Conference Courses

Conference Courses2020-02-13T06:19:57+00:00
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Please contact Jeremy Taylor at jeremy.taylor@ci.kennewick.wa.us

4 HOUR BLOCKS

Course Description:

Well balanced Emotional intelligence is critical for tactical leaders to lead their elements during tense, uncertain and rapidly evolving situations. Science is very clear that all leadership is founded in relationships and relationships in tactical teams are founded in trust and communication. Emotional Intelligence shapes how Leader’s perceive themselves, how they recognize and control their own emotions as well as how effectively they manage interpersonal relationships. When these skills are in balance, the leader makes stronger, faster decisions with lower levels of stress.

This seminar will not only covers the five main components and fifteen subcomponents of emotional intelligence, but provides proven strategies for raising or lowering the leader’s intensity in each of the subcomponents.

Course Objectives

  • Quick review and definitions of Emotional Intelligence the MHS – EQ-1 2.0 model.
  • The interplay between the five main components
  • Defining the fifteen subcomponents as well as strategies to raise or lower your intensity for each subcomponent.
  • Strategies for forecasting the complications before they occur.

Foundations of Strategic thought and its relationship to modern tactics

Student Equipment:

  • Coming soon

Instructor:

Commander Jeff Selleg has worked in Law Enforcement since 1994 and served as a member of Valley Regional SWAT from October of 2000. 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. 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. Since 2012 Jeff has instructed for the National Tactical Officer Association teaching 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 is the Chairperson 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:

Students will be introduced to and trained in the crucial aspects of responding to barricade suspect operations. Topics include defining barricaded suspects, responding to barricades in residences, commercial buildings, and vehicles. The course will break down the options in the barricaded suspect response continuum developed by the NTOA and adopted by many state associations including WSTOA. The course will provide an overview of contemporary issues involving responding to barricaded suicidal subjects. The course terminates with a real-life incident debrief to reinforce their learning.

Student Equipment:

  • Coming soon

Instructor:

Detective Sergeant John Delgado entered the U.S. Army in November 1994. In April 1995 to March 1998, John Delgado was assigned to the 2nd Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Ft. Lewis, Washington. John Delgado held the positions of a rifleman, grenadier, M240 gunner, and team leader. John Delgado earned his expert infantry badge and Ranger Tab (class 10-96).

In June 1998, John Delgado was hired by the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department as a Deputy Sheriff. John Delgado worked patrol for 9 years, gang investigations for 5 years, Homicide, Missing Persons, and Officer Involved Shootings for 4 years, and Proactive Property Crimes for 2 years. John Delgado is currently assigned to the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force and South Sound Regional Intelligence Group (2 years).

John Delgado has been an active member of the SWAT team for over 17 years. John Delgado has held the positions of an entry team member, sniper, assistant team leader, and team leader (sniper and entry). John Delgado is currently the SWAT Commander for the SWAT team (2013-Present). John Delgado has planned and led the PCSD SWAT team on countless operations.

In December 2008, John Delgado joined the Army National Guard and was assigned to the 144th Army Liaison Team. In January 2010, John Delgado deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. John Delgado was assigned as the detail leader for the Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Joseph Anderson’s protective service detail. John Delgado was also assigned to the Special Operations Detachment-Pacific (SODPAC) as an Intel Analyst (35F).

Course Description:

This course offers training for SWAT team members with prior basic SWAT training and will address advanced tactics and techniques. Students will be introduced to and trained in the crucial aspects of planning for hostage rescue operations. Topics include hostage rescue concepts, rapid deployment, emergency entry tactics, tactical operations center, and crisis negotiation concepts. Planning will include hostage rescue techniques and force options for stronghold rescues, vehicle rescues, and open-air rescue options. The students will complete guided discussion planning exercises to reinforce their learning through the use of a real-life incident.

Student Equipment:

  • Coming soon

Instructor:

Detective Sergeant John Delgado entered the U.S. Army in November 1994. In April 1995 to March 1998, John Delgado was assigned to the 2nd Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Ft. Lewis, Washington. John Delgado held the positions of a rifleman, grenadier, M240 gunner, and team leader. John Delgado earned his expert infantry badge and Ranger Tab (class 10-96).

In June 1998, John Delgado was hired by the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department as a Deputy Sheriff. John Delgado worked patrol for 9 years, gang investigations for 5 years, Homicide, Missing Persons, and Officer Involved Shootings for 4 years, and Proactive Property Crimes for 2 years. John Delgado is currently assigned to the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force and South Sound Regional Intelligence Group (2 years).

John Delgado has been an active member of the SWAT team for over 17 years. John Delgado has held the positions of an entry team member, sniper, assistant team leader, and team leader (sniper and entry). John Delgado is currently the SWAT Commander for the SWAT team (2013-Present). John Delgado has planned and led the PCSD SWAT team on countless operations.

In December 2008, John Delgado joined the Army National Guard and was assigned to the 144th Army Liaison Team. In January 2010, John Delgado deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. John Delgado was assigned as the detail leader for the Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Joseph Anderson’s protective service detail. John Delgado was also assigned to the Special Operations Detachment-Pacific (SODPAC) as an Intel Analyst (35F).

Course Description:

This 4 hour course is designed to educate police personnel on the legalities and challenges faced when responding to suicidal subjects. Commander Betz will offer unique perspectives in order to provoke discussion within agencies to have a true understanding of the relevant Constitutional requirements. Case law examples are provided as talking points to assist in guiding policy and response decision-making for this contemporary issue facing not only tactical teams but Washington Agencies as a whole.

Student Equipment:

  • Coming soon

Instructor:

Sam Betz has been with the Auburn Police Department since 2006 and is currently a Commander in the Patrol Division. While at Auburn PD, Sam has served in the positions of Patrol Officer, K9 Officer, Narcotics Detective, Guild Executive Board member (Officer’s and Sergeant’s Guilds), Patrol Sergeant and Major Crimes Sergeant. Sam has also been a member of the Valley SWAT since January of 2011. Sam has served in various roles with Valley SWAT that include Assistant Team Leader and Team Leader. Sam is currently the SWAT Commander for Auburn PD and serves as part of the Command Team for Valley SWAT.

Course Description:

On April 4, 2018, the Federal Way Police Department and ultimately Valley SWAT & King County Sheriff’s SWAT responded to a series of events that led to a 13 hour standoff with an armed suspect in a third party home. The suspect engaged the officers multiple times with gunfire during the standoff prior to being taken into custody. This debrief is designed to engage tactical leader’s thinking through problem solving revolving around the actual fact pattern of the barricade. At critical decision points along the way, participants will be asked to formulate their response to the suspect’s resistance and other occurrences that fortune through at the team that day. This facilitated debrief is being led by the actual tactical commander from the event and he will offer first person lessons learned from this event.

Student Equipment:

  • Coming soon

Instructor:

Commander Jeff Selleg has worked in Law Enforcement since 1994 and served as a member of Valley Regional SWAT from October of 2000. 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. 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. Since 2012 Jeff has instructed for the National Tactical Officer Association teaching 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 is the Chairperson 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:

Coming soon

Student Equipment:

  • Coming soon

Instructor:

Jeremy Taylor has 13 years of law enforcement experience with the Kennewick Police Department, and 11 years assigned to the Tri-City Regional SWAT team, where he serves as a Team Leader. He is a use of force instructor for his agency and holds instructor certificates in a number of topics. He is currently the Vice President of WSTOA.

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:

  • Coming soon

Instructor:

Mark Berry is a Sergeant with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department currently assigned to the Foothills Detachment. Mark has 25 years of law enforcement experience, working in Patrol, Gangs, Narcotics and Training. Mark has 19 years on SWAT, and currently serves as Sniper Team Leader for the Sheriff’s Department SWAT Team. Mark has held instructor certificates in Ballistic Shield Operator, Chemical/Less Lethal/Special Impact Munitions, Active Shooter and EVOC. Mark is part of the WSTOA Instructor Cadre.

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:

Modern tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) have their roots in the principles of conflict founded by the great military strategists through millennia.   This seminar traces modern tactical decision making to its roots in the great strategists.  At the end of the seminar participants will be able to better understand why modern day tactics work, but how the context in which they were derived.  This will prepare tacticians to better apply their TTP’s to given emergencies. 

Course Objectives

  • Why strategy matters
  • Thucydides and the Peloponnesian war
  • Sun Tzu’s art of war (So we think)
  • Machiavelli’s art of war
  • Napoleonic Revolution in Conflict
  • Jomini and strategy
  • Clausewitz on War
  • Jomini and Clausewitz shaping today’s conflict
  • Terrorism as Strategy

Student Equipment:

  • Coming soon

Instructor:

Commander Jeff Selleg has worked in Law Enforcement since 1994 and served as a member of Valley Regional SWAT from October of 2000. 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. 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. Since 2012 Jeff has instructed for the National Tactical Officer Association teaching 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 is the Chairperson 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:

Coming soon

Student Equipment:

  • Coming soon

Instructor:

Jeremy Taylor has 13 years of law enforcement experience with the Kennewick Police Department, and 11 years assigned to the Tri-City Regional SWAT team, where he serves as a Team Leader. He is a use of force instructor for his agency and holds instructor certificates in a number of topics. He is currently the Vice President of WSTOA.

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 course will introduce students to the use and deployment of Armored Rescue Vehicles. Topics covered will include; Vehicle set up, driver operation, victim/officer rescue, barricade operations and vehicle barricade operations. Students will get hands on experience with Lenco (Bear/Bearcat) products as well as older Peacekeeper armor.

Student Equipment:

  • Students will need full kit, eye protection, head protection. UTM bolts for AR15 style weapons will be provided.

Instructors:

Sgt. Brent Austin
Sgt. Austin has been a commissioned law enforcement officer in the State of Washington for over 23 years and has worked for the Spokane Police Department for over 21 of those. He has been assigned to his agency SWAT team for 19 years and currently serves as the senior team leader. Sgt. Austin has planned and participated in hundreds of SWAT missions. He is currently a WSTOA training cadre member and district representative.

Ofc. Jeremy McVay
Ofc. McVay is a police officer with the Spokane Police Department, currently assigned to the patrol division. Ofc. McVay has been a member of the agency SWAT team since 2012 and currently serves as a team leader and team instructor. Ofc. McVay is the primary department instructor in less lethal and chemical agent deployment.

Cpl. Nick Briggs
Cpl. Briggs is a police officer with the Spokane Police Department, currently assigned to the patrol division. Cpl. Briggs has been a member of the agency SWAT team since 2016. In addition to his normal SWAT duties, Cpl. Briggs is assigned to the sniper detail and has held past positions on the chemical agent response team. Cpl. Briggs is a WSCJTC basic law enforcement academy instructor (criminal law), defensive tactics instructor and firearms instructor.

Course Description:

This comprehensive course is designed for tactical unit leadership assigned to plan or oversee the planning of high risk warrant services. The course starts with the foundations of warrant services and flexible service options. Following the adult learning model of; I do, we do, you do, the instructors will then take the students through the planning process from the initial risk assessment and authorization phase, through the briefing phase to include briefing methodologies from around the state. The students will spend the remaining course time planning search warrants services for multiple locations each increasing in complexity. WSTOA OPORD Templates will be provided, but students are encouraged to bring their own templates for practice. This course is 8 hours in length and students will need to wear civilian clothes because they will perform covert scouting during portions of the practical exercises.

Student Equipment:

  • Coming soon

Instructor:

Officer Brad Krise has been with the Seattle Police Department for 12 years and the last five or those assigned to the SWAT Team. Before becoming a police officer, Brad served 7 years in the U.S. Coast Guard assigned to the Maritime Safety and Security Team in Los Angeles California. After graduation of the Police Academy, he worked as Patrol in Seattle’s South Precinct for 5 years where he was a Patrol Rifle Officer and worked with the precinct bike squad. Just prior to his assignment with SWAT, Officer Krise was assigned to the South Precinct Community Police Team where he focused on chronic long term problems plaguing the area.

As a Seattle Police SWAT member, he belongs to many of the teams Cadres to include Rappel/Rope Rescue, CBRN, Waterborne and Explosive Breaching. Brad is new to the WASTOA cadre having only come on board within the past year.

Course Description:

This course will introduce students to proper tactics, techniques and procedures to respond to, plan and execute hostage rescue tactics on large buses (both transit and school). Students will learn how to contain the target bus, set up contingencies and conduct rescue operations.

Student Equipment:

  • Students will need full SWAT kit, eye protection, head protection and sim/utm converted handguns and training ammunition (50 rounds). UTM converted rifles will be provided.

Instructors:

Sgt. Brent Austin
Sgt. Austin has been a commissioned law enforcement officer in the State of Washington for over 23 years and has worked for the Spokane Police Department for over 21 of those. He has been assigned to his agency SWAT team for 19 years and currently serves as the senior team leader. Sgt. Austin has planned and participated in hundreds of SWAT missions. He is currently a WSTOA training cadre member and district representative.

Ofc. Jeremy McVay
Ofc. McVay is a police officer with the Spokane Police Department, currently assigned to the patrol division. Ofc. McVay has been a member of the agency SWAT team since 2012 and currently serves as a team leader and team instructor. Ofc. McVay is the primary department instructor in less lethal and chemical agent deployment.

Cpl. Nick Briggs
Cpl. Briggs is a police officer with the Spokane Police Department, currently assigned to the patrol division. Cpl. Briggs has been a member of the agency SWAT team since 2016. In addition to his normal SWAT duties, Cpl. Briggs is assigned to the sniper detail and has held past positions on the chemical agent response team. Cpl. Briggs is a WSCJTC basic law enforcement academy instructor (criminal law), defensive tactics instructor and firearms instructor.

16 HOUR BLOCK

Instructor’s Program

DAY 1

Task: to demonstrate the Phalanx Shield to tactical operators and instructors

Purpose: to train law enforcement/military professionals in the proper use and deployment of the shield, and to prepare new instructors to properly train future operators.

Time: 16 hours with option Practical Session D – lunch hour not included in the 16 hours.

Procedure:
1. Introduction of Point Blank training staff (10 minutes)
2. History of the Phalanx shield (10 minutes)
a. The first shield development and use
b. Development of the Phalanx shield – compare & contrast
c. Information about the Phalanx shield research
3. Real World Concepts – How the Phalanx shield meets the needs of today’s operator (20 minute Demo)
a. The gear placement can be placed on the shield for mission specific environments.
b. The shield is also deployable by T.E.M.S teams and school officials.
c. The shield is designed to accept a light package for night work.
d. The shield allows an operator to make entry with multiple shields.
e. The shield allows for adjustments to fit a variety of tactical situations.
f. Window punch capabilities installed for breaking glass

BREAK AND KIT UP (15 minutes)

Practical Session A
CTE (Critical Task Evaluation) Drills (60 minutes)
Trainers evaluate each operator to assess level of firearms proficiency. This exercise ensures safety and that appropriate training is provided.

Practical Session B
Dry fire and live fire HANDGUN demonstration of the PBE Shield by trainers. Each skill will be performed by each operator in the training class. (90 minutes)
a. Demonstration compares the rectangular style shield to the Phalanx shield.
b. Demonstration of the use of the right, left and center gun ports.
c. Demonstration of the push/pull technique incorporated with the gun ports.
d. Demonstrate magazine exchanges in active and static positions.
‐ immediate action drill by slinging the shield and completing combat magazine exchanges
‐ taking cover behind the shield in the kneeling position and completing combat or tactical magazine exchanges.
e. Demonstrate standing, kneeling and prone positions.
f. Demonstrate malfunction drills while deploying the shield.
g. Demonstrate transition drills
h. Demonstrate multiple target drills.
i. Demonstrate close quarter combat drills (CQB).
j. Demonstrate movement drills ‐ forward, backward, left and right.
k. Explanation and demonstration of covert, dynamic, building searches, inner/outer perimeter, CQB and vehicle assault/ rescue with the shields.
l. Explanation of team static and movement drills with multiple shields.

Practical Session C
Dry fire and live fire LONG GUN demonstration of Phalanx Shield by trainers. Each skill will be performed by each operator in the training class (2 hours)
a. Demonstration compares the rectangular style shield to the Phalanx shield.
b. Demonstration of the use of the right, left and center gun ports.
c. Demonstrate magazine exchanges in active and static positions.
d. Demonstrate malfunction drills while deploying the shield.
e. Demonstrate multiple target drills.
f. Demonstrate transition drills
g. Demonstrate movement drills ‐ forward, backward, left and right.
h. Demonstrate close quarter combat drills (CQB)
i. Demonstrate window punch technique with the Phalanx shield.
j. Demonstrate the use of the shield from the kneeling (one knee, both knees) and sitting positions.
k. Demonstrate the use of the shield from prone position.
l. Explanation and demonstration of covert, dynamic, building searches, inner/outer perimeter, CQB and vehicle assault/rescue with the shields.
m. Demonstrate team drills with multiple Phalanx shields.

Practical Session D (optional) ‐ (requires access to darkened facility)
Low light deployment of the Phalanx shield includes the following demonstrations. Each skill will be performed by each operator in the training class. (90 minutes)
a. Demonstration of weapon mounted light systems versus Phalanx Shield mounted light system.
b. Demonstration of static and movement using shield mounted light.

Question and Answer session (30 minutes)
Weapons Qualification with Phalanx shield using both handguns and long guns. Each operator will demonstrate proficiency with the shield in a combat drill to receive a Certificate of Completion as a Phalanx shield operator.
(45 minutes)

DAY 2
Phalanx Shield Instructor Training

Task: to train future trainers on the Phalanx shield
Purpose: to provide Certificate of Completion to trainers as Phalanx shield instructors

Time: 8 hours

Procedure:
1. Provide each participant with a Phalanx shield training topic to prepare to teach to other participants during the afternoon session. (30 minutes)

2. Describe the manufacture process of the Phalanx shield (45 minutes)
a. include materials, weight and components

3. Explain the NIJ testing procedure (45 minutes)
LUNCH BREAK (60 minutes)

4. Explain to participants the fundamentals and creation of Critical Task Evaluations (CTE) (30 minutes)

5. Participants present the assigned training topic to the class (3 hours)
a. Instructor will justify the technique with verbal communication
b. Instructor will demonstrate the technique
c. Instructor will run a hot line

Student Equipment:

Point Blank will Supply:

  • Instructors
  • Shields
  • Sound System (Power Source Needed)

Hosting Agency to Furnish:

  • Range
  • Targets

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
***Please Train in Your Appropriate Gear

Instructor:

Master Shield 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
Present: Point Blank Enterprise (Hard Armor Unit)

24 HOUR BLOCKS

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

Student Equipment:

  • UC or unmarked vehicle
  • Plains Clothes
  • Optional Equipment:
  • Computer
  • Vehicle GPS
  • Computer
  • Camera
  • Binocular

Instructor:

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.

Course Description:

1st annual sniper seminar and challenge. This is a competitive event with an emphasis on training. It will consist of several stages of fire designed by law enforcement snipers. Competitors will consist of 2 man teams. Single snipers will be paired up at the tournament.

Rules:

  • No whining
  • No drama
  • Challenge yourself
  • Learn something
  • Have fun

Student Equipment:

  • Issued .308 scoped rifle
  • Duty long-sleeve uniform with boots and holster
  • Duty ammunition
  • Rifle bag recommended

Instructor:

Mike Bertucci was born and raised in Washington State. He grew up and spent the majority 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 has worked in law enforcement as a police officer for the past 24 years.

During his time as a police officer he has 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, for the past 20 years Mike has been 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 has 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. He also owns and is a lead instructor for his own sniper training company (Snipercraft Northwest) in Washington State.

Mike is passionate about training and teaching snipers the skills they need to go out and protect the communities they serve!

40 HOUR BLOCK

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.

Instructors:

David Pearson is a lieutenant with Fort Collins Police Services. He has been a police officer since 1990 and held numerous assignments as a sergeant and lieutenant, including a SWAT Team Leader. He has been a law enforcement instructor since 1996.

Since 2005, David has been an instructor for the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) and has taught classes in several disciplines. David’s focus has been in less lethal technology and tactics. David has certified over 1000 Less Lethal instructors in the United States and Canada. Since 2013, he has served in the role of Less Lethal Section Chair for the NTOA.

In 2017, David started his company, Rocky Mountain Blue Line Consulting, LLC and provides expert witness assistance and consulting in a variety of disciplines. 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’s degree in Organizational Leadership.

Mark Martinez is a sergeant with Fort Collins Police Services. He has been a police officer since 1995. Mark has been a member of the SWAT Team since 2001 and a Team Leader since 2011 when he was promoted to sergeant. Mark is currently part of the Patrol Division. His past supervisory positions were in Patrol, Criminal Impact Unit (Gangs/Fugitives), and the full time SWAT Sergeant. Mark has been the agency’s lead Less-Lethal instructor since 1999. He is also an instructor for the department in firearms, Taser, active shooter, basic-advance SWAT tactics and Patrol tactics.

Mark has been an NTOA instructor in Less-Lethal, basic-advanced SWAT tactics, and active shooter since 2008.  He has an Associates of Science degree in Criminal Justice.

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