Conference Courses

Conference Courses2019-02-13T05:04:30+00:00

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4 HOUR BLOCKS

Course Description:

This seminar provides in-depth analyses of tactics and command decision making during a barricade suspect operation. Discussions include a review of recent operations, the positive and negative issues that impact these operations.

Student Equipment:

  • Note taking material

Instructor:

Commander Jeff Selleg

Commander Jeff Selleg has worked in Law Enforcement since 1996 and served as a member of Valley Regional SWAT from October of 2000 to July 2013 in an operational capacity and returned as a SWAT Commander in 2015. He served in the capacity of entry team member, sniper, sniper team leader, and entry team leader. He holds certifications as an instructor in most of the disciplines associated with tactical operations. During this time, he has responded to numerous emergency calls and planned operations. He held the rank of Sergeant at the Port of Seattle Police Department from 2005 to April 2013 when he was promoted to Commander, and has served both as a patrol commander and an administrative services commander with collateral duty commands over the Explosive Detection Canine Unit, the Bomb Disposal Unit and SWAT.

Commander Selleg has served as a member of the Washington State Tactical Officer’s Association Board of Directors since 2007 and currently serves as the President. He has instructed hundreds of officers in his role as a Basic and Advanced SWAT instructor as well as hundreds of patrol officers attending the Valley SWAT regional Active Shooter Program. Jeff served as an advisor to the National Institute of Justice – Tactical Technology Working group for the Department of Justice as well as a committee member to the National Tactical Officer Association’s – National SWAT Standards Review Committee. Since 2012 Jeff has instructed for the National Tactical Officer Association facilitating the Team Leader Development Course, SWAT Command and Decision Making I and SWAT Command and Decision Making II. Commander Selleg assisted the NTOA as a committee member designing the curriculum of the NTOA’s new Command College leadership development initiative and currently serves as the Chairman of the NTOA’s Tactical Leadership Committee. Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Saint Martin’s University in Lacey Washington and a Master’s of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership from Chapman University in Orange California. Commander Selleg has completed course work and is ABD towards earning his Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership through Northeastern University in Boston.

Course Description:

This seminar provides in-depth analyses of tactics and command decision making during hostage rescue operations. Discussions include a review of recent operations, as well as positive and negative issues that impact these operations.

Student Equipment:

  • Note taking material

Instructor:

Commander Jeff Selleg

Commander Jeff Selleg has worked in Law Enforcement since 1996 and served as a member of Valley Regional SWAT from October of 2000 to July 2013 in an operational capacity and returned as a SWAT Commander in 2015. He served in the capacity of entry team member, sniper, sniper team leader, and entry team leader. He holds certifications as an instructor in most of the disciplines associated with tactical operations. During this time, he has responded to numerous emergency calls and planned operations. He held the rank of Sergeant at the Port of Seattle Police Department from 2005 to April 2013 when he was promoted to Commander, and has served both as a patrol commander and an administrative services commander with collateral duty commands over the Explosive Detection Canine Unit, the Bomb Disposal Unit and SWAT.

Commander Selleg has served as a member of the Washington State Tactical Officer’s Association Board of Directors since 2007 and currently serves as the President. He has instructed hundreds of officers in his role as a Basic and Advanced SWAT instructor as well as hundreds of patrol officers attending the Valley SWAT regional Active Shooter Program. Jeff served as an advisor to the National Institute of Justice – Tactical Technology Working group for the Department of Justice as well as a committee member to the National Tactical Officer Association’s – National SWAT Standards Review Committee. Since 2012 Jeff has instructed for the National Tactical Officer Association facilitating the Team Leader Development Course, SWAT Command and Decision Making I and SWAT Command and Decision Making II. Commander Selleg assisted the NTOA as a committee member designing the curriculum of the NTOA’s new Command College leadership development initiative and currently serves as the Chairman of the NTOA’s Tactical Leadership Committee. Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Saint Martin’s University in Lacey Washington and a Master’s of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership from Chapman University in Orange California. Commander Selleg has completed course work and is ABD towards earning his Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership through Northeastern University in Boston.

Course Description:

Fundamentals of Night Vision Programs for SWAT: This four hour presentation by Lane Critser of Curtis Blue Line is designed for the SWAT leader with no or limited knowledge revolving around using night vision devices as a force multiplier. Lane will demonstrate how various pieces of night vision equipment come together to form a functioning system that allows teams to use the cover of darkness as a safety enhancer. He will demystify much of the marketing hype surrounding these systems as well as outline critical equipment pairings. The overarching goal is to make WSTOA members informed consumers who can maximize critical equipment funds and secure equipment that is needed without unnecessary expenses. Additionally, he will demonstrate all the equipment necessary allowing attendees to gain hands on experience with how the systems fit together.

Student Equipment:

  • Note taking material

Instructor:

Lane Critser, Tactical Product Specialist with Curtis Blue Line, is a Retired Sergeant (R) with Utah County Sheriff’s Office. He is a nationally recognized influencer and experienced instructor in law enforcement training, tactics, operations and equipment. He is a moderator for primaryandsecondary.com, a social community for professional development, equipment expertise and training concepts.

Critser has over 20 years of law enforcement experience with the Utah County Sheriff’s Office. He served as police service dog supervisor, field training officer and Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team instructor and leader. Instruction expertise includes primary pistol, primary carbine, less-lethal munitions/chemical and wilderness operations.

He was assigned to a major crimes task force for eight years and was a task force officer for the FBI and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). In 2008, as a K9 sergeant, he was assigned to the Bandidos National Run in Moab, Utah. Based on that experience, he was assigned as the Outlaw Motorcycle Gang (OMG) task force supervisor in that same year.

Currently, Critser is a member of the board of directors for Tri-State OMG Investigators. He is also the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) National Canine Subject Matter Expert (SME) Sub-Chairman.

Course Description:

Incident Debrief of Nov 30th, 2016 killing of Tacoma Officer Jake Gutierrez and the following Hostage Standoff. Focus will be on command and control issues during a multi jurisdictional response to a large event; Negotiations, and events leading up to the tactical resolution.

Student Equipment:

  • Note taking material

Instructor:

Mark Berry is a Sergeant with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department currently assigned to the Foothills Detachment. Mark has 23 years of law enforcement experience, 18 years on SWAT, and currently serves as Sniper Team Leader for the Sheriff’s Department SWAT Team.

During his career, Mark has served in a variety of roles on the SWAT Team where he has held positions as Team Commander, Entry Team Leader, Ballistic Shield Operator and Chemical Agent/Less Lethal Operator.

Course Description:

This seminar will discuss establishing and implementing a LE UAS (Drone) program. The speaker will cover the federal regulatory framework, pilot licensing, and policy development. He will provide in depth knowledge on program design and program implementation practices for successful UAS programs.

Student Equipment:

  • Note taking material

Instructor:

Chad Karlewicz is a Commander with the Renton Police department and is currently assigned to the Special Operations Division. Chad has 28 years of law enforcement experience. In that time, he has been involved in many aspects of law enforcement including patrol, traffic, narcotics investigations, detectives, recruitment/hiring and training.

During his career, he has served in a variety of leadership positions to include traffic unit supervisor, patrol supervisor, detective supervisor, training unit supervisor, Special Operations Commander, Patrol Commander, and Traffic Commander. He is most proud of his 20 plus years of service to the 42-man regional Valley SWAT Team where he also held several leadership positions including Entry Team Leader, Sniper Team Leader, SWAT Team Unit Commander and Lead SWAT Team Commander.

Chad attended college at Northwest University. He is a graduate of the International Association of Chiefs of Police – Leadership in Police Organizations and the Emergency Management Institutes Integrated Emergency Management program in Emmetsburg, Maryland.

Chad is also the owner/operator of Frontline UAS where he focuses on consulting and training for the development and implementation of Unmanned Aerial Systems programs. He specializing in complete program development and implementation of UAS programs for public safety organizations including the attainment of FAA Certificates of Authorization and FAA Part 107 licenses. Frontline UAS also offers complete hands-on pilot training.

8 HOUR BLOCKS

Course Description:

This 1-day course is designed to educate and prepare police officers in the event of an ambush. Officers will be trained in techniques to eliminate or mitigate the threat. This is a hands-on, high-intensity course in which students practice tactics and techniques in the field and includes firearms and vehicle operations.

Student Equipment:

  • Note taking material

Instructor:

Brandon Kehoe has been a Police Officer with the Sheboygan Police Department (WI) for 13 years. Brandon has been on the department’s tactical team for 9 years, and has served as a team leader for the last 3 years.

In July of 2016, Brandon dealt with an attempted ambush from a heavily armed and prepared adversary which resulted in an officer involved shooting, with the only loss of life being the suspect’s.

Brandon instructs several topics and currently serves on the Department’s Street Crimes Unit.

Course Description:

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.

Student Equipment:

  • Note taking material

Instructor:

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.

16 HOUR BLOCKS

Course Description:

Basic SWAT/K-9 Introduction- Introduction into integrating and deploying Police K-9 with tactical teams. K-9 teams will be evaluated to determine suitability to best be utilized while working with tactical teams. K-9 teams will go through various exposure drills during team movements to help identify and address any possible limitations. K-9 teams will learn clearing techniques while working with tactical teams during slow and deliberate operations, be exposed to CS gas environment, exposed and evaluated during live fire exercises and trained in tactical tracking while working with small tactical team element.

Student Equipment:

  • Certified Police Patrol K-9
  • Harness
  • Long Line
  • Gas Mask
  • 1 box handgun rounds

Instructors:

Officer Jim Syler
Lakewood Police Department
K-9 Unit Master Trainer

  • Police Officer for 22 years
  • K-9 Handler for the last 18 years
  • K-9 trainer for the Washington State Police Canine Association for the last 13 years
  • K-9 Master Trainer for Pierce County METRO K-9 and the Washington State Police Canine Association for the last 7 years
  • Tactical K-9 handler for the METRO SWAT team in Pierce County for 9 years
  • Patrol and Narcotics K-9 Certification Evaluator for the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission
  • Current Executive Board member for the Washington State Police Canine Association

Paul Gorman
Spokane Police Department

  • 18 yrs with Spokane PD
  • 13 years K9 with 3 patrol dogs. WSPCA Master Trainer, WSPCA President, CJTC K9 Panel member.
  • 3 years SWAT
  • 9 years TAC (RIOT)
  • 6 years CART (chemical munitions team)
  • 13 years SPD Defensive Tactics Instructor, CJTC Master DT Instructor
  • 4 years Fitness Coordinator for SPD
  • 6 years USMC, retired as SGT

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Instructor:

Mike 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 Training professionals on Shield Tactics: Local, State, Federal, Military, and International Teams, Point Blank Enterprise (Hard Armor Unit)

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24 HOUR BLOCKS

Course Description:

This three day course will focus on practical application of handgun and rifle basics in both daylight and lowlight/no light conditions. It will cover marksmanship on both platforms as well as CQB and movement. Some topics to be covered are stance, recoil management, presentation and manipulations.

Instructor:

Officer Cory Eaton

Cory Eaton has been with the City of Kent for 12 years and Valley SWAT for 10 years. He currently serves as a Team Leader for Valley Regional SWAT. He is the primary firearms instructor for Valley SWAT. He has instructor certifications for handgun, AR15 rifles and sub-machine guns. He is an armorer for AR15s, Glock and Smith & Wesson. He also instructs in Taser and EVOC with Kent.

Student Equipment:

A AR15 variant rifle with sling and a flashlight and 3 magazines. A service pistol with a rail mounted flashlight and 3 magazines. For the three day course 1200 rounds of ammunition will be needed for the rifle and pistol.

Course Description:

As our industry continues to diligently mitigate risk to officers and citizens, SWAT Teams are being tasked with seeking improved methods to performing historically dangerous operations. Covert surveillance capabilities can be a key component to the success of non-typical SWAT missions and help increase the viability of SWAT officers for use by their agencies in a wider spectrum of tasks. Improved surveillance techniques will establish avenues for increased readiness and threat mitigation in operational areas such as; Narcotics Related Warrants and Arrests, Fugitive Apprehension and Dignitary Protection. This course will focus on the basic principles of surveillance techniques and working to incorporate those principles into SWAT operations. There will be 8 hours dedicated to Vehicle Take Down and Assault operations. The curriculum is geared toward the SWAT Team member with little exposure to covert surveillance techniques, however all Commissioned LEOs and U.S. military personnel are welcome.

The 24 hour course will be a combination of classroom instruction and practical field exercises.

Student Equipment:

  • Note taking material

Topics of instruction include:

  • Vehicle Take Away and Surveillance
  • Vehicle Takedown Coordination/Techniques
  • Vehicle Assaults
  • Surveillance on Foot
  • Covert Arrest Team Tactics
  • Static Surveillance
  • Counter-Surveillance Considerations
  • Integrating with and Supplementing Investigative Units

Instructor:

Officer Eric Gordon

Officer Eric Gordon has been a police officer since 2006. He is currently assigned as a Team Leader for the Valley Regional SWAT team and has been a member since 2007. Some of his instructor certifications include Direct Action Resource Center (DARC) Law Enforcement Counter Terrorism Course Level 1, DARC Advanced Operational Breaching Techniques, DARC Advanced Explosive Breaching Program Supervisor Course, T1G (Explosive Master Breaching, Ballistic Breaching, Mechanical Breaching, Exothermic Breaching), Tactical Energetic Entry Systems (TEES) Law Enforcement Explosive Master Breacher and Forced Entry Tactical Training (FETT) explosive breaching for law enforcement. Eric also holds numerous instructor certifications in a variety of topics.

Student Equipment:

  • UC or unmarked vehicle
  • Plains Clothes

Optional Equipment:

  • Computer
  • Vehicle GPS
  • Computer
  • Camera
  • Binocular

32 HOUR BLOCK

Course Description:

The National Tactical Officers Association’s Active Shooter Instructor Certification. Innovative tactics and tried-and-true techniques are the hallmark of this course which is designed for individuals assigned the responsibility to teach police and SWAT personnel in immediate deployment / rapid intervention techniques. This is a train-the-trainer course. Topics to be covered include an historical overview of active shooter situations including school shootings, immediate deployment / rapid intervention tactics, barricade-hostage rescue concepts and instructional techniques. Simunitions weapons will be used in field training exercises. This course includes MACTAC Tactics.

Student Equipment Required:

Law Enforcement ID
Ballistic Helmet (PASGT type)
Body armor/Entry vest
Chemical agent mask
Eye/Face/Neck/Groin protection
Gloves
Training weapon and 9mm marking rounds (25 – 50)
Primary Entry Weapon (SMG, Shotgun)
Secondary Weapon (Pistol)
SWAT/Patrol uniform

Instructor: NTOA

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