PAST WEBINARS

Active Shooter

Duration: 45 minutes

American law enforcement should be planning, preparing and training for active shooter threats ranging from single-perpetrator attacks to terrorist swarm assaults and hostage sieges. In this presentation, NTOA Instructor Don Alwes examines how law enforcement can meet the challenges of these evolving threats. Incidents can develop and end quickly, sometimes before officers can arrive. It is important that law enforcement work with local communities so that potential victims are better prepared to protect themselves until law enforcement reaches them. When officers do arrive while a threat is still active, their focus must be on Finding, Fixing, and Neutralizing the shooter(s). Response options ranging from a single officer to squad-size units are explored. Webinar topics include:

  • Lessons from recent active shooter incidents
  • The decision cycle and how it affects law enforcement response
  • Deciding when and how to respond
  • Helping citizens prepare to protect themselves

Presenter:
Don Alwes
is a trainer and consultant with more than 30 years of law enforcement experience. Don is a firearms instructor for the NRA’s Law Enforcement Division and an adjunct instructor for Kentucky’s Department of Criminal Justice Training

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Armored Vehicles in Law Enforcement Operations

Duration: 1 Hour

This NTOA-sponsored webinar demonstrates the need for accessibility to armored resources during critical incident response. It also covers liability and tactical considerations related to the use of armored vehicles.

Real-world examples and short debriefs in which armored assets saved lives, provided tactical options and enhanced overall command strategy are also discussed.

Presenter:
Master Police Officer Stephen Mescan is a 19-year veteran of the City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police and is currently assigned to the City of Pittsburgh Police SWAT Team’s Tactical Operations Section. Officer Mescan has served as President of the Pennsylvania Tactical Officer Association and is an instructor for the NTOA who co-authored the NTOA Team Leader Development Program. He currently serves as Eastern Region Director for NTOA. Officer Mescan has instructed for numerous state tactical associations and has consulted as an expert to area SWAT teams. In 2009, he was part of a subject-matter expert team that developed the tactical strategic plan for the G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh PA.

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IED Threats: A Wake-up Call for Law Enforcement

Duration: 45 minutes

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 IED’s 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 social media and 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

Presenter:
Thomas Lynch is a nationally-recognized subject-matter expert with more than 21 years of experience in Improvised Explosive Devices (IED), law enforcement anti- and counterterrorism planning, tactical operations and specialized IED/tactical technology requirements. He served on the Philadelphia Police Department for 23 years and was assigned for more than 17 years to the Bomb Squad as a bomb technician. Lynch was also detailed to the Philadelphia Police Counter-Terrorism Bureau as an IED analyst and tactical planning advisor to the Bureau Chief Inspector. He currently serves as Senior Operations Planner of Tier Tech International Inc.

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IED Threats: Southwest Border

Duration: 45 minutes

Sgt. Christopher Rogers provides an overview of counter-IED operations along the U.S./Mexico border.  This webinar covers tunnels, smuggling cases, anti-immigration militia trends and the Mexico explosives surge.  Sgt. Rogers 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.

Presenter:
Sgt. Christopher Rogers is a 10-year bomb technician and the bomb squad commander of the Pima Regional Bomb Squad in Tucson, AZ. He is a NBCSAB Western Region Representative, chairman of the NBSCAB Border Operations Special Program Area, Bomb-SWAT Interoperability Program Area co-chair and the TSWG Southwest Border Counter-IED Working Group chairman.

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Less-Lethal: Trends and Initiatives

Duration 1 hour

Less-Lethal Section Chair Sgt. Don Whitson discusses current programs the NTOA is involved with regarding less-lethal issues and national initiatives. He also addresses commonly asked questions from law enforcement professions, such as the important new ATF ruling on storage of FSDDs.

The webinar includes discussion on the contents of the less-lethal instructor course covering specialty impact projectiles, chemical agents, and flash/sound diversionary devices.

Presenter:
Sgt. Don Whitson has worked for Fort Collins (CO) Police Services for over 25 years, and he is currently the Chair of the NTOA Less-Lethal Section. He is a delegate to the NIJ Less Lethal Technologies Working Group, the International Law Enforcement Forum, and other groups. Sgt. Whitson is recognized in United States Federal District Court as a use-of-force expert and frequently called upon to provide his expertise.

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Negotiations: Understanding the Incident Assessment Process

Duration: 90 minutes

This webinar provides an overview of the Incident Assessment Process used during an ongoing hostage/barricade incident.

Detective Jan Dubina discusses the elements of assessment that may assist in determining a subject’s motivation and behavior, the nature of threats, risk factors and indicators of progress. She also outlines the factors that assist in identifying the most effective strategy for resolution. An informative Q&A session follows the presentation.

Presenter:
Detective Jan Dubina is retired from the Phoenix PD after serving 30 years with the department. She served 25 years on the Special Assignments Unit, the department’s full time SWAT team. Det. Dubina is currently the Chair of the NTOA Crisis Negotiation Section. She has been involved in more than 200 incidents as a member of the negotiations team and currently instructs first responder negotiations, 911/ Dispatcher negotiations and basic and advanced negotiation classes for NTOA. In addition, she has given presentations at national and regional crisis negotiations conferences.

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TEMS Update: Future Trends and Lessons Learned

Duration: 1.5 hours

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.

Presenter:
Dr. Kevin Gerold is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, and Emergency Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Coalition of Tactical Medicine and serves as a TEMS Section Chair for the National Tactical Officer’s Association. Dr. Gerold has extensive experience in tactical operations and has published articles on topics related to critical care medicine, trauma care, and emergency medicine. He has special expertise in providing operational medical support during austere, out-of-hospital medical operations. He has received awards and recognition for his achievements in medicine, his service to law enforcement, and his work in providing pre-hospital emergency care.

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Terrorist Tactics Against Law Enforcement

Duration: 1 hour

This NTOA-sponsored 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, the terrorists must first demonstrate that law enforcement is incapable of consistently protecting United States citizens. Law enforcement must be the proactive vanguard to address this threat.

Presenter:
Mr. Bart Branyon is a retired sergeant from the Olathe (KS) Police Department. He served that agency for 20 years, 18 of those were with the Tactical Support Unit. Mr. Branyon served as a SWAT officer, sniper, team supervisor and tactical operations center commander during that period. He has served the Department of Defense as a battlefield counter-terrorism investigator in Afghanistan and Iraq and has also worked in various CT missions in Asia and the Middle-East. Mr. Branyon was the recipient of the 2005 NTOA “Individual Award for Valorous Actions”, Kansas City Metro Police Chiefs Medal of Valor (x3) and the US Army Superior Civilian Service Award. He currently serves as an instructor for the NTOA, Special Deputy for the Johnson County, KS Sheriff’s Office SRT and consultant for Myrtle Tree Associates LLC.

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