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Course Descriptions

 

Building Clearing Tactics

This course is designed for patrol officers to improve their basic tactical movement skills when clearing buildings and other structures. The tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) presented within have been developed by tier 1 military operators and adopted by SWAT teams. These TTPs have been optimized for rapid learning, and adapted for a patrol function, in order to establish a strong foundation for more advanced skills.

 

Officers will learn primarily team tactics to safely clear potential danger areas. In the absence of a team, these techniques can be successfully employed by an individual. Topics include: safe weapons handling, tactical approach and search techniques, threshold assessment and room clearing, as well as negotiating danger areas such as stairwells, doorways, hallways, and basements. The methods taught in this course should be applied in everyday police work in order to keep officers safe.

 

This course establishes, and builds upon, the fundamentals learned in police academies across the country. Concepts include: maintaining 360-degree security, tactical communications, basic leader development, covering angles, and general teamwork. This course is strongly recommended as annual refresher training to maintain basic skill proficiency for security and law enforcement personnel.

 

 

Command and Control 101 for Patrol Supervisors

 

STORM Training Group presents Command and Control 101 for Patrol Sergeants. The objective of this course is to train patrol sergeants and aspiring patrol sergeants on the skills and techniques needed for successful active critical incident management. Students will learn command and control techniques for before, during, and after a critical incident. Students will broaden their understanding of tactical de-escalation, contact team development and implementation, span of control, and managing emotions surrounding a critical incident. Students can expect improved skills in conducting effective role calls and de-briefs increasing officer's ability to effectively handle critical situations.

 

Leadership is critical to the success of law enforcement, corrections and security professionals. This course will cover the most fundamental aspects of leadership for first line supervisors, while providing useful tools and concepts valuable to even the most experienced patrol sergeants and supervisors. This class is primarily lecture format with some break-out group activities in support of the above learning objectives.​

 

 

Dynamic Encounters

 

Officers need less lethal, empty hand, options when confronted by violent subjects at close range.  These reality based survival techniques were specifically developed with that purpose in mind.  This course will focus primarily on leverage based active countermeasures and self-defense by means of hard empty hand techniques. The purpose of this course material is meant to subdue extremely combative subjects when other options would not be practical. 

Topics covered will include empty hand strikes using hands, elbows, knees, and feet, takedowns, weapon retention, and survival mindset. Students should be prepared for a wide range of sustained, moderate to high intensity, physical activity throughout the course. Upon completion of this course officers will be capable of appropriately reacting to assaultive subjects at extreme close quarters. Officers will achieve an increased confidence to react reasonably and effectively while under these circumstances.

 

 

Female Arrest and Control Tactics

 

This course teaches officers proven skills for overcoming size and/or strength differences through the use of simple, easy to learn techniques. Our training methodology is time tested and specifically tailored for female or smaller statured officers. Officers of all sizes, regardless of their existing skill-set, will learn how to use fundamental elements such as leverage, body position, and timing to gain control of resistant and assaultive suspects.

Course objectives include but are not limited to:

  • Enhance subject compliance with the use of verbal de-escalation and soft-empty hand techniques

  • Appropriately react to an assaultive subject at close quarters

  • Develop skills in handcuffing and controlling resistant subjects

  • Perform multiple-officer and single-officer takedowns on resistant subjects

  • The foundation of this course is built on empty-hand control techniques while integrating a holistic approach to the use of all force options. The principles taught in this course are not only easy to learn and effective, but also compliment tactics officers may already be using. 

An attack cannot always be avoided, so don’t rely solely on situational awareness or unrealistic technique to stay safe on the streets.

 

 

Foundation Instructor Trainer

This course is geared towards new or existing use of force instructors. Attending officers will be certified in baton (expandable or straight), OC Spray, and handcuffing, as well as soft empty hand techniques.

The foundation of an effective defensive tactics program is solid curriculum and competent instructors. Our comprehensive system utilizes modern training methodologies and fundamental, easy to learn techniques. Officers attending this course will learn the most proven, essential, and innovative procedures for arrest and control.

 

Regardless of existing skill level, officers will become proficient in the application of effective force and enhance their abilities to react to all levels of subject resistance. This training will provide considerations for all typical force option tools to include Taser, ASP baton, and less lethal force platforms. The core elements taught in this course such as leverage, body position, and timing are compatible with all other defensive tactics and use of force related systems. But, learning to efficiently gain control of resistant and assaultive subjects is only part of the process.

 

This course will also focus on building effective communicators, trainers and mentors of law enforcement professionals. Conventional methods of instruction have been shown to produce a 20% rate of retention. Our innovative, student focused training methods, result in a retention rate of up to 80%. This program maximizes information transfer from the classroom to real world application for trainers and the professionals they teach. Finally, this course will provide a robust curriculum that can be tailored to individual and organizational needs and fielded in virtually any law enforcement, security, or similar organization.

 

Course objectives include but are not limited to:

  • Enhance subject compliance with the use of verbal de-escalation and soft-empty hand techniques

  • Appropriately react to an assaultive subject at close quarters

  • Develop skills in handcuffing and controlling resistant subjects

  • Perform multiple-officer and single-officer takedowns on resistant subjects

  • Incorporate force tools and how to transition to the most effective force options

  • Enhance your organization’s existing training through the utilization of student centered, adult learning principles

The foundation of this course is built on empty-hand control techniques while integrating a holistic approach to the use of all force options. The principles taught in this course are not only easy to learn and effective, but also compliment tactics officers may already be using. An attack cannot always be avoided, so don’t rely solely on situational awareness or unrealistic technique to stay safe on the streets.

 

 

Firearms Instructor Course

During this 5-day course, students will learn the fundamentals of firearms instruction. This course will provide the most effective techniques for handgun and rifle operation. Additionally, students will learn repeatable strategies for instruction that those officers can bring back to their agencies.

 

This course will include fundamentals and elements of shooting, lesson plans, the SAFE (sight alignment by feel exercise) series, and techniques for effectively teaching others. Topics will include loading and unloading, drawing from a duty holster and re-holstering, tactical ready positions, various types of reloads, clearing malfunctions, one-handed shooting with weapon and reaction hand, transitions from rifle to pistol, positional shooting, weapons maintenance, and equipment selection for multiple weapon systems.

 

This small group environment will include instruction by demonstration, lecture and coaching, as well as live fire drills and a qualification live fire exercise. Students will conduct teach backs, learn to run the firing line, and give a brief presentation during the course.

 

 

Ground Control Tactics

Officers must have the confidence and knowledge to control a force encounter wherever it may go. Statistically, officer response to an assaultive subject is most likely to involve a ground escape or control position, rather than standing positions alone. Learn practical methods to control a dynamic event and turn the tide of the encounter against an aggressive subject. These reality-based techniques were specifically developed by law enforcement officers to suit the needs of police, security, and corrections professionals. This course will enable officers to control combative subjects when reasonable, and skillfully avoid grounded encounters when it is not.

 

The focus of this course is on active countermeasures gained through a functional understanding of timing, leverage, and distance management. These skills are a necessary base for officers who seek improved self-defense and subject control by means of empty hand technique.

 

Topics covered will include gross motor techniques which allow a smaller officer to gain advantage of a larger and more aggressive subject.  These techniques are modified from the popular martial art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and specially tuned for law enforcement application.

Course objectives include but are not limited to:

  • Develop skills in utilizing the elements of timing, leverage and distance management

  • Learn to gain positions of advantage against a fully resistant subject

  • Learn gross motor techniques to escape from an attacker

  • Manage breathing and energy output under physical stress

  • Improve functional strength and flexibility

Students should be prepared for a wide range of sustained, moderate to high intensity physical activity throughout the course.  Upon completion, officers will be capable of appropriately reacting to assaultive subjects at extreme close quarters.

 

 

Officer Physical Training and Individual Nutrition

A spin-off of the popular OWN-IT course, this training is a great way to broaden your understanding of physical fitness and nutrition. This course encourages a culture of healthy behaviors and provides customized tools for officers to take their physical fitness into their own hands. This journey is aimed at improving the quality of life and productivity of the men and women serving our communities. We achieve this goal by taking a methodical approach to physical training and nutrition.

 

Officers can “opt in” to better health in an interactive training environment that address the needs of each individual. Whether you are solely seeking self-improvement, or hope to be a catalyst of positive change for an entire organization, this course will provide the tools you need to reach those goals.

 

This training is an excellent resource that organizations can use to begin the difficult and challenging conversations regarding overall personal health and wellbeing. When officers are able to improve their own health, they are inevitably more resilient to the physical, mental and emotional side effects of a career in law enforcement and similar professions.

 

Positive change starts with you. It’s time to OPT-IN!

 

 

Officer Wellness & Nutrition Individual Training

 

Law enforcement agencies must recognize the link between physical fitness, mental health and the overall well-being of their officers.  We can improve the quality of life and productivity of the men and women serving our communities by taking a proactive approach to officer wellness. This training encourages a culture of help-seeking behaviors and provides customized tools for officers to take wellness into their own hands.

 

Officers can take ownership of their overall well-being by focusing on the 4 pillars of health: Good Nutrition, Exercise, Mental Wellness, and Sleep. These topics are explored in an interactive training environment that address the needs of each individual. Whether you are solely seeking self-improvement, or hope to be a catalyst of positive influence for an entire organization, this course will provide the tools you need to reach those goals.

 

This training is an excellent resource that organizations can use to begin the difficult and challenging conversations regarding mental health. When officers are able to improve their own health, they are inevitably more resilient to the mental and emotional side effects of a career in law enforcement.

 

Positive change starts with you.  It’s time to OWN-IT!

 

 

Red Dot Sight, Pistol Instructor Course

This instructor level course will provide the student with a comprehensive understanding of the MRDS system, associated equipment, policy/admin proposal process, MRDS specific shooter diagnostic/correction and LE specific applications.

 

Students will participate in a variety of dry/live fire skill building and shooter diagnostic drills to deepen their understanding of the system. Upon course completion the instructor will have the foundation of knowledge necessary to establish and facilitate a MRDS program at their agency. It is strongly recommended that students are already firearms instructors.

 

Topics Covered:

  • Intro to the MRDS system

  • Optic/equipment selection for LE use

  • Care, maintenance and installation of the MRDS system

  • Administration proposal and policy development process

  • Practical shooting fundamentals applied to the MRDS

  • Dry fire programming for skill development

  • Zeroing process and procedures

  • Dot acquisition/re-acquisition

  • Recoil management

  • Target transitions

  • Support hand/strong hand only

  • MRDS specific malfunctions

  • Positional shooting and MRDS challenges

  • Shooting on the move with MRDS

  • Low-light MRDS techniques with both handheld and weapon mounted lights

 

Equipment:

  • RDS Equipped handgun and holster with at least 3 magazines

  • Duty belt and gear (belt mounted magazine pouch)

  • 1000 rounds of handgun ammunition

  • Handheld flashlight

  • Weapon mounted light (optional)

  • Ear and eye protection

  • Spare batteries for lights and optics carried

  • Lens pen/microfiber cloth/cat crap to clean optic as needed

  • Note taking materials

 

 

Report Writing

STORM Training Group presents Report Writing for Law Enforcement. This course is designed specifically for law enforcement and security professionals who seek improved report writing skills. Students who complete this course should expect improved confidence in their report writing skills and an enhanced understanding of the vital information to be included in a police report.

 

Report writing is crucial to the success of law enforcement and security professionals. This course will cover report writing from the perspective of the officer, the supervisor, and the public occupying the jury box. Topics to be covered will include use of force, report construction, information gathering, and the positive and negative outcomes of a well written versus a poorly written report. The format of this class will consist of lecture as well as break-out group activities.

 

 

Rifle and Pistol Refresher

This course is a two-day intensive review which focuses on the fundamentals of shooting and accurate shot placement. It reinforces the implementation of successful hits at the speed necessary to achieve effective target neutralization. This course is designed for officers that are authorized to use a patrol rifle in their agency and have received introductory training on the weapon platform. It is applicable for officers of all skill levels and all officers will leave with an improved understanding of the patrol rifle and its benefits.

 

The course objectives are aimed at rapid skill improvement on pistol and patrol rifle. Instruction will cover shooting fundamentals for rifle beginning in various ready positions and focus on building repeatable presentation of the pistol from the holster. This course will help all shooters improve their abilities and refresh their fundamental skills.

This class promotes a low stress learning environment that is fun and will build fundamental skills. It is a great opportunity to network with other shooters and learn while having fun.

 

 

Search and Seizure

Search and seizure for patrol operations: an exploration of the 4th and 5th amendments as they apply to the patrol officer.

 

Class will also include in-depth discussion on qualified immunity as well as recent binding court cases that apply to police officers.

 

This course will explore the following concepts from the perspective of a patrol officer:

  • Exploration of what is a search and what is a seizure

  • The difference between reasonable suspicion and probable cause, and the legal standard required to meet each standard

  • Discussion on Terry v. Ohio, and how it pertains to detentions and pat searches for weapons

  • Warrantless searches and seizures

  • Warrantless entry of dwellings

  • The standard of proof required to obtain a warrant

  • When Miranda applies, and what is considered an “in custody” as well as what is considered an “interrogating” question

 

 

Tactical Team Concepts Instructor

This instructor level course will focus on arrest and control techniques specific to S.W.A.T.  and tactical team applications. This program has been adapted from the U.S. Army’s Tactical Combatives Course (MACP, USACS) and modified for law enforcement tactical entry teams to provide basic fundamentals in controlling resistant or aggressive suspects. This system has been implemented by the Saint Paul Police S.W.A.T. Team and many other S.W.A.T./Tactical Teams throughout the region.

The principles taught in this course are easy to learn and effective regardless of the actions taken by the subject. This system can be integrated into existing tactics and trains officers to seamlessly transition to appropriate levels of force in a dynamic and fluid environment. The skills taught in this course will keep officers safe, while providing the knowledge and physical tools to apply reasonable and lawful levels of force during operations in a tactical environment.

Course objectives include but are not limited to:

  • Establish standard operating procedures for addressing unarmed, assaultive subjects during tactical operations

  • Perform single-officer and multiple-officer takedowns on a resistant subject

  • Develop skills in controlling and restraining combative subjects

  • React to a fully resistant subject at close quarters

  • Integrate arrest and control tactics during dynamic room clearing procedures

 

Agencies are encouraged to send at least two officers to this course to enhance the team component of this training.

 

 

Team Arrest and Control Tactics

 

As law enforcement officers we rarely respond to a dangerous incident without the aid of backup. So why do we so frequently operate as individuals when controlling an aggressive suspect? This course will teach specific, easy to learn methods for two or more officers to safely control fully assaultive suspects. These are time tested and proven techniques for keeping officers safe. This system is also effective at mitigating the use of higher levels of force which can lead to unnecessary injury, emotional stress and civil liability.

This course can easily be integrated with other tactics or systems. These physical skills are grounded in basic human kinetics with a focus on effective subject control. The secret of the success of our methods come through universal application. This allows officers to learn a minimal number of techniques, but have an ability to apply them under a wide array of circumstances. Officers attending this course can expect to develop improved ability to control dangerous suspects regardless of their existing skill set.

Course objectives include but are not limited to:

  • Enhance subject compliance with the use of verbal de-escalation and soft-empty hand techniques

  • Appropriately react to an assaultive subject at close quarters

  • Develop skills in handcuffing and controlling resistant subjects

  • Perform multiple-officer and single-officer takedowns on resistant subjects

 

The foundation of this course is built on empty-hand control techniques while integrating a holistic approach to the use of all force options. The principles taught in this course are not only easy to learn and effective, but also compliment tactics officers may already be using.

 

 

Warrant Writing Basics

Drafting and executing search warrants can seem like a complicated and intimidating task, but it doesn't have to be.  Successfully obtaining a warrant to obtain evidence of a crime undoubtedly leads to an increased likelihood of conviction.  This course will help students simplify this task into a streamlined step-by-step process.

 

During this training, students will:

  • Develop confidence to quickly and efficiently draft a variety of search warrants that may be necessary for patrol and basic investigations

  • Learn to establish probable cause and a nexus between suspects, crimes, and locations to be searched

  • Learn how to overcome common obstacles and avoid common mistakes

  • Participate in practical exercises to provide hands-on experience drafting a warrant and utilizing the eCharging system

  • Students will also receive resources including multiple templates, warrant verbiage, and checklists to streamline the warrant-writing process

 

This course has been developed by current investigators with decades of total investigative experience, including homicide, narcotics, property crimes, and gang investigations. The developers have worked on several federal investigative task forces and have drafted and executed hundreds of search warrants for structures, vehicles, trackers, electronic data, phone pings, and more.