AR-15/M16/M4 ARMORER

Greg Sullivan, Defensive Edge SLR15 Rifles  

Law Enforcement Agencies are deploying or are in the process of issuing carbine rifles to Field Supervisors, Field Officers, and Tactical Units.  With that comes the need of having qualified Armorers or Rangemasters to service and maintain these weapons on a regular basis.  This course covers all M16/AR15 type carbine weapons systems made and their variants.  Armorers will be certi- fied in the proper maintenance, care, and repair of these weapons systems, including semi-auto and select-fire trigger systems.  This program follows the Manufacturer’s guidelines and is taught by FBI and NRA Certified Instructors.  

Equipment  

Bring a rifle to work on.  Students need to supply their own rifle, as this gets them familiar with their own per- sonal configuration and modifications, plus this will allow time for a thorough cleaning and inspection, along with gauging for wear.  You are welcome to bring more than one rifle.  We will only provide rifles with prior arrangements, basically so we know how many to bring


ARMORED VEHICLE RESCUE

Steve Mescan, Pittsburg PD  

Description coming soon      

 Equipment


BALLISTIC SHIELD DEPLOYMENT

Nick Kokot, Rooster Combatives  

Think of the ballistic shield as a dynamic, portable ballistic corner, between the law enforcement agent and the suspect. The ballistic shield has traditionally been taught to be deployed in a slow, thorough and methodical, defensive tempo. This block of instruction WILL NOT focus on utilizing the ballistic shield in a “defensive” manner. Rather, this block will expose the attendee to the offensive capabilities of the ballistic shield in close quarters conflict. This course will introduce the attendee to the unique dynamics and options associated with ballistic shield applications during critical incidents. Attendees will also receive recommendations on the equipment and ancillary equipment options.  It is recommended that a minimum of two (2) members per agency attend, as the curriculum stresses the operation of a two (2) man element when deploying a ballistic shield.  

Equipment  

Tactical Vest, Holster, Shield (if you have one), Notepad and pen


BREACHING FOR PATROL 

Sean McKay, ACI 

This course will focus on simple breaching techniques that can be used by tactical team as well as patrol officers. More description will be posted soon.

Equipment:


CHEMICAL MUNITIONS INSTRUCTOR

Chuck Martin, Safariland Training Group  

This instructor-level training provides detailed instruction in the use of all types and forms of Chemical Munitions. This extensive 8-hour course covers all aspects involved in the selection, preparation, deployment, storage and legal ramifications regarding the use of chemical agents. The student will acquire specific information in Defense Technology® chemical agent products, including CS, CN, OC and Smoke, along with the necessary skills to return to their agency and conduct in-service training.  

Equipment  

Eyes, Ears, Body Armor, Gloves, Gas Mask, Less Lethal Launchers (37MM/40MM/12 Ga Shotgun)


CNT Debriefs

Jan Dubina, NTOA  

Description coming soon  

Equipment 


CONCEALED CARRY CONCEPTS

Robert Trivino, Evergreen Mountain  

This block of instruction will focus on the proper carry, retrieval, and deployment of a concealed firearm.  This course is designed for those law enforcement personnel assigned to surveillance, plain clothes details, and undercover operations and will provide the attendee with techniques and principles that will enhance his/her abilities and confidence when the need to conceal, and ultimately deploy a firearm when necessary.  Speed of deployment and concealment will be balanced with down range accuracy.  Also discussed will be recommendations on firearms, holsters, concealed clothing and gear, and the carry of additional ammunition.  This course will NOT license or permit you to legally carry a concealed weapon in your state.    

Equipment  

Handgun, concealed carry holster for your handgun, 500 rounds of ammunition, eye and ear protection, civilian physical training attire, over garment shirt or jacket, handheld flashlight, 3 extra magazines, notebook and pen/pencil.


COUNTER TERRORISM AND EMERGING THREATS

Mark Spicer, LPR  

The threat to law enforcement officers and staff is greater now than ever before.  As organized crime and terrorist organizations have begun to join forces, this creates an increase in capabilities and ruthlessness,  placing both officers and their families at risk. Awareness and understanding of the threat allows officers to develop a new mindset, allowing them to stand ready for anything. The unexpected is only unexpected if you do not know what you are looking for. This seminar is designed to pass on years of counter terrorist experience and to ensure that the unexpected becomes a thing of the past.  

Equipment:

Note taking supplies


COVERT LOCK DEFEATING FOR LAW  ENFORCEMENT

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 pick- ing and will include practical application on a variety of locks. The course will cover doors, deadbolts, padlocks, simplex locks, tubular locks, attaché case locks, lock bumping and more.  

Equipment:

Notebook and pen/pencil. 


GROWING COURAGE: TACTICAL LEADERSHIP

Roy Bethge, The Virtus Group  

This engaging leadership course is designed to equip supervisors, managers, and executives in navigating the many challenges found in today’s law enforcement workforce. Using an interactive and experiential based framework, attendees of Growing Courage™ will be equipped to capitalize on opportunities for growth in their organizations and build stronger teams to meet those challenges. This course will explore the necessary attitudes of suc- cessful leaders as well as develop the skill competencies to translate those leadership values into everyday action. Growing Courage™ will help you think differently about leadership while giving you practical tools to act differently as a leader. Through the use of real world case studies, Growing Courage™ will create a developmental framework and tools for mentoring future leaders within your organization. This innovative and engaging course uses a variety of learning activities to challenge and energize your leadership team to create a legacy of leadership in your organization.  

Equipment:

Notebook and pencil.


LIGHTS, SIGHTS and LASERS

Wes Doss, Khyber Interactive Associates LLC  

In this intensive hands-on workshop, attendees will delve into basic through advanced techniques for Lights, Sights and Lasers and their application in today’s modern combat weapons under demanding real-world conditions. Build mentality and firearm handling skills effectively and efficiently in actual engagement considering real-world scenarios that unfold quickly, this program focuses on dynamic movement, reaction time enhancement, compressed distance and unconventional shooting positions.  Attendees will train on techniques far out- side their current comfort zone, confronting them with new challenges, forcing them to solve problems rapidly and maximizing skills.    

Equipment

200 Rounds of carbine ammo, 50 Rounds of handgun ammo, Carbine w/3 magazines, handgun w/3 magazine, eye and ear pro, gloves, elbow and knee pads advised


LOW LIGHT TACTICS

Nick Kokot, Rooster Combatives  

Description coming soon  

Equipment:

Note taking supplies


NFDD INSTRUCTOR

Chuck Martin, Safariland Training Group

This instructor-level training course provides the student detailed information involved in the use of all types and forms of Diversionary or Distraction Device® munitions. The 8-hour course covers all aspects involved in the selection, preparation, deployment, storage, and legal ramifications regarding the use of all such devices. The student will acquire specific information in Defense Technology Distraction Device® models, including reloadable and non-reloadable hand-deployed munitions, command initiated products, fuel air munitions, less lethal grenades, and be prepared with the skills to return to their agency and provide in-service training.  

Equipment:

Eyes, Ears, Body Armor, Gloves


PRINCIPALS FOR CLOSE QUARTER  ENGAGEMENTS

David Selden

Lessons learned from 15 years of training for, teaching and conducting combat operations in close quarters urban environments. Training will cover the principles of room clearing, door procedures, use of flash bangs, hallways and stairwells (if the training site allows). Training will be principle based as opposed to technique based. How to think, not what to think. Sound principles trained in varying situations can be applied anywhere. Techniques only work for the terrain and situation in which they were trained.

Equipment  

All tactical gear that would be used for an entry situation


PRINCIPLES OF COMBAT CLEARING

Dan Licardo Norse Security Group  

This 8-hour course has been specifically structured to focus on the fusion of military and law enforcement Close Quarters Battle and clearance procedures. This course will expose the officer to a wide range of scenarios and use of force options such as will be encountered during high risk operations. The principle behind the preliminary clearance method is utilizing the barricades/cover to get a visual on the room/structure prior to making a dynamic entry. A tactical officer will have the ability to clear 75% of the objective prior to making entry. Whether the mission is Warrant Service, Hostage Rescue or responding to an Active Shooter, the skills taught in this program will increase your operational effectiveness. 

Topics covered: • Threat awareness • Approach considerations • Dynamic clearances • Primary entry techniques • Assault team configuration • Shield incorporation  

Equipment  

All tactical gear that would be used for an entry situation.


SNIPER

Derrick Bartlett, Snipercraft  

Description coming soon  

Equipment


TACTICAL VISION

Derrick Bartlett, Snipercraft  

Most cops are blind.  And because they are blind, their investigative skills, driving skills, and survival skills are all compromised.  They miss evidence at crime scenes.  They have traffic accidents.  They are involved in controversial uses of force, based on observations made under mental conditions which impair their ability to see.  Unfortunately, most cops don’t realize they are afflicted, and therefore won’t do anything to correct their condition.  The condition, known as Perceptual Blindness, has been studied extensively in scientific circles for decades, and is now finding practical applications in police work.  For a profession in which observation skill plays such a critical role, understanding this is extremely important.  Perceptual Blindness is a breakdown in the complex visual recognition cycle, and can compromise officer safety.   Tactical Vision is an 8-hour class that will actually show police officers how to become “trained observers.”   The visual evidence shown in this class is compelling and frightening.  Words can’t do justice to the scope of the problem.  This powerful presentation literally has to be seen to be believed. 

Equipment:

Note taking supplies


TEAM TACTICS PISTOL OPERATOR COURSE

John Krupa III, Spartan Tactical Training Group  

This 8-hour training block focuses on enhancing team tactics, communication and problem solving while engaging targets with the handgun. Operators will work through various drills using dynamic movement and communication while engaging targets, negotiating obstacles and working in team relays.  

Equipment:

Note pad and pen, eye protection, ear protection, baseball type cap, duty belt with holster and magazine carriers, duty pistol with at least 3 hi-capacity magazines or 5 single stack magazines, body armor, knee pads, gas mask and 500 rounds of handgun ammunition. Recommend - rain gear, sunscreen, insect repellent, hydration system, water and any other personal kit / equipment normally used during call-outs.


TRANSITION PERFORMANCE

Mike Ayala, Shooter Performance Institute  

Shooter Performance Institute's Transition Performance Course (TPC) is a (2) day, (20) hour course. This Course is tailored to 1 day 8 hours for GTOA Conference. TPC teaches the officer how to develop transition training practices and lesson plans for his/her department. One differentiator of this courseis the presentation of precise applications that have been tested and exe- cuted around the world by Special Operations Forces (SOF). The end state is an officer that is confident in controlling his/her carbine/pistol and passing that confi- dence to fellow officers. The officer will be trained to be proficient on carbine to pistol transition that incorporates recoil management high ready, low ready, aggressive ready, stationary shooting, shooting while moving, barricade shooting, transitional target shooting, ambidextrous shooting, magazine changes (speed, tactical and re- load) and malfunctions.  These tasks are taught under mental and physical stress implementing visual focus and an offensive mindset while dealing with an active shooter. The Transition Performance Course has a focus on teaching the student on how to implement training progression within his/her agency or department.  

Equipment  

Suitable Range Clothing, Eye and Ear Protection, Soft Amour, Daily Kit, Standard issue pistol and carbine, Hy- dration (we will also have extra water), Chair (to take a load off during breaks), 300 rounds of pistol and 300 rounds of carbine ammo


TERRORISM TACTICS AND COUNTER MEASURES

Greg Hall, NTOA  

This course is designed for those individuals assigned the responsibility of making Threat Assessments for specific events and the development of the Operational and/or Security Plans for those events. This course will provide an in-depth examination of Terrorism Tactics and the Countermeasures used to maintain Homeland Security by both patrol and SWAT personnel. Topics include an overview of terrorist homicide bombings (international and domestic), explosive devices, blast dynamics, legal review, use of force policies, tactical intervention and interdiction team concepts, sniper/observer concepts, threat assessment, operations and security planning. 

Equipment:

Note taking supplies


URBAN HANDGUN TACTICS

BK Blankchtein, Masada Tactical, LLC  

The eight hour class will take lessons learned by Israeli Counterterrorism units and apply those to the threats US law-enforcement agencies face today.  The class will concentrate on dynamic drills to address threats in "Urban America" from active shooters to Mass Casualty Incidents.  This is NOT an Israeli-point-shoot class, but rather a tactical application of skills to various scenarios in urban settings!  

Equipment:

Students should have full tactical gear, including: protective vest, holster, handgun, at least three magazine (five preferred), pouches for magazines, range safety gear (ear and eye protection), hydration unit (camelback or water bottles), 500 rounds of ammunition.


VEHICLE CONTAINMENT TECHNIQUES

Detective III Dean Gizzi, LAPD Special Investigation Section (SIS)  

The Vehicle Containment Technique-VCT is a specialized tactic that can be utilized by plainclothes or undercover officers to block and contain a suspects vehicle during the arrest/interdiction phase of the operation.  The VCT is most often utilized during a surveillance operation where it is determined that the suspects vehicle needs to be stopped without the assistance of uniform assets. The surprise and speed of this tactic will assist in community safety (pursuit prevention), the capture of suspects, preservation of evidence and the recovery of property.  Subjects covered: Plainclothes Tactical Team overview, Pre VCT positioning, VCT Basic Concept, VCT Officer Duties, Weapons and Ammunition Selection, Minimizing Blue on Blue, Operational Articulation, VCT Walk- Through, VCT Simmunition Scenarios.    

Equipment:

Tac Vest, Eye Protection


VEHICLE ENGAGEMENT COURSE

Jonas Polson, Shooter Performance Institute  

Shooter Performance Institute's Vehicular Engagement Course (VEC) is a (2) day, (20) hour course. This Course is tailored to 1 day 8 hours for GTOA Conference. VEC teaches the officer to deliver precision fire procedures to selective threats by improving his/her fundamentals, speed and accuracy during vehicular plat- form. One differentiator of this course is the presentation of precise methods that have been tested and executed worldwide.  The end state is an officer that is capable of fighting in or around vehicles in open urban engagements. The officer will be trained on vehicle engagement methodologies, advanced shooting positions, multiple target acquisition, ballistic effects on glass and vehicle body penetration, vehicular engagement and counter-engagement techniques: near/far side contact from front/side/rear, vehicle position maneuver and egress techniques: single to two man movement, weapon malfunction drills, and disabled shooter techniques. These tasks are taught under mental and high physical stress implementing visual focus and an offensive mindset while encountering an active shooter in a street environment with their pistol and/or carbine.  

Equipment  

Suitable Range Clothing, Eye and Ear Protection Soft Amour, Daily Kit, Standard issue pistol and carbine Chair (to take a load off during breaks), 300 rounds of pistol and 300 rounds of carbine ammo