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Advanced Tactical Carbine
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 on a two-way range that will test operator marksmanship, tactics and Equipment for real world deployment. Equipment Weapons
– 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. Register Now!
Advanced Tactics and Operations
Bill Yelton, Tulsa (OK) PD(ret.) 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. Prerequisites: it is preferred that students have NTOA-instructed Basic, HRT, HRW and Barricaded classes. Equipment
SWAT uniform Leather gloves Boots Rain gear Body armor Chemical agent mask Load bearing vest Ballistic helmet Goggles 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) 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. Register Now!
High-Risk Warrant Service
Chris Smelser, Los Angeles County SD This course is designed to familiarize police/SWAT personnel with the elements of a high-risk warrant service. Individual Equipment
SWAT Uniform Boots Rain Gear Body Armor Chemical Agent Mask Load Bearing Vest (optional) Ballistic Helmet (optional) Goggles 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) Team Equipment
(if available) Ballistic Shield Mirrors for Searching Ram Hooligan Tool Register Now!
Hostage Rescue Tactics
George Creamer, Los Angeles County SD This track will expose tactical personnel to intermediate and advanced skills needed to resolve a hostage situation. Equipment
Handgun and Rifle Training weapon capable of shooting 9mm training ammo (handgun/entry weapon) Entry Vest Helmet 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 25 years. He has been assigned to the Special Weapons Team for 14 years and has held the position of the team scout for five 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 M4’s). 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. Register Now!
Less-Lethal, FSDD and Chemical Agents Instructor Certification
David Pearson, Fort Collins (CO) PD This train-the-trainer course is designed to familiarize students with less-lethal systems, chemical agents, and flash/sound diversionary devices. Equipment
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 Police Services in Colorado and is currently the Commander of the Northern Colorado Drug Task Force. He has been with Fort Collins since 1995 and has been a police officer since 1990. He was promoted to Sergeant in 1998 and then to Lieutenant in 2011. As a sergeant he held a collateral duty assignment as a team leader on the FCPS SWAT team. During his career, Lt. Pearson has provided instruction in Defensive Tactics, Tactical Firearms, Mobile Field Force, Incident Command, Active Shooter, and High-Risk Patrol Tactics. Since 2005, Lt. Pearson has been an instructor with the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) and is the current Less Lethal Chair. During his time with the NTOA he has provided instruction in Less Lethal technology, F.S.D.D.’s, and chemical agents; Basic/Advanced SWAT tactics; Civil Disturbance; Active Shooter Tactics, and the SWAT Team Leader Development course. 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. Register Now!
Police Response to Active Shooter Instructor Certification (Enhanced)
Don Alwes, Kentucky Dept. of Criminal Justice 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. Equipment
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. Register Now!
Resolution of Barricaded Suspect
Bob Chabali, Dayton (OH) PD This course exposes students to procedures and tactics to resolve an armed and barricaded suspect(s) situation. Students will learn basic guidelines, 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. Equipment
SWAT uniform Leather gloves Boots Rain gear Body armor Chemical agent mask Load bearing vest (optional) Ballistic helmet (optional) Goggles 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) 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 (OH) Police Department, 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. Register Now!
Tactical Emergency Medical Support
Mark Gibbons, Maryland State Police (ret.) Medical providers will learn strategies, procedures and rescue techniques to effectively integrate and deploy medical resources during tactical operations. Classroom and scenario-based training focuses on team start-up, mission planning, liability reduction, dynamic rescue and Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC). Minimum of EMT-Basic level of training required as a prerequisite. Equipment
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) Assigned duty weapon and munitions (if armed) Bottled water/Energy bars Instructor Bio
Major Mark Gibbons (ret.) served with the Maryland State Police for over 22 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. Register Now!
Tactical Explosive Entry
Garrick Twedt, Los Angeles County SD This course introduces tactical operators to the concept and practical application of tactical explosive breaching. Students will become familiar with explosive breaching terminology and concepts, charge calculations, hazards and safety issues, and deploying to tactical events. Equipment
Range training uniform (long sleeve) Range boots Nomex gloves Ballistic vest Handgun Holster and belt Knife (pocket or tactical) Eye protection (goggles) Ear protection Helmet Register Now!
Tactical Precision Long Rifle (Sniper)
Anthony McVeigh, Greenburgh (NY) PD (ret.) This course exposes tactical personnel to effective long rifle deployment techniques and procedures. Students will perform both dim-light and nighttime engagement techniques. Equipment
Duty Scoped Rifle w/ Shooting Sling 300 Rounds Duty Ammunition Inclement Weather Gear Department Training Uniform (BDU, etc…) Hearing & Eye Protection Optics Duty Gas Mask Cleaning Gear Elbow/Knee Pads Canteen/CamelBak Flashlight Compass Data Rifle book Optional
Night Vision Scope for Duty Rifle Spotting Scope Shooting Mat Range Finder Calculator GPS Hide Making Material Weight Bearing Harness Drag Bag Ghillie Suit Instructor Bio
Sgt. Anthony P. McVeigh has been a member of the Greenburgh (NY) Police Department since 1993 where he is currently assigned as the commanding officer of the Special Operations Unit. He has been a tactical operator for more than 17 years and has served as an entry team member, sniper, sniper-section leader, executive officer and commanding officer during his tenure with SWAT. Sgt. McVeigh is also a New York State certified Paramedic Instructor-Coordinator and has more than 25 years of EMS and advanced (technical) rescue operation experience within his Department. He is a USMC infantry veteran and has participated in combat operations in the Persian Gulf and counter-drug operations while serving as a member of his unit’s Surveillance and Target Acquisition (S.T.A.) platoon. Sgt. McVeigh holds numerous tactical and rescue instructorships and certifications and holds both an AAS and a Bachelor of Science Degree. He is honored to have served as an NTOA instructor for more than ten years. Register Now!
SWAT Commander II
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. Equipment
Business casual dress may be worn Laptop computer optional Register Now!
SWAT Team Leader Development
A.J. DeAndrea, Arvada (CO) PD and Dan Murphy, Fort Collins (CO) PD 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. Equipment
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. Register Now!
Armored Tactical Rescue Vehicles
Matt Hardesty, Seminole County (FL) SO Deployment methods of the armored tactical rescue vehicle in hostile environments will be the focus of this three-day course. The different roles of the armored tactical rescue vehicle, to include victim rescue, utilization as a weapons shooting platform, delivery of team elements, negotiation phones, chemical agents and other techniques will be discussed. Equipment
list Law Enforcement ID Primary and Secondary weapons (Rifle/Pistol) ALL Tactical Protective Gear (vest, helmet, gloves, knee and elbow pads, if it’s issued, bring it) Hearing and Eye Protection Gas Mask 300 rounds of Rifle Ammunition 300 rounds of Pistol Ammunition Ballistic Shields Communication Equipment
Grenadiers can bring launchers and Ferret Register Now!
Jake Shumate, Marana (AZ) PD This course will cover the principles, techniques and legal considerations associated with forcible entry into a structure with commonly utilized manual tools. This course consists of both classroom and practical application. 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 Knife Personal hydration Pen Notepad 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
Jake Shumate is a Sergeant with the Marana Police Department and Pima Regional SWAT Team in Arizona. He has been a Peace Officer since 2000 and promoted to Sergeant in 2012. Jake spent a year and a half on the Cochise County Sheriff’s Department SWAT Team while employed there and he has been a member of the Pima Regional SWAT Team since 2004. During his time with Pima Regional SWAT, he has served as an operator, shield operator, breacher, explosive breacher, team leader and team sergeant. Jake has instructed multiple SWAT and Patrol topics to include basic and advanced SWAT tactics, shield operator, breaching, defensive tactics and basic and advanced patrol tactics. Jake has participated in and/or supervised numerous high risk tactical operations and continues in that role today. Jake is currently the Pima Regional SWAT teams breaching Sergeant. Register Now!
Passenger Rail Tactics Training
Bob Underwood, Amtrak (NY) PD In this three day, course teams will develop techniques and sharpen skills needed to effectively approach, enter and regain control of a passenger train in various environments. Equipment List
Pistol belt Tactical vest and helmet (encouraged not required) Prescription shooting glasses if needed Gloves Eye protection Simm guns and protective equipment will be provided Instructor Bio
Sergeant Robert Underwood began his career with Amtrak Police in 1996 in Philadelphia PA. Since that time he has worked as a patrol officer, investigator, and is presently assigned as the SGT of the Special Operations Unit. As a firearms instructor, defensive tactics instructor, active shooter instructor and rail tactics instructor as well as years of service as a Amtrak Police office I have a working knowledge of how to work in and around trains safety and effectively. As a unit we have trained of 1500 officers to date in this class and look forward to training more officers. Register Now!
Shoothouse Instructor Certification
Isaac Lopez, Orange County (FL) SO Students are exposed to all the elements required for the safe operation of live fire training scenarios in the shoothouse environment. Equipment
Individual/Team: Students are required to have full operational gear, including: 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 Optional
Entry vest Helmet 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. Register Now!
Pat Hilliker, Pima County (AZ) SD Designed to enhance officers’ handgun and shotgun shooting skills, this course will cover weapons handling, muscle memory, shooting on the move, engaging, moving targets, deployment from and around vehicles and tactics for building searches. Equipment
Duty pistol with three magazines (minimum) Duty belt with holster, magazine pouches, etc. Weapon mounted flashlight and/or handheld flashlight Concealable body armor OR tactical armor Ballistic helmet, if available Range attire including long pants, long sleeve shirt and duty style boots Duty style gloves Eye and ear protection 1500 rounds pistol ammunition for duty pistol 5, minimum, dummy rounds for duty pistol “Red” training pistol OR chamber safe device for duty pistol Pistol cleaning Equipment
Knee/Elbow pads, optional Instructor Bio
Sergeant Patrick Hilliker is a 18-year member of the Pima County Sheriff’s Department in Tucson, AZ. He has served with the SWAT Team for 10 years and was a member when the team became regional in 2005. He was assigned as a squad leader in 2006 and is currently the team’s lead supervisor. Sergeant Hilliker assists in departmental tactical training and conducts training with members of Southern Arizona tactical teams. He is the co-chairman for the Urban Area Security Initiative Rapid Response Team and Incident Support Team. He has instructed for the NTOA as an assistant instructor for the SWAT Team Leader Development Course and as the lead instructor for the 24 hour Hostage Rescue Course. Sergeant Hilliker is currently a board member of the Arizona Tactical Officers Association (ATOA) as the Southern Arizona representative. Register Now!
Tactical Tracking and Wooded Terrain
Greg Hall, PA State Police (ret.) Effectively deploying law enforcement to search for an armed suspect(s) in a wooded terrain environment is a challenge to many agencies. Topics to be covered include situations requiring a wooded terrain operation, individual member movement, team movement, movement formations, search strategy, counter-ambush techniques, binary search theory, nighttime searches, weapon and Equipment
considerations and command and control issues. Equipment
Orienteering compass Issued BDU Uniform Heavy Duty Boots Hydration System Rain Gear Duty Pistol & Leather / Web Gear No Live Fire Flash Light Field Writing Implements First Aid Gear OPTIONAL:
Duty Long Gun (must have appropriate Carry or Shooting Sling) No Live Fire Precision Rifle w/ Trained L.E. Counter-Sniper Optics Weight Bearing Harness Night Vision Equipment
Other appropriate Tactical Gear 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. Register Now!
Use of Tactical Shields
Chris Maiorano, Seminole County (FL) 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. Equipment
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 14-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. Register Now!
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