2017 GTOA Session Descriptions

The following is a list of our 2017 Sessions with descriptions as they are made available by the instructors.  We have also provided links so that you may learn more about the instructors and the companies they represent. 


Block Track Instruction

Swat/K9 Integration Course

Instructor: Matthew Lovelace

Block Track Session - Day 1 and Day 2

This course is designed to provide a foundation for the proper integration of a Police Service Dog within a SWAT/ERT unit. through hands on instruction, handlers and SWAT Operators will learn to utilize the canine as a locating tool and a force multiplier during deployments. Instruction will cover, apprehension, fleeing subjects, building clearing and open area searches.



Active Killer Response

Instructor: Jim Hardman

Block Track Session - Day 1 and Day 2

Course will cover Single Officer Response to Active Threat and then on to high threat CQB principal and techniques. This includes two and three man movement techniques, room entry and clearing. Weapon flow with primary and secondary platforms will be taught throughout the course.


Ambush & Lethal Environment Recognition Training (A.L.E.R.T)

Instructor: Randy Merriman

Block Track Session - Day 1 and Day 2

Randy has recognized the need to mitigate the growing trend of injuries and deaths related to targeted ambush/surprise encounters against law enforcement personnel and has developed a training program to counter those trends. These learned skill sets will dramatically enhance and improve the law enforcement officer’s Awareness and Threat Detection (ATD) capabilities. The training helps law enforcement officers thwart potential ambush situations and turn them from a disadvantage into a tactical advantage. It benefits officers during routine patrol, special events, traffic stops etc. and protects him/her from ambush-type situations. The training teaches officers methods to accurately assess violator/public contacts and gives the officer the ability to predict the potential for an encounter to escalate into a threatening event.

The program is designed to directly enhance the Law Enforcement personnel capabilities in advanced threat awareness skills and allows an aggressive approach to observe and identify booby traps, IED’s and threats in a multitude of environments through threat indicators that exist in the human and terrain atmosphere. The program teaches officers how to establish baselines in their environment and how to recognize certain anomalies that indicate potential threats through human behavior, body language and ground sign awareness.


AR15/M16/M4 Armorer Course

Instructor: Greg "Sully" Sullivan

Block Track Session - Day 1 and Day 2

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 certified 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.

Ballistic Breaching Instructor Course

Instructor: Billy King

This 16-hour Instructor course is designed for those officers with a desire to learn new breaching techniques and develop their operational and Instructor skills. The course will assist Instructors with integration of the 12 gauge breaching option into their current tactical methods. There will be emphasis on developing a breaching program, department policies, preplanning, deployment procedures, identifying door construction, team member positioning and target or breach points, breaching contingencies, post operation documentation and legal aspects of breaching. Day 2 will consist of teach backs and range drills and a qualification. Demonstrations and Ranges drills will be conducted under the supervision of the CTS Master Instructor, the students will have the responsibility to attend both classroom and range activity for the Instructor Breaching Course.


Precision Rifle Course

Instructor: Nic Smith

Block Track Session, Day 1 and Day 2

The Precision Rifle Course(PRC) is designed to deliver the skills and techniques to the marksman needed to achieve a high level of safety, accuracy, and efficiency while utilizing a Precision Rifle platform. These skills and techniques are derived from a fundamental and principle based instruction that has been proven during high threat scenarios across the globe. The PRC is a one day(2), twenty hour (20) course. During this course, the student will be given the tools to become proficient at: Weapon safety and awareness, Precision Marksmanship fundamentals, Target transition, Wind estimation, Environmental considerations/effects, Internal/external ballistics, Alternate shooting positions


Tactical Aid in an Austere Environment

Instructor: Jim Darling

Block Track Session - Day 1 and Day 2

This class will cover self aid and buddy medical aid for officers and tactical medics alike, as well as the tactical movements necessary to perform these duties in dangerous environments.. We will cover the medical assets necessary for the officer on the street as well as those assigned to tactical teams. Students will train on use of life-saving equipment and put those skills to use in high-speed scenarios.

Day Sessions

Semi-Auto Pistol - Precision vs. Combat Accuracy

Instructor: Andrew Phillips

Day 1

How much sight picture is enough?  This class will address precision pistol shooting - making the shot count, vs. combat accuracy, using principles of sighted-fire, front sight proximity shooting and point shooting.  Included tasks will be malfunction clearance, in-battery and out-of-battery reloads and multi-target engagements.  


Advanced Pistol

Instructor: Justin Vititoe

Day 1

Introduction to aggressive defensive pistol marksmanship to eliminate a hostile deadly threat:  Students will learn the survival triad, the physiological effects of combat induced stress.  stress management, shooting on the move, multiple attacker engagements, off hand shooting, shooting from the ground and shooting while injured.  

Carbine Performance Course

Instructor: Gene Fletcher

Day 1 and Day 2, same curriculum

The Carbine Performance Course(CPC) is designed to deliver the skills and techniques to the marksman needed to achieve a high level of safety, accuracy, and efficiency while utilizing a carbine platform. These skills and techniques are derived from a fundamental and principle based instruction that has been proven during high threat scenarios across the globe. The CPC IS A one day(1), eight hours(8) course. During this course, the student will be given the tools to become proficient at: Presentation of the weapon system, Weapon safety and awareness, Stationary marksmanship, Moving while shooting, Transitioning target engagements, Magazine changes, Understanding and application of proper shooting fundamentals, Correcting/identifying weapon /magazine malfunctions


Contemporary Trends in Tactical Leadership

Instructor: Ed Allen

Day 1 and Day 2, same curriculum

Today’s SWAT leaders are faced with a high level of public scrutiny, decreasing participation, and struggle with balancing the increasing training demands of a highly technical law enforcement sub-specialty, while simultaneously seeing decreasing training budgets and hours.  This seminar will provide an overview of NTOA recommended training requirements as outlined in the 2015 NTOA SWAT Standard, suggested training management plans and an overview of the NTOA Command College as a means to address these challenges.

Counter Terrorism

Instructor: Michael Briant

Day 2

This seminar is designed to give you an in depth understanding of Terrorist methodoogies and their operational habits.  Key emphasis will be placed on radicalization processes and the emergence of lone wolf threats.  

Topics: Origins of modern terrorism and the rise of ISIS; Why victims are chosen; Evolution in tactics
Historical trends; Types of attacks; Who commits terrorism; Prevention methods


Enhancing Use of Force Decision Making

Instructor: John Bostain

Day 1 and Day 2, same curriculum

Few topics in law enforcement cause more public scrutiny than police use of force.  As a tactical officer, the scrutiny can be even more intense.  This nationally acclaimed course provides tactical operators with tools to make reasonable use of force decisions, while simultaneously increasing their safety. 

Through guided discussion, video analysis, and case studies, participants will explore: Current Use of Force Trends, Human Performance Factors Affecting Decision Making Under Stress, Methods of Countering The “Culture of Speed”, Enhanced Situational Awareness (Behavioral Threat Analysis), and Preparing for the Aftermath of Use of Force.  With the intense scrutiny on use of force decision making, this could be one of the most important courses you attend all year.


Plain Clothes and UC Tactics

Instructor: BK Blankchtein, Yossi Purec, Steve Almendarez 

Day 1 and Day 2 same curriculum

This eight hour class is designed to provide participants with practical, hands on skills in addressing violent situations when working in plain clothes or undercover, when force escalation options are limited, and when in confined environments (such as when in a vehicle).  The class includes a SERE component that would teach officers how to defeat restraints, a defensive tactics component teaching handgun disarms in extreme close quarters, and vehicle interdiction as a part of officer rescue tactics.  This is a fast paced and dynamic class.

The Street Survival Seminar

Instructor: Dennis Valone

Day 2

The Street Survival Seminar addresses law enforcement as the multi-faceted profession it has become.  Rather than limiting our focus to just surviving deadly threats, we also discuss the need to prepare officers for making sound, legal and reasonable decisions under stress in order to preserve the lives of citizens as well as their own.

The foundation of the program is understanding and training realistically for stress events.  From driving too fast and using unwarranted amounts of force to ineffective communication and the inability to decompress off-duty, the seminar emphasizes the need to understand and manage stress as the key to professional and personal success.

Negotiations - TBD

Day 1


Negotiating in a Corrections Environment

Day 2  AM Session

Instructor: Jim McDonald

The course will provide information regarding the available approaches for the negotiation of hostage/barricaded subject situations in a detention/corrections environment. The presentation will discuss the similarities and differences found in a community stand-off and those events in the detention setting. Negotiating in a detention/corrections facility provides unique challenges found only in this environment, including: employee/client relationships, issues of supervision, and institutional memory, as well as numbers of persons involved, weapons likely to be used/present and the nature and types of threat present. Discussion will include approaches needed to communicate with subjects, tactical options, tactical problems, negotiation issues, cultural/affiliation issues and establishing inmate leadership. Due to the setting, thee are issues that are considered non-negotiable in this environment that may be negotiable in the community. The review will provide insight into the unique problems that detention facilities and correctional institutions present to law enforcement members, responders and responding agencies.

Negotiating with Sovereign Citizens

Day 2 PM Session

Instructor: Jim McDonald

The course will outline and discuss: The roots and history of the Sovereign Movement, Difficulty of negotiating with the sovereign, sovereign ideology and preparation for and management of incidents involving Sovereign Citizens. The Sovereign Citizen history will be discussed, beginning in the 160'/1970's through today's sovereign.  Sovereigns have evolved and are different today than the original sovereign. We will discuss the ideology and how it has evolved from a separatist white movement into a national movement that attracts all genders, races and political ideologies.   Training will include various approaches to the sovereign and the dangers the sovereign poses to law enforcement, the community-at-large and those that are targets of the sovereign. Discussion regarding tactical approaches to take when negotiating with the sovereign will occur as well. The overall overview should provide a responding officer, negotiation team and the tactical team with insight, strategies for communication and resolution and an opportunity to pre-plan for incidents involving sovereign citizens.