2019 class listing and descriptions to be posted soon!


2018 Class Listings

“The Science of Odor and Effective Imprinting and Training with EDD’s” by: Dr. David Adebimpe, DSc, PhD, CChem (Scentlogix)


“Situational Threat Assessment & The History of the IED” by: Ryan Anderson (Domestic Interdiction Group)

This Situational Threat Assessment portion will cover what is actually is threat assessment, why it is important, and facilitate discussion on tactics behind threat assessment.  Secondly, a brief story about the history of the IED, its components, emplacement strategy, and other tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs).

“Survival Tactics for the Undercover Officer: Restraint Defeat, SERE, and CQC” by: Tzviel “BK” Blankchtein and Yossi Purec (Masada Tactical)

This course is beneficial to both undercover and uniformed officers. This class, divided into two blocks of tactical instruction, is designed to fill the gap between the trudgen’s tactical/operational needs of the officer and the theory of UC work.  The tactical instruction class will prepare you to deal with the consequences of an operation “going south”. Block 1: Defensive Tactics in a confined environment, such as a vehicle, when space and force escalation options are limited.  Includes scenario-based drills. Block 2: SERE (Survival, Escape, Resistance, and Evasion) when compromised, including defeating restraints abduction attempts.

“Combat Mindset and Critical Thinking” by: Chris “CJ” Caracci (Former US Navy SEAL)

You have to control the mind. What are the limitations of the mind? There are none. The mind controls the body. The better shape your body is in, the less tasked your body will be. Conditioning of your body is so you can transport your mind. Emotions – anger and fear – watch for these. Confidence. Confidence is gained through training and experience. If you have no experience, you better have good training. How can the body influence the mind? Pain. Injury. Fatigue. Drive body into the ground, when you are at your worst you still have plenty left. Here, you learn that your mind controls your body. Oxygen deprivation. Working at the limits of breath. Drowning stories. Again, this is all about controlling your mind. You have to crush the mind of the enemy. F**king with someone’s mind—you can do it all the time. Mental awareness must start with you—not your environment. Become aware of yourself within the environment. The environment becomes color. Otherwise, it is black and white. Do not think; feel – a finger pointing to the moon. Be aware of all of it, all the time. You have to know if your tactic is right, you have to believe in it, but it must make sense. Chris will help you figure all this out.

“The Normalization of Risk in EDD Handling” by : David Dorn (K-9 STAC)

“Normalization of risk”, a common human tendency, which is to become desensitized to the risk around us and subconsciously accept high levels of risk as being normal after continuously repeating the behavior without negative consequences. This class will help those handlers who are currently working or considering working an Explosive Detection Dog better understand the specific trainings, practices and utilization that can mean the difference between success and failure in the real world of Explosive Detection and to carefully reevaluate the risks we accept as normal or mundane and build on them.

“Robotic Breaching & SWAT/EOD Interoperability” by: Christopher Ennis (Delaware State Police EOD Team Commander)

This tactical instruction class will cover the construction of energetic charges to be utilized in conjunction with robotic platforms for remote breaching purposes.  Topics will include: placement and initiation techniques, different ways that robots can be used during SWAT operations, and lessons learned from real-world operations. Additionally, Chris will cover the proper method of building his invention, the Ennis Fire Hose Charge, for maximum effect.  

“Terms, Data, and Concepts Every Explosives Detection Canine Handler Should Know” by: Kevin Good (Battelle)

This classroom tactical instruction is geared towards equipping bomb dog handles with practical and essential data-based information.  Topics to be covered include: basic explosives chemistry and knowledge, threat material detection challenges and pitfalls, and key elements of successful and rigorous canine assessments.  

“Comprehensive IED Electronics” by: Jeff Jennings (Improvised Electronics)

This classroom and practical exercise course utilizes a mobile training team to deliver a curriculum based on Insurgent’s improvised explosive device tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTP). The students will design, construct, and understand the maintenance procedures for IED training aids. The tactical instruction course will provide information that will assist a training unit on establishing aggressor practices for force on force training. This curriculum is taught from the insurgent perspective, and focuses on targeting US and Coalition Forces.

“Scent Detection Procurement” by: Jason Johnson (Project K9 Hero)

An in depth course that covers how to properly evaluate a K9’s drive, environmental confidence/socialabilty using a 100 point scoring process, and conduct a proper medical screening. Also, Jason will cover how to choose the right K9 in any discipline of scent detection based on needs off the department or specific mission.

“Obedience to Odor” by: Kenneth Licklider (Vohne Liche Kennels)

This tactical instruction class will take handlers deeper into why detection dogs do what they do. Ken will delve into what “drives” are and how they are utilized. The term obedient to odor refers to the dog understanding that odor drives the reward, not the handler. This fast-paced tactical instruction class will cover everything from odor imprintation, to reward, to search patterns and the why behind each of these components of detection dog training. Not only is this class highly entertaining, but most of all, it is highly informative.

“Insight Into ISIS Weaponry and IED’s” by: George McKerrow (MAC7 Training)

The tactical instruction workshop will give you a unique opportunity to hear from an EOD operator who has seen firsthand the aftermath of cities and villages that had been under ISIS control in Iraq. We will discuss new tactics, techniques and procedures that ISIS has used to great effect. You will also get to see replica devices that ISIS used on the battlefield. This interactive session will provide participants with a fundamental approach to understanding the threats posed by ISIS, Islamic militant groups, and followers inspired by their actions. Interaction with examples of realistic IEDs is key to understanding the fundamental approach to device construction and methodology. This tactical instruction workshop provides insight into the birth, global reach, tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) they have adopted. You will leave the workshop with a much greater understanding of ISIS and why the US state department labelled them the greatest threat to global peace that we have seen this century. Topics include: IED construction, mass-scale weapon manufacturing, ISIS specific devices and emplacement, and UAV, VBIED and emerging threats.

“Introduction to Homemade Explosive Formulations” by: Ryan Morris (Tripwire Operations Group)

The growing weapon of choice for criminals and terrorists throughout the world are improvised (homemade) explosives and improvised explosive devices (IED). More than ever before, first responders are increasingly more likely to encounter this type of hazard while performing routine operations. This tactical training course provides the basic, yet critical information needed to stay safe, while remaining effective. Students will learn to identify common improvised explosives, chemical precursors and the equipment used in the illicit manufacture of improvised explosives; the hazards associated with precursors and manufacturing; and safe operating procedures.

“Training and Operational Use of Radio Guided Canine Camera Systems” by: Pat Nolan (Tactical Directional Canine Systems)

This tactical instruction course will cover combing radio guidance with canine camera feeds for standoff surveillance, remote detection and the delivery and recovery of robots and sensors in tactical operations.

“From the Battlefield to Springfield: Lessons from an Explosives Detection Dog Handler & Trainer” by: Ben Shaffer (USPCA)

Sgt. Ben Shaffer (USMC-Ret) will share his expertise and experiences in training and deploying military and civilian law enforcement explosive detection dogs. He will review topics such as: The Mission(s), Reverse Engineering the Issue, Target Materials Used, Creating Better Scenario-Based Training, and K-9 Deployment Issues – Battlefield to the Street.

“Defensive Tactics V: Handgun & Edged Weapons – Retention & Disarm” by: Ted Simpson (International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors)

There is no theory here. This has been utilized in true life-threatening situations and is not Hollywood. The course consists of three phases: Body mechanics for retention and disarm, Dealing with Firearms, and a commutation of phases 1 and 2 which introduces the idea that you won’t always be fighting on a mat but sometimes in real-life settings and close quarters (against a wall, inside a car, around fences and curbs). The system was developed to simplify training and movements to use instinctual reactions and body mechanics in relation to weapon retention and disarm.

“Decoy Skills for K9 Maintenance and Scenario-Based Training” by: Ted Summers & Eric Stanbro (Torchlight K9)

The course will cover the proper equipment, skills, planning and maintenance needs of patrol and SWAT/SORT K9 teams.  It will also cover the proper planning and implementation of scenario based training necessary for patrol and SWAT teams.