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Wednesday May 8

Range Courses

LouAnn Hamblin & Beverly Price – LouKa Tactical 4 Hours PBSO Range Bay 1

** This class has been filled **

This class is designed for officers who may not have immediate access to a long gun while responding to an active killer and situations that require precision at greater distances, crowded and chaotic environments, engaging moving targets stationary and while moving as a sole respondent and with a partner. The training goals for the intended target audience are to:
  • Reduce liability in deadly force situations through challenging live fire training exercises relative to various work environments absent a shoulder mounted weapon.
  • Improve officer’s handgun skills with a challenging and safe training environment that allows them to explore their current abilities and to provide opportunities to improve performance.
Student Requirements: 200 rounds of pistol ammunition, full duty gear specific to job assignment, body armor, brimmed hat, ear protection, and wrap around shatter resistant eye protection, water or a hydration system and simple form of carbohydrate, proper dress for weather conditions.
Rickey Miller, St Charles LA & Kevin O’Rourke
4 Hours PBSO Range Bay 2

** Afternoon Class Full **

This course is designed to give firearms instructors a set of drills to take back to their firearms training program. Since the average gunfight follows the rule of 3 (3 yards, 3 shots, 3 seconds), these drills will focus first on marksmanship fundamentals and will build up to flash sight picture shooting. They are designed to increase your officer’s marksmanship and to ultimately test it and their weapon handling skills under time and pressure.

Training Goals:

  • Demonstrate close- range precision target engagement
  • Demonstrate the ability to engage multiple targets
  • Demonstrate the ability to seamlessly speed up or slow down shots depending on the target presented
  • Demonstrate proper weapons handling skills and manipulation of weapon while operating under pressure and time
  • Demonstrate proper weapon transition from one hand to another
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply the principle of “flash sight picture”

Student Requirements: Handgun with 3 magazines, duty belt with holster and magazine pouch or concealable style holster with spare magazine carrier, eye protection, ear protection, 300 rounds of ammunition.

Peter Tarley – Suffern Police Dept.
4 Hours PBSO Range Bay 3

Most law enforcement gunfights are dynamic. However, frequently academy based recruit firearms training and in-service firearms training is static.
The focus of this program is to train firearms instructors who primarily teach static skills to safely train dynamic skills.
The first hour or so is spent in the classroom discussing how and why training must be dynamic. Several static courses of fire will be reviewed and the class will modify these courses to dynamic courses of fire.
We will discuss why initial skill development is typically done with the shooter in a static position. Then we will show how to move these skills into dynamic skills as they are practiced. TEACH STATIC – PRACTICE DYNAMIC.
Then the use of cover will be explored including the fact that “COVER” is an object and an AREA. Teaching officers to quickly move to cover and properly use it at various distances.
Various static courses of fire presented by the attendees will be modified to dynamic courses of fire on the range.
Additional static courses of fire common to law enforcement training will be presented and shot as dynamic courses of fire.

Training Goals:

  • Each attendee will be able to evaluate present training & qualifications regarding DYNAMIC movement.
  • Each attendee will be able to modify STATIC courses of fire to DYNAMIC courses of fire.
    Each attendee will demonstrate DYNAMIC firearms skills.
  • Each attendee will demonstrate movement to cover.
  • Each attendee will demonstrate tactically appropriate use of cover.
  • Each attendee will be able to explain: Law of Primacy: This law states that the state of being first, often creates a strong, almost unshakable impression. For the instructors, this means that what they teach the first time must be correct. If a subject is incorrectly taught, it must be corrected.

Student Requirements: Handgun w/magazines or speedloaders, handgun 250 rounds, STATIC courses of fire currently being taught by yourself, notebook and pen or pencil.

Jason Lawson & Jeff Nolan – Blue Ridge Firearms, NC
4 Hours PBSO Range Bay 4 (Rogers)

** This class has been filled **

All law enforcement instructors will become more familiar with drawing and identifying their targets. Most encounters are within 7yds. So the entire course is 7 yds and closer. After leaving the course all instructors will have a better sense of shooting faster and more accurate then they thought they possibly could.

Training Goals:

  • Draw faster
  • Shoot faster
  • Become more familiar with duty holster retention
  • Get faster sight alignment and sight picture
  • Become faster with identifying targets and target acquisition
  • Become faster on magazine reloads

Student Requirements: Duty handgun, duty holster, 3 magazines that can hold at least 7 rounds of ammo, at least two magazine holders, minimum of 250 rounds of duty ammo or FMJ ammo, eye and ear protection, hat with bill on the front.

Romolo Ranallo – Vancouver Police Department 4 Hours PBSO Range Bay 5

** This class has been filled **

Every police agency has members who really struggle with with their annual pistol re-certification. It’s typically the same members every year and it not only frustrates the shooter, but the instructor as well because it takes time away from doing the REAL training. After years of teaching and watching thousands of members shoot, I have designed a remedial shooting program that has had a significant impact in reducing the number of remedial re-certification shooters by not only helping the shooter gain a better understanding of what is required to make accurate shots, but also providing instructors with teaching tips and drills. Ask any police officer what are the fundamentals of marksmanship are and virtually everyone will state: stance, grip, sight alignment, and trigger control. The reality is there are four (draw, position, hold, and follow through) additional fundamentals that are often over-looked or completely ignored. This four hour course will delve deep into ALL the fundamentals and how each contributes to the process of making accurate shots and thus decreasing the remedial shooters problem. Training Goals:
  • State the other FOUR fundamentals of marksmanship and explain its importance to shooting accurately.
  • Provide coaching tips and drills to help firearm instructors deal with remedial shooters in their respective departments.
  • Demonstrate increased proficiency with a duty pistol by passing a legislative standard course of fire.
Student Requirements: Handgun w/magazines or speedloaders, duty belt, handgun 300 rounds, handgun 10 inert training rounds, wrap-around eye protection, electronic ear protection, peaked cap. If shooting from a plain clothes holster you must have a suitable cover garment as you will be required to shoot from concealment.
Don Smith – Palm Bay Police Department
4 Hours Part 1 Range Classroom A, Part 2 Range Bay 6 Rifle

This course is designed to give the Instructor a basic working knowledge of how to set up & train Snipers in both Covert & Overt Overwatch in protection of Law Enforcement Officers & civilians during outside & inside special events & venues & how to work with outside Federal Agencies during these events.

Students will demonstrate a basic working knowledge of:

  • Covert & Overt Sniper Overwatch for the protection of Law Enforcement Officers & civilians during outside & inside special events & venues.
  • How to work with outside Federal Agencies during special events.
  • How to set up Covert & Overt sniper hides for both urban & rural environments.
  • How to zero their rifle from 6 yards to 600 yards including angle fire, point blank zero vs. sight adjustments.
  • First focal plane scopes vs. Second focal plane scopes
  • Bullet Drop Compensator scopes vs. Mil-dot scopes
  • Minute vs. Mil-rad scopes
  • Test & Evaluation of the Ruger Precision Rifle in .308 cal.
  • Grid mapping venues for location, identification & ground support communication.

Students may participate with either a Precision Sniper Rifle or a scoped AR-15, 5.56MM type rifle to learn the basic concepts of this course. Scoped Ruger Precision Rifles in .308 will be supplied but students will have to supply their own .308 ammo.

Student Requirements: Precision rifle w/scope, 60 rounds of .308 ammo. or 60 rounds of .223/5.56MM, eye & ear protection, notebook & pen. A limited number of Ruger Precision Rifles (.308 caliber) will be provided by Ruger Inc. Contact us to reserve a rifle.

Indoor Courses

David Brancato – Team One Network
8 Hours Embassy Suites – Bronze Room

Benelli M Series armorers course is designed for LE / Military personnel who are responsible for Benelli shotgun preventative maintenance, checks and service (PMCS). Each course is structured to provide the student with the practical understanding of advanced features that make the Benelli shotguns unique. Topics that will be covered are: Nomenclature, Operator Use, Cycle of Function, Field and Armorer Stripping, Care and Cleaning, Troubleshooting, Preventative & Corrective Maintenance.

The Students will identify specific parts, demonstrate their skills in disassembly and assembly of the Benelli M Series shotguns and be able to properly maintain Benelli M Series shotguns to manufactures specifications.

Student Requirements: None.

Jonathon Bissett – Glock Inc.
8 Hours Embassy Suites – Embassy Room

This course provides instruction on field stripping, disassembly, reassembly, cycle of operation, inspection and troubleshooting procedures for GLOCK pistols. Upon completion of this eight hour course the participant will receive a three year armorer certification from GLOCK Professional.

Student Requirements: Bring safety glasses.

Brandon Wright – S&W
8 Hours Embassy Suites Plaza I

This course will cover routine maintenance, care, detailed disassembly, and parts replacement for the M&P (Gen 1). Students who complete this course will be certified for 3 years.

Student Requirements: None.

Alex and Daniel Cobb
4 Hours PBSO Training Division, 4215 Cherry Rd, WPB, Classroom A

This course will provide agency trainers with video material and information to use at roll call training, in service training as well as skill building range drills and information.

Use in-car video, historical case studies and information to cover Officer Survival thought provoking situations trainers may use in department training. The classroom setting will involve a video presentation which will be made available to all participants, provided they bring their own flash drives.

Student Requirements: Flashdrive.

Greg Bettis – Holly Springs Police Dept
4 Hours PBSO Training Division, 4215 Cherry Rd, WPB, Classroom B

Hard Lessons for LE Provide the student/instructor a fresh perspective on reviewing components of his deadly force material with a goal of removing encumbrances to successful presentation, and allowing the free-thinking required to present a gunfight winning solutions based program.

A presentation and discussion for instructors about the myths and realities of the Newhall, CA and Miami, FL shootouts and their effects on contemporary law enforcement tactics and training. Recent research into these events highlights new conclusions that debunk theories that have shaped many trainers core principles.

Hard Lessons serves as an encouragement to LE deadly force instructors and serves to motivate honest discussion about why and how they teach this critical topic.

Our profession needs trainers who will passionately serve to build the guardians of tomorrow and to help them understand the importance of their commitment. These same guardians will help protect our families after we are gone. As an LE instructor, that process begins with an honest evaluation of our programs to determine if we are creating problems solvers, or just problems.

Somewhere, an officer has paid a great price. The hard lessons were earned by them, and should be learned by us.

Student Requirements: None.

Lon Bartel – VirTra
4 Hours PBSO Training Division, 4215 Cherry Rd, Classroom C

There are many decision-making models within the current literature. They can be daunting for students and some trainers to navigate. One model comes from “The Happiness Hypothesis” by Dr. Johnathan Haidt. The “Elephant and the Elephant Rider” metaphor will be used to help explain best practices in Simulated Event Training. This is a range of training (digital media simulation, force on force, etc). Effective programs must steer clear of unintended training scars. We will speak to maximize the training and time to train the Elephant for times of stress effectively.

This course will inform attendees on the critical components to effective Simulated Event Training. Students will be provided multiple methods to adjust cognitive load to enhance schema formation and long term transfer. The use of stress modulation to create best practices for students will also be discussed.

Students will be able to identify current training methods that are compromising performance decision making of officer under stress. They will learn how to avoid and overcome these dangers and implement the techniques in any training environment.

Student Requirements: None.

Robert Tirollo – Lee County Sheriff’s Office
8 Hours PBSO Training Division, 4215 Cherry Rd, WPB Classroom D

The rationale behind creating this course was based upon the need for law enforcement officers to be certified to train civilians in their respective jurisdictions. The objective of this course is to certify instructors in civilian active shooter response so they can teach civilians what to do while waiting for law enforcement to arrive on scene.

This course will cover situational awareness, mental preparedness, history of active shooter events, psychological and physiological effects of a violent encounter, training mistakes, proper training, active shooter statistics, history, the origin of traditional lock-down and its intended purpose, U.S. Dept. of Education and Homeland Security federal guidelines, fundamentals of blood control, and a comprehensive breakdown on the current federal guidelines. The training will also involve interactive demonstrations, scenario based training drills, and the student will be required to instruct during a portion of the training.

Training goals:

  • The student will have an understanding of awareness and mental preparedness.
  • The student will have an understanding of the psychological and physiological effects of a violent encounter.
  • The student will have an understanding of the origin of traditional lock-down and its intended purpose.
  • The student will have an understanding of active shooter history and response.
  • The student will have an understanding of the fundamentals of blood control.
  • The student will have an understanding of evacuating by non-conventional means if necessary.
  • The student will have an understanding of how to barricade a variety of doors using environmental items.
  • The student will have an understanding of the concept of counter and how to use it.
  • The student will have an understanding of the federal guidelines in place for active shooter response.
  • The student will demonstrate an understanding of during scenario based training.
  • The student will have an understanding of adult education and will demonstrate by teaching a portion of the material back to the class.

Student Requirements: None.