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Advanced Tactical Carbine FULL

Bret Pagnucco, Edmonton Police Service
An intense program centered on realistic and challenging training to prepare for engagements from contact to 100 yards. Emphasis on stress drills which will test operator marksmanship, tactics and equipment for real world deployment.

- Center fire rifle, magazine fed w/at least six magazines, sling and weapon light
Pistol w/duty belt, holster and magazines

Ammunition - good quality, factory loaded
1500 Rounds Rifle
200 Rounds Pistol
Knee and elbow protection
Eye and ear protection
Gas Mask/Gloves/Hat
Flashlight w/extra batteries
Extra batteries for optics (if so equipped)
Day pack w/Hydration System, snack foods such as Power Bars or Trail Mix.
Sun block and insect repellant
Field notebook and pencil

Instructor bio
Sgt. Bret Pagnucco is a 25-year veteran of the Edmonton Police Service. A former full time Tactical Team Leader, Sgt. Pagnucco has also been a Lead Firearms and Patrol Tactics Instructor since 1994. His responsibilities in the past have included the coordination of Tactical Section training, the development and implementation of a Patrol Carbine Program and a Patrol Immediate Deployment Program for his agency’s 1,500 officers. He currently serves as the NTOA Firearms Section Chair. A lifetime member of the NTOA and recipient of numerous awards, Sgt. Pagnucco received his agency’s highest award for bravery in 1993 and was presented with an NTOA Award of Merit at the 2001 Conference.

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Advanced Tactics and Operations FULL

Bill Yelton, Tulsa PD
An advanced course focused on deployment and tactical considerations for three movement disciplines including barricade, hostage rescue and high-risk warrant service. This is a fast-paced course with no classroom instruction - there will be scenario-based training every day. Prerequisites: It is preferred that students have attended HRT, HRW and Barricaded classes.

SWAT uniform
Leather gloves
Rain gear
Body armor
Chemical agent mask
Load bearing vest
Ballistic helmet
Primary entry weapon (MP5, shotgun, entry carbine)
Light mount for weapons (highly recommended)
Training weapons
Protective gear (head, face, neck, hands and groin)
Training weapon capable of shooting 9mm training ammo (handgun/entry weapon)
200 rounds of SIMS ammo

Instructor bio
Bill Yelton retired as an officer after 28 years of service with the Tulsa, Oklahoma Police Department. He served over 21 years with the special operations team as entry scout and assistant team leader. He has been an instructor with the NTOA for 18 years and routinely instructs police and military personnel around the country in tactics.

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High-Risk Warrant Service FULL

Chris Smelser, Los Angeles County SD
This course is designed to familiarize police/SWAT personnel with the elements of a high-risk warrant service. Concepts involving warrant planning; intelligence gathering; target site scouting; use of diversion; breaching; methods of executing the warrant, including dynamic entry, breach and hold and contain and call out will be covered.

Individual Equipment
SWAT Uniform
Rain Gear
Body Armor
Chemical Agent Mask
Load Bearing Vest (optional)
Ballistic Helmet (optional)
Primary Entry Weapon (SMG, Shotgun)
Secondary Weapon (Pistol)
Light Mount for Weapons Highly Recommended
Training weapon capable of shooting 9mm training ammo (handgun/entry weapon)
200 rounds of SIMS ammo

Team Equipment (if available)
Ballistic Shield
Mirrors for Searching
Hooligan Tool

Instructor bio
Chris Smelser has been a deputy sheriff for 19 years having been assigned to custody, patrol and training. He has been assigned to Special Enforcement Bureau for the past seven years and currently holds the position of back-up scout. Smelser is a trained sniper, tactical explosive breacher, Ariel platform shooter and is assigned to the Maritime Cadre which handles all tactical operations on the water. He has been an NTOA instructor for five years, with the past three as lead instructor. Smelser has attended DEA and FBI shooting schools. He is a less-lethal/chemical agent instructor. His current team is in charge of all technology which includes listening devices, robots, helicopter down-link system, thermal and night vision. He has trained courses in armored vehicle tactics, barricade resolution and hostage rescue. He has taught all over the USA and in Canada and Brazil.

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Hostage Rescue Tactics FULL

George Creamer, Los Angeles County SD
The Hostage Rescue Tactics track will expose tactical personnel to intermediate and advanced skills needed to resolve a hostage situation. Topics include hostage rescue concepts; emergency intervention tactics; command and control; crisis negotiations concepts and hostage rescue force options including an overview of marksman/long rifle operations, stronghold, crisis entry and mobile rescues. Practical movement using a combination of stealth and dynamic entries.

Handgun and Rifle
Training weapon capable of shooting 9mm training ammo (handgun/entry weapon)
200 rounds of SIMS ammo
Entry Vest
Nomex gloves
Eye and ear protection
F/X protection gear

Instructor bio
George Creamer has been a deputy for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department for 26 years. He has been assigned to the Special Weapons Team for 15 years and has held the position of the team scout for six years. He is trained in all facets of SWAT to include High Risk Warrant Service, Barricaded Subject Resolution, Hostage Rescue Operations, Armored Vehicle Deployment Tactics, Explosive Breaching, Tactical Technology use and deployment and chemical agents. His team is responsible for all weapons training to include the teams hand and shoulder weapon systems (MP5 and Colt M4s). Deputy Creamer is also one of the assistant sniper instructors for his unit. The LASD Special Weapons Team conducts up to three SWAT schools a year in which Deputy Creamer is an instructor.

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Less-Lethal, FSDD and Chemical Agent – Instructor Certification FULL

David Pearson, Fort Collins PD

This train-the-trainer course is designed to familiarize students with less-lethal systems, chemical agents, and flash/sound diversionary devices (FSDD). The course will cover less-lethal philosophy, technology, injuries, tactical decision making, and case law. Case studies are used to highlight different concepts and show some different practical applications of each tool. Less-lethal munitions, chemical agents, and FSDDs from several manufacturers will be displayed and deployed on range days.

Students who have not received an approved level 1, 2, or 3 chemical agent exposure to CS or OC will be required to have an exposure for completion of this course. A waiver is available to students who have already been exposed as many students will fall into that category. All students will be exposed to pyrotechnic CS for fit and evaluation of their chemical agent masks.

Eye protection
Ear protection
Nomex Gloves
Agency-approved Air Purifying Respirator (APR) - Chemical Agent Mask
Appropriate clothing for classroom lecture
Appropriate clothing and inclement weather gear for range days
Change of clothes to wear after chemical contamination (if desired)
Tactical vest, helmet, and other tac gear not required

Instructor bio
David Pearson is a Lieutenant with Fort Collins (CO) Police Services. He has been a police officer since 1990, starting with the Prince George’s County (MD) Police Department. Lt. Pearson has been with Fort Collins Police since 1995. He was promoted to Sergeant in 1998 and then to Lieutenant in 2011. Currently, he is the Professional Standards Lieutenant. As a sergeant, David supervised in the Traffic Unit, Patrol Division, Internal Affairs, and Property Crimes Unit. Until his promotion, he held a collateral duty assignment as a team leader on the FCPS SWAT team.

Lt. Pearson is an instructor for Mobile Field Force, Incident Command, Active Shooter, and High-Risk Patrol Tactics. He has been an instructor with the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) since 2005. He currently instructs classes in Less Lethal technology, including FSDDs and chemical agents; Basic/Advanced SWAT tactics; Civil Disturbance; Active Shooter, and the SWAT Team Leader Development course. Lt. Pearson is a Taser instructor, tactical Firearms instructor and certified explosive breacher. Lt. Pearson has been awarded the Medal of Valor for actions in both patrol and SWAT. He also was awarded a Life-Saving medal for actions during a major flood.


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Police Response to Active Shooter – Instructor Certification (Enhanced) FULL

Don Alwes, Wilmore (KY) PD
This course covers response tactics for active shooter threats from traditional (Level I) incidents to Mumbai-and Beslan-style terrorist (Level III) attacks. Responses ranging from a single officer to squad-size units will be taught.

Simunition F/X weapon (rifle preferred)
200 rounds of F/X ammunition
F/X Protective Gear (head, neck, groin)
AirSoft weapons (not protective gear) may be used
F/X 5.56 ammo is not permitted
Duty gear (SWAT gear not required)

Instructor bio
Don Alwes is a trainer and consultant with more than 30 years of law enforcement experience. He is currently an instructor for the National Tactical Officers Association in School/Workplace Violence and Active Shooter Response. Don is a firearms instructor for the NRA’s Law Enforcement Division and an adjunct instructor for Kentucky's Department of Criminal Justice Training.

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Resolution of Barricaded Suspect FULL

Bob Chabali, Dayton PD
This course will focus on procedures and tactics suitable to the resolution of an armed and barricaded suspect(s) situation. Upon successful completion of this course, the students will understand basic guidelines for resolution of barricaded incidents, the force continuum and its applications, the proper deployment of containment and entry personnel, criteria for deployment, legal ramifications and use of diversionary, chemical and less-lethal devices. Designed for tactical operators, this course will challenge students to learn and apply advanced tactical concepts.

SWAT uniform
Leather gloves
Rain gear
Body armor
Chemical agent mask
Load bearing vest (optional)
Ballistic helmet (optional)
Primary entry weapon (MP5, shotgun, entry carbine)
Light mount for weapons (highly recommended)
Training weapons
Protective gear (head, face, neck, hands and groin)
Training weapon capable of shooting 9mm training ammo (handgun/entry weapon)
200 rounds of SIMS ammo

Instructor bio
Bob Chabali is a 36-year veteran of the Dayton (OH) Police Department where he has served as an operator, team leader and commander of the tactical unit for more than 23 years. His duties include the supervision and management of major tactical incidents and serves as the primary incident commander. Currently, Bob is the Assistant Chief of the Dayton PD where he oversees approximately 410 employees. He instructs internationally for the NTOA in various disciplines, including decision-making in critical incidents, high risk patrol operations, patrol response to violent-critical incidents, and high-risk tactical operations. Bob serves as one of the Central Regional Directors and is currently the Chairman of the Board.


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Tactical Emergency Medical Training 

Mark Gibbons, MD State Police

This training provides medical providers with strategies, procedures, and rescue techniques to effectively integrate and deploy medical resources during tactical operations. A balance of classroom and scenario based training focuses on team start-up, mission planning, liability reduction, dynamic rescue and the application of Tactical Emergency Casualty Care. (TECC)   
*Prerequisite = EMT-B or Military equivalent (can be exempt if approved)

Prerequisites: EMT-B or military equivalent (can be exempt if approved)

Assigned tactical equipment
Duty uniform
Ballistic armor
Tactical helmet
Gas mask
Eye/hearing protection
Individual medical equipment (Operator preference)
Weather gear (Rain gear/cold weather clothing, sun screen)
Bottled water/Energy bars

Instructor bio
Major Mark Gibbons (ret.) served with the Maryland State Police for over 23 years. He performed in operational and command positions within Field Operations, Aviation, Special Operations and Training. He is a lead instructor for the NTOA's Tactical Medicine Course, and a member of the Committee for Tactical Emergency Casualty Care.

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Tactical Precision Long Rifle FULL

Greg Hall, PA State Police (ret.)
This course exposes tactical personnel to effective long rifle deployment techniques and procedures. Students will perform both dim-light and nighttime engagement techniques.

Duty Scoped Rifle w/ Shooting Sling
300 Rounds Duty Ammunition
Inclement Weather Gear
Department Training Uniform (BDU, etc…)
Hearing & Eye Protection
Duty Gas Mask
Cleaning Gear
Elbow/Knee Pads
Data Rifle book (Available at NTOA Store)

Night Vision Scope for Duty Rifle
Spotting Scope
Shooting Mat
Range Finder
Hide Making Material
Weight Bearing Harness
Drag Bag
Ghillie Suit

Instructor bio
Mr. Greg Hall is a retired 28-year veteran of the Pennsylvania State Police Department. He was a member of the Pennsylvania State Police Special Emergency Response Team for 17 years, serving for six years as the tactical supervisor, assistant team coordinator and countersniper team leader. He has participated in more than 400 high-risk and tactical operations. Hall is a recipient of the Pennsylvania State Police Medal of Honor. Currently he is the Tactical Long Rifle Section Chair for the NTOA.

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32-hour Seminars

SWAT Team Leader Development 

A.J. DeAndrea, Arvada PD and Dan Murphy, Fort Collins Police Service
Designed for law enforcement personnel responsible for deploying as a SWAT team leader or supervisor who is responsible for the training and deployment of tactical teams. Focus will be on pre-incident training, planning, organizing and the tactical decision-making process used in the resolution of high-risk operations.

This course is conducted entirely in the classroom with the exception of Day 3 when the students will have to go outside briefly to scout designated houses to be able to prepare an operational plan.

Law Enforcement ID
Business casual dress may be worn
Laptop computer optional
SWAT Call-Out Forms & Briefing Forms, A.A.R., ops order forms optional

Recommended reading (Students are encouraged to bring to the class for Discussion and Review)
Leadership and Training For The Fight (BY: MSF Paul R. Howe)
Sound Doctrine:  A Tactical Primer (By: Charles Sid Heal)

Instructor bios
Sgt. A.J. DeAndrea is a 19-year veteran of the Arvada, Colorado Police Department and is currently assigned to patrol.  He served as a member of the Jefferson County Regional SWAT Team from 1996 to 2012 and was a team leader for his last nine years on the team.  He also spent two years as the sergeant of the Internal Affairs Unit. Sgt. DeAndrea is a Master Less-Lethal Instructor and a Colorado POST-certified instructor. He teaches Officer Survival, Building Searches, Rapid and Immediate Deployment (RAID), Single Officer Response to an Active Shooter, SWAT, SWAT Team Leader Development, Defensive Tactics and Firearms as well as many other disciplines. He was formally certified in Explosive Breaching. He graduated from the University of Colorado in Boulder in 1990 and has a Bachelor of Arts.

Sgt. Dan Murphy is with Fort Collins Police Services in Colorado. He has been a police officer since 1984 and a supervisor since 1996. He has been assigned to supervisory positions in Patrol Operations, a County Drug Task Force, the Criminal Impact/Fugitive Unit and currently is assigned to SWAT Operations full-time. Sgt. Murphy has been a SWAT Team Leader since 1995 and has been a SWAT officer since 1991. Sgt. Murphy is an experienced instructor in Basic and Advanced SWAT, Mobile Field Force Tactics, High Risk Patrol Tactics, Warrant Service and Less Lethal Munitions. He has been an NTOA instructor since 1999 and currently teaches Basic/Advanced SWAT, Less-Lethal Projectiles/FSDD/Chemical Agent instructor classes, Commander/Team Leader courses and Active Shooter Tactics for NTOA. He is a court-certified expert in the use and deployment of diversionary devices. Sgt. Murphy has participated in and/or supervised numerous high risk tactical operations and continues in that role today. He has been recognized by his agency for valor and distinguished service during hostage situations and violent arrests numerous times over his career. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Administration of Justice from Penn State.

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SWAT Commander II FULL

Kevan Dugan, PA State Police (ret.)

This seminar is designed as a follow-up to our SWAT Command Decision Making and Leadership course. A comprehensive array of topics will be discussed including improving the structure and delivery of training and maximize training hours, methods to incorporate SWAT into large scale operations, problem-solving methods and analytical thinking, and testimony preparation. Overall discussions will aid students in their role as leaders within their units and agencies.

This class includes intensive academic and theoretical components. Students will conduct research, participate in analytical discussions and produce written documents.

Instructor bio
Capt. Kevan Dugan, PA State Police (ret.) is a 29-year veteran of the Pennsylvania State Police, where he served in patrol, criminal investigations, undercover unit, underwater search team and the special emergency response team. On behalf of the NTOA, he has participated in course development for the association and participated in the development of the NTOA SWAT Standard. He also served as Chair for the NTOA’s Tactical Commander's Section. He currently serves as a Western Regional Director and is Secretary of the Board.


24-hour Practical Tracks

Manual Breaching  FULL

Jeff Bonds, Pima County SD
Breaching is a critical skill, and the ability to safely and reliably gain entry into the target will enhance overall team effectiveness. This 24-hour track will cover the principles, techniques and legal considerations associated with forcible entry into a structure with commonly utilized manual tools. The tools will include rams, haligans and other manual tools from different manufacturers. In addition, ballistic breaching using shotguns and a variety of specialized frangible breaching ammunition will be taught. Students will learn techniques for defeating inward and outward opening doors and glass doors and windows using all the above tools.

Equipment List

Tactical Utility Uniform: Must consist of long sleeves and long pants
Duty boots
Tactical Body Armor
Load bearing gear for rifle magazines, etc.
Ballistic helmet
Duty belt with holster, magazine pouches and handcuff pouches
Nomex gloves
Nomex balaclava
Gas mask and carrier
Eye protection, shooting glasses and/or Bolle style goggles
Ear protection, ear plugs or low profile ear muffs that work with ballistic helmet and headset
Personal hydration

Suggested optional items:

Tactical operators who have their own breaching specific shotguns and (50) breaching rounds or light bird shot are encouraged to bring them.
Knee and elbow pads
Thigh holster for spare magazines and / or NFDDs
Manual breaching tools (Ram/sledge, haligan, etc.)

Instructor bio
Sgt. Jeff Bonds has been employed by the Pima County Sheriff’s Department since 2000. He was a member of the Pima County Sheriff’s Department SWAT Team and has been a member of the Pima Regional SWAT Team since its inception. He has served as an entry operator, breacher, explosive breacher, and sniper. He is currently the breaching supervisor for the team.

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Shoothouse – Instructor Certification  FULL

Isaac Lopez, Orange County SO
Students are exposed to all the elements required for the safe operation of live-fire training scenarios in the shoothouse environment.


Individual/Team: Students are required to have full operational gear, including:

Sworn Law Enforcement Personnel/Firearms Instructor
Eye protection
Hearing protection
Soft body armor
Handgun with operational holster
300 rounds of frangible handgun ammunition
Whistle, air horn or any other audible handheld device

Entry vest    
Shoulder weapon
300 rounds of frangible shoulder weapon ammunition

Instructor bio
Sgt. Isaac Lopez has been with the Orange County (FL) Sheriff’s Office since 1991 and is currently the law enforcement coordinator for the local criminal justice academy. He retired from the agency’s SWAT team as an assistant team leader after 13 years of service. Sergeant Lopez instructs for many training organizations, including the NTOA, for which he is the creator and lead instructor of the Shoothouse Instructor Certification, Tactical/Patrol Shotgun and Shotgun Instructor Certification courses.

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Use of Tactical Shields 

Chris Maiorano, Seminole County SO
This course covers ballistic shield operations including shield types and selection, single and multiple person applications, victim rescues and hallway and stairwell clearing. Includes both live-fire and Simunition-based exercises.

Ballistic shield
Tactical uniform
Handgun (for movement)
Shoulder weapon (for movement) 
9mm Simunitions Weapon
9mm Simunitions Marking Rounds
500 rounds handgun
500 rounds for shoulder weapon
Eyes/ear protection as we are conducting live fire for this class

Instructor bio
Deputy Chris Maiorano is a 15-year veteran in Law Enforcement currently employed with the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office in Central Florida. He has 12 years’ experience on the SWAT team and currently is a team leader for the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office multi-jurisdictional SWAT Team (Black). He has a background in Patrol, Investigations, Undercover Work, and Special Operations. He is an instructor in several disciplines to include, General Course, Basic SWAT, Tactical Shield, Mobile Field Force, and the SWAT Team Leader course. He is the recipient of the Gene Gregory award and several other commendations.

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16-hour Practical Tracks

Maritime Operations

This two-day course will include selection and training of operators for maritime law enforcement operations; maritime tactics, techniques, and procedure, including shipboard close quarter battle (CQB); selection of maritime safety equipment and gear preparation for a maritime environment; maritime interdiction and unopposed boarding tactics; insertion from a small boat platform (hook and climb); and small boat operations and employment. Students must have a demonstrated proficiency in swimming and basic maritime safety practices. (The course curriculum is still under development and subject to training sites and resources.)

BDU Uniform or Equivalent
Helmet Ballistic or Bump Helmet
Eye Protection Sun and Clear
Hearing Protection - Not Required
Simunition Rifle with 2 Magazines, sling, and forend light (Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with type of rifle you will be bringing)
Simunition Handgun (Not mandatory but encouraged) with one Magazine and Safety Lanyard
Light Hiker Variant Boots (better than big heavy soled boots )
Assault Vest - Trimmed Down is best. (The typical urban assault vest is too big for this type of work. If that is all they have then bring it and we will trim them up during the course as best we can. A variant could be concealable body armor and/or chicken plate carrier with an AK vest to carry extra equipment.)

*** Positive Flotation Device - PFD*** Everyone traveling in a boat and hooking and climbing, or down climbing onto the boat will need to have this positive flotation. It is not needed while training on the ship. NOTE: With PFD's We will most likely ship down some variants we have for demonstration and utilization purposes and to cover any students who forget or otherwise do not have a PFD.

Climbing Harness with fifi hook or equivalent and 1 carabiner  (Not required)

Rifle Retention Bungee Cord (Not required - used to hold weapon on side or back while climbing)

Recommend any individuals who come from teams that maintain an inventory of maritime assault ladders or hook and climb capabilities bring them.

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16-hour Seminars

Patrol Supervisor Response to Critical Incidents

Fred Farris, Lenexa PD
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 tools needed to manage a critical incident scene as well as respond to unfolding events prior to the arrival of SWAT.

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Training Management and Risk Mitigation FULL

Randy Watt, Ogden PD
This course is designed to help team commanders and trainers recognize and mitigate training and operational risks inherent to tactical unit performance. Students will assess training events and operational plans against the need for high-risk activities.

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8-hour Seminars


Covert Lock Defeating FULL

Darby Darrow, San Diego PD (ret.)
This course will teach students the fundamentals of covert lock defeating, including lock picking and lock by passing. It will start off with the theory of locks and picking and will include practical application on a variety of locks. The course will cover doors, deadbolts, padlocks, simplex locks, tubular locks, attache case locks, lock bumping and more.

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Tactical Robots FULL

Mark Pergola, Seminole County SO
This course provides instruction on selection and deployment methods of tactical robots in hostile environments. Students will learn the types and limitations of robotic equipment. Also covered will be the selection of appropriate robotic equipment and tactically deploying it in a safe manner.    


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4-hour Seminars

21st Century Leadership

Joe Robinson, Orlando PD (ret.)
This is an interactive lecture on improving personnel, maximizing strengths and co-opting support during lean times in law enforcement agencies. Topics include leadership under stress, best use of technology, motivating forces on a budget, and liability and efficacy, blending community relations and law enforcement.

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Below 100 Initiative

Thomas Loftis, DOJ - U.S. Attorney's Office/SDAL
The Below 100 Initiative aims to reduce annual line-of-duty deaths to below 100, a number not seen since 1944. The Below 100 training targets everyday safety measures that can prevent injuries and death for police officers, including wearing seatbelts and ballistic vests, driving safely and avoiding complacency.

For those in leadership positions, Below 100 means supporting a culture of safety throughout departments so that doing the right thing is so ingrained in personnel that it becomes the norm, not the exception. Law Officer Magazine is committed to providing the tools and resources needed to make a culture of safety thrive throughout police departments.


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Combining CNT and Tactical Functions

Jan Dubina, Phoenix PD
A team approach review of current incident debriefs using both negotiations and tactical teams to resolve critical incidents. What negotiators would like their commanders and tactical teams to know.

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Forming a Multi-Jurisdictional SWAT Team

Tom Nolan, Upper Merion Twp. PD
This course will cover the steps necessary for smaller departments to pool their resources and form a part-time, multi-jurisdictional SWAT team capable of dealing with current threats and high crime rates. Topics to be covered include proper procedures needed for the team to respond in a safe and orderly fashion, and appropriate policies for all aspects of expected assignments within the team.

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Leading Specialized Units

Don Kester, Pima County SD
This course focuses on leadership of law enforcement specialized units. Topics include understanding leadership and the challenges faced in today’s world, as well as administration, use-of-force, technology and risk management.

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Lessons Learned in Barricaded Suspect Operations

Jeff Selleg, Port of Seattle PD
This course provides in-depth analyses of tactics and command decision-making during a barricaded suspect operation. It includes a review of recent operations and the positive and negative issues that impact operations of this type.

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Lessons Learned in High Risk Warrant Service

Mike DiMaggio, Fort Lauderdale PD
This course is geared toward those who supervise the service of search warrants and focuses on lessons learned during the evolution of warrant service tactics, techniques and procedures over the last 20 years. Topics include risk management principles, tactical decision-making and developing appropriate courses of action for warrant services based on the actual mission.

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Lessons Learned in Hostage Rescue Operations

Patricia Knudson, Phoenix PD
This course focuses on lessons learned during the evolution of hostage rescue tactics, techniques and procedures over the last several years. It includes a review of risk management principles, tactical decision-making and developing appropriate courses of action for hostage rescue.

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Litigation Avoidance and Techniques for Testifying

Jim Clark, Tulsa PD and Scott Wood, Esq.
This course covers current legal trends impacting tactical teams including report writing, giving depositions and courtroom testimony.

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Mexican Cartels in America: The Frontline Battle

Matt Thomas, Pinal County SO
This course will give students an insight into the frontline battle that law enforcement faces on the Southwest border of the U.S. against the violent Mexican Cartels. Students will gain insight into how these violent and sophisticated criminal organizations function, think and behave in their day-to-day operations.

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Response Planning for Critical Incidents

Ed Allen, Seminole County SO
This seminar will provide a brief overview of real world significant critical incidents, including the George Zimmerman trial, and key lessons learned from each including the need for thorough operational planning, appropriate resource allocation, and thorough pre-incident training and exercises.

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SWAT-Bomb Squad Interoperability

Tom Lynch, Philadelphia PD (ret.) and Chris Rogers, Pima County SD
This presentation will discuss the merits of interoperable SWAT teams and bomb squads who are tasked with the resolution of high risk law enforcement tactical operations as seen in the 2010 Discovery Channel IED/Hostage and the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing/firearms incidents.

A criminal/terrorist IED threat update will lay the foundation for the interoperability concept. This will be followed by topics crucial to building an effective joint working relationship: delineating roles & responsibilities, personnel/leadership issues, specialized equipment needs, and unique training requirements. Current and future interagency training and policy initiatives will also be discussed.

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SWAT Selection and Training

Steve Smith, Lenexa PD (ret.)
This course covers the SWAT selection process including physical fitness qualification tests, oral board questions and associated legal issues. Includes discussion of basic and advanced concepts, establishing an annual training calendar, developing safe and realistic training scenarios and training documentation.

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2-hour Seminars


2D Operational Planning and 3D SWAT Missions Virtual Training

Dubai Police
In this presentation students will receive hands-on training using state-of-the-art virtual scenario training. This will include a Sniper Game in which teaches students in e-Learning how to be a sniper and then tests them under numerous shooting scenarios, thus keeping actual logistical costs to a minimum. iPad and Smart Phone compatible so the students can learn at home while instructors can monitor progress at any time.

An Introduction to Explosive Theory and Tactical Applications

Chris Cherry, Cherry Engineering
Fundamental concepts of explosive science and illustrations of applications specific to the tactical operator will be covered in this presentation. Through a basic understanding of characteristics of explosives, tactical operators may explore the use of explosive tools with confidence, safety and efficiency.

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Policy and Legal Issues

Eugene Ramirez, Esq.
This presentation focuses on contemporary SWAT policies and current case law that has a direct impact on SWAT teams across the nation.

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An Evening with Ron McCarthy

A unique opportunity to ineract with and ask questions of someone who has lived the past and can discuss the future of SWAT.

Ron McCarthy served as a Los Angeles Police Officer for 24 years. He was assigned to the Department’s Tactical Unit, Metro Division, for 20 years and retired from Special Weapons and Tactics as the senior supervisor and assistant commander in 1984. Mr. McCarthy served as the Chief of Tactical Operations for the U.S. Department of Energy from 1984 through 1986.  Ron was the Director of the Deadly Force Training Grants for the U.S. Department of Justice and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) from 1986 through 1992, and served as Manager of IACP’s Center for Advanced Police Studies from 1987 through 1992. He works as an Account Manager for Safariland, LLC, a police equipment manufacturer.

In 1993, Mr. McCarthy became an owner and partner in R.M. McCarthy & Associates, Inc., a training, consulting and logistics resource for law enforcement. He has testified before the United States Congress and the California Legislature regarding police tactics and use of force. Ron also serves as a Director Emeritus for the National Tactical Officers’ Association.

Mr. McCarthy was awarded the Los Angeles Police Department Medal of Valor for action against the Symbionese Liberation Army in 1975, and the Police Star for the rescue of hostages in 1983.  He was presented with the National Tactical Officers Association Award for Excellence in 1990. In 1995 the City of Erie, PA presented Mr. McCarthy with the All American Hero Award for his service to law enforcement throughout the United States. In October of 1996, he was awarded the National Tactical Officers Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He was awarded the California Association of Tactical Officers’ Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006.

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Tactical Fitness Training with Limited Resources

Lynne Virant, TRX
Physical training for tactical teams must occasionally be modified for limited resources and space. When the gym and obstacle course are not available, there are other options your team can employ for an equally challenging workout.


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Breaching is a critical skill and the ability to safely and reliably gain entry into the target will enhance overall team effectiveness. 

This 24-hour track, taught by Sgt. Jeff Bonds of the Pima County SD, will cover the principles, techniques and legal considerations associated with forcible entry into a structure with commonly utilized manual tools. The tools will include rams, haligans and other manual tools from different manufacturers. In addition, ballistic breaching using shotguns and a variety of specialized frangible breaching ammunition will be taught. Students will learn techniques for defeating inward and outward opening doors and glass doors and windows using all the above tools.