Dubois, Wayne
Creating a Common Operational Picture

For tactical units to gain situational awareness quickly, it is imperative and vital to creating a common operational picture. A common operational picture is shared knowledge and understanding between individuals, teams, and command. It is critically important when many agencies are involved in major disasters and large tactical operations. Because fog, friction, and chance exist to some degree in every operation; a common operational picture is essential to success. This webinar will cover definitions and assist you in creating a better understanding of gaining a common operating view quickly. It will include some case law examples of lessons learned from a legal standpoint as well from personal experiences. It will also cover some critical methods needed before and during an operation to create a successful and common operation picture.

Wayne Dubois - Bio
Wayne is currently the Undersheriff at the Flathead County (MT) Sheriff's Office. He also serves as the SWAT commander of a regional SWAT team. Previously, Wayne was a police officer in Washington State from 1996 to 2019 and an active SWAT team member from 1998 to 2019. He was a team leader for his regional SWAT team from 2005 to 2019.

DuBois is an instructor in numerous SWAT disciplines, instructing both his team and regionally for the Washington State Tactical Officers Association (WSTOA) from 2002 to 2017. During that time, he served as the President and as a lead instructor for the WSTOA. He was named SWAT Officer of the Year and Police Officer of the Year and was awarded the Medal of Valor. DuBois serves as a Western Region Director for the National Tactical Officers Association and instructs in the NTOA's Command Cadre. DuBois holds an M.A. in Executive Leadership from Liberty University.

Before law enforcement, he served four years on active duty as a ground surveillance systems operator in the U.S. Army, including deployment to Southwest Asia for six months during Operation Desert Shield & Storm.