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Little America Hotel
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Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Scenic Salt Lake City, located in the center of the American west, is the destination for NTOA's 32nd Annual Tactical Conference and Trade Show! The majestic Wasatch Mountains surround this vibrant city filled with history, art and entertainment. Register early for our conference and share in this unique event which will draw police officers from all corners of the U.S, Canada and other parts of the world.

Registration Fees

Register on or before Friday, July 31, 2015: Member Fee: $500 / Non-Member Fee: $550
Register on or after Saturday, August 1, 2015: Member Fee: $550 / Non-Member Fee: $600
  • Take $50 off your registration fee if you are an active member of your state tactical association. A copy of your state association ID must be sent via fax (215-230-7616) or email (lauragerhart@ntoa.org) in order to receive the $50 discount.
  • Send six officers from the same agency or multi-jurisdictional team and the seventh officer's conference registration is FREE!
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A $100 cancellation fee will be charged to student if written cancellation is received less than 30 days prior to conference start. Student will receive full refund of fee if written cancellation is received 30 days prior to course start. No written notice - no refund. Qualified substitutions are accepted. NTOA reserves the right to cancel any tracks or seminars 30 days prior to the start of the conference due to lack of registrations.
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11:00 - 13:00 An Introduction to Explosive Theory and Tactical Applications
An Introduction to Explosive Theory and Tactical Applications
2 Hour Seminar
Instructor: Cherry, Christopher
Dates: Sunday 8/30/2015
Times: 11:00 - 13:00
During this two hour lecture, students will be presented with fundamental concepts of explosive science and illustrations of applications specific to the tactical operator. Through a basic understanding of characteristics of explosives, tactical operators may explore the use of explosive tools with confidence, safety, and efficiency.

13:30 - 15:30 Policy and Legal Issues
Policy and Legal Issues
2 Hour Seminar
Instructor: Ramirez, Eugene
Dates: Sunday 8/30/2015
Times: 13:30 - 15:30
This presentation focuses on contemporary SWAT policies and current case law that has a direct impact on SWAT teams across the nation.

16:00 - 17:30 Incident Debrief-Polk County (FL)
Incident Debrief-Polk County (FL)
1.5 Hour Seminar
Instructor: Polk County SO
Dates: Sunday 8/30/2015
Times: 16:00 - 17:30
On February 6th, 2015 the Polk County (FL) Sheriff's Office SWAT Team deployed to a barricaded gunman in Winter Haven, Florida. During negotiations the suspect made several threats concerning his ability and willingness to set off an unknown number of improvised explosive devices he prepared and intended to use against law enforcement. The suspect's vehicle was blocking the entrance and surrounding the vehicle were several oxygen bottles, acetylene bottles, and other containers believed to be holding flammable materials. As chemical agents were deployed, the suspect immediately engaged SWAT with a high volume of rifle gunfire. During this initial onslaught, PCSO Tac-Medic, John "George" Mikula, was shot by the suspect. Team members performed an emergency rescue, while other team members directed gunfire at the suspect's location. An armored vehicle was utilized to shield deputies from gunfire resulting in that vehicle being shot forty one (41) times. In addition to the gunfire, one of the acetylene/oxygen bottles that the suspect had placed in the area exploded, with the resulting fireball completely engulfing the armored vehicle. Once the Tac-Medic had been successfully evacuated from the scene, a prolonged firefight with the suspect ensued in which over 250 rounds were exchanged between the suspect and SWAT members. As this was occurring, the suspect initiated a fire inside the building. This debrief will discuss the incident in detail, as well as share lessons learned as a result of this high-risk incident.


11:00 - 13:00 Bleeding Control Techniques for Law Enforcement - How to Stay in the Fight When Injured
Bleeding Control Techniques for Law Enforcement - How to Stay in the Fight When Injured
2 Hour Seminar
Instructor: Justice, Bill
Dates: Monday 8/31/2015
Times: 11:00 - 13:00
The objective of this course is to review the medical aspects of hemorrhage control and demonstrate immediate techniques for operators to use in the event they are wounded while engaged against an assailant. Attendees will practice and become efficient in these potentially life-saving techniques.

13:00 - 15:30 Defensive Knife as a Backup Weapon
Defensive Knife as a Backup Weapon
2 Hour Seminar
Instructor: Wihongi, Jared
Dates: Monday 8/31/2015
Times: 13:00 - 15:30

18:00 - 20:00 Counter Ambush Tactics and Officer Survival in 2015: A Special Event with Ron McCarthy
Counter Ambush Tactics and Officer Survival in 2015: A Special Event with Ron McCarthy
2 Hour Seminar
Instructor: Mccarthy, Ron
Dates: Monday 8/31/2015
Times: 18:00 - 20:00

08:30 - 10:00 OPENING CEREMONY (MANDATORY)
OPENING CEREMONY (MANDATORY)
1.5 Hour Seminar
Instructor: Anderson, Kristina
Dates: Monday 8/31/2015
Times: 08:30 - 10:00
MANDATORY OPENING CEREMONY - Keynote Speaker - Kristina Anderson, Executive Director

13:30 - 15:00 Q & A with Kristina Anderson
Q & A with Kristina Anderson
1.5 Hour Seminar
Instructor:
Dates: Monday 8/31/2015
Times: 13:30 - 15:00

16:00 - 17:30 Incident Debrief - Charlie Hebdo Attack
Incident Debrief - Charlie Hebdo Attack
1.5 Hour Seminar
Instructor: Van't Hof, Jason
Dates: Monday 8/31/2015
Times: 16:00 - 17:30
This incident debrief will discuss the extremist attacks that occurred in Paris, France from January 7-9, 2015. The briefing includes a chronological review of the incidents, beginning with the attack at the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. In addition, the briefing analyzes available information regarding the perpetrators paths to carrying out their attacks, including their backgrounds, relationship to each other, and relationship with foreign terrorist organizations. The briefing concludes with an analysis of the aftermath, lessons learned in a variety of disciplines, and potential implications to the United States.


08:00 - 17:00 Advanced Tactical Carbine
Advanced Tactical Carbine
32 Hour Courses
Instructor: PAGNUCCO, BRET
Dates: Tuesday 9/1/2015 thru Friday 9/4/2015
Times: 08:00 - 17:00
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.

08:00 - 17:00 Corrections Tactical Operations
Corrections Tactical Operations
32 Hour Courses
Instructor: Moon, Keith
Dates: Tuesday 9/1/2015 thru Friday 9/4/2015
Times: 08:00 - 17:00
Responding to disturbances in a prison or jail can be challenging. This course will focus on deployment and tactical movement in this unique environment. A thorough understanding of the core skills related to building entry, firearms manipulation and mindset will be developed. This is an active participation course with limited classroom instruction.

08:00 - 17:00 High Risk Warrant
High Risk Warrant
32 Hour Courses
Instructor: Smelser, Christopher
Dates: Tuesday 9/1/2015 thru Friday 9/4/2015
Times: 08:00 - 17:00
This course is designed to familiarize police/SWAT personnel with the elements of a high-risk warrant service.

08:00 - 17:00 Police Response to Active Shooter Instructor Certification (Enhanced)
Police Response to Active Shooter Instructor Certification (Enhanced)
32 Hour Courses
Instructor: ALWES, DON
Dates: Tuesday 9/1/2015 thru Friday 9/4/2015
Times: 08:00 - 17:00
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.

08:00 - 17:00 Resolution of a Barricaded Suspect
Resolution of a Barricaded Suspect
32 Hour Courses
Instructor: CHABALI, BOB
Dates: Tuesday 9/1/2015 thru Friday 9/4/2015
Times: 08:00 - 17:00
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.

08:00 - 17:00 Tactical Emergency Medical Support
Tactical Emergency Medical Support
32 Hour Courses
Instructor: Justice, Bill
Dates: Tuesday 9/1/2015 thru Friday 9/4/2015
Times: 08:00 - 17:00
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.

08:00 - 17:00 Armored Tactical Rescue Vehicle
Armored Tactical Rescue Vehicle
24 Hour Courses
Instructor: HARDESTY, MATT
Dates: Tuesday 9/1/2015 thru Thursday 9/3/2015
Times: 08:00 - 17:00
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.

08:00 - 17:00 Manual Breaching
Manual Breaching
24 Hour Courses
Instructor: Shumate, Jake
Dates: Tuesday 9/1/2015 thru Thursday 9/3/2015
Times: 08:00 - 17:00
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.

08:00 - 17:00 Passenger Rail Tactics
Passenger Rail Tactics
24 Hour Courses
Instructor: Underwood, Robert
Dates: Tuesday 9/1/2015 thru Thursday 9/3/2015
Times: 08:00 - 17:00
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.

08:00 - 17:00 Shoothouse Instructor Certification
Shoothouse Instructor Certification
24 Hour Courses
Instructor: LOPEZ, ISAAC
Dates: Tuesday 9/1/2015 thru Thursday 9/3/2015
Times: 08:00 - 17:00
Students are exposed to all the elements required for the safe operation of live fire training scenarios in the Shoothouse environment.

08:00 - 17:00 Tactical Pistol
Tactical Pistol
24 Hour Courses
Instructor: HILLIKER, PAT
Dates: Tuesday 9/1/2015 thru Thursday 9/3/2015
Times: 08:00 - 17:00
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.

08:00 - 17:00 Use of Tactical Shields
Use of Tactical Shields
24 Hour Courses
Instructor: MAIORANO, CHRIS
Dates: Tuesday 9/1/2015 thru Thursday 9/3/2015
Times: 08:00 - 17:00
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.

08:00 - 17:00 Patrol Supervisors Response to Critical Incidents
Patrol Supervisors Response to Critical Incidents
16 Hour Courses
Instructor: Farris, Fred
Dates: Tuesday 9/1/2015 thru Wednesday 9/2/2015
Times: 08:00 - 17:00
This course will 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 provide tools to manage a critical incident scene and respond to unfolding events.

08:00 - 12:00 Critical Incident Management
Critical Incident Management
4 Hour Seminar
Instructor: Allen, Ed
Dates: Tuesday 9/1/2015
Times: 08:00 - 12:00
This seminar will offer an in-depth analysis of the planning, decision making and dynamics of managing a large scale, multi-agency, multi-discipline event. As law enforcement actions come under increasing scrutiny, tactical leaders should prepare themselves and their agencies to mitigate against the negative impacts that come with such events. Detailed analyses and lessons learned from the Ferguson (MO) incident and George Zimmerman trial will be shared from tactical commanders involved in each.

08:00 - 12:00 Law Enforcement Response to Suicidal Persons
Law Enforcement Response to Suicidal Persons
4 Hour Seminar
Instructor: EELLS, THOR
Dates: Tuesday 9/1/2015
Times: 08:00 - 12:00
This seminar will address the challenges law enforcement faces when responding to welfare checks and suicidal person calls. Topics to be covered include the historical basis for law enforcement intervention, legal versus ethical duty, current case law developments and case studies.

13:00 - 17:00 Ethical Leadership Under Fire
Ethical Leadership Under Fire
4 Hour Seminar
Instructor: Allen, Ed
Dates: Tuesday 9/1/2015
Times: 13:00 - 17:00
Under stress and pressure, tactical commanders often struggle with decision-making due to potential for an unfavorable outcome. A paralysis in decision-making can have drastic and far-reaching results, including loss of innocent life. This training block emphasizes how to prepare for ethical decision-making under stress and how to proactively exercise leadership when under fire.

13:00 - 17:00 SWAT Selection and Training
SWAT Selection and Training
4 Hour Seminar
Instructor: SMITH, STEVE
Dates: Tuesday 9/1/2015
Times: 13:00 - 17:00
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.


08:00 - 12:00 Lessons Learned in Barricaded Suspect Operations
Lessons Learned in Barricaded Suspect Operations
4 Hour Seminar
Instructor: SELLEG, JEFF
Dates: Wednesday 9/2/2015
Times: 08:00 - 12:00
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.

08:00 - 12:00 Performance Under Stress
Performance Under Stress
4 Hour Seminar
Instructor: ARTWOHL, ALEXIS
Dates: Wednesday 9/2/2015
Times: 08:00 - 12:00
Dr. Artwohl will present an analysis of the psychological dynamics of police combat including perception, memory, decision making, and the complex relationships between offenders, officers, the agency and the community. Understanding these dynamics will help agencies improve their training, reduce the risk factors involved in use-of-force incidents, and maximize the accuracy of their investigations.

13:00 - 17:00 Crisis Decision-Making
Crisis Decision-Making
4 Hour Seminar
Instructor: HEAL, SID
Dates: Wednesday 9/2/2015
Times: 13:00 - 17:00
This highly interactive session uses a series of intuitive exercises and games to enable participants to personally experience how their brain is identifying, prioritizing and responding to stimuli in crisis situations. Participants will gain an appreciation and understanding of how the human brain actually works under stress, as well as methods to increase the effectiveness and efficiency in making decisions during crisis situations by programming the brain with "software."

13:00 - 17:00 Lessons Learned in High Risk Warrant Operations
Lessons Learned in High Risk Warrant Operations
4 Hour Seminar
Instructor: Branyon, Bart
Dates: Wednesday 9/2/2015
Times: 13:00 - 17:00
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.


08:00 - 17:00 Training Management and Risk Mitigation
Training Management and Risk Mitigation
16 Hour Courses
Instructor: Watt, Randy
Dates: Thursday 9/3/2015 thru Friday 9/4/2015
Times: 08:00 - 17:00
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.

08:00 - 17:00 Covert Lock-picking
Covert Lock-picking
8 Hour Courses
Instructor: Darrow, Darby
Dates: Thursday 9/3/2015
Times: 08:00 - 17:00
Students will learn the fundamentals of covert lock defeating, including lock picking and lock bypassing. It will begin 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.

08:00 - 12:00 Leading Specialized Units
Leading Specialized Units
4 Hour Seminar
Instructor: Kester, Don
Dates: Thursday 9/3/2015
Times: 08:00 - 12:00
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.

08:00 - 12:00 Tactical Bomb Techs Support in SWAT
Tactical Bomb Techs Support in SWAT
4 Hour Seminar
Instructor: Rogers, Christopher
Dates: Thursday 9/3/2015
Times: 08:00 - 12:00
Intended for SWAT operators and team leaders, this presentation includes an overview of the NBSCAB/NTOA/FBI National Tactical Bomb Technician Certification Program and theories of bomb tech support of tactical teams. It will also provide an overview of the capabilities of tactical bomb technicians and how they enhance the capabilities of a tactical team.

13:00 - 17:00 Lessons Learned In Hostage Rescue Operations
Lessons Learned In Hostage Rescue Operations
4 Hour Seminar
Instructor: Knudson, Patricia
Dates: Thursday 9/3/2015
Times: 13:00 - 17:00
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.

13:00 - 17:00 Terrorism Tactics Against Law Enforcement: Understanding and Defeating the Enemy
Terrorism Tactics Against Law Enforcement: Understanding and Defeating the Enemy
4 Hour Seminar
Instructor: BRANYON, BART
Dates: Thursday 9/3/2015
Times: 13:00 - 17:00
This course will discuss Islamic jihadi terrorist groups, their origins, motivations, interaction, lessons learned abroad and current trends. It is crucial that US SWAT teams understand terrorist tactics that not only take into account a law enforcement response, but also specifically target those responders for destruction. As global jihadi terrorism spreads from the battlefields of the Middle-East, it is imperative that the accomplished SWAT officer fully understands their enemy and knows how to defeat them in the streets of America.


08:00 - 12:00 Contemporary Command Issues in a Post-Ferguson Era
Contemporary Command Issues in a Post-Ferguson Era
4 Hour Seminar
Instructor: FARRIS, FRED
Dates: Friday 9/4/2015
Times: 08:00 - 12:00
Contemporary challenges facing law enforcement are exploding across the country. Media crisis management before, during and after critical incidents will be reviewed. Contemporary strategies and best practices will be presented with case studies and lessons learned. In light of public perception and the media environment surrounding law enforcement today, this seminar is critical for the survival of our nation?s police agencies. This seminar is open to all conference attendees, as well as any chiefs, sheriffs, command staff or other law enforcement executives, whether registered for the NTOA conference or not. Law enforcement credentials required for entry.

08:00 - 12:00 Designing Appropriate Fitness Tests for Tactical Teams
Designing Appropriate Fitness Tests for Tactical Teams
4 Hour Seminar
Instructor: Vonk, Kathy
Dates: Friday 9/4/2015
Times: 08:00 - 12:00
The essentials of designing and implementing appropriate tactical team fitness testing will be covered in this seminar. Topics will include: preparing for the test (who conducts, elements of the operation, pre-brief, preparation time), pre-screening applicants to minimize risk of injury, selecting appropriate fitness test events, conducting a task analysis to validate events and minimize legal challenges, determining the passing standard, and more. This seminar is classroom only; no practicals will be conducted.

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11:00 - 13:00 An Introduction to Explosive Theory and Tactical Applications
An Introduction to Explosive Theory and Tactical Applications
2 Hour Seminar
Instructor: Cherry, Christopher
Dates: Sunday 8/30/2015
Times: 11:00 - 13:00
During this two hour lecture, students will be presented with fundamental concepts of explosive science and illustrations of applications specific to the tactical operator. Through a basic understanding of characteristics of explosives, tactical operators may explore the use of explosive tools with confidence, safety, and efficiency.

13:30 - 15:30 Policy and Legal Issues
Policy and Legal Issues
2 Hour Seminar
Instructor: Ramirez, Eugene
Dates: Sunday 8/30/2015
Times: 13:30 - 15:30
This presentation focuses on contemporary SWAT policies and current case law that has a direct impact on SWAT teams across the nation.

16:00 - 17:30 Incident Debrief-Polk County (FL)
Incident Debrief-Polk County (FL)
1.5 Hour Seminar
Instructor: Polk County SO
Dates: Sunday 8/30/2015
Times: 16:00 - 17:30
On February 6th, 2015 the Polk County (FL) Sheriff's Office SWAT Team deployed to a barricaded gunman in Winter Haven, Florida. During negotiations the suspect made several threats concerning his ability and willingness to set off an unknown number of improvised explosive devices he prepared and intended to use against law enforcement. The suspect's vehicle was blocking the entrance and surrounding the vehicle were several oxygen bottles, acetylene bottles, and other containers believed to be holding flammable materials. As chemical agents were deployed, the suspect immediately engaged SWAT with a high volume of rifle gunfire. During this initial onslaught, PCSO Tac-Medic, John "George" Mikula, was shot by the suspect. Team members performed an emergency rescue, while other team members directed gunfire at the suspect's location. An armored vehicle was utilized to shield deputies from gunfire resulting in that vehicle being shot forty one (41) times. In addition to the gunfire, one of the acetylene/oxygen bottles that the suspect had placed in the area exploded, with the resulting fireball completely engulfing the armored vehicle. Once the Tac-Medic had been successfully evacuated from the scene, a prolonged firefight with the suspect ensued in which over 250 rounds were exchanged between the suspect and SWAT members. As this was occurring, the suspect initiated a fire inside the building. This debrief will discuss the incident in detail, as well as share lessons learned as a result of this high-risk incident.


11:00 - 13:00 Bleeding Control Techniques for Law Enforcement - How to Stay in the Fight When Injured
Bleeding Control Techniques for Law Enforcement - How to Stay in the Fight When Injured
2 Hour Seminar
Instructor: Justice, Bill
Dates: Monday 8/31/2015
Times: 11:00 - 13:00
The objective of this course is to review the medical aspects of hemorrhage control and demonstrate immediate techniques for operators to use in the event they are wounded while engaged against an assailant. Attendees will practice and become efficient in these potentially life-saving techniques.

13:00 - 15:30 Defensive Knife as a Backup Weapon
Defensive Knife as a Backup Weapon
2 Hour Seminar
Instructor: Wihongi, Jared
Dates: Monday 8/31/2015
Times: 13:00 - 15:30

18:00 - 20:00 Counter Ambush Tactics and Officer Survival in 2015: A Special Event with Ron McCarthy
Counter Ambush Tactics and Officer Survival in 2015: A Special Event with Ron McCarthy
2 Hour Seminar
Instructor: Mccarthy, Ron
Dates: Monday 8/31/2015
Times: 18:00 - 20:00

08:30 - 10:00 OPENING CEREMONY (MANDATORY)
OPENING CEREMONY (MANDATORY)
1.5 Hour Seminar
Instructor: Anderson, Kristina
Dates: Monday 8/31/2015
Times: 08:30 - 10:00
MANDATORY OPENING CEREMONY - Keynote Speaker - Kristina Anderson, Executive Director

13:30 - 15:00 Q & A with Kristina Anderson
Q & A with Kristina Anderson
1.5 Hour Seminar
Instructor:
Dates: Monday 8/31/2015
Times: 13:30 - 15:00

16:00 - 17:30 Incident Debrief - Charlie Hebdo Attack
Incident Debrief - Charlie Hebdo Attack
1.5 Hour Seminar
Instructor: Van't Hof, Jason
Dates: Monday 8/31/2015
Times: 16:00 - 17:30
This incident debrief will discuss the extremist attacks that occurred in Paris, France from January 7-9, 2015. The briefing includes a chronological review of the incidents, beginning with the attack at the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. In addition, the briefing analyzes available information regarding the perpetrators paths to carrying out their attacks, including their backgrounds, relationship to each other, and relationship with foreign terrorist organizations. The briefing concludes with an analysis of the aftermath, lessons learned in a variety of disciplines, and potential implications to the United States.


08:00 - 17:00 Advanced Tactical Carbine
Advanced Tactical Carbine
32 Hour Courses
Instructor: PAGNUCCO, BRET
Dates: Tuesday 9/1/2015 thru Friday 9/4/2015
Times: 08:00 - 17:00
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.

08:00 - 17:00 Corrections Tactical Operations
Corrections Tactical Operations
32 Hour Courses
Instructor: Moon, Keith
Dates: Tuesday 9/1/2015 thru Friday 9/4/2015
Times: 08:00 - 17:00
Responding to disturbances in a prison or jail can be challenging. This course will focus on deployment and tactical movement in this unique environment. A thorough understanding of the core skills related to building entry, firearms manipulation and mindset will be developed. This is an active participation course with limited classroom instruction.

08:00 - 17:00 High Risk Warrant
High Risk Warrant
32 Hour Courses
Instructor: Smelser, Christopher
Dates: Tuesday 9/1/2015 thru Friday 9/4/2015
Times: 08:00 - 17:00
This course is designed to familiarize police/SWAT personnel with the elements of a high-risk warrant service.

08:00 - 17:00 Police Response to Active Shooter Instructor Certification (Enhanced)
Police Response to Active Shooter Instructor Certification (Enhanced)
32 Hour Courses
Instructor: ALWES, DON
Dates: Tuesday 9/1/2015 thru Friday 9/4/2015
Times: 08:00 - 17:00
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.

08:00 - 17:00 Resolution of a Barricaded Suspect
Resolution of a Barricaded Suspect
32 Hour Courses
Instructor: CHABALI, BOB
Dates: Tuesday 9/1/2015 thru Friday 9/4/2015
Times: 08:00 - 17:00
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.

08:00 - 17:00 Tactical Emergency Medical Support
Tactical Emergency Medical Support
32 Hour Courses
Instructor: Justice, Bill
Dates: Tuesday 9/1/2015 thru Friday 9/4/2015
Times: 08:00 - 17:00
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.

08:00 - 17:00 Armored Tactical Rescue Vehicle
Armored Tactical Rescue Vehicle
24 Hour Courses
Instructor: HARDESTY, MATT
Dates: Tuesday 9/1/2015 thru Thursday 9/3/2015
Times: 08:00 - 17:00
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.

08:00 - 17:00 Manual Breaching
Manual Breaching
24 Hour Courses
Instructor: Shumate, Jake
Dates: Tuesday 9/1/2015 thru Thursday 9/3/2015
Times: 08:00 - 17:00
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.

08:00 - 17:00 Passenger Rail Tactics
Passenger Rail Tactics
24 Hour Courses
Instructor: Underwood, Robert
Dates: Tuesday 9/1/2015 thru Thursday 9/3/2015
Times: 08:00 - 17:00
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.

08:00 - 17:00 Shoothouse Instructor Certification
Shoothouse Instructor Certification
24 Hour Courses
Instructor: LOPEZ, ISAAC
Dates: Tuesday 9/1/2015 thru Thursday 9/3/2015
Times: 08:00 - 17:00
Students are exposed to all the elements required for the safe operation of live fire training scenarios in the Shoothouse environment.

08:00 - 17:00 Tactical Pistol
Tactical Pistol
24 Hour Courses
Instructor: HILLIKER, PAT
Dates: Tuesday 9/1/2015 thru Thursday 9/3/2015
Times: 08:00 - 17:00
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.

08:00 - 17:00 Use of Tactical Shields
Use of Tactical Shields
24 Hour Courses
Instructor: MAIORANO, CHRIS
Dates: Tuesday 9/1/2015 thru Thursday 9/3/2015
Times: 08:00 - 17:00
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.

08:00 - 17:00 Patrol Supervisors Response to Critical Incidents
Patrol Supervisors Response to Critical Incidents
16 Hour Courses
Instructor: Farris, Fred
Dates: Tuesday 9/1/2015 thru Wednesday 9/2/2015
Times: 08:00 - 17:00
This course will 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 provide tools to manage a critical incident scene and respond to unfolding events.

08:00 - 12:00 Critical Incident Management
Critical Incident Management
4 Hour Seminar
Instructor: Allen, Ed
Dates: Tuesday 9/1/2015
Times: 08:00 - 12:00
This seminar will offer an in-depth analysis of the planning, decision making and dynamics of managing a large scale, multi-agency, multi-discipline event. As law enforcement actions come under increasing scrutiny, tactical leaders should prepare themselves and their agencies to mitigate against the negative impacts that come with such events. Detailed analyses and lessons learned from the Ferguson (MO) incident and George Zimmerman trial will be shared from tactical commanders involved in each.

08:00 - 12:00 Law Enforcement Response to Suicidal Persons
Law Enforcement Response to Suicidal Persons
4 Hour Seminar
Instructor: EELLS, THOR
Dates: Tuesday 9/1/2015
Times: 08:00 - 12:00
This seminar will address the challenges law enforcement faces when responding to welfare checks and suicidal person calls. Topics to be covered include the historical basis for law enforcement intervention, legal versus ethical duty, current case law developments and case studies.

13:00 - 17:00 Ethical Leadership Under Fire
Ethical Leadership Under Fire
4 Hour Seminar
Instructor: Allen, Ed
Dates: Tuesday 9/1/2015
Times: 13:00 - 17:00
Under stress and pressure, tactical commanders often struggle with decision-making due to potential for an unfavorable outcome. A paralysis in decision-making can have drastic and far-reaching results, including loss of innocent life. This training block emphasizes how to prepare for ethical decision-making under stress and how to proactively exercise leadership when under fire.

13:00 - 17:00 SWAT Selection and Training
SWAT Selection and Training
4 Hour Seminar
Instructor: SMITH, STEVE
Dates: Tuesday 9/1/2015
Times: 13:00 - 17:00
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.


08:00 - 12:00 Lessons Learned in Barricaded Suspect Operations
Lessons Learned in Barricaded Suspect Operations
4 Hour Seminar
Instructor: SELLEG, JEFF
Dates: Wednesday 9/2/2015
Times: 08:00 - 12:00
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.

08:00 - 12:00 Performance Under Stress
Performance Under Stress
4 Hour Seminar
Instructor: ARTWOHL, ALEXIS
Dates: Wednesday 9/2/2015
Times: 08:00 - 12:00
Dr. Artwohl will present an analysis of the psychological dynamics of police combat including perception, memory, decision making, and the complex relationships between offenders, officers, the agency and the community. Understanding these dynamics will help agencies improve their training, reduce the risk factors involved in use-of-force incidents, and maximize the accuracy of their investigations.

13:00 - 17:00 Crisis Decision-Making
Crisis Decision-Making
4 Hour Seminar
Instructor: HEAL, SID
Dates: Wednesday 9/2/2015
Times: 13:00 - 17:00
This highly interactive session uses a series of intuitive exercises and games to enable participants to personally experience how their brain is identifying, prioritizing and responding to stimuli in crisis situations. Participants will gain an appreciation and understanding of how the human brain actually works under stress, as well as methods to increase the effectiveness and efficiency in making decisions during crisis situations by programming the brain with "software."

13:00 - 17:00 Lessons Learned in High Risk Warrant Operations
Lessons Learned in High Risk Warrant Operations
4 Hour Seminar
Instructor: Branyon, Bart
Dates: Wednesday 9/2/2015
Times: 13:00 - 17:00
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.


08:00 - 17:00 Training Management and Risk Mitigation
Training Management and Risk Mitigation
16 Hour Courses
Instructor: Watt, Randy
Dates: Thursday 9/3/2015 thru Friday 9/4/2015
Times: 08:00 - 17:00
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.

08:00 - 17:00 Covert Lock-picking
Covert Lock-picking
8 Hour Courses
Instructor: Darrow, Darby
Dates: Thursday 9/3/2015
Times: 08:00 - 17:00
Students will learn the fundamentals of covert lock defeating, including lock picking and lock bypassing. It will begin 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.

08:00 - 12:00 Leading Specialized Units
Leading Specialized Units
4 Hour Seminar
Instructor: Kester, Don
Dates: Thursday 9/3/2015
Times: 08:00 - 12:00
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.

08:00 - 12:00 Tactical Bomb Techs Support in SWAT
Tactical Bomb Techs Support in SWAT
4 Hour Seminar
Instructor: Rogers, Christopher
Dates: Thursday 9/3/2015
Times: 08:00 - 12:00
Intended for SWAT operators and team leaders, this presentation includes an overview of the NBSCAB/NTOA/FBI National Tactical Bomb Technician Certification Program and theories of bomb tech support of tactical teams. It will also provide an overview of the capabilities of tactical bomb technicians and how they enhance the capabilities of a tactical team.

13:00 - 17:00 Lessons Learned In Hostage Rescue Operations
Lessons Learned In Hostage Rescue Operations
4 Hour Seminar
Instructor: Knudson, Patricia
Dates: Thursday 9/3/2015
Times: 13:00 - 17:00
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.

13:00 - 17:00 Terrorism Tactics Against Law Enforcement: Understanding and Defeating the Enemy
Terrorism Tactics Against Law Enforcement: Understanding and Defeating the Enemy
4 Hour Seminar
Instructor: BRANYON, BART
Dates: Thursday 9/3/2015
Times: 13:00 - 17:00
This course will discuss Islamic jihadi terrorist groups, their origins, motivations, interaction, lessons learned abroad and current trends. It is crucial that US SWAT teams understand terrorist tactics that not only take into account a law enforcement response, but also specifically target those responders for destruction. As global jihadi terrorism spreads from the battlefields of the Middle-East, it is imperative that the accomplished SWAT officer fully understands their enemy and knows how to defeat them in the streets of America.


08:00 - 12:00 Contemporary Command Issues in a Post-Ferguson Era
Contemporary Command Issues in a Post-Ferguson Era
4 Hour Seminar
Instructor: FARRIS, FRED
Dates: Friday 9/4/2015
Times: 08:00 - 12:00
Contemporary challenges facing law enforcement are exploding across the country. Media crisis management before, during and after critical incidents will be reviewed. Contemporary strategies and best practices will be presented with case studies and lessons learned. In light of public perception and the media environment surrounding law enforcement today, this seminar is critical for the survival of our nation?s police agencies. This seminar is open to all conference attendees, as well as any chiefs, sheriffs, command staff or other law enforcement executives, whether registered for the NTOA conference or not. Law enforcement credentials required for entry.

08:00 - 12:00 Designing Appropriate Fitness Tests for Tactical Teams
Designing Appropriate Fitness Tests for Tactical Teams
4 Hour Seminar
Instructor: Vonk, Kathy
Dates: Friday 9/4/2015
Times: 08:00 - 12:00
The essentials of designing and implementing appropriate tactical team fitness testing will be covered in this seminar. Topics will include: preparing for the test (who conducts, elements of the operation, pre-brief, preparation time), pre-screening applicants to minimize risk of injury, selecting appropriate fitness test events, conducting a task analysis to validate events and minimize legal challenges, determining the passing standard, and more. This seminar is classroom only; no practicals will be conducted.

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