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National Tactical Officers Association

Improving public safety and domestic security through training, education and tactical excellence.

Renew Your Membership

Why attend the Law Enforcement Operations Virtual Conference?

Safety

While we know our in-person event is extremely popular, by going virtual we have eliminated concerns about travel, lodging and other COVID-19 restrictions that could impact you, your family, or your team.

High Quality Education

Participate daily in 2- or 4-hour virtual sessions, led by subject matter experts, on topics that matter most to you. Students will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the completion of the virtual conference, which may fulfill continuing education requirements.

Cost Savings

Now that the conference is 100% virtual, the NTOA will not incur our usual costs. This means we are able to pass the savings along to you. Going virtual also means you and your agency will save money on travel, lodging and per diem.

Convenience

Attend for one day, two days, or the full three-day event from your home or office. Choose your own learning environment that works best for your needs.

VIRTUAL CONFERENCE SPONSORS

Sign up for the Virtual Conference by Sept. 12th and receive a $25 gift certificate for use on the First Tactical website.

The Speakers

Mike Anderson

Mike Anderson

Waukesha County Sheriff's Department

Richard Besselman

Richard Besselman

Houston Police Department

Jon Bigelow

Jon Bigelow

Orlando Police Department

Mitch Boudrot

Mitch Boudrot

Southwestern Community College - DPS

Christine Brite

Christine Brite

Douglas County Sheriff's Department

Dan Brite

Dan Brite

Douglas County Sheriff's Department

Diana Clevenger

Diana Clevenger

Mesa Police Department

Eric Daigle

Eric Daigle

Daigle Law Group

Pat Doering

Pat Doering

Lake Saint Louis Police Department

Eric Ellis

Eric Ellis

McHenry County Sheriff's Office

Alex Embry

Alex Embry

McHenry County Sheriff's Office

James Fairfield

James Fairfield

Tallahassee Police Department

Fred Farris

Fred Farris

Goddard Police Department

Spencer Fomby

Spencer Fomby

Berkeley Police Department

Mark Garcia

Mark Garcia

Redlands Police Department

Tad Golden

Tad Golden

Dekalb County Police Department

Travis Gribble

Travis Gribble

Mesa Police Department

Shawn Hancock

Shawn Hancock

Chandler Police Department

Dr. Mitch Javidi

Dr. Mitch Javidi

International Academy of Public Safety

Mark Lang

Mark Lang

Dallas Police Department

Robert Latham

Robert Latham

Cobb County Police Department

Marco Lopez

Marco Lopez

Houston Police Department

Chris Malson

Chris Malson

Dayton Police Department

Steve Mescan

Steve Mescan

Pittsburgh Police Department

Dan Murphy

Dan Murphy

Fort Collins Police Department

Travis Norton

Travis Norton

Oceanside Police Department

Dave Pearson

Dave Pearson

Fort Collins Police Department

Luis Robles

Luis Robles

Robles, Rael, & Anaya PC

Michael Sabens

Michael Sabens

Cobb County Police Department

Jeff Selleg

Jeff Selleg

Port of Seattle Police Department

Ron Swanson

Ron Swanson

Glendale Police Department

Trevor Thrasher

Trevor Thrasher

88 Tactical

Jennifer Wallschlaeger

Jennifer Wallschlaeger

Waukesha County Sheriff's Department

Randy Watt

Randy Watt

Ogden Police Department

Jennifer Young

Jennifer Young

Jen Young Counseling

3 Day Conference Pricing

Individual Member: $279

Non-Member: $334

2 Day Conference Pricing

Individual Member: $229

Non-Member: $284

1 Day Conference Pricing

Individual Member: $129

Non-Member: $184

The Schedule

September 15

Course Delivery

By going virtual, you still have access to the top presenters in the field who were previously scheduled to speak at our in-person event.

8:00 am MDT

Speaker: Randy Watt
Topic: Leading Beyond Chaos (2 Hours)

This presentation discusses rapid leadership response activities and processes to establish order in the beginning stages of a “worst case scenario” event.

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8:00 am MDT

Speakers: Eric Ellis & Alex Embry
Topic: Instructor Development for Active Shooter Training (2 Hours)

This instructor development course will review current trends in active shooter incidents nationwide and discuss the lessons learned and how they should shape our training moving forward. A review of active shooter protocol will be conducted and adjustments for these policies based on the trends will be discussed. This includes TCCC and its integration into training, along with the Rescue Task Force model. Scenario development will be discussed in detail to allow instructors to better teach and challenge their officers. This course is designed for officers who have previously been involved with active shooter Instruction at their departments.

8:00 am MDT

Speaker: Mark Lang
Topic: Supervising Sniper Operations in Today’s Environment (4 Hours)

This 4-hour presentation will focus on personnel tasked with the responsibility of supervising police snipers directly or indirectly as members of a SWAT team. First and second line supervision and sniper team leaders will benefit from lessons learned of sniper deployment within the current landscape. Sniper response to conventional SWAT operations, protests, riots and large scale events/public venues will be discussed giving attendees a working knowledge to access their current sniper mission readiness.

10:00 am MDT

Speaker: Eric Daigle
Topic: Legal Update: Tactical Operations Liability, Current Trends, Legal and Policy Considerations (2 Hours)

This session will review the applicable standards and case law applicable to the use of a tactical team and tactical related issues. The purpose is to identify the current legal challenges and successes directly related to tactical operations and tactical related equipment. These cases are reviewed for operators and commanders to understand the basis of force decisions and the method of meeting the constitutional requirements of the Fourth Amendment.

10:00 am MDT

Speaker: Chris Malson
Incident Debrief: The Oregon District Active Shooter Incident, Dayton, OH (2 Hours)

This presentation will provide an in-depth analysis of the 2019 Oregon District Shooting in Dayton, Ohio. The police response to the shooting and the aftermath will be discussed. The presenter will also cover the background of the shooter and post-incident responses.

1:00 pm MDT

Speaker: Ron Swanson
Topic: A Series of Operational Explosive Breaches: Lessons Learned (2 Hours)

This presentation will cover a series of operational explosive breaches conducted by Glendale (AZ) Police Department SWAT, each on a different type of target. The debrief will focus on several real-world breaches and discuss advancements made with our program as a result of these breaches.

1:00 pm MDT

Speakers: Marco Lopez & Richard Besselman
Incident Debrief: SWAT Active Shooter, Houston, TX (2 Hours)

This presentation will discuss a dynamic active shooter resolution from 2016. The incident involved a patrol and a SWAT team response where the suspect was killed by a sniper. The suspect had shot several civilians, responding officers, and ignited a fire at a gas station. Houston SWAT response will be discussed through decision points from the SWAT Commander and Team Leader’s perspective. It will include first hand insight in managing the incident including coordinating efforts between patrol, citizens, and the SWAT team.

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1:00 pm MDT

Speaker: Shawn Hancock
Topic: The Consummate SWAT Professional (4 Hours)

This seminar will showcase the evolution of SWAT personnel and teams from the 1980s into the 21st century. The good, the bad, and the ugly of past practices, as well as contemporary issues affecting the SWAT and law enforcement profession, will be discussed. Presenters will show how Emotional Intelligence is critical in all aspects of SWAT duties and how far the industry has come in leveraging education, critical thinking and problem solving to benefit law enforcement’s relationship with the public, and other personnel within our own agencies. Discussion will include the improved “SWAT image,” as well as the characteristics of the millennial generation and how to integrate them into successful SWAT officers.

3:00 pm MDT

Speaker: Trevor Thrasher
Topic: Behavior-Based CQB/Room Entry (2 Hours)

Behavior Based CQB will introduce the concepts involving how humans perform under high duress CQB situations, which is often extremely disconnected due to behavioral non-compliance from what is often taught and trained. The four critical tests of any tactic or skill will be discussed in relation to CQB/SWAT training and operations. Attendees will also learn the role of the three brains or “Triune Brain” when under threat and how to mitigate performance limitations of humans experiencing fight or flight activation as related to CQB. There will be numerous videos of real-world incidents to demonstrate the concepts.

3:00 pm MDT

Speakers: Dan and Christine Brite
Incident Debrief: Tragedy to Triumph
(2 Hours)

On Sept. 2, 2016, Detective Dan Brite responded to a call in Parker, Colorado. A local man was heavily armed and firing randomly at citizens in the community. In that moment, Dan and fellow officers heroically rushed to the scene and quickly engaged the suspect. In the firefight, Dan was critically injured when a bullet struck him in the chest. Dan “died”… twice. His chance of survival was less than 1%. Thanks to the wonderful staff at a nearby hospital, and lots of prayers, Detective Brite lived to tell his story. This story of family survival will leave you breathless. This is an astonishing depiction of how tragedy turned into triumph.

September 16

Conference Credit

As a participant, you will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the completion of the virtual conference.

8:00 am MDT

Speaker: Randy Watt
Topic: Surviving Team Leadership in the Current Environment (2 Hours)

Being a team leader in 2020 is like leading a small unit through a minefield. How do you prepare yourself and your team to survive the experience? This class gives tried and true principles for dealing with political, operational, logistical, and perceptional risks.

8:00 am MDT

Speaker: Jennifer Young
Topic: Building Resilience Within the Tactical Athlete (2 Hours)

This presentation will teach students about emotional trauma specific to SWAT, the physiological and psychological effects of such trauma, and contemporary survival techniques that can be utilized before and after a stressful event to help operators live their best lives during their career and into retirement.

8:00 am MDT

Speaker: Luis Robles
Topic: The Articulation of the Use of Deadly Force (4 Hours)

Long after you have survived the gunfight, it will come back to life. This time, the shooting incident will rise from the ashes within the walls of internal affairs, a use-of-force review board or a courthouse. So how do you prepare for this contingency? Becoming fluent in the language of special weapons and tactics is a good start. Often, a lawyer who understands use of force can point out specific areas you should address. Attorney Luis Robles will provide insight into the use of tools like the OODA Loop and how it can strip the officer/suspect encounter to its barest essentials. Aside from the practical application of the OODA Loop (observe, orient, decide and act) to your day-to-day work, the OODA Loop readily creates a structure which an officer can use to explain any incident, especially a critical incident such as an officer-involved shooting.

10:00 am MDT

Speakers: Diana Clevenger & Travis Gribble
Incident Debrief: Fire, Water & Foam – Integration of Fire Personnel into Tactical Operations (2 Hours)

This debrief covers a barricaded subject who committed acts of domestic violence and threatened to kill officers through a door. The subject, who was wanted with felony warrants and parole violation, remained barricaded for more than six hours and caused self-injury throughout the standoff by cutting himself. The subject covered the interior of the structure with kerosene and threatened to burn the building down. During the incident, the team used a throw phone, explosive breach, gas, bean bags and eventually a mixture of water and foam from the Fire Department to prevent him from burning the multi-family structure to the ground.

10:00 am MDT

Speaker: David Pearson
Topic: Response to Suicidal Subjects, What Are You Doing? (2 Hours)

This course is designed to educate police personnel on the legalities and challenges faced when responding to suicidal subjects. Unique perspectives are provided in order to provoke discussion within agencies to have a true understanding of the relevant Constitutional requirements. Case law examples are provided as talking points to assist in guiding policy and response decision-making. In addition, model programs from throughout the United States are presented as potential options for agencies to consider.

1:00 pm MDT

Speaker: James Fairfield
Topic: Task Force Operations: Lessons from the Murder of a CI (2 Hours)

When a confidential informant during a multi-agency task force operation is kidnapped and killed and the national media arrives, things get complicated. Debates over who was “in charge,” governing policy, jurisdiction, investigative oversight and civil litigation are now front and center. This seminar details some of the collateral impact of that event and makes some best practice recommendations to defend yourself, your team, and your agency.

1:00 pm MDT

Speaker: Fred Farris
Topic: Coordinated Response to Excited Delirium Incidents (2 Hours)

This seminar will provide a historical perspective on excited delirium and the importance of having a planned and well-coordinated response to highly volatile events. The importance of recognizing medical crisis quickly is key to reducing the risk of in-custody death. Training in recognition and the coordinated response from all stake holders is the basis for this class which is designed for sworn and non-sworn law enforcement personnel including call takers and dispatchers, fire and EMS personnel, and legal advisors.

1:00 pm MDT

Speaker: Spencer Fomby
Topic: Policing Political Protests (with National Standards) (4 Hours)

This seminar will cover issues related to policing violent political protests between Right- and Left-wing extremists. The presenter will share lessons learned from years of protest experience in the California Bay Area, including 12 protest events in 2017 and events in 2018 and 2020.

3:00 pm MDT

Speaker: Travis Norton
Topic: Concepts of Managing a Dynamic Patrol Incident (2 Hours)

The need to manage critical incidents in the first minutes is crucial in changing the momentum of the incident into a more favorable outcome. The burden of this relies on the patrol supervisor to manage information and departmental resources in a dynamic tactical problem. This presentation will discuss focus of effort in those critical moments and will give the supervisor some concepts and principles to successfully initiate a coordinated response. Since the increase in violence with current events these concepts are timely and useful for today’s supervisor.

3:00 pm MDT

Speaker: Jeff Selleg
Incident Debrief: A Barricade of Challenges (2 Hours)

On April 4, 2018, Valley SWAT responded to a potential barricaded suspect call in Federal Way, WA. The incident’s core transaction involves low level crimes of hit and run & attempted auto theft, but quickly escalated into much more. A short foot chase leads to the suspect occupying a third party’s residence and ransacking the home while patrol contains the scene and attempts communications with the lone suspect. The suspect eventually arms himself with multiple weapons found inside the residence and attempts multiple times to engage law enforcement outside the structure. The team uses all of its technology, and the full spectrum of tactical techniques to take the suspect into custody. But not until after multiple engagements, an ambush thwarted by the SWAT K9, and nearly total destruction of the residence.

This after-action review is provided by the lead tactical commander in a lessons learned format. The review will stop at major decision points for participants to reflect on what decisions they would make as the tactical commander. Commander Selleg then discusses the actions he selected and how cause and effect shaped the outcome over a 13-hour period. This incident highlights many of a SWAT Commander’s worse case scenario’s for a barricaded suspect.

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September 17

Outreach

Spread the word and join us for this exciting event! Attend from all over the world.

8:00 am MDT

Speaker: Tad Golden
Topic: The Down & Dirty on Being a SWAT Commander: An Honest Look at the Challenges of Being a SWAT Commander (2 Hours)

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.

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8:00 am MDT

Speaker: Jon Bigelow
Topic: Managing A Critical Incident in Times of Anti-Police Sentiment (2 Hours)

The current crisis with Covid-19 and anti-police rhetoric has taxed the resources and management of most departments. This presentation will discuss Command decision-making through a proven system that will stream line the flow of information and focus a coordinated effort for a critical incident. Whether a pre-planned event or a spontaneous incident, the structure of emergency operations remain a reliable system for a coordinated response. Jon Bigelow will discuss managing a critical incident in today’s environment citing examples from recent events.

8:00 am MDT

Speaker: Steve Mescan
Topic: Critical Thinking and Condensed Time Decision-Making for the Team (4 Hours)

This course is designed to provide the operator, team leader and tactical commander a condensed decision-making model. The model takes Boyd’s Cycle OODA Loop and examines how to make a legal, ethical, tactically sound and efficient decision focused on the preservation of life and safety for all concerned. The model is designed to create a synergistic relationship between operators, team leaders and command. The decision-making model transfers from the condensed time frame of the incident to the post-incident investigation, internal affairs investigation, civil and criminal court proceedings to explain and justify actions and decisions under situations which are tense, uncertain and rapidly evolving. Students will leave this class with the fundamental tools to apply the decision-making model to their team’s tactical doctrine.

10:00 am MDT

Speakers: Mike Anderson & Jennifer Wallschlaeger
Incident Debrief: 2019 I-94 Vehicle Hostage Incident (2 Hours)

This debrief describes a tactical situation which started when a DNR warden initiated a pursuit of a stolen vehicle, with shots being fired at pursuing officers. The vehicle was ultimately pitted into a guard rail near an on ramp to I-94, a busy traffic area. Immediately, the vehicle windows of the stolen minivan were covered with blankets to deliberately hinder tactical officers’ visual observations. The male subject demanded a hostage negotiator and indicated he had two hostages, an adult female and a 6-month-old baby. The standoff lasted for hours, with a multi-jurisdictional response from assisting law enforcement tactical assets. The situation is ended with the male subject being shot by tactical officers. The presenters will cover all aspects of the operation, and will show perspective from the negotiation side in this complex and somewhat unusual incident.

10:00 am MDT

Speakers: Dr. Mitch Javidi, Mark Garcia & Mitch Boudrot
Topic: Stress Management Imperatives
(2 Hours)

The modern patrol and special operations teams experience more psychological stress than physical danger; however, their bodies don’t know the difference. Under emotional stress, their bodies release the same hormones that compel them to run for their lives, while their brain fights to keep them grounded and rational. Although adjusting to surging stress hormones positively helps in VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous) situations, it could be detrimental to building better leadership capacity, relationships, resiliency, emotional health and well-being.

Although many, have heard of “Fight or Flight” response, most have never heard of the studies or exercise what is known of the body’s autonomic nervous system which includes “Rest and Renew.” Research has shown that chronically elevated stress levels lead to depletion of raw materials in the body we call adrenal burnout or adrenal fatigue. In contrast, a “rest and renew” response helps produce a state of equilibrium in the body.

1:00 pm MDT

Speaker: Travis Norton
Topic: Lessons Gleaned from Research of High-Profile Critical Incidents (2 Hours)

The California Association of Tactical Officers (CATO) After Action Review Team will present the lessons learned from numerous large-scale critical incidents. The focus of the presentation will be on decision making, equipment needs, strategy and tactics, and current training gaps. While SWAT related lessons learned will be covered, they are not the sole focus of the presentation.

1:00 pm MDT

Speaker: Dan Murphy
Topic: Mission-Based Tactics (2 Hours)

This course will introduce the OODA Loop in terms of training, tactics and mindset. It will also apply the OODA Loop to mission-based movements and tactics. It will contain lectures, videos and debriefs.

1:00 pm MDT

Speakers: Robert Latham & Michael Sabens
Incident Debrief: Lane Drive Hostage Rescue, Cobb County, GA (4 Hours)

This presentation will take participants through four hostage rescue incidents, culminating with an entry team-initiated hostage rescue. This Oct. 2, 2018 incident resulted in the rescue of two hostages and the death of one hostage taker. Cobb County Police Department SWAT team’s background also will be discussed.

3:00 pm MDT

Speaker: Jeff Selleg
Topic: The Science of Decision-Making for Leaders (2 Hours)

Intuition, experience and bias all play some part in our decision-making. Under stress these factors determine how well we problem-solve, decide and act. In a rapidly dynamic critical incident, fog, friction, and ambiguity due to lack of data affect what we decide, when we decide, and how effectively we manage the incident. These highly complex situations do not lend themselves to cognitive processing alone. Research in neuroscience tells that the amount of storage in working memory is limited. That, combined with overwhelming information and stress, can quickly overwhelm leaders. This presentation will give leaders the science behind what drives our decisions and as a result will provide an understanding of how to make better decisions during critical incidents. The instructor will discuss case studies of critical incidents which will have an impactful learning experience on the student. This presentation is applicable to the patrol supervisor, team leader or command level leader.

3:00 pm MDT

Speaker: Pat Doering
Topic: Negotiations for All (2 Hours)

This course of instruction will include several factors that can help law enforcement personnel in any role. Barriers in communication, crisis state and the factors causing it, active listening skills, indicators of progress, and much more will be discussed by NTOA CNT Section Chair Pat Doering. From patrol officers to the tactical commanders, these lessons help us shape critical decision points in critical incidents.

VIRTUAL CONFERENCE SPONSORS

Sign up for the Virtual Conference by Sept. 12th and receive a $25 gift certificate for use on the First Tactical website.

NTOA members will receive a 25% promo code “NTOA”. First Tactical will donate back 10% to support NTOA (now through Sept. 3, 2020).
(Offers cannot be combined.)

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