association, George Mason University Police, Santa Ana CA PD, the FBI National Tactical Training Unit, US Border Patrol's FMU and many more.

While Scott teaches many aspects of the successful implementation of a pistol, his main focus is the instruction of the red dot equipped pistol.

Student Requirements:
OTOA will supply Glock 19, 17, 45, 34 RDS pistol with Trijicon, Holosun, Vortex Optics with Surefire or NightStick lights and 3 magazines per weapon. ONLY GLOCK PISTOLS CAN BE USED IN THIS COURSE

OTOA will supply RCS Perun, Perun LC, Eidolon, Safariland, Zero9 holsters and RCS and Zero9 magazine carrier.

Student must bring 1.5 to 1.75” belt, Eye and ear pro, inclimate weather gear, snacks, water/hydration, 300 rounds of ammo.

  SABRE Pepper Spray Instructor Course (8 Hours) June 09, 2021
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Included with Course Registration 30

Course Description:
Course focuses on the deploying, handling, and documenting the use of Chemical Aerosols. Medical issues and legal liability will be addressed. This course will enhance the instructor's development in the use and training of aerosol spray tactics and will help protect departments from costly litigation issues that could arise from the use of aerosol projectors. This program addresses proper deployment techniques, available aerosols, recommended inert and contamination drills, decontamination, properly reporting force, and tactics for surviving an Aerosol Attack. Program addresses all aspects of using Chemical Aerosol Projectors. Attendees receive an instructor manual and student PowerPoint. Instructor Certification valid for 3 years.

Lead Instructor Bio:
Gary Sikorski is a Master Instructor for SABRE Pepper Spray and conducts SABRE Law Enforcement and Civilian Instructor certification courses throughout the United States. Gary is a retired police command officer and active police trainer with over 30 years of  experience.

Student Requirements:
Note taking material (pen & paper). Bring a change of clothes and a towel.

  Search Warrant Planning (8 Hours) June 09, 2021
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Course Description:
Search Warrant planning for both High Risk and Narcotic related search warrants. Class will discuss service methods and overall planning information for service of search warrants. Class will include some information about search warrants, however it is not a search warrant writing class.

Lead Instructor Bio:
Sean Humphrey is a Dayton Police Department Narcotics Detective assigned to Montgomery County RANGE Task Force. Former member of Dayton Police SWAT team.

Student Requirements:
Note taking materials

  Smith & Wesson M&P M2.0 Pistol Armorer (8 Hours) June 09, 2021
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Course Description:
This is a 3 year certification for the full size M&P M2.0 pistol. At the end of the class the student will have the ability to completely field strip, armor and reassemble the pistol.

Lead Instructor Bio:
Rick Shene is a US Navy veteran, former Detroit PD officer and a certified armorer, trainer and representative from Smith & Wesson.

Student Requirements:
Note taking materials. Smith a& Wesson will provide pistols to work on.

  Sniper Equipment Calibration and Mindset (8 Hours) June 09, 2021
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Course Description:
This course is a full shooting course that will give the Officer a checklist to complete a Sniper Weapon System calibration by using a standard target layout and training system. This course forces the individual to reassess how they train and keep a record of their training. This system can help the officer show that his rifle, scope, ammo, and self are “calibrated” and verified to be in proper working order for many different types of shooting positions. This course focuses on the mechanical use of the rifle to be able to engage single or multiple targets with speed and accuracy. In the afternoon portion we will cover non-traditional “alternate” positions and how to accurately engage targets from any position while using anything for cover or concealment.

Student Equipment Needs:

All Kit that a sniper would travel with or carry in their regular duty load out
Rifle platforms limited to .556 or .308 (N0  - 300, NO .338 Lapua and NO .50 Cal)
200 Rounds.

Lead Instructor Bio:
Jim Gilliland, Master Sergeant (retired), spent more than 20 years with the United States Army. Jim is a record holding Sniper that has conducted combat operations in numerous theatres of operation including two tours in Afghanistan and two tours in Iraq. Jim is the Founder of Shadow 6 Consulting and is a regular Precision Rifle Series competitor and industry professional. S6C conducts a variety of Civilian and Law Enforcement training in Long Range competition (PRS style), traditional Long Range, and Sniper as well as Carbine and Pistol Courses.

  Strategies of Low Light Engagements (8 Hours) June 09, 2021
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Included with Course Registration 20

Course Description:
Most low light courses focus on shooting with a flashlight. During this 8-hour course we will focus on the more difficult aspects of using a flashlight in a hostile environment: searching for an armed person. We all recognize that using a flashlight in a tactical environment is a two-edged sword; if I don't use it I can't see my opponent but if I use it he can see me. During this training block we will provide the student with the eight lighting principals to fight with a white light tool. The how, when, where, and why to use the light and how to create the advantages needed while clearing a building for an adversary.

Upon completion of this intensive 1-day course, participants will be able to effectively clear and defend a building or room using low light tactics.

Lead Instructor Bio:
Bill Oliver is currently a Master Sergeant in the Missouri State Highway Patrol.  Bill’s current assignment is in the Gaming Division, assigned to the Argosy Casino in Kansas City, Missouri, as the Officer in Charge.  Bill spent 7 years as a canine officer assigned to the Criminal Interdiction Unit. Bill also spent 5 years on SWAT, assigned to the entry team.  Bill has worked for Strategos International for 13 years as an adjunct instructor in the areas of Strategies of Low Light Engagements, Active Shooter and Intruder Awareness for Schools, Churches, Workplace Violence and Hospitals.  Bill has been a firearms instructor for seventeen years.

Student Requirements:
Choice of BDUs/Sweats/Overalls/Flight Suit
Flashlight
Eye, Ear, Groin and Neck Protection, Gloves
Chest Protection for Women
Knee-Pads
Liquids (Water, Gatorade, etc.)

  Tactical Applications of UAS (Drones) (8 Hours) June 09, 2021
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Included with Course Registration 20

Course Description:
Students will learn the implementation and use of UAS (Drones) in tactical situations and best drones for different situations. Hands on practical exercises will be used to include indoor flights.

Lead Instructor Bio:
Lt. Christopher Leonard is a 4 year veteran of the United States Navy Submarine Service and has been with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office for 29 years. He is currently the third shift Patrol Lieutenant and assumed the role of  the UAS Team Commander in 2018 and is also the Assistant Commander for the Field Force Unit..

Student Requirements:
Pen, paper, business cards, and departmental drones and all drone equipment (if their agency has one).

  Tactical Breaching (8 Hours) June 09, 2021
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Included with Course Registration 60

Course Description:
This course is designed to enhance the skills of the law enforcement or SWAT officer in the art and science of tactical breaching.  Students will be taught the most effective and useful breaching techniques utilized by SWAT Teams and/or Task Forces in both residential and commercial environments.    Taught by current Cleveland FBI SWAT breachers, training topics will include: concepts and principles of breaching, reconnaissance, planning, deployment, safety considerations, equipment selection, and lessons learned.  There will be six (6) hands-on stations consisting of ram/halligan, cut saw and chainsaw, window porting, team tactics/actions at the breach, hook and pull, and shotgun breaching.

Lead Instructor Bio:
John Breen is a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Cleveland Division, and serves as an Assault Team Leader on the Cleveland FBI Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team.  SA Breen is also a Firearms Instructor, Tactical Instructor, Active Shooter Instructor and Defensive Tactics Instructor.  Prior to becoming an FBI Agent, SA Breen served in the United States Army from 2000-2006.

Student Requirements:
SWAT team training uniform or equivalent consisting of long pants and long sleeves (Note: It is recommended that students wear old/training clothes due to sparks from saw)

Leather boots are also recommended (Note: avoid trail shoes or boots that have nylon as sparks from saw and slag can burn through footwear causing burns/injury to foot)

Gloves

Ballistic Body Armor (Note: to be worn at shotgun breaching station)

Helmet

Goggles (Note: wrap around glasses are not adequate)

Hearing Protection

Balaclava/hood (Note: to protect head/neck from falling glass during window porting station)

***Optional Equipment:  Officers are encouraged to bring a Breaching Shotgun, Ram, Halligan and/or any other mechanical breaching tools utilized by their tactical team.

Lunch: There will be a one-hour break for lunch.  It is recommended that students bring a lunch as the nearest restaurants are approximately 15 minutes from the training location.

Reporting Instructions: Training will start inside the classroom (trailer) located in front of the Shoothouse.  Upon arrival, leave all gear, weapons, etc. secured in your vehicles and report to the classroom.***

Safety:  We will be using simunitions during some of the training.  Do not bring any live ammunition or weapons on to the training site.  We will provide blank rounds for the shotgun breaching station.

  Tactical Communications (8 Hours) June 09, 2021
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Included with Course Registration 25

Course Description:
Safety and service are two of the most important areas for First Responders. However, all to often we find ourselves in situations that are unfamiliar to us. In most cases, this can be attributed to a lack of information. With Tactical Communication, you will learn the hidden rules, languages, mental models, and structures of poverty, middle class, and wealth. This will allow us to more efficiently serve and maneuver within communities that we may know nothing about. Furthermore, this training will provide tools to help us remain tactically sound, while simultaneously earning respect in our communities. Tactical Communication has already been put to the ultimate test in Lucas County by way of an Officer involved shooting, and it worked. Don’t take my word for it- sign up for the training  and see for yourself.

Lead Instructor Bio:
Angel A.D. Tucker was born and raised in inner city Toledo, Ohio. Ángel A.D. Tucker grew up in an impoverished neighborhood flooded with drugs, gangs, and violence. In 2011, Angel made local history by becoming the first African-American police officer to join the Oregon Police Department (OPD) in Oregon, Ohio, where he currently serves as patrolman. During his career with OPD, Angel has led the initiative for external carrier vests and is currently working on several other initiatives with the OPD, city officials. Angel has served on SRT, Crisis Intervention Team (CIT), Crisis Negotiator Unit (CNU), Drug Abuse Response Team (DART) Honor Guard, Bike Patrol Unit, and is currently a presenter for the Citizens Police Academy, and a Tactical Communication  instructor.

Student Requirements:
Note taking materials

  Tactical Triage & Treatment (8 Hours) June 09, 2021
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Included with Course Registration 30

Course Description:
This high-speed course will cover various components of Self-Aid Buddy-Aid, Tactical Emergency Casualty Care, bleeding control, chest seal placement, and wound packing. We will also cover blast injuries and treatment options for officers. Current events and topics will be discussed to drive home the importance of officers knowing how to treat victims of trauma. There will be an overview of anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology at the basic level. This section of the class is very important because understanding the structures of the body and how they work leads to a better understanding of the appropriate selected treatment options employed during a traumatic situation. The class will also have two live scenarios with live role-players to induce stress. Each group will have a team leader who will communicate with Command as the other officers provide security, triage and treat the injured. A debriefing will finish off the course with time left for questions, comments and constructive criticism.

Lead Instructor Bio:
Jarred Alden is a Lieutenant with The Akron Fire Department. Lt. Alden has 16+ years working for the Fire Service as a Firefighter/Paramedic. He has over 9 years experience as a Tactical Medic for The Akron Police Department's SWAT Team. He is also a former sociology instructor at The University of Akron. Lt. Frank LaRock, FF/Medic Aaron Byard and Lt. Alden are all co-owners of ALL HANDS RESPONSE, LLC. instructing police, paramedics and civilians on various topics such as Self-Aid Buddy-Aid, bleeding control, TCCC, TECC, Explosives and Blast Injuries, Rescue Task Force/Active Shooter platforms, and scene safety by reading human behavior.

Student Requirements:
Note-taking materials, older clothing that you are willing to damage and a willingness to put hands on victims and lead a team.

  Understanding Drug Cartels of Mexico / Escape from Captivity (8 Hours) June 09, 2021
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Included with Course Registration 20

Course Description:
This course will familiarize the student with the current situation in Mexico. This includes identifying induvial cartels by their characteristics, regional control as well as methodologies utilized. We then show techniques to identify person(s) or cartel activity taking place in your region. The second portion of the course will show the student how the cartel kidnaps, extorts and assassinates their rivals. Once this is complete we show students how to escape from captivity if approached or kidnapped by such organizations.

Lead Instructor Bio:
Roman Garcia is a US Army veteran with multiple deployments in hostile environments around the world. Since his time in the military Roman has become a subject matter expert in counter terrorism intelligence and both armed and unarmed defensive tactics.

Roman has been responsible for developing and executing training packages advising civilians, private contractors, law enforcement, federal agencies, and domestic and foreign special operation units. His recent focus has become specializing in global Threat Analysis, Risk Assessment and Crisis Management.

Student Requirements:
Note taking materials

  Violence of Mind: Violence, Aftermath and Criminal Mindset (8 Hours) June 09, 2021
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Included with Course Registration 200

Course Description:
An in-depth discussion on violent culture, the aftermath of violence and their effects on both the good guys and the criminals. How our orientation is shaped by violence and violent culture, how it creates problems and coping mechanisms, and most importantly how the criminals you encounter may process it.

Lead Instructor Bio:
Varg Freeborn is an author, firearms instructor, and fitness coach who was no stranger to adversity and deadly violence by a very young age. Following a rough upbringing, at 19, he was convicted in a self-defense case that went terribly wrong and was sentenced to 5 years in prison for stabbing his attacker dozens of times. His education and training in criminal violence was deeply cultivated during that 5 years. Following his release, he continued to fight his case and was eventually granted a full restoration of his civil rights. Varg went on to train extensively in civilian and law enforcement gunfighting, tactics, CQB, breaching, close protection, boxing, BJJ and more. Today he trains civilians and law enforcement in self-defense and strength and conditioning, and spends the rest of his time writing, being a father and living in rural Florida.

Student Requirements:
Note taking materials

  Street Combatives, Evolution of a Violent Encounter (8 Hours) June 09, 2021
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Included with Course Registration 30

Course Description:
This course is designed to teach officers how to survive a dangerous street encounter. Learning both standing and ground fighting techniques, using basic and natural body mechanics, you will learn to defend against the most common attacks on law enforcement.

Lead Instructor Bio:
Kevin Watson is a  full-time police officer with 12 years of experience. Kevin is currently assigned as a patrol officer, and has many other responsibilities including evidence technician and lead defensive tactics instructor. Kevin is also a member of his department’s SWAT team  for the last 9 years where he has been assigned as a sniper for the past 5 years, in addition to being a scoped long rifle instructor. In addition to his law enforcement experience he has spent most of his adult life practicing martial arts including; Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai and boxing.  Kevin earned his Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2013 under Professor Jorge Gurgel and currently holds the rank of 2nd degree black belt. Kevin brings his knowledge of traditional martial arts education and real-life experiences of being a street cop to develop and write realistic training curricula for civilians, law enforcement, and military alike.  He is constantly striving to bring the best, most advanced training for all levels of students.

Student Requirements:
Athletic or BDU style clothing, water, (wrestling shoes optional)


  CTS Chemical Munitions Instructor (8 Hours) June 09, 2021
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Included with Course Registration 20 1

Course Description:
This 8-hour Instructor course is designed for those officers with a desire to develop their operational and Instructor skills on Chemical Munitions. The course will assist Instructors with integration of Chemical Munitions options into their current tactical methods. This course includes classroom and range exercises. Information provided will include history and nomenclature of Chemical agents, use of force considerations, hands on applications, training examples and legal considerations. Students will receive an instructor certificate from CTS.

Demonstrations and Ranges drills will be conducted under the supervision of the CTS Master Instructor, the students will have responsibility to attend both classroom and range activity for the Chemical Munitions Instructor course.

Lead Instructor Bio:
Phil Shingleton is the Director of Training for Combined Tactical Systems (CTS) and former police and SWAT officer from Austin Texas PD.

Student Requirements:
Eyepro, earpro, gloves, gas mask and filter

  Defense Technology Less Lethal Impact Munitions Instructor Certification (8 Hours) June 09, 2021
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Included with Course Registration 25

Course Description:
Instructor level lecture and practical exercise including qualification courses. Student will receive an Instructor certification upon successful completion of this course. The course will include but not limited to:

  • Introduction to Impact Munitions
  • Weapons and Munitions: 12ga./37mm/40mm
  • Single Projectiles/Multiple Projectiles
  • Operational Considerations – Skip Fire/Direct Fire
  • Crowd Control Considerations (open and contained)
  • Single Target Acquisition/Dynamic Entry Support
  • Physiological/Psychological Effects
  • Incident Case Studies/Liability Consideration
  • Test Data: Blunt Trauma/Ballistics and Energy
  • Development of Policy and Procedures
  • Operational Scenarios/Qualification Course
  • Documenting Training/In-Service Training
  • Instructor Development/Follow-Up Procedures

Lead Instructor Bio:
Dave Standen was a police officer for thirty-six years. As a retired officer with the Springfield (MA) Police Department he has worked patrol, with the DEA Task Force and as the Senior Staff Instructor for Recruit Training and primary Defensive Tactics Instructor. For fifteen years, Standen was the Defensive Coordinator and Master Instructor for the Municipal Police Training Committee (MPTC). The MPTC is the State agency responsible for Police Training and Standards for all municipal Police Departments in MA. In this position, he wrote the State’s Defensive Tactics Program and Use of Force Program. He has certified and re-certified hundreds of instructors in Defensive Tactics, Pepper Spray, Baton and Use of Force. Dave has been a Defensive Tactics Instructor for 36 years and has trained thousands of Police, Corrections, and Military and Civilian personnel in a number of areas; including all aspects of Defensive Tactics, Use of Force, Firearms, Patrol Procedures and Physical Fitness. He is certified in numerous disciplines relating to Defensive Tactics, Use of Force and Firearms and has been a frequent presenter at ASLET, ILEETA and Monadnock Seminars. Standen is also the founder and master instructor of COP Tactics Police Fighting Systems. He has trained officers across the country in systems that focus on “making the arrest”. He has written the COP Tactics Pepper Spray Arrest Tactics Instructor Manual and is the co-author of two books entitled Vehicle Stops: Safety Strategies and Tactical Procedures and Terry Stops: Safety Strategies and Tactical Procedures. He is proud to serve as an International (Master) Instructor and Advisory Board member for the Monadnock Training Council. In December, he was hired as the full-time Senior Instructor for Safariland with the responsibility of overseeing the Monadnock programs.

Student Requirements:
Eye and ear protection, gloves, body armor and duty gear normally utilized when deploying less lethal munitions. 1- Department 37mm Single (Smooth Bore) Launcher or 37 Multi Launcher, AND 1- 40mm Multi or 40 MM Single Launcher 12 gauge Shotgun. Cylinder Bore and clearly marked for use with Less Lethal.

  Leadslinger Pistol and Rifle Course (8 Hours) June 09, 2021
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Included with Course Registration 20 1

Course Description:
Most law enforcement officers and SWAT team members have limited time and resources to train, therefore making it more critical that this time is used to its fullest potential. The Pareto principle or the 80/20 rule states that focusing the majority of our training time on 20% of the most important tasks will help achieve 80% of your results. Over years of training and experience, we’ve identified these critical tasks that fall into the 20% category. This course will not only teach you how to be a better gunfighter, it will provide you with a series of critical tasks you can incorporate into your individual and team training.

Lead Instructor Bio:
Jack Vickery is a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), assigned to the Cleveland Division’s Akron Resident Agency. He is an Assistant Team Leader on the Cleveland FBI Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team. SA Vickery is also a Firearms Instructor and Tactical Instructor. Prior to becoming a Special Agent with the FBI, SA Vickery was a Special Agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation from 2001-2006.

Student Requirements:

  • Hearing Protection 
  • Baseball Hat
  • 250 rounds of pistol ammunition
  • 300 rounds of rifle ammunition
  • 4 pistol magazines
  • 4 rifle/carbine magazines
  • Pistol
  • Rifle/Carbine with Sling
  • Body Armor/Plate Carrier
  • Pistol Belt w/ holster and magazine pouches
  K9 High Risk Scenarios (8 Hours) June 09, 2021
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Included with Course Registration 16

Course Description:
High Risk Scenarios covering building searches, traffic stops, and area searches.

Lead Instructor Bio:
Troy Gibson has been with the Sheriff's Office for 21 years and 18 years as a dual purpose K9 handler. Troy has been a State Evaluator for the last 11 years as well as a K9 trainer. Troy is a member of the Delaware County Drug Task Force and a Task Force Officer for HSI.

Student Requirements:
Patrol K9, K9 vehicle, and duty gear.

  Advanced Tracking Techniques for K9 Handles (8 Hours) June 09, 2021
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Included with Course Registration 20 2

Course Description:
This class is for those K9 handlers who want to learn how to work with their dog during tracking deployments.

Lead Instructor Bio:
Mike Pennington is the owner and founder of Storm Dog K9 Training L.L.C., a disabled Law Enforcement owned company located in Sunbury, Ohio.
Mike retired from the Franklin County Sheriff's Office and runs Storm Dog Training full-time. 

 Student Requirements:
Note taking materials

  Ballistic Shield Integration For Patrol, SWAT and School Resource Officers (8 Hours) June 09, 2021
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Included with Course Registration 24

Course Description:
This course will expose officers to proven ballistic shield methods utilized during daily and specialized police operations to mitigate risk, force multiply and save life. Some of the tactics and techniques discussed will include but are not limited to: ballistic shield positions, modern day practices and employment of the ballistic shield for patrol officers, modern day practices and employment for specialized units/teams and modern day practices and employment for university and/or school resource officers. Ballistic Shield Operations topics covered will include threshold evaluations, room entries, navigating open spaces, stacked team movement, behaviorally compliant responses to shoot/no-shoot encounters, solo and multi-officer formations, methods of entry, subject management and contingency preparation and planning. Students will go hands on with the ballistic shield and be introduced to ballistic shield employment during close quarter battle structure/room clearing, vehicular operations/vehicular takedowns and during undercover/officer rescue operations. Ballistic Shields for training course will be provided by Armor Express.

Lead Instructor Bio:
Det. Frank Sepulveda has a combined total of over 20 years experience in the law enforcement, military, security, and combative fields. He currently serves as an Instructor with the NY/NJ High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Regional Training Center as well as an Instructor with the New York Police Department (NYPD) Detective Bureau Tactical Training Unit operating with and instructing various police special operations units at the local, state, federal and international levels.

Student Requirements:
Training Blue Gun or SIRT Training Pistol with holster. Note Taking Material.

  Pistol Mechanics (8 Hours) June 09, 2021
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Included with Course Registration 16

Course Description:
This one-day course gives a concise overview on how to train for skill development with a pistol. This class is designed to give each student a deeper understanding of how to train as efficiently and productively as possible. This is not a tactics class, it is a course on developing a high level of applicable shooting skill.
Topics Covered:
-Fundamental principles of marksmanship at speed
-Efficiency and consistency of weapons manipulation at speed
-Movement principles for application of shooting technique
-Technical efficiency and individual optimization of technique
-Isolation of skills and training methodology for improvement
-Technical experimentation in training

Lead Instructor Bio:
Matthew Little is a US Army Special Forces combat veteran who has extensive law enforcement experience, including serving as training coordinator and an operational supervisor on a major metropolitan SWAT team, and has worked as a government contractor in non-permissive environments.He is also ranked as a master class shooter with pistol and carbine by both the US Practical Shooting Association and the International Defensive Pistol Association. He has instructed foreign and US military personnel and police officers. This instructional experience was not solely academic, as he was usually then leading his students operationally either in combat or in arguably the most violent major city in North America. Along with his operational, competitive, and instructional experience, Matt is passionate about his own training. He has completed numerous military and law enforcement training courses and continues to train with many of the industry’s top instructors as often as possible.

Student Requirements:
Serviceable pistol of 9mm or larger caliber, minimum 3 magazines (6 for single stack guns), belt, holster and at a minimum two mag pouches capable of retaining weapon and magazines during strenuous movement. Minimum 1,000 rounds of ammunition, although more is recommended. Eye/ear protection for range. No Serpa holsters or soft nylon/leather holsters permitted in class. 

  Appendix Carry Skills Class (8 Hours) June 09, 2021
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Included with Course Registration 24

Course Description:
Appendix Inside Waist Band - AIWB: What it is. What it isn't. How to get the most out of it safely.
This will be an 8 hour live-fire and dry-fire class that will dive deep into how to get the most out of carrying AIWB.
Topics:
• Safety
• Holster and gun selection
• How to wear the holster
• Clothing concerns and why they really matter.
• How to safely reholster (make sure the operator is safe)
• Efficient and fast draw stroke
• Retention draw stroke and when it Applicable
• Dominant hand only draws
• Seated draw stroke
• Supine draw stroke
• Non Dominant hand only draws
• Dominant hand only reloads
• Non Dominant hand only reloads

Lead Instructor Bio:
Spencer Keeper is a nationally-recognized marksman and personal defense instructor. After years of carrying his firearm in the traditional strong-side-hip position, Spencer transitioned to the modern appendix inside-the-waistband carry method (AIWB)

Student Requirements:
Equipment List:

Range gear
Ear and Eye protection
Appendix Inside Waist Band (AIWB) holster and Outside Waist band (OWB) strong side holster (IF you cannot demonstrate safe re-holstering you will be asked to use an OWB strong side holster)
Reliable semi-auto handgun
400 rounds of ammo
3 spare mags and one mag pouch
Chair, snacks, and drinks

  LE Protective Operations/Intro to Walking Formations and Arrivals and Departures (8 Hours) June 09, 2021
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Included with Course Registration 20

Course Description:
AGS will be conducting a one (1) day excerpt from our Law Enforcement Protective Operations (LEPO) course.  This course will be repeated on 3 separate days during the conference.  Students will learn protective operation walking formations and discuss each of the member’s responsibilities.  Along with formations, we will discuss arrivals and departures with members of the formation and a principal.  First half of the day will be inside of the classroom, while second half will be outside applying the walking formations and arrivals and departures.

Lead Instructor Bio:
Bryan Hillis brings over 20 years of teaching and operational experience to Alexander Global Strategies, Inc.

Bryan was fortunate to have a diverse Law Enforcement career for over 15 years and served in a variety of positions to include, Patrol, Criminal Investigations, SWAT Team Leader, Team Commander, overseeing and managing all department training, and ultimately the Assistant Chief in Charge of Criminal Investigations and Special Operations.

For over a decade, Bryan has planned, lead and managed protection details during high profile events in the United States and in Central and South America. Bryan has extensive experience working directly with US Government officials, foreign government officials, CEO’s, celebrities, and Fortune 100/500 companies, during global events.

On the training side, Bryan was selected and vetted as an instructor for the US Diplomatic Security Service/Anti-Terrorism Assistance Training Program. After being made a part of a team tasked with training foreign countries in the Protection of their National Leadership, Bryan deployed to the Middle East where he trained a Middle Eastern Presidential Protective Detail in the areas of Firearms, Motorcade Operations, Defensive Tactics, and Protective Operations along with various other Anti-Terrorism topics.

Additionally, for over 15 years Bryan has taught and led exercises in various areas to include firearms, combatives, close quarter battle, tactical mobility, and other high risk tactics, techniques and procedures to members of the US Special Operations community, along with Federal, State and Local Law Enforcement officers from all over the country.

Student Requirements:
Note taking materials

  MILO Range Train the Trainer (8 Hours) June 09, 2021
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Included with Course Registration 20

Course Description:
This course will cover the basic setup and operation of a MILO Range Training System, to include setup and operation of standard accessories utilized for training.

Lead Instructor Bio:
Neil Gikas has 8 years in the LE industry as an Instructor and sales professional. Neil has provided numerous MILO Range systems in the state of Ohio since 2017. He was also a Captain in the Army National Guard.

Student Requirements:
Notepad, pen/pencil, thumb drive

  Commander and Senior Tactical Leader PRO-DEV (8 Hours) June 9, 2021
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Included with Course Registration 40 4

Course Description:

The Commander and Senior Tactical Leader Development Track is an all-inclusive block of instruction that will cover important subjects that challenge today’s leaders. As technology and processes improve, it is incumbent on today’s leaders to balance the use of new technologies with the proper deployment of their tactical teams. This 8-hour block of instruction will involve thought provoking subjects centered around the below topics: Leadership Principles; Tactical Theory; Shaping the Operational Environment; Force Multipliers; and Training Methodologies and Strategies.

The instructional track is designed for instructor and participant collaboration. The instructor does not take on the role of the all-knowing subject matter expert (SME) imparting knowledge to the end users. The instructor’s role is to establish an environment geared towards higher learning, to share relevant knowledge and experiences and to guide or provoke thoughtful discussions.

Lead Instructor Bio:

Sean has worked with military special operations units and law enforcement tactical teams from around the country which provides him with unique perspective of tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) and how they apply to the different environments. That experience coupled with conducting law enforcement operations in a politically sensitive environment has provided a leadership insight that will transfer to a variety of departments and tactical units.

In 2007, Sean established CBPs Energetics Breaching Program and served as the Master Breacher until 2013. During this time, he authored the National CBP Breaching Policy.

During his tenure with BORTAC, he established and led a small low visibility targeting team that identified and infiltrated violent Transnational Criminal Organizations in Arizona responsible for a high number of drug related violent crimes. During this time, he and his team were awarded the Brian A. Terry Award for Courage.

In 2017, Sean was selected to attend the prestigious United States Marine Corps Weapons and Tactics Instructor School (Command and Control-C2 Track), he holds the honor of being one of only two non-DOD graduates of this course.

Sean currently serves as an Adjunct Instructor for the Department of Homeland Security’s Tactical Response to Suicide Bomber Incidents. He is also consulting for a number of companies as an SME for Energetic Breaching and Law Enforcement Tactical Special Operations.

Student Requirements:

Open mind and note taking materials

16-Hour Wednesday/Thursday Training Courses
  Advanced Ballistic Shield Instructor Course (16 Hours) June 09-10, 2021
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Included with Course Registration 16 1

Course Description:
WARRIORS CARRY SHIELDS !!!

Instructors will be trained to deploy the shields in an operation with great mobility, flexibility and accuracy without risk of malfunctions to the weapon system. Operators will learn to adjust and deploy the shield in any environment and defeat threats without hesitation and with conviction. Operators will learn how to fix malfunctions with both hands and fight in an offensive mode with both weapon systems (RIFLE and SIDE ARM) incorporating Standing, Kneeling, Prone, Movement drills, Multiple Target drills, Vehicle Assault, Rescues, and Team Movement drills, Hand to Hand Shield Combat… take away techniques

Lead Instructor Bio:
Michael Ott : 18 years of service with Lakewood CO Police Department (SWAT, Master Firearms Instructor, K-9 Handler, and Lead Physical Fitness Instructor)

7 years with First Choice Armor / Diamondback Tactical as Vice President in Training Division

Present : Point Blank Enterprise (Hard Armor Unit)

Teaching Combat Shield Techniques with small arms to U.S. , Canada, Mexico, Asia, and  Europe to Law Enforcement, Federal, and Military

Student Requirements:
Equipment Required :

- Pistol: Minimum of 3 Magazines

- Submachine/Rifle: Minimum of 3 Magazines

- Ammunition:

- 500 Rounds for Pistol

- 500 Rounds for Submachine Gun or Rifle

- Wrap-Around Eye Protection, Ear Protection, Hat, Sunscreen, Mosquito Repellant,

Water, and Sack Lunch

- Appropriate Clothing for the Climate

***All Weapons Must be CLEANED AND WELL LUBED

  Asymmetric Gunfighter (16 Hours) June 09 -10 , 2021
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Course Description:
The TYR Tactical® Asymmetrical Gunfighter Course is an Intermediate Pistol and Carbine Class focusing on the ever- changing contingencies of a gunfight. The course also focuses on tactical pistol and rifle drills in daylight conditions. It involves stationary and non-stationary as well as shooting in and around vehicles.

Lead Instructor Bio:
Joey Goodloe is former US Army SOF turned TYR Tactical Sales Rep and Instructor in small arms and close quarter battle techniques.

Student Requirements:
Pistol, Rifle, At least 4 Mags for both weapon systems, Body armor, eyes and ears.

Round Count Day One: Qty.780 rounds - M4

Round Count Day Two: Qty.210 rounds - M4 / Qty.650 rounds - Pistol.

WEARING OF BODY ARMOR IS MANDATORY.

  AR15 / M16 / M4 / AR308 Rifle Armorer Course (16 Hours) June 09-10, 2021
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Included with Course Registration 20

Course Description:
SLR15 AR15 / M16 / M4 Armorer Course (16 Hours)

Armorers will be certified in the proper maintenance, care, and repair of these weapons systems, including semi-auto and select-fire trigger systems.  This course covers all AR15 / M4 /M16 / AR308 type weapons systems made and their variants.  This program follows the Manufacturer’s guidelines and is taught by FBI and NRA Certified Instructors.

Lead Instructor Bio:
Greg “Sully” Sullivan is the Chief Instructor for Defensive Edge Training/SLR15 Rifles. He has been featured in SWAT Magazine, Guns & Ammo Magazine Tactical Guns & Gear Annual, Shooting Times, Gun Digest, Guns & Weapons for Law Enforcement Magazine, and Precision Rifle Magazine. Our armoring courses have been taught for over two decades all over the country.

Student Requirements:
Students must bring a rifle to work on. Students need to supply their own rifle, and cleaning equipment. This allows you to get familiar with your own configuration and modifications. You will be able to give it a thorough cleaning, inspection, and gauging for wear. You are welcome to bring more than one rifle. (All tools will be supplied). 

  Designated Marksman (16 Hours) June 09-10, 2021
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Course Description:
This course is designed to enhance the patrol rifle operator's ability to make precision shots while utilizing a rifle equipped with magnified optics.  Graduates will demonstrate proficiency on the Center Mass DM qualification course engaging targets from 7-200 yards, and also have the opportunity to engage steel targets out 500 yards (range permitting.)  Students will learn the pros and cons of various magnified optic systems (red dot with magnifier, ACOG & low power variable scope.)  DM rifle equipment selection and set up will be discussed, along with lessons learned from two decades of competition at the National Patrol Rifle Competition.

Lead Instructor Bio:
Lieutenant Mark Stout is a 29-year veteran of the West Bloomfield Michigan Police Department.  He holds an associate degree in applied science, a bachelor of applied science, a master of public administration from the University of Michigan, and is a graduate of Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command.  He is a former U.S. Army Infantry Paratrooper and is currently in charge of West Bloomfield Police Firearms Training Unit.  He spent fourteen years as a member of the West Bloomfield Police Special Response Team (SRT.)  His assignments on the team include entry team member, entry team leader, sniper team leader, and SRT commander.  He is a member of the National Tactical Officers Association, International Defensive Pistol Association & Michigan Rifle and Pistol Association, lifetime member of the NRA and 2nd Amendment Foundation, and current President of the Michigan Police Combat Pistol Association.  He has received extensive firearms training and is an avid competitive shooter having won multiple national, state and regional championships.  During his career he has trained thousands of students, both civilian and law enforcement, in firearm skills and legal issues related to the use of force.

Student Requirements:
Prerequisite: Must have attended a basic patrol rifle operator school.

Equipment Requirements: A Semi-Automatic Patrol rifle in .223/5.56 or 308 caliber with a sling, quality combat proven magnified optic capable of less than 2x magnification on the lowest setting and no greater than 8x on highest setting. Examples of appropriate optics include a variable power scope, ACOG, or red dot sight with magnifier. Students should bring 300 rounds of duty grade rifle ammunition, duty pistol with holster and 50 rounds of pistol ammunition, note taking material. WEARING OF BODY ARMOR IS MANDATORY.

  RAIDER Level 1 (16 Hours) June 09-10 2021
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Included with Course Registration 20

Course Description:
Solo response to an active killer.  The RAIDER program teaches an officer how to use movement, infrastructure, and the way the mind and body work to protect their back as they enter a structure alone.

Lead Instructor Bio:
Chris Pattie has been a police officer with the city of Mentor (OH) since 1997 and currently works in patrol.  Chris served on the SWAT and Sniper team from 2002-2016 and was the Sniper Team Leader from 2013 to 2016.  Chris is a firearms instructor certified in revolver, semi-auto, shotgun, patrol rifle, sub-machine gun, and scoped rifle.  He also holds other instructor certifications to include less lethal, diversional devices, ALICE, and RAIDER. 

Chris became a certified RAIDER instructor in 2014 and has been teaching the instructor level classes nationally for the ALICE Training Institute since 2015.  Prior to his work in law enforcement, Chris was an active member of the United States Navy where he served for six years.  Four of those years were served as a Master-At-Arms.  He was a Watch Commander and the team leader for the Security Alert Team.  Chris had several overseas deployments to include Operation Desert Shield, Operation Desert Storm during the first Gulf war, and the Persian Gulf war.  He received several Letters of Commendation, Letters of Appreciation, Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist, and the Navy Achievement Medal.  In 2018, Chris, along with his Wife, bought the RAIDER company from the ALICE Training Institute and currently resides in Eastlake, Ohio with his Wife and two children.

Student Requirements:
Students will need to bring suitable clothing for force on force training.  The students will be using Airsoft which will break bare skin. We will provide head protection, Airsoft weapons, and Airsoft ammunition.

  Tactical Team Leadership Development (16 Hours) June 09-10, 2021
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Included with Course Registration 120 3

Course Description:
This class is designed for the individual who is currently involved in any aspect of leadership for their SWAT Team or involved in developing or executing training for their SWAT Team.   The course will cover aspects of tactical leadership during critical incidents, dynamic entry concepts, creating tactical dilemmas, threshold assessment, legal justification of force, liability in SWAT operations, and administrative survival concepts for SWAT leaders.  The course is designed to be an ego free training environment and tackle hot button issues in the tactical community, while developing a reasonable understanding of basic accepted tactical concepts within the tactical community.

Lead Instructor Bio:
Master Police Officer Stephen Mescan is a 25 year veteran of the City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police and is currently assigned to the City of Pittsburgh Police SWAT Team’s Tactical Operations Section which is comprised of subject matter experts that assists City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Command Staff personnel with strategic initiatives, planning and the development of tactical resolve contingencies as it relates to all police operations. 

His day to day operations consist of administrative duties surrounding SWAT and leadership functions during tactical deployments.  Additionally, his responsibilities include the coordination with outside agencies, joint operations training and major incident planning for the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police. 

Steve is currently the Eastern Director and instructor for the National Tactical Officers Association who co-authored of the NTOA Team Leader Development Program.  He is formerly the Pennsylvania Tactical Officers Association President and has instructed for various state tactical associations and consulted as an expert to area SWAT Teams concerning SWAT operations.  Most notably in 2009 he was part of a subject matter expert team that developed the tactical strategic plan for the G-20 Summit held in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania.

Student Requirements:
Note taking materials


24-Hour Wednesday/Thursday/Friday Training Courses
  Introduction to Visual Tracking for Law Enforcement Special Operations (24 Hours) June 09-11, 2021
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Included with Course Registration 18 2

Course Description:
Students will be introduced to visual tracking skills with an emphasis on proper focus in the critical first minutes of an unfolding incident. The class will center around finding and interpreting tracks and supporting details. Additionally, the course will focus on the small team tactics vital during the initial phase of the operation.

This curriculum is based on a "come as you are" approach. The skill sets stressed are designed to make you better with what you have and emphasizes seizing opportunities, leveraging primitive and advanced technology, and piecing together information in order to determine the best tactics to effect an arrest.

Lead Instructor Bio:
Anthony Winegar is a 20 year law enforcement officer/supervisor with the National Park Service near Atlanta, Ga. Anthony began his study of tracking and rural tactical operations in 2001 after several work related incidents exposed a unique need for the skill set.  Since that time, Anthony has 100's of hours of training and operational experience involving tracking, rural tactics, and the use of footprint evidence to resolve critical incidents.  Anthony currently exclusively trains law enforcement departments and officers who are looking for the unique skills.  Anthony is also a Firearms Instructor and use of Force Instructor for his agency.

Student Requirements:
Note taking material, appropriate BDU clothing, plate carriers, long guns, small binoculars (optional)

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