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Webinar: (2021) Critical Incident Active Shooter Debrief (Bryan, TX)
Course #: 20213910

This webinar will debrief lessons learned managing a critical incident involving an active shooter on April 8th, 2021. The debrief will discuss the incident, the response, and lessons learned from the response. From this webinar, you will understand some of the management complexities of this incident, such as self-initiated deployment from outside jurisdictions, indiscriminate parking issues, and communication problems that occurred. This debrief will discuss the multi-jurisdictional response, mass casualty care response, and command post operations. In addition, post-operational problems that are not usually considered in training and preparations will be evaluated. The debrief will be provided by the Incident Commander and first supervisor on the scene.

Webinar: (2021) Tactical EI for Law Enforcement
Course #: 20213880

This session will educate participants on the skills, framework, and abilities of emotional intelligence, and how to apply these skill sets in personal and professional settings. Instruction and out-of-class exercises include brain-training techniques modeled by the US Department of Defense as well as proprietary learning-models to support a holistic approach to developing a healthy work/life balance. Direct benefits include improved decision-making and clarity of thought, specifically under pressure and amidst adversity. The indirect benefits of applying emotional intelligence skills are revealed as the ability to stay relaxed with flexible responses, adaptable to change, optimism, and engaged thinking skills during distressed emotional states like problem solving or conflict resolution.

Webinar: (2021) Building a Culture of Mental Preparedness in Tactical and Special Operations
Course #: 20213560

Tactical and special operators are living in a rapidly changing world with volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity (VUCA). The scrutiny and criticism pitted against them today is unprecedented, increasing stress and psychological fragility. This webinar provides a series of techniques to help reduce stress while increasing mental preparedness.

Webinar: (2021) Top 20 Tactical Concepts
Course #: 20213370

The Top 20 is an in-depth look at concepts that are foundational to the mindset, philosophy, and tactical considerations of today's law enforcement officers (LEO's). These concepts are essential to daily and critical decision making and are applicable to officers, supervisors, and managers in patrol and special operations and can be used to navigate all critical incidents including suicidal calls and crowd management events.

Regardless of previous experience, participants should come away with a better appreciation of concepts such as: Balanced Officers (warrior v guardian), the Soft Skills, De-escalation, OODA loop, Tactical Decision Making, the Safety Priorities, Officer Jeopardy, Opportunity, the 4 C's, Space and Time, Tactical Pause, and Scenario Based Integrated Training, to name a few. This appreciation and understanding can help attendees become more balanced, improve their leadership skills, and make better informed, more consistent, and defensible decisions in daily operations and critical incidents by utilizing a 5-step decision-making model.

In the third segment, after finishing the concepts portion, a special section will deal directly with ways to approach suicidal calls by applying many of the concepts discussed during all three segments. The concepts will be delivered using incident and video debriefs.

Webinar: (2021) Panel Discussion: Protester Tactics and Lessons Learned by Law Enforcement
Course #: 20213330

This panel discussion will focus on the tactics being utilized by protesters and rioters in some of the most active cities in the United States. Representatives from Portland, St. Louis and Pittsburgh will detail the specific threats and strategies being employed against law enforcement. Challenges and lessons learned in these dynamic events will be explained in detail. Topics of discussion will include counter tactics implemented, integration of personnel and units, event planning and coordination, equipment, and more.

Webinar: (2021) 5 Ways to Improve Your Sniper Team
Course #: 20212400

In this one-hour webinar, the presenter will provide aspects of sniper operations to consider and help your team to be more forward thinking in training and operations. Five key areas that can improve your sniper program and other recommendations that can be made to enhance your SWAT team's overall effectiveness and capabilities will also be covered.

Webinar: (2021) Panel Discussion- Less Lethal Munitions in Crowd Control Operations
Course #: 20212250

Law enforcement is experiencing unprecedented policing challenges due to the pandemic and civil unrest in cities across the nation. Many times, agencies don't provide adequate training, education or policy for personnel. This 3-person panel will address crowd management issues and lessons learned from after-action reports. Learn the latest information from the nation's leading experts on crowd management tactics and training, less lethal concepts, policy, and legal liability. You will not want to miss this dynamic webinar.

Webinar: (2021) Lessons Learned from Protests
Course #: 20212030

Since the summer of 2020, over 115 face and head strikes with police impact munitions have occurred during riots. Why is this happening? This webinar will diagnose the issues, provide training recommendations, and describe how a mobile field force can deal with violent agitators embedded in a peaceful protest. The importance of providing rules of engagement to grenadiers will be emphasized. The presenter will discuss the likely future of impact munitions use in civil disturbances if law enforcement does not enhance supervision, training, and deployment methodologies.

Webinar: (2020) Critical Thinking and Decision Making for Planning Tactical Operations
Course #: 20203470

This webinar consists of two-parts and will cover the Critical Thinking Model P.I.E.T.O. (Priorities, Intelligence, Environment, Tools/Tactics/Technology and Officer Instincts) as a means for the Tactical Commander, Team leader, or Operator to use as a mental guide in the decision-making process during tactical operations to make justifiable, ethical, and legal decisions. The student will be required to discuss a tactical plan based on the principles taught in the first session. The first webinar session will cover principles of the P.I.E.T.O. Critical Thinking Model. The instructor will present in detail this concept and how it can be utilized in the tactical environment as well as other law enforcement operations. There is a requirement for the student to develop a tactical plan based on a problem presented during this session. The student will have one week to complete the assignment. During that one week break, an intelligence inject will be delivered via email, requiring a change in decisions and tactical response and the use of different tools.

During the second session, the instructor will walk teams through the P.I.E.T.O. Model as it applies to the scenario with injects. This will be a tabletop discussion format where students will learn the how, what, and why of strategy and tactics as it applies to their plan. The instructor-guided discussion about tactical plans will provide insight and self-analysis of tactical ideas and decisions based on the P.I.E.T.O. Model, along with changes to plans that were made after the intel inject occurred.

This webinar is intended to give the student new concepts for critical decision-making with the P.I.E.T.O. Model within the framework of the Priorities of Life, Intelligence, Environment, Tools/Tactics/Technology and Officer Instincts within organizations. This is a brand-new webinar topic and is sure to fill quickly. If you are looking for new concepts for the tactical decision maker, this is it.

Webinar: (2020) The Truth About Time
Course #: 20203450

"It's not that we have little time, but more that we waste a good deal of it." Seneca

The limited supply of time affects all of us. So, in police operational conditions, it becomes even a more precious thing. The misnomer, "time is on our side," spoken by many tactical leaders, does little to provide a favorable outcome during a critical incident. In this webinar, Commander Jeff Selleg explains the relevance of time in tactical operations and why understanding the dimension of time is crucial for a successful strategy. He discusses principles and concepts, citing examples of personal experience to give leaders a better idea of how to understand the concept of time. Once you understand these principles and the situation you face, leaders will be better prepared to leverage windows of opportunity to resolve tactical situations, whether a patrol or SWAT incident.

Webinar: (2020) Shaping Your Environment During Tactical Operations
Course #: 20203440

The essence of strategy is not to carry out a plan step by step but to create an environment where we have more options and leverage against an adversary. Napoleon said, "ability is nothing without opportunity." In many critical incidents, we must create that opportunity through tactical dilemmas and shaping the environment. In this webinar, Wayne Dubois will discuss various techniques and principles where supervisors can develop the environment by creating more options for police and maximizing our strengths while minimizing vulnerabilities. Through lessons learned, Wayne will discuss and give examples of how shaping the environment in critical incidents is essential for successful operations.

Webinar: (2020) Chasing Perfection: The NTOA Physical Fitness Qualification
Course #: 20203410

Vince Lombardi once said, "Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence." Since the release of the NTOA PFQ this spring, many swat operators have chased perfection in the form of the PFQ physical fitness evaluation. The scope of the fitness test is dedicated to the safety, effectiveness, and overall fitness of operators across the world. This webinar will review the history, purpose, and the steps utilized in the development of the PFQ. Patrick Lynch will take you to step by step through each component of the program. He will review the movement of standards for each element, including common mistakes with form, scoring of events, and why we need the scores in each event. Patrick will discuss the scaling of movements or alternate events for team members and will review the idea of skill challenges, as well as provide new training ideas for personal improvement in the PFQ. In this interactive webinar, Patrick will show videos demonstrating examples of proper technique and scoring of events. There will be time allowed for questions and answers. To find out more about the testing protocols and implementation materials, and to input test scores to the NTOA, please visit our website. https://www.ntoa.org/pfq/

Webinar: (2020) The Use of Force Continuum
Course #: 20203380

This webinar is provided in partnership between the National Tactical Officers Association and the Daigle Law Group. Watch Attorney Eric Daigle, both the principal of Daigle Law Group and national use of force instructor/expert, for an in-depth webinar about the history and trends associated with using a diagram continuum in a constitutional policing model. Attorney Daigle will discuss the history and reasoning behind the decision to remove the continuum from the police use of force policies a decade ago and why it is unacceptable to revive it in present-day policing. Law enforcement has worked for almost two decades to remove the stair-stepping methodology of the use of force continuum, due to its continued failure to represent the methodology of current case law accurately. During this webinar, you will obtain a better understanding of why an image does not represent the current established case law and the constitutional standards that we have in this Country.

Webinar: (2020) Rescue Task Force: Expectations of Success
Course #: 20203370

This webinar will cover the four main models of providing warm zone care to include Rescue Task Force. Responding to active violence incidents requires an integrated response, and this webinar will describe methods to build trust within public safety partners and how to build confidence within the program by providing training opportunities in a crawl, walk, run format. An overview of common fail points at most joint high threat incidents such as communication, unified command, and a common operating picture will be addressed. We will discuss how to avoid fail points through training, shared policy, and having reasonable expectations of success built upon realistic conversations between agencies. This webinar will challenge the audience to re-examine their definition of risk-based upon joint trust and safety priorities.

Webinar: (2020) Managing a Critical Incident: OIS & Manhunt Operational Debrief
Course #: 20203330

This webinar will debrief lessons learned managing a 2019 critical incident that included an officer-involved shooting and the manhunt that transpired afterward to locate the suspect. In this dynamic presentation, you will gain a better understanding of managing a large-scale incident from the command post down to the operational level. This webinar will have live drone and helicopter video footage, which will enhance students' experience. Presented by the incident commander, you will not want to miss this debrief!

Webinar: (2020) Unfolding The Mystery Of The Risk Assessment Matrix
Course #: 20203230

This webinar (approximately 1-hour in length) explores the purpose and functions of the risk assessment matrix. The panelist will discuss the background, history, and foundational purpose of the matrix. The webinar will then define the types of risk assessment systems commonly used across the tactical community and then compare & contrast these systems. The webinar concludes by identifying acceptable and best practices held by the National Tactical Officers Associations.

Webinar: (2020) Creating a Common Operational Picture
Course #: 20203220

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.

Webinar: (2020) Leadership Lessons of Antiquity: Analyzing Historical Lessons from Boyd's Perspective
Course #: 20203200

The principles that support sound strategy and tactical decision-making have been well documented since the time of Sun Tzu, Alexander the Great, Machiavelli, and many others. It is somewhat ironic that many contemporary law enforcement commanders sadly lack any understanding of the science that supports sound decisions. In this webinar, we will discuss overviews of a handful of historical commanders and glean insight through John Boyd's recent analysis through "Patterns of Conflict." This webinar is a brief introduction to some lessons learned that will help any modern-day police supervisor, team leader, or SWAT Commander. By learning from successes and failures of history and applying your insight from personal experiences, you will gain a better understanding of what it means of becoming a student of the art and science of strategy.

Webinar: (2020) Managing a Dynamic Tactical Problem for the Patrol Supervisor
Course #: 20203120

This webinar will examine why most critical incident operations fail because mistakes are made by the people and agencies assigned to handle them, not due to criminal resistance. In this one-hour webinar, the presenter will define and present 2 of the 5 characteristics of crisis that are covered in depth in the NTOA Supervising Patrol Critical Incidents Course. It will introduce you to principles present in every conflict during critical incidents, how to recognize them, and what actions to take to help you to successfully manage a dynamic tactical problem within the first 60 minutes.

Webinar: (2014) Terrorist Tactics Against Law Enforcement
Course #: 20142770

This webinar reviews philosophy and tactics used by terrorist organizations to defeat and subjugate law enforcement. Also discussed is the current state of affairs globally as it pertains to extremist Islamic terrorist groups and their efforts to escalate attacks on United States soil. Mr. Branyon leverages his expertise and first-hand knowledge from abroad, to include Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan, to illustrate this discussion. To be successful, terrorists must first demonstrate that law enforcement is incapable of consistently protecting United States citizens. Law enforcement must be proactive in vanguard to address this threat.

Webinar: (2014) TEMS Update: Future Trends and Lessons Learned
Course #: 20142760

In this webinar, NTOA TEMS Section Chair, Dr. Kevin Gerold, discusses the recently revised NTOA TEMS position statement which recognizes that police officers are often the initial responders to active violent incidents and calls for all police officers to receive basic TEMS training. The ability to control life-threatening hemorrhage, triage casualties, establish secure casualty collection points and coordinate care with existing EMS responders have become core law enforcement skills and all police officers should have the basic medical skills and equipment to save the lives of victims, bystanders, police officers and suspects in the event they are wounded. Dr. Gerold also discusses lessons learned from existing TEMS programs and sheds light on potential future challenges facing police officers and medical providers supporting law enforcement operations.

Webinar: (2013) IED Threats: A Wake-Up Call for Law Enforcement
Course #: 20133060

This presentation provides first responders and SWAT an insight into the various types of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) currently being used by terrorists and criminals. In light of the Boston Marathon bombings, this presentation heightens awareness and examines the design and potential threat that various IEDs pose to American law enforcement and communities. Topics include:
  • Suicide bomber device designs and past deployment plots in the United States
  • Ambush and secondary devices, along with the terrorist technical manuals available on the internet
  • Deployment of Vehicle Borne IEDs
  • Pipe bombs and improvised grenades used as weapons
  • Stand-off weapon designs and deployment methods
  • Multiple/simultaneous terrorist attacks

  • Webinar: (2013) IED Threats: Southwest Border
    Course #: 20133050

    This webinar provides an overview of counter-IED operations along the U.S./Mexico border. Topics discussed include tunnels, smuggling cases, anti-immigration militia trends, and the Mexico explosives surge. The webinar begins by providing background information about the TSWG Southwest Border Counter IED Working Group and then delves into the complexity of issues surrounding US/Mexican IEDs. Conventional vs. unconventional responses, challenges, priority areas, and the need for continuing partnerships are also discussed.


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