The Top 20 is an in-depth look at concepts that are foundational to the mindset, philosophy, and tactical considerations of today’s law enforcement officers (LEO’s). These concepts are applicable to officers, supervisors, and managers in patrol and special operations and can be used to navigate all critical incidents including suicidal calls and crowd management events.
Regardless of previous experience, participants should come away with a better appreciation of concepts such as: Balanced Officers (warrior v guardian), the Soft Skills (de-escalation), the Safety Priorities, Officer Jeopardy, Opportunity, the 4 C’s, Space and Time, Tactical Pause, Leadership, and Scenario Based Integrated Training. This appreciation and understanding can help attendees become more balanced, improve their leadership skills, and make better informed, more consistent, and defensible decisions in critical incidents by utilizing a 5-step decision-making model.
The concepts will be delivered using lecture, class discussion, and incident and video debriefs.
David Pearson is a lieutenant with Fort Collins Police Services. He has been a police officer since 1990. He currently serves as an Acting Assistant Chief for the Criminal Investigations Division.
David has been a law enforcement instructor since 1996 and has taught defensive tactics, officer safety, building search, crowd control, incident command, active shooter, less lethal technology, tactical decision making, and SWAT tactics. Since 2005, David has been an instructor for the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA). As an instructor for the NTOA, David has taught the SWAT Team Leader Development Class, the Civil Disturbance class, Tactical S.C.B.A., the Top 20 Concepts class, and the basic SWAT course. David’s focus at the NTOA, however, has been in less lethal technology and tactics. Since 2013, he has served in the role of Less Lethal Section Chair for the NTOA.
David is a two-time Medal of Valor recipient for his actions on patrol and SWAT. He also earned a Medal of Merit for his life-saving efforts during a major flood. He holds a master degree in Organizational Leadership.