Conference
The goal of the Arkansas Tactical Officers Association is to advance the education and professionalism of law enforcement and corrections officers involved in tactical operations, through the exchange of ideas and information relating to tactics and techniques.
Dates: October 1 – 4, 2018
Location: Little Rock, Arkansas
Place: Double Tree Hotel
 
                         ONLY $140 ($120 Conference + $20 Yearly membership Fee)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Self Aid Buddy Aid (8 hours 1 day course)

Instructor(s): Stay Tuned

This course is designed for the tactical operator or active patrol officer. We will focus on the importance of TCCC and life saving measures for the first responder.

Course Equipment List: – Duty Weapon and Gear, 50 Rounds Duty Ammo, Ear & Eye protection, Tourniquet, Pen & Paper

* Any extra operational equipment needed *

 

Covert Lock Picking (8 hours)

Instructor(s): Tom Hendricks

Hendricks provides specialized instruction in our Surreptitious & Covert Entry Specialist Training Courses to law enforcement, government and military personnel. The training provided by Hendricks is designed to teach the skills tactics and techniques required to surreptitiously & covertly conduct physical security system penetration. The techniques consist of lock picking, circumvention and/or by-passing in order to enter secure structures, containers and/or property. Our advanced course teaches techniques for high security locks and systems, as well as techniques to defeat and/or bypass security & burglar alarm systems.

This training course greatly benefits law enforcement, government and military personnel, such as: federal agents/Homeland Security personnel, patrol officers, detectives, SWAT & tactical operators, narcotics officers, probation & parole officers, fire/EMS first-responders, as well as military special forces members, etc. The subtle breaching techniques learned in this course can greatly benefit the following:

Sneak & peek warrants
Container Searches
SWAT operations & call-outs
Probation searches
Parole searches
Arrest warrants
Protest devices
Vehicle entries
Patrol calls for service
Access to secured areas
Narcotics investigations
Hostage rescue team staging
Establish ‘fixed’ surveillance posts
Counter-terrorism investigations
Police, Fire/EMS first-responders
Welfare checks
Security assessment of facilities and existing lock systems

The ability for law enforcement, government and military personnel to enter a secure location and leave undetected, is of paramount importance for sensitive investigations, such as major narcotics trafficking and/or terrorism. Officer safety and/or the element of surprise can also be increased, during tactical operations, by covertly gaining access to areas for SWAT & H.R.T. team staging, surveillance, entry preparation and sniper/observer positioning.

Aside from learning and practicing the skills used to defeat locks, this training also establishes a knowledge-based foundation for the student, which develops expertise. This expertise can be used to assist with investigating/identifying methods, tools and techniques criminals may also be utilizing; as well as identify weaknesses in existing security systems/devices.

Course Equipment List: – Pen an Paper, Lock Picking Kit Optional

* Any extra operational equipment needed *

 

 

Ballistic Shield (8 hours)

Instructor(s): James

This intensive one-day curriculum provides students with the techniques and skills required to operate a ballistic shield in real-world situations. Students will learn team movements, shooting techniques and tactics for the ballistic-shield operator.

Course Equipment List: – Full duty, tactical gear/armor, including ballistic helmet (Tactical)

  • Appropriate range attire, duty gear, armor and ballistic helmet (Patrol)
  • Eye protection
  • Ear protection
  • Ballistic shield/with viewport (if you have one available)
  • Handgun and (3) three magazines
  • 200 rounds of handgun ammunitions
  • Gas Mask/carrier
  • Pen or pencil and notepad

 

* Any extra operational equipment needed *

 

 

Negotiators Course Basic and Advanced Courses (8 hours)

Instructor(s): Jennifer Godlove

This 16 hour course will be taught by three separate instructors who are masters in Negotiations. They will be discussing the different techniques/ policy and procedures used at the Federal, Local, and prison/ jail settings. This course will address the fundamental need for successful negotiations, and will prepare students to handle a variety of crisis situations, including hostage takers, barricaded subjects, and potential suicide victims.

Course Equipment List: – Pen, Paper, Thumb drive

* Any extra operational equipment needed *

 

Mechanical Breeching (8 hours)

Instructor(s): Kurt Delia

*Upon completion of this class, the participants will have a solid, foundational understanding of the history, concepts, principles and current law enforcement applications for conducting mechanical breaching operations.   Instructional Objectives  At the end of this course of instruction, the student will:  1. Be able to illustrate the historical basis of structural breaching.  2. Be able to conduct standard breaching with handheld tools and armored vehicles.  3. Be able to breach multiple types of commercial and residential doors.  4. Be able to access and choose the correct tools for breaching applications.   5. Be able to conduct a target site POE reconnaissance. 6. Be able to complete a breacher’s POE target site plan of action.

INTRODUCTION   Mechanical Door breaching is a process used by military, police, or emergency services to force open closed and/or locked doors. A wide range of methods are available, one or more of which may be used in any given situation.

Where no tools are available, it is usually possible to force open most inward-opening doors with a strong kick that breaks through the door frame. This can be a common method of entry for many trained police officers who are conducting warranted searches, and the “macho” concept of kicking in doors has frequently been glamorized on various police procedural shows.

Mechanical breaching can be minimally destructive, through the use of lock picks. This method is relatively slow and requires a trained operator, but does not damage the lock or door. Using specialized tools (i.e.: A-tool, K-tool), a lock cylinder can also be quickly dismantled and unlocked without removing it from the door; this method also allows the door to be closed and re-locked.

Mechanical breaching also includes hydraulic breaching, which uses a special hydraulic ram to overcome the lock. The hydraulic ram may be powered manually, pneumatically, or electrically. More dynamic methods (kinetic breaching) use force to break the lock or door. The common methods are to use a lever, such as a Halligan bar or crowbar, or to use a tool to concentrate a large amount of force on the door, such as a sledgehammer, hydraulic jack, or battering ram.
Course Equipment List: – Gloves, Helmet, Eye Pro, Vest, Team Breaching Tools, Note Pad/Pen

* Any extra operational equipment needed *

 

Impact Munitions (8 hours)

Instructor(s): CTS

This 8-hour course provides state-of-the-art instructor-level training on the topic of Less Lethal Impact Munitions. The student will gain detailed knowledge on the selection, preparation, deployment, storage and legal ramifications of Less Lethal Munitions. In particular, the student will gain specific information in Defense Technology® Less Lethal products, including 12ga, 37mm, and 40mm munitions, along with the skills necessary to return to their agency and conduct in-service training.

Course Equipment List: – Vest, Gear, Gloves, Eye Protection, Hearing Protection, Launchers

* Any extra operational equipment needed *

 

Tactical Marksman Course (16 Hours)

Instructor(s): John Scarbrough

 

This will be a review of the fundamentals of marksmanship as it relates to realistic operational positions and rapid position changes. We will test the ballistics against barriers and discuss options for employment against barricades.  Cover the concepts to negotiate obstacles and close range targets.

 

Day two will be spent shooting some distance using holds and sniper observer dialogue drills, ending the day with the use of videos and photos for pre-planning.

 

Course Equipment List: – Reliable Rifle (zeroed for 100 yards) with a sling – Notebook and pen – 150 rounds of ammo for rifle (match ammo only) – Bipod, tripod or sturdy shooting rest for rifle – Rifle cleaning Gear – Eye and Hearing protection – Water bottle/container for drinking – Clothing suitable for the range

 

Recommended Equipment: – Spotting Scope, laser range finder or Binoculars – Rain gear (We shoot rain or shine)  – Insect repellent – Hat and sun block

* Any extra operational equipment needed *

 

 

Advanced Marksman Course (16 Hours)

*MUST HAVE ATTENDED A PREVIOUS ATOA SNIPER COURSE*

Instructor(s): MagPul

Advanced Sniper and Counter Sniper tactics

Course Equipment List:

– All students are expected to train with all call out gear. Helmet, vest, etc.
– Front & Rear Rifle Supports (Bi-pod/Bean Bag)
– Cheek Piece if stock is not adjustable
– Rifle Clearing Equipment
– Sling
– Weapon Data Book (Provided)
– Pen / Pencil Notebook
– Eye / Ear protection
– Clothing suitable for weather (We shoot rain or shine)
– Hat or Boonie
– Water Hydration System
– Suitable Range Pack for gear
– Range Chair
– Garden Sheers
– Tripod for shooting support
– urban hide hit
– Shooting Mat
– Personal Data Computer / Ballistic Data
– Spotting Scope & Bipod
– Binoculars
– Laser Range Finder
– 300 Rounds of Ammo

 

Tactical Weapons Standards Course (8 Hours)

Instructor(s): Dan Calasanto

This course was designed to further develop the shooters ability to apply basic combat shooting fundamentals developed in the Tactical Rifle Course. Students will continue to reinforce these fundamentals while also introducing advanced weapons handling skills and tactical shooting concepts. This will include various shooting positions, tactical use of cover, and support hand weapon manipulation. Students will engage targets out to 50 yards during daylight hours.

Objectives:
– firearms safety
– combat mindset
– gear selection/placement
– fundamentals of marksmanship
– confirm zero (iron/optics)
– combat shooting principles
– loading/unloading/press checks
– ready positions/presentations
– target identification
– rapid target engagement
– multiple target engagement
– pistol transitions
– speed/combat/tactical reloads
– malfunction drills
– stationary turns
– shooting on the move
– lateral shooting
– alternate shooting positions
– tactical use of cover/barricade shooting
– support hand weapon manipulation
– adverse angles
– advanced shooting drills

Course Equipment List:
– Tactical Rifle W/ 500 Rounds of ammunition
– Handgun W holster and 400 rounds of ammunition minimum of 3 magazines
– Eye and Ear protection
– Body Armor
– Appropriate clothing for weather conditions
– Hydration11
– Tactical sling (single or two point)
– a means to carry 3 rifle magazines on your person
– Weapons cleaning kit
– Appropriate clothing for weather conditions
– Hydration

 

Night Vision Operations (16 Hours)

Instructor(s): L3

 

This course is intended for new and experienced night vision users. This course will provide officers with an advanced understanding on using night vision in low light/ no light tactical operations.

Course Equipment List: – NVGs provided by L3, Pen and Paper, Hydration

* Any extra operational equipment needed *

 

Patrol Rifle Course (8 Hours)

Instructor(s): Stay Tuned

This course was designed to further develop the shooters ability to apply basic combat shooting fundamentals developed in the Tactical Rifle Course. Students will continue to reinforce these fundamentals while also introducing advanced weapons handling skills and tactical shooting concepts. This will include various shooting positions, tactical use of cover, and support hand weapon manipulation. Students will engage targets out to 50 yards during daylight hours.

Objectives:
– firearms safety
– combat mindset
– gear selection/placement
– fundamentals of marksmanship
– confirm zero (iron/optics)
– combat shooting principles
– loading/unloading/press checks
– ready positions/presentations
– target identification
– rapid target engagement
– multiple target engagement
– pistol transitions
– speed/combat/tactical reloads
– malfunction drills
– stationary turns
– shooting on the move
– lateral shooting
– alternate shooting positions
– tactical use of cover/barricade shooting
– support hand weapon manipulation
– adverse angles
– advanced shooting drills

Course Equipment List:
– Tactical Rifle W/ 500 Rounds of ammunition
– Handgun W holster and 400 rounds of ammunition minimum of 3 magazines
– Eye and Ear protection
– Body Armor
– Appropriate clothing for weather conditions
– Hydration11
– Tactical sling (single or two point)
– a means to carry 3 rifle magazines on your person
– Weapons cleaning kit
– Appropriate clothing for weather conditions
– Hydration

 

Chemical Munitions Instructor Course (8 Hours)
Instructor(s): Safariland Chuck Martin

This is a train-the-trainer certification course which will familiarize attendees with chemical munitions including CS, CN and OC. Instruction will focus on delivery systems and safety guidelines. The course will provide each student with the foundational knowledge to provide end user training in a safe and proper manner.

Course Equipment List:
– Gloves (Nomex, Leather or Kevlar)
– Gas Mask
– Long Sleeves
– Pen and paper

 

Noise Flash Diversionary Devices (8 Hours)
Instructor(s): Safariland Chuck Martin

This is a train-the-trainer certification course which will familiarize attendees with Flash/Sound Diversion Devices. Instruction will focus on delivery systems and safety guidelines. The course will provide each student with the foundational knowledge to provide end user training in a safe and proper manner.

Course Equipment List:
– Gloves (Nomex, Leather or Kevlar)
– Eye and Ear Protection
– Long Sleeves
– Pen and paper

 

Intermediate Pistol (16 Hours)

Instructor(s): JABO

Course Description:
Take your combat shooting to the next level with our Intermediate Pistol Course. Students will continue to work on mastering the fundamentals of combat shooting while also being introduced to advanced weapons handling and tactical shooting drills. This is a comprehensive course which includes classroom lecture, demonstrations, and practical application. Each shooter will be drilled in all aspects of weapons handling and combat shooting with an emphasis on safety and real world application. Students will engage targets out to 50 yards, conduct support hand manipulations, and shoot from various tactical positions.

Objectives:
–combat mindset
–gear selection/placement
–fundamentals of marksmanship
–loading/unloading/press checks
–proper draw/presentations
–target identification
–rapid target engagement
–multiple target engagement
–speed/combat/tactical reloads
–malfunction drills
–strong/support hand shooting
–stationary turns
–shooting on the move
–positional shooting
–support hand malfunction drills
–extended range target engagement
–team tactics

Equipment:
–semi-auto pistol w/ minimum of 4 magazines
–pistol belt w/ strong side holster and mag pouch (double/triple)
–eye/ear protection, ball cap
–gun lube
–hydration kit
–knee pads (recommended)
–750 Rounds for Pistol

 

Combat Pistol (8 Hours)

Instructor(s): Sean Silvers

Course Description:
Take your combat shooting to the next level with our Intermediate Pistol Course. Students will continue to work on mastering the fundamentals of combat shooting while also being introduced to advanced weapons handling and tactical shooting drills. This is a comprehensive course which includes classroom lecture, demonstrations, and practical application. Each shooter will be drilled in all aspects of weapons handling and combat shooting with an emphasis on safety and real world application. Students will engage targets out to 50 yards, conduct support hand manipulations, and shoot from various tactical positions.

Objectives:
–combat mindset
–gear selection/placement
–fundamentals of marksmanship
–loading/unloading/press checks
–proper draw/presentations
–target identification
–rapid target engagement
–multiple target engagement
–speed/combat/tactical reloads
–malfunction drills
–strong/support hand shooting
–stationary turns
–shooting on the move
–positional shooting
–support hand malfunction drills
–extended range target engagement
–team tactics

Equipment:–semi-auto pistol w/ minimum of 4 magazines
–pistol belt w/ strong side holster and mag pouch (double/triple)
–eye/ear protection, ball cap
–Sunblock/Bug Spray
–Sharpie Marker
–gun lube
–hydration kit
–knee pads (recommended)
–300 Rounds for Pistol

 

 

 

 

 

 

S.O.R.D. (16 Hours)
Instructor(s): ALERRT

This course is designed to provide officers with the knowledge, physical skills and mindset for responding to violent encounters (including active-shooter situations) when armed and not in uniform. A key learning objective for this course is to address the increase of blue-on-blue shootings, where law enforcement officers in uniform shoot off-duty police officers who have intervened in a situation. This course will be a layered fast paced live fire class with a strong emphasis on plain clothes tactics and concealment.

Equipment List:

STUDENT MATERIALS: Please bring or be equipped with the following, at the start of class:

1.  A handgun (with at least three magazines) chambered in 9 mm, .40 or .45.

2.  A strong side concealment holster made for the officers specific weapon/s, with or without security device, configured so the handgun can be re-holstered with one hand.

3.  Students are reminded that when selecting a holster, “The grip they draw with, is the grip they shoot with.” So, please consider such factors, such as, where the holster rides, the tilt of the grip, and commonality with duty holster. Under stress, we respond to that same area as our duty holster.

4.  A heavy-duty belt to support holster.

5.  At least two shirts (one knit type with no buttons & one with buttons that will open completely) that will cover and conceal the handgun.

6.Badge in a carrier to hang around the neck.

7.Handcuffs.

8.Eye and ear protection.

9. Two white or light colored t-shirts to cover target configurations. – (These will be shot numerous times so count on throwing them away)

10. 200 rounds of ammunition

*Important Note – Students are required to report for class, dressed in street clothing, armed with their concealed handgun, in the manner they normally carry in plain clothes.

** Students are encouraged to bring more than one handgun, which they may carry in plain-clothes capacity.

*** The class requires a standard degree of physical fitness expected of officers by the citizens they serve. The training is layered and designed not to exceed the individual officers capabilities.

**** Due to time constraints it is suggested students bring a lunch.

***** Day two bring personal protective gear for simunition force on force scenarios. ALERRT provides masks and Sim guns.

 

 

Commanders Course (8 Hours)
Instructor(s): Alan Brosnan

 

Lesson Purpose: This course is designed to provide knowledge and leadership skills to SWAT Team Commanders.

Training Objectives: At the completion of this course, the student will be able preform specific SWAT Team task while in a leadership role. They will be able to develop advanced Operation Plans, gather sensitive information, and delegate duties to subordinates.

 

 

 

Immediate Threat Concepts (16 Hours)
Instructor(s): Graham Smith

 

This is designed to provide officers with a safer manner in conducting dynamic entries leaving no threats uncovered. By properly using the immediate threat concepts, officers are less likely to expose themselves as they would be in using out dated tactics.

 

Objective:

 The premise behind immediate threat is to address unsecured areas by putting hard cover toward all unsecured areas. Team movements are based on floor plans, obstacles, suspects actions and individual movements by teammates.

 

Tactical Absolutes – In all tactical operations certain specific guidelines must be adhered to ensure operational safety for officers involved.

 

Priority of Threats – All threat must be assessed to determine which threat the operator must handle first or could cause him the most harm.

 

Immediate Threat Terminology – Terms used in verbal communication while performing immediate threat concept in dynamic entries.

 

Multiple Breach Entries – Utilizing multiple breach entry points creates a secondary entry point and provides cover for primary assault teams by creating a sensory overload to suspects or other potential threats. Multiple breach entry points allows for a location to be secured in a more time efficient manner.

*****IF YOU DO NOT HAVE NEEDED SIMS EQUIP. GET WITH ATOA RICK COCKRELL ASAP*****

 

Course Equipment List:

 – Body Armor, Helmet

 – Blue SIMS GUN and Holster if Applicable

 – AR-15 Weapon system W/ Blue SIMS Bolt if available

 – Eye Protection (SIMS MASK/Gas Mask)

 – 150-200 Rounds of Simmuition if availavle (mixture of both for transition drills)

 – Simmunition converted weapon if available

 – Water

 – Some form of neck & groin protection…

 

 

Counter Terrorism & IED Identification (8 Hours)
Instructor(s): John Stamatopoulos

This course is to provided a deep dive into national/international explosive breeching and handling programs as well as counter-terrorism.
Course Equipment List: – Stay Tuned
* Any extra operational equipment needed *

 

 

 

 

AR15 Armorers Course (16 Hours)
Instructor(s): Jacob Porter

This two day course will present a comprehensive, detailed exposure to the AR16/M16 Rifle Platform. The Program will provide an in-depth understanding of all components, parts and maintenance of the system, as well as, carbine program implementation and selection. This is not a basic, bare bones armorer class. Each student will leave with a very enhanced knowledge of the weapon platform application, assembly, tear-down, repairs, diagnosis and maintenance of the AR-15/M-16, parts, tools, and materials will be provided for the student to participate and accomplish the class objective.

Course Equipment List: – Stay Tuned
* Any extra operational equipment needed *

 

 

 

 

 

HOTEL INFORMATION

Double Tree
Address: 424 W Markham St, Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone:(501) 372-4371

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS 2018
 

                                                          Captain Christopher Tomaino

LAS VEGAS METROPLITAN POLICE DEPARTMENT

Chris is currently the commanding officer of the LVMPD SWAT Bureau, which is responsible for hostage rescue, barricaded subjects, and high-risk search warrant service throughout Clark County, Nevada.

The LVMPD has over 6000 employees and an annual budget of over $980 million. The LVMPD’s jurisdiction includes all of Las Vegas and unincorporated Clark County with over 8000 square miles-about the same size as the state of Massachusetts.

Chris’ previous command level assignments have included the Convention Center Area Command, the Homicide & Sex Crimes Bureau, and the Northwest Area Command.

An LVMPD Area Command is one of nine patrol substations commanded by a captain (bureau commander) with 4-5 lieutenants, 20 or more sergeants and approximately 160 to 220 personnel comprised of police officers, detectives, and civilian employees. An Area Command has a typical annual budget of $22-$25 million.

Chris has worked a wide variety of assignments during his tenure with the LVMPD; Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, Vice Detective (TDY), Gang Detective, Patrol Sergeant, PSU Sergeant, Robbery Sergeant, Federal Task Force Sergeant, Patrol Lieutenant, Administrative Lieutenant, Internal Affairs Lieutenant, and Critical Incident Review Team Lieutenant where one of his primary duties was overseeing the investigation of Officer Involved Shootings and other categorical use of force incidents.

Chris holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma and is presently completing a master’s degree program with the University of San Diego.

Chris is a POST certified instructor and holds the Executive Certificate from Nevada POST. He is a graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command and the 262nd session of the FBI National Academy.