Golden, Theodore
The Down and Dirty of SWAT Command: An Honest Look at the Challenges of Being a SWAT Commander
Hours: 2    Start Time: 13:00    End Time: 15:00    
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This course offers a unique approach to the common challenges faced by both new and veteran SWAT Commanders. Based on personal experiences, the instructor will relate challenges and recommendations specifically those in the SWAT Command role. Topics that are often overlooked, taken for granted, or rarely taught will be presented. This course is also very applicable to team leaders and others in a supervisor or leadership position on a SWAT Team.

Theodore Golden - Bio
Theodore "Tad" Golden, IV is a Lieutenant with the DeKalb County Police Department in Decatur, Georgia. He joined the force after his football career ended with the New York Giants. Tad also played football at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and later earned a Masters Degree in Public Administration. Tad joined DeKalb's SWAT Team in 2006 and became a member of NTOA in 2011. He is trained in Less Lethal, FSDD, and Chemical Agent as an instructor. Tad has taken team leader courses, command courses, and other tactical classes. In 2013, Lt. Golden was promoted to SWAT Team Assistant Commander and in 2105 to SWAT Team Commander. Under Lt. Golden's leadership the SWAT Team averaged 50 high-risk warrants served and 15 full-team activations each year. He progressed the training of his SWAT Team to include multi-jurisdiction training with local and federal agencies in the metro Atlanta area, as well as improved the overall functionally of the team. Tad has gained a wealth of tactical experience and knowledge from taking several classes at NTOA and being directly involved in active shooter (school) and several hostage rescues.