Ellis, Eric
Embry, Alex
Incident Debriefing as a Path to Professionalism

This course will familiarize attendees with a structured debrief protocol as demonstrated by the overview of an officer-involved shooting and manhunt. On Oct. 14, 2014, McHenry County Sheriff's deputies were called to a residence in Holiday Hills for a check for well-being call in regards to a suicidal subject. On arrival, deputies were ambushed by the subject with rifle fire. Follow-up on the shortcomings noted in this response and implementation of those lessons learned will be reviewed so that other agencies can use a similar pattern of learning to guide the development of their teams. This presentation will also demonstrate a structured path to take a SWAT team from a "Tactical Team" to a "Tier 1" team, as designated by the NTOA's Tactical Response and Operations Standard.

Eric Ellis - Bio
Eric Ellis has been employed with the McHenry County Sheriff's Office since 1999 and has served on the department's SWAT team for over 20 years. He was assigned to the Sniper Unit and the Entry Team during that time. Eric is currently assigned as the Team Commander for the Department's Multi-jurisdictional team. Eric is currently assigned to the Special Services Division with his agency. His duties include overseeing the training of over 300 employees and public relations. He holds instructor certifications in Active Threat Training, MACTAC, Rescue Task Force, and Emergency Vehicle Operations, and Use of Force. He is also a certified Active Threat Master Instructor through the Illinois Training and Standards Board and Illinois Tactical Officers Association.

Alex Embry - Bio
Lieutenant Alex Embry has served with the McHenry County Sheriff's Office since 2005 and has been a member of their multi-jurisdictional SWAT team since 2007. During his SWAT career, he has deployed as an Entry Team member and Sniper/Observer before becoming the ATL of the Sniper Unit and later a Team Leader for Entry. He was then tasked with being the unit's Team Commander. While with the Sheriff's Office, he has managed Patrol, Narcotics, and Investigative Units. In addition to SWAT, his other training responsibilities have included firearms, active shooter response, and control tactics.