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.
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.
Pre Operational Checks
Equipment required for a Patrol Rifle Best Practices
Stance Sights Trigger and Grip
Malfunctions and Clearance
Use of Barricade cover
Best practices of utilizing Patrol rifle and Duty Pistol
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.
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.
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
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
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
Hands-on Training with Tactical Deployment with Hand-Held Grenades, and 37mm and 40mm Launchers
Techniques and Tactical Considerations
Criminal and Civil Liabilities
Sample Policy and Procedures
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
*Handgun presentation strong side & support side
*Empty reloads strong side & support side
*Muzzle awareness & discipline
*Malfunction clearances strong side & support side
*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)
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.
What is a leader?
Characteristics of a critical incident
Command and control
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.