8 HOUR BLOCKS

Location:

Richland PD Training Room
871 George Washington Way
Richland, WA 99352

Course Description:

Night Vision capabilities and functions – Understanding how night vision can benefit law enforcement. This course is designed to educate the night vision end user on how night vision works, is manufactured and utilized in the law enforcement field.

The first 4-hour block is a NVG 101 open to all law enforcement. The objectives are to educate the end user or agency that is looking to begin a program on how to evaluate specifications and capabilities of night vison for the agency. This is a 4-hour PowerPoint classroom atmosphere.

The following 4-hour block is field work designed for end users that have night vision equipment. The topics will include functions, features and applications of night vision, multi-function aiming lasers, and Identify friend foe (IFF) markers in a no light to low light environment.

Required Equipment:

  • Bring whatever night vision you have that is head worn capable.
  • Helmet and appropriate NVG mounting system
  • Any multi-function aiming lasers or infrared lighting.
  • Eye and ear protection
  • Body Armor
  • Shoulder-fired weapon and “Chamber” safety identifier device. Can be a flag, insert, training bolt, etc.
  • Handheld or weapon mounted white light source.
  • USB storage device for copy of PowerPoint.

Curtis Blue Line will have 2-3 demo units for individuals to demo during the course. If you need these to attend the entire course, please contactlcritser@curtisblueline.com to coordinate prior to the conference.

Instructor:

Sergeant Lane Critser (Retired)
Utah County Sheriff’s Office

Lane Critser has over 20 years of law enforcement experience with the Utah County Sheriff’s Office. He has deep experience as a patrol deputy, SWAT team leader, K9 handler, firearms instructor, criminal investigator, criminal intelligence officer, undercover operations, executive protection and supervisor. Critser 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.

Critser was a SWAT team leader for a 48-member SWAT team which included planning and execution of operations, training curriculum and subject matter expert duties for the team.

Critser has worked as a lead investigator, co-case agent, and undercover officer on multiple title III wiretaps, cartel/drug trafficking organizations (DTO) and OMG investigations. He worked with other officers to develop and hone a directed enforcement training course to enhance the intelligence gathering and enforcement during annual state and national OMG runs. Critser was the director of the Utah Intermountain Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Investigator Group and a member of the board of directors for Tri-State OMG Investigators. He is a Utah Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certified adjunct instructor where he teaches police service dog, firearms, wall stops and directed enforcement.

Critser is the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) National Canine Subject Matter Expert (SME) Sub-Chairman.

Primary pistol, primary carbine, less-lethal munitions/chemical and wilderness operations instructor

Patrol/Narcotic and SWAT Dog Instructor/Judge for Utah POST

Adjunct Instructor for Utah POST, K9 TacOps and International Police K9

Critser is currently the Tactical Product Specialist for Curtis Blue Line (CBL). His duties include research and trends in current placement of tactical products for law enforcement. CBL conducts agency product demonstrations in the 13 western states.

Location:

Three Rivers Convention Center
7016 W Grandridge Street
Kennewick, WA 99336
Meeting Room C

Course Description:

Presented by Rainier Arms, course will provide students with a working knowledge of the AR/M4 platform. Students will be able to assemble, disassemble and diagnose common problems associated with the AR/M4 platform.

Location:

Siri Brazilian Ju-Jitsu Academy
8508 W Gage Blvd #C103
Kennewick, WA 99336

Course Description:

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Instructor:

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Location:

Three Rivers Convention Center
7016 W Grandridge Street
Kennewick, WA 99336
Meeting Room C

Course Description:

The day will start off in the classroom with the NTOA SWAT Drone presentation that was given at the NTOA conference in 2023, followed by a FAA UAS update. The afternoon will be spent utilizing UAS in various tactical scenarios.

Lunch will be provided to all class attendees courtesy of Brinc Drones.

The Workshop will be drone-agnostic so agencies can bring their own UAS platforms to use in the training scenarios. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own UAS platforms they currently fly on SWAT missions. (We understand that this would mean a decrease in operational coverage at their home stations, so it is not required at all).

Instructor:

The BRINC Drones training cadre are all former law enforcement officers with tactical backgrounds and have been instructors and trainers in various capacities throughout their careers.

Location:

Kennewick Police Department Range
Coordinates 46.14359 N, 119.19597 W
(Drive down the gravel road to the Y and follow signs for PD range)

Course Description:

Pistol Performance Standards
Shooters will start with basic fundamental pistol applications, breaking down platform, draw strokes, first shots, and multi shots to have a better understanding of efficient, sustainable and effective movements with the pistol. Shooters will then work through several courses of fire geared towards first establishing a baseline skill level and then work towards improving overall operational effectiveness with their duty handgun. Shooters will be pushed beyond their comfort zone to increase shooter effectiveness while still maintaining high levels of accuracy.

Required Equipment:

  • Duty Handgun/belt with a minimum 3 magazines
  • Eye protection, hearing protection, ballistic vest
  • 800 rounds pistol ammunition
  • Ball Cap
  • Sharpie Marker

Instructor:

Jordan Spencer
Jordan Spencer is a Chief Deputy with the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office where he currently oversees the training and firearms division. During his 16-year career, he has worked as a Patrol Deputy, Marine Deputy, Search and Rescue Incident Commander, Patrol Sgt. and Training Coordinator/Rangemaster. He has also served as the lead firearms and a chemical munitions instructor as a member of the Lower Columbia SWAT Team. Jordan has been responsible for conducting his agencies firearms, force on force, taser, less lethal and Use of Force instruction over the course of his career. Over the last several years Jordan has taken his agency’s firearms training from static stand and shoot training to enhanced live-fire tactics and increased proficiency. He started his agencies Active Shooter Response program and well as live fire vehicle tactics and CQB programs. Jordan chairs his agencies Use of Force Review Board and is responsible for updating his agencies Use of Force policies.

Jordan holds instructor certifications through the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission, NRA, IALEFIA, UTM, DefTec, NLEFIA and WSLEFIA. He holds instructor and armorer certificates in Advanced Handgun, Rifle, Shotgun, Subgun, Live Fire Shoothouse, Low Light, Less Lethal, Chemical Munitions, NFDD, Reality Based Training, Vehicle Engagements and Pistol Optics. He is a nationally certified Firearms Instructor Subject Matter Expert (SME) through the National Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor Association (NLEFIA) where he is also a staff instructor. Jordan also started a private training company, Stratagem Firearms Training LLC, to teach operator and instructor level courses to Police/Military and the civilian market.

Jordan has been a firearms instructor for over 10 years and has a passion and drive as an instructor and teaches courses across the U.S. and Canada through NLEFIA and Stratagem Firearms Training LLC. He also attends regular training courses as a student in order to maintain proficiency in an effort to advance and pass along his knowledge and passion for firearms training and instruction. Jordan is a graduate of the Force Science Institute and holds a BA in Criminal Justice.

Location:

Three Rivers Convention Center
7016 W Grandridge Street
Kennewick, WA 99336
Meeting Room C

Course Description:

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Required Equipment:

  • Helmet
  • Eye protection and Simunition Mask
  • Plate carrier or Heavy Vest (Call out vest)
  • Team training uniform
  • Gloves
  • Rifle with blue bolt or “simunition only” rifle
  • Simunition Pistol
  • 100 rounds of rifle simuniton
  • 100 rounds of pistol simunition

Instructor:

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16 HOUR BLOCK

Location:

Richland Police Department Range Facility
3230 Twin Bridges Rd.
Richland, WA 99352

Course Description:

Snipercraft Northwest will be holding a 2-day sniper tripod class at the WSTOA conference this year on March 14th (Tuesday) and 15th (Wednesday). This class will be an introduction of the evolution of snipers utilizing tripods for shooting and where modern-day shooting tripod systems are today. There will be some classroom instruction as well as practical shooting applications on the range. We will cover setting up tripods inside a vehicle hide and live fire shooting from within the vehicle. In addition, students will be out on the range shooting from close range (25 yards) to longer distance (up to 500 yards) off their tripods. If you don’t currently have a tripod system or are looking to get a new one, please reach out to us at info@snipercraftnw.com for some recommendations:

Required Equipment:

  • Please bring the following items for the course:
  • Rifle system and optic capable of 1 MOA
  • 150 rounds of ammunition
  • Call out uniform and associated gear
  • Vehicle hide building materials
  • Tripod with some type of cradle or clamping/locking system
  • Small camping stool or chair

Instructor Bios:

Mike Bertucci (Co-Owner/Lead Trainer)
Mike was born and raised in Washington State. He grew up and spent most of his life in the Northwest. After serving in the United States Air Force, he later went on to get his bachelor’s degree in Law and Justice from Central Washington University.

Mike worked in law enforcement as a police officer for 25 years. During his time as a police officer he served in the role of patrol officer, field training officer, detective, union president, patrol supervisor, narcotics supervisor and special operations supervisor. In addition to his normal police duties, he spent 21 years assigned to the Valley SWAT team up in the Northwest as a police sniper. During his time on the team as a Sniper Team Leader, he planned and participated in over 1,000 sniper missions.

Mike is currently the Washington State Tactical Officer’s Association (WSTOA) Sniper Advisor, as well as the American Sniper Association (ASA) region 5 representative for the Northwest (AK, ID, MT, NE, ND, OR, SD, WA, WY). He has also been the lead instructor for past Washington State basic and advanced sniper schools and is an adjunct instructor for Derrick Bartlett (ASA President) and his sniper training company (Snipercraft) out of Florida.

Phil Glover (Co-Owner/Lead Trainer)
Phil was born and raised in Washington State, and has spent his entire life in the Seattle-Tacoma area. Phil graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor’s degree in Society and Justice, and began his law enforcement career shortly thereafter.

Phil has been a police officer for 29 years; serving as a patrol officer, field training officer, firearms instructor, major crimes detective, narcotics detective, and patrol sergeant. Additionally Phil has served on the regional Valley SWAT team for 25 years; the last 21 years as a sniper and sniper team leader.

Phil has been an adjunct instructor for past Washington State basic sniper courses and for Derrick Bartlett of Snipercraft.

24 HOUR BLOCK

Location:

Three Rivers Convention Center
7016 W Grandridge Street
Kennewick, WA 99336
Meeting Room A

Course Description:

WSTOA is offering Advanced SWAT at the 2023 Conference. This course will cover the following topics – Bus Assaults, Vehicle Assault / Takedown, Night Vision systems, Hostage Rescue Planning, Team Leader / Assistant Team Leader roles and responsibilities. There will be classroom presentations and practical application for all topics listed.

Required Equipment:

  • Helmet
  • Eye protection and Simunition Mask
  • Plate carrier or Heavy Vest (Call out vest)
  • Team training uniform
  • Gloves
  • Rifle with blue bolt or “simunition only” rifle
  • Simunition Pistol
  • 500 rounds of rifle simuniton
  • 100 rounds of pistol simunition
  • Night vision goggle or monocular
  • IR laser for rifle
  • Mechanical breaching tools (whatever your team uses)

Instructor:

The course will be taught by WSTOA’s instructor cadre.

Location:

Three Rivers Convention Center
7016 W Grandridge Street
Kennewick, WA 99336
Meeting Room B

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.

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

Required Equipment:

  • UC or unmarked vehicle (if available)
  • Plains Clothes
  • Optional Equipment:
  • Computer
  • Vehicle GPS
  • Computer
  • Camera
  • Binocular
  • SWAT or issued ballistic vest
  • Pistol & rifle with sim conversion kit
  • Ballistic helmet (if issued one)
  • Eye protection
  • Gloves

Instructor:

Chris Munn works for the Tacoma Police Department and is currently assigned to the Special Investigations unit, which is a plain clothes narcotics/surveillance unit. In the past year, his unit has performed surveillance on and arrested over 60 violent suspects. He is also an assistant team leader on the Tacoma Police Department SWAT team.

40 HOUR BLOCK

Location:

Three Rivers Convention Center
7016 W Grandridge Street
Kennewick, WA 99336
Meeting Room D

Course Description:

**THIS INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATION EXPIRES FOUR YEARS AFTER COMPLETION OF THE CERTIFICATION COURSE. **

The Less Lethal Impact Projectiles Instructor Course is a train the trainer course designed to familiarize attendees with less lethal weapons, impact munitions and deployment tactics. Topics to be covered include instructor development techniques, less lethal force philosophy, case law, policy issues, technology overview, deployment tactics, product demonstrations, and less lethal practical scenarios.

The Flash Sound Diversionary Device Instructor Course is a train the trainer course designed to familiarize attendees with flash sound diversionary devices (FSDD). Topics to be covered include history of diversionary devices, definitions, and nomenclature, legal aspects of diversionary devices, policy issues, preparation and deployment of diversionary devices, and practical application.

The Chemical Agent Instructor Course is a train the trainer course designed to familiarize attendees with chemical munitions. Topics to be covered include history, products and characteristics, delivery systems, hazards, decontamination, gas masks, and general tactics as they relate to the use of chemical agents.

NOTICE:

The information necessary to present instruction regarding less lethal munitions, flash sound diversionary devices, and chemical agents is contained within the curricula of this course. The ability to teach others and correctly convey the course content is an individual skill. Completing this NTOA course of instruction is not an endorsement of any individuals teaching skill or experience. Instructors should ensure that they have met the necessary requirements to instruct the subject matter as required by local or state mandates. Further, instructors should be approved to teach the materials by their agency head or designee.

Required Equipment:

  • Eye and ear protection.
  • Gloves
  • Long sleeve shirt or battle top

Instructor:

David Pearson is a retired lieutenant with Fort Collins Police Services in Colorado. He retired after 31 years of service in Colorado and Maryland. He spent 13 years as a sergeant and served as a SWAT team leader for eight years before being promoted to lieutenant in 2011. As a lieutenant, David has served in many roles in Investigations, Professional Standards, and Patrol. He has been a law enforcement instructor since 1996 on a wide range of disciplines. David has been an instructor for the NTOA since 2005 and teaches a wide variety of topics, most notably The Response to Suicidal Subjects course and the Less Lethal Impact Projectiles, Chemical Agents, & Noise Flash Diversionary Device Instructor course. He has served in the role of NTOA Less Lethal Section Chair since 2013.

David now works as the owner of Rocky Mountain Blue Line Consulting. He provides training and consulting services on a wide variety of topics.