High Risk Patrol Operations

Police Response to Active Shooter Instructor Certification ENHANCED (2 days) Print E-mail

This train-the-trainer course is designed to prepare the law enforcement instructor to teach Enhanced Response tactics to law enforcement first responders. A historical review of past incidents focuses on lessons learned. Phase I Response tactics are briefly reviewed.

Enhanced Response training emphasizes squad movement and tactics for response to larger-scale incidents. Topics include (but are not limited to) traveling, bounding overwatch, flanking, rescues, and counter-ambush. Material is presented in the classroom, followed by intensive hands-on practice that includes force-on-force scenarios.

School and Workplace Violence: Planning and Response Print E-mail

NTOA’s School and Workplace Violence course is designed to assist law enforcement officers and their communities in planning and preparing for active shooter and similar incidents.

During class, public safety agencies will collaborate with the staff of organizations such as schools, churches, hospitals, factories, and other businesses to develop realistic plans, policies, and procedures to counter such threats. We encourage inclusion of public safety staff from fire departments, emergency medical services, and 911/communications services.

The goal of this course is to prepare potential victims to protect themselves until law enforcement officers arrive. Participants from the various groups will learn and work together to ensure that everyone involved is on the same page.

This course is unique in that it is customized to meet the needs of each requesting agency and its community. Class length can range anywhere from one to five days. A two-day class will cover the core topics. Follow-up classes can be arranged to include additional material.

Topics covered in this course include:

•    Lessons learned: A review of relevant incidents
•    The dynamics of active shooter incidents
•    The Decision Cycle     
•    Law enforcement response: A review of current response tactics
•    Public safety response: Working with fire, EMS, 911, and emergency management
•    Threat assessment: Policies and procedures to help identify potential threats
•    Site surveys: Identifying and collecting critical information about potential targets to assist in responding to an attack
•    Security planning: Determining essential functions of physical security systems, including policies, procedures and hardware
•    Emergency planning: Developing credible policies and procedures around the paradigm “Run, Hide, or Fight”
•    Vulnerability assessment: Looking at facilities through the eyes of an attacker to determine weaknesses
•    Drills and exercises: Instructors can help participants set up and run drills and exercises designed for their specific organizations and facilities Note: Such practical training requires additional instructors and access to suitable facilities.

    A host agency may request that specific types of organizations or facilities be emphasized ? for example, law enforcement and K –12 schools.

    A law enforcement agency can request that School and Workplace Violence course content be taught in conjunction with the Patrol Response to Active Shooter (PRTAS) course, training officers specifically how to respond to active shooter and similar threats. Combining these courses for law enforcement personnel is an option, not a requirement.

    The cost of a class will be determined by its length and the material requested. ***Non-law enforcement personnel will pay the "member" fee as listed on the registration form.

Supervising Patrol Critical Incidents Print E-mail


This 16-hour course is designed to provide patrol supervisors with the information and tools needed to manage a critical incident prior to the arrival of SWAT.  

Legal issues, scene management and small team tactics can give the patrol supervisor the tools needed to manage a critical incident scene as well as respond to unfolding events prior to the arrival of SWAT.

MACTAC (Multi-Assault Counter-Terrorism Action Capabilities) (5 days) Print E-mail

This five-day course will develop students' basic skills in MACTAC to a proficient level that will enable them to immediately deploy a contact team or squad able to locate, move to and neutralize violent assaults and/or terrorist acts.

In addition to live fire, Simunition® scenarios are included in the course.

Upon completion of this course the attendee will be familiar with:

1. Perform Contact Team, Squad Maneuvers and MACTAC Techniques
2. Demonstration to read terrain
3. Know and understand how to utilize the four A’s: Assess, Announce, Assemble & Act in field situations
4. Demonstrate a working knowledge of MACTAC through field exercises
5. Assess and lead police personnel to stop the violent and deadly behavior of an active shooter or MACTAC suspects
6. Direct Contact Team, Squad Maneuvers and MACTAC techniques  
7. Utilize the four A’s to take the lead in building the department’s response to a MACTAC incident rapidly and effectively as first responders arrive on scene
8. Rapidly deploy all available resources to stop violent aggressive deadly behavior
9. Manage Department resources and personnel in the transition to post investigative activities

Police Response to Active Shooter Instructor Certification (3 days) Print E-mail

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. Training weapons will be used in field training exercises.

Your agency would need to provide the following logistics:

•   Classroom space and audio visual equipment

•   Practical training area such as unoccupied school or large building with multiple hallways and levels

•    Role players and training weapons support

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