2019 GTOA Session Descriptions



Blue Ridge Armor Shield Clinic

 A look at the bunker from a new perspective. Clinic invites discussion and features moving and shooting with the shield. Short classroom time with emphasis placed on actual use of the shield in real world scenarios.


Vehicle Counter Ambush

In recent years there has been a surge in incidents where officers were forced to fight from inside or around their vehicles.  The dynamics of a potentially lethal engagement at close quarters, with various varying elements of cover and concealment, movement, and communication, force officers to re-examine the way they fight during such events.  This eight-hour class covers lessons geared at stacking variables in favor of the officer, from pre-ambush indicators, through the resolution of a lethal encounter.  Class objectives include: approach and positioning, pre-ambush indicators, phases of an attack, single person pistol tactics in and around a vehicle, carbine tactics in and around a vehicle, partner tactics in a lethal engagement, and more.


Required gear: officers should wear their regular duty gear, including: body armor, holster, and duty gun, extra magazines in a secure carriers, patrol carbine if applicable, sling, and extra magazines for rifle.  Ammunition needs: 400 rounds per weapon system of factory ammunition.  Ear and eye protection.  Hydration unit.  It is recommended students use their personal vehicles to increase familiarity in their realistic environment - NO SHOTS WILL BE DELIVERED INTO THE VEHICLE OR THROUGH ANY OF ITS COMPONENTS.

Hostage Negotiations

Monday Debriefs

Wednesday Negotiating with a PTSD subject and Creating a large scale scenario for both negotiators and operators.


AR-15 Armor


EDC Principles and Tactics for Task Force/Plain clothes Officer.

The ability for the off duty officer to task force officer and investigator to efficiently carry and utilize a concealed firearm is more important today that it ever has been.  LEO/Military agent must be able to effectively conceal, draw and neutralize a threat(s) in the environment they find themselves in, whether on assignment or off duty with the family.  This class will cover methods of carry, holster selection and spare magazine concerns, placement on the body.  Presentation of the weapon from concealment, clearing garments, positional shooting, weapon carry and ready positions, multiple target engagements, single hand engagements.

Student requirements:

Pistol with min 3 magazines

Concealed holster (no Serpa or shoulder rigs, cross draw or ankle)

Sturdy belt or what you wear on duty/concealed

500 rounds of ammunition 


Ear/eye protection

Bug spray/sunblock

In climate weather gear (cold/rain)

Personal medical kit

Hydration and snacks

Notebook and pen


The Patrol Rifle in Law Enforcement has become more important than ever in today’s world.  The line officer to the SWAT officer to the Task Force Officer are all utilizing the Patrol Rifle in one aspect or the other.  The first line of defense for a LEO is the pistol, this will covered in relationship to working with the patrol rifle and various ways to transition from one weapon platform to the next seamlessly. The Patrol Rifle Skills and Concepts class will bridge the gap between qualification flat range and CQB.  It will give the LEO the skills and concepts to win in a gunfight and come home at the end of the shift.

Topics Covered:

Pre Operational Checks

Equipment required for a Patrol Rifle Best Practices

Stance Sights Trigger and Grip

Weapon Manipulation

Malfunctions and Clearance


Use of Barricade cover

Best practices of utilizing Patrol rifle and Duty Pistol


Student Requirements

Ball cap/Eye/Ear Protection

In Climate Weather Gear

Water/Range Snacks/Packed lunch/Sunblock/Bug spray

Patrol/Tactical Body Armor/Plate Carrier w/ plates

Duty Gear – patrol or tactical with Duty sidearm and holster/3 mags and mag carrier

M4/AR15 or variant with iron sights or electric optic/sling/light/cleaning kit with lubricant

4 Patrol rifle mags with carrier of some type so they are on body

600 rounds of Practice ammo – NO Tracer/Green Tip/AP ammunition allowed

400 rounds of pistol ammunition



This is a One day course structured around Patrol/Detectives/SRO’s/Narcotics Officers that could find them engaged in a gunfight inside of a structure.  The incident can arise from a search warrant to a domestic call to an active threat inside of a structure.  The class will cover the basics of close quarter battle utilizing a pistol/rifle and what officers normally carry day in and day out during course of their duties.  The course will cover Mindset, Marksmanship, Weapon Manipulations and Tactics that can be utilized by Patrol officers to win the engagement.


Student requirements

Eye and ear protection

In-climate weather gear (wet and cold)

Soft body armor/plate carrier/tac vest with armor


300 rounds of training ammunition for primary weapon

200 rounds of training ammunition for secondary weapon

Weapon mounted light on primary and minimum of hand held for secondary

Ballistic helmet if issued/ ball cap if not

Sling on primary weapon

Duty gear with holster and magazine pouches

Notebook and pen

Personal med kit/IFAK



The class will be “real life” deployments scenarios covering narcotic sniffs, traffic stops, building clearing, handler protection and apprehensions. Each are designed for learning for the canine, handler and to help build your own training program at your department.


We train like we fight, so please wear something similar to what you would on duty. To include, ballistic vest, handcuffs, flashlight, and both a short lead (12”-6’) and long lead (15’-30’).

Less Than Lethal


Over the centuries, civilizations have sought ways to protect society from violence while minimizing injuries to the public and its officials. The Safariland Training Academy is proud to offer this 8-hour course dedicated to training students various ways to maintain order while also earning the public’s trust. This “Train the Trainer” course is designed to educate instructors of less lethal tools in their origins, design, safe application and how to present and document future training. 

Course Description 

Students successfully completing this course will leave with a deep understanding of the use, effects and the skill sets needed to use less lethal tools. In support, those students will also receive material they may use upon returning to their work places to present this information to their peers.   Those topics presented include:

* Less Lethal Impact Munitions Weapons and munitions:   12ga./37mm/40mm/hand delivered 
* Tactical consideration in the use of impact munitions in crowd-control/dynamic-entry/hostage-rescue/barricaded-subject situations 
* Physiological/psychological effects Liability consideration/policy and procedures 
* Blunt trauma/ballistics and energy Instructor development to establish in-house/in-service training and documentation skills 

Target Audience 

The information presented during this course is applicable to dedicated trainers of security, law enforcement and military forces tasked with less lethal requirements. In its current format, students will be encouraged to present this information to others upon returning to their work site. To that end, the organization as a whole with receive the most out of this program when those that attend are enabled to present it to others. 


As this is a train the trainer course, we recommend students have instructing experience. Prior experience with less lethal products is very valuable. 


Students Should bring:

Note taking items

Safety Glasses

Hearing Protections

Body Armor

12 ga shotgun for less lethal munitions

37mm and or 40mm launchers for less lethal munitions

(Munitions provided at class)



Types and Forms of Chemical Agents

Technological Advancements in Pyrotechnics, Blast, and Aerosol Munitions

Escalation of Chemical Deployment

Crowd Control Principles/Outdoor Considerations

Barricade Subject/Space Denial

Powder OC/CN/CS

Hands-on Training with Tactical Deployment with Hand-Held Grenades, and 37mm and 40mm Launchers

Techniques and Tactical Considerations

Decontamination/First Aid

Protective Masks

Criminal and Civil Liabilities

Sample Policy and Procedures

Instructor Development

Contamination Exercises


Injured Shooter

This mentally intensive and physically demanding course focuses on shooting and manipulating the handgun with a single hand.  Both primary and support side shooting and manipulations will be covered extensively.  The entire course will limit the student to conduct all techniques using only a single hand.  Flat range drills will cover safely drawing, presenting, shooting & manipulating the handgun with each hand.  Magazine changes, malfunction clearances and ground work will be covered extensively. Proper staging, loading and application of the tourniquet will be covered as well as wound packing and bandaging.
The training will culminate into drills that require the student to solve complex problems while in a diminished capacity.  This is a physically demanding course and the participant should be in good physical condition.  This is NOT a basic course and the student should have a thorough working knowledge of safety and basic fundamentals. 

*Rules of safe tactics
*Make ready procedures
*Administrative task
*Handgun presentation strong side & support side
*Empty reloads strong side & support side
*Muzzle awareness & discipline
*Target discretion
*Malfunction clearances strong side & support side
-Immediate action
-Remedial action
*Positional and ground work
*Use of the environment enhance accuracy and aid in manipulations.
*Tourniquet access and manipulation
*Duty handgun w/ minimum 3 magazines 
*Quality and robust sights
*400 rounds handgun
*Quality/durable/sturdy/rigid holster, belt and magazine pouch(es)
*Eye & ear protection
*Tourniquet (CAT highly recommended)  
*Compressed gauze

Tactical Tracking

The Tactical Tracking Course is an intensive program where the student learns the basic visual tracking skills, team tactics and techniques for tracking human subjects in woodland operations. The student learns to observe ground disturbance and the physical evidence of an incident site, we call this evidence “sign” or “spoor”. The student learns to interpret the evidence and formulate strategies to follow the evidence. By constantly interpreting the sign, the tracker learns to develop a profile of the subject which aids him in anticipating the subject’s movement and direction. This allows the tracker to expedite the pursuit and tactically close in to apprehend the fleeing subject.

Then by incorporating team movements and strategies, trackers can tip the scales in their favor for a successful track.


Street leadership – Critical Incident

As a first responder, are you really prepared to respond to and manage a critical incident? Your agency has tasked you with handling these calls for service and the public expects a safe resolution.

Responding to the domestic violence, emotionally disturbed person, subject with a weapon, suicidal and hostage barricades, active shooter and apprehending the fleeing felon require knowledge and leadership for safe resolution.  The call is in for S.W.A.T. and help is on the way. Now what do you do? S.W.A.T. is not an option. Now what do you do?

Street Leadership - Response to a Critical Incident is a 16-hour course developed to provide first responders with the critical knowledge, tools and tactics to successfully respond to and mitigate a critical incident.

Street Leadership - Response to a Critical Incident in NOT a "S.W.A.T. " course. This class is designed for line officers, supervisors and command staff with no or little “tactical” training.

Learning objectives

      What is a leader?

      Leadership principles

      Crisis leadership

      Characteristics of a critical incident

      Decision making

      Command and control

      Legal Issues

      Mitigation options

 Student Equipment needs

      Note taking materials

      Laptop is helpful but not mandatory

      Business casual attire

DISRUPTIVE BREACHING: Bridging The Gap Between Mechanical, Ballistic and Explosive Breaching

This course will offer each participant a user certification in Noise Flash Diversionary Devices (NFDDs), less lethal specialty munitions and disruptor sheets that hold an ATF classification as a flash bang and offers an alternative breaching method and approach to forced entry of a variety of structures and conveyances.  The devices and methods presented will greatly improve the safety of the entry team with less exposure upon breach and are safer than high explosive breaching mediums.  Also highlighted in the course will be a variety of munitions and devices that will enhance the tactical capability of the team during operations. 

Advanced Pistol (Smith & Wesson)

Multi-Levels of Focus – Hard Sight Picture vs Floating Sight Picture

- What’s an acceptable Combat Sight Picture

Target Focused Shooting

Identifying (3) separate Trigger pulls

- Slap

- Pull Through

- Prep and Press

Multiple target engagements

- Steel / Paper

- Close vs Distance Shooting

- Target Assessment/Shooting Assessment

Students need to bring

Duty Pistol and Belt / 3 mags

500 rounds of Ammo

Eyes Ears

Water and Snacks