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2022 Conference Courses
(Updated Daily)


C. Taylor Bracken
R.A.N.T. Strategies

K9 Medical Operator

16-Hour Class

The R.A.N.T. Strategies, K-9 Medical Operator Course is a 16-hour complete K-9 medic course. The course will utilize a combination of classroom lecture, hands-on practical exercises, and scenario-based training. The K-9 Medical Operator program provides handlers, paramedics, EMTs, tactical medics and other K-9 support members with the medical skills needed to prevent and treat injuries and illnesses in working dogs. Mastery of these skills requires extensive specialized emergency medical services training in the tactical environment. This is accomplished by teaching human medical practitioners how to transfer their existing medical skills to the canine patient using both live dogs and K9 training manikins for invasive, advanced procedures.

Equipment needed:

K-9 partner (if feasible), Clothing appropriate for practical scenarios, note taking material


Chris Mandigma & Kenny Bigbee Jr.
Survival Edge Tactical Systems

Survival Edge Tactical Systems

8-Hour Class

Most Law Enforcement officers carry at least one knife on their person when or even off-duty. This also holds true for many Concealed Firearms Permit holders. In addition to the variety of utility functions a knife can perform, many carry a knife with the intent to use it as a last-ditch survival weapon, or weapon retention tool. Unlike other weapons that armed professionals and responsible citizens carry, most do not train in tactics for carry, deployment and defensive use a knife.


This is course will cover at minimum: - Tactics for achieving dominant angles - Weapon grips, and manipulations - Counter-offensive and defensive knife angles and templates - Skill-building drills for close and medium ranges - Weapon retention tactics and drills


If requested by the ISOA, attending officers can receive a Certificate of Completion.

Equipment needed:

Duty belt / kit with Blue training gun; training knife; no live weapons


Dana Vilander & Evan Vilander
Vanad Training and Consulting

Small Team Rural Tactics

16-Hour Class

Rural Tactical movement skills differ from standard building entry techniques. This course is designed to provide swat teams with tactics and techniques when searching for or pursuing suspects on foot in open rural or rugged terrain, or conducting a warrant service in a remote location. The normal course covers day and lowlight for movement, land navigation, tactics and techniques. This class will only occur in day time. Topics- Mission planning Medical planning P.A.C.E. (Primary, Alternate, Contingency, Emergency planning) Land Navigation Essentials Team Movement and tactics Equipment Communications

Equipment needed:

Duty uniform to include all tactical gear (helmet, vest/plate carrier etc) and weapons (can be blue guns) Small backpack to carry water and supplies Boonie hat Note taking materials


Pistol Mounted Optic Instructor

16-Hour Class

The Pistol Mounted Optics (Red Dot Sight) Instructor course is two days (16 hrs) in length and focuses on developing Instructor skills necessary for transitioning personnel from traditional iron sights to the pistol mounted electronic optics – Red Dot Sights. Like all Defense Technology™ Training Academy firearms courses, it is designed to enhance the student’s abilities to create, present and conduct safe and relevant firearms training for personnel in their departments. COURSE OVERVIEW Through discussions and practical range drills, students attending the Safariland Pistol Optics Instructor Course will be exposed to the latest “Red Dot” training techniques. This course emphasizes the following topics: • Proper pistol draw to allow rapid sight acquisition • Traditional v. suppressor height back up iron sights • Comparison and contrast of available pistol optics • Optic mounting considerations

Equipment needed:

Required Equipment Eye and ear protection Pistol with a mounted electronic optic – Red Dot Sight An RDS holster compatible to the students pistol/optic 3 magazines with pouches Appropriate clothing for range and weather Estimated 1,000 rounds of pistol ammunition. Ear and eye protection.

Instructor Bio

Michael Warren

Command Presence Training

Leading Without Rank

8-Hour Class

The belief that officers must have rank to be considered leaders is a myth that has hindered our profession for too long. Traditional leadership programs have focused on those who have already been promoted, but what about those who haven’t? Some of the most effective leaders don’t have brass on their collars or stripes on their sleeves. Leading Without Rank was designed to inspire officers to seek out leadership opportunities within organizations and provide the skills and motivation to influence behaviors of those around them and influence the culture of their organization. We will focus on: The differences between authority vs. influence Inward Mindset vs. Outward Mindset Planning for personal and professional development How intentional effort leads to leadership success Leading yourself and taking ownership of your actions The art of unconditional respect

Equipment needed:

Pen and paper


Derek Stephens

Rally Point Training Consulting

The Tactical O.O.D.A. Loop: Training & Survival

8-Hour Class

This course is an 8 hour classroom version of our hit O.O.D.A. Loop based Officer Survival seminar that has been specially crafted for the Indiana SWAT Officers Association. The Tactical O.O.D.A. Loop focuses on your most important and versatile tactical tool in your officer survival arsenal, your brain. Don't be fooled into thinking that the O.O.D.A. Loop is just a catch phrase, a proper understanding is vital for successful training and it's the foundation for officer survival. This course provides updated officer survival and mindset information associated with felonious assaults on our nation's law enforcement officers with a in depth focus on understanding and properly utilizing the O.O.D.A. Loop and long term memory encoding for proper performance and survival. Learn how to gain important physical and mental advantages over your adversary while understanding how your adversary may be trying to use your O.O.D.A. Loop against you. Learn key information on how to properly encode those hard earned life saving skills for an automatic response under stress while avoiding the pitfalls that lead to mental training scars that can easily lead to catastrophic failure. Additional information includes lessons learned from critical incidents, what it's like to be shot and more.

Equipment needed:

Pen and paper


Jonas Polson

Tactical Options

Vehicle Threat and Maneuver Course

16-Hour Class

Tactical Options Vehicle Threat and Maneuver Course is a 16-hour training program designed to enhance a Law Enforcement Officer capability to execute when faced with an immediate threat in a vehicles confined space, exiting, to movement of alternate vehicle positions. Skillsets and motor skills are enhanced in series of progressive stages for the individual to understand necessary methods to rapidly move in, out, and around vehicles while engaging their weapon systems, effectively clear unknowns while utilizing cover to their advantage, apply split second decisions on placement of shots to either reduce / eliminate threats to determining routes of maneuvers. Officers will develop critical base line principles and procedural flows on employing individual to multi-officer maneuvers with communication skills and contingency considerations. Methods, principles, fundamentals and procedures taught have been proven worldwide in urban environments with high-risk due to the surrounding threat variable. This 2-day training program and course objectives includes: - Expeditionary Mindset and Threat Follow Through Actions - Equipment Vehicle Set Up, Mission Essential Equipment SOP Development, and Employment Techniques - Vehicle Engagement Methodologies - Weapon Transition, Magazine Changes / Tac-Mag Reloads Weapon Dynamic Safe Handling Techniques - Barricade / Vehicle Shooting Positions and Engagement Methods: Rollover Prone, Bend-Over Prone, Kneeling, Crouching, Confined Space Fundamental Application - Multiple Target Acquisition and Threat Reduction Methods - Ballistic Impacts on Glass and Vehicle Body Penetration Familiarization: Offensive vs Defensive - Engagement Methods on High Percentage vs Low Percentage Targets - Vehicular Engagement Maneuvers and Counter-Engagement Techniques - Single, Two Man, 4 Man Maneuver Drills and Procedural Flows - Weapons Malfunctions Drills, Clearance Procedures, and Threat Reduction Follow- Through - 3-Dimensional Threat Criteria and Problem Solving - Deliberate and Methodical Vehicle / Dead Space Clearance Procedures vs Hasty Maneuvers: Individual to Multi-Officer - Precision Fire and Maneuver TTPs and Communication Techniques: Individual / Collective Duties and Responsibilities - Care Under Fire and Casualty Movement (Limited) - Focal Cognitive Drills The Vehicle Threat and Maneuver Course is a intermediate to advanced course due to live fire iterations. All phases of live fires are progressive on the building blocks and each officer will be assessed on their capability to participate in each progressive block. Officers attending are expected in advance to be experienced in their weapons handling skills and weapons must be zeroed prior to arrival. There will be a short block to check zero and work weapon manipulation mechanics safely.

Equipment needed:

Required Equipment: - Functioning Carbine System with Sling - Functioning Pistol - Clear Ballistic Wrap Around Eye Protection (Oakley M-Frames or Similar are Most Recommended) - Body Armor with Plates, TacVest, Department Shooter's Kit - Hearing Protection (Electronic Noise Cancelling Most Recommended) - Carbine Belt and Pistol Magazine Carrier (Must Be Able to Hold Minimum of Two Pistol Magazines and One Carbine Magazine) - Carbine Magazine Chest Rig, Armor Carrier (Optional) - Pistol Holster: Drop Leg, OWB, or Chest Rig (Must have Retention System) (SERPA HOLSTERS NOT ALLOWED) - 5 Functional Carbine and 5 Functional Pistol Magazines - Spare Batteries on Mounted Optics for Either or Both Pistol and Carbine (Recommend Spare Batteries are Brought. None Will Be Provided) - Weapon Lubricant and Cleaning Kit - Folding or Camping Chair (Optional) - Water and Snacks - Weather Gear (Check weather) - Motivation and Determination


Ammunition: 600 Carbine Rounds 300 Pistol Rounds

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Sam Todd

Black Cloud Operations

Liberty Dynamic Enhanced Diversionary Device Training Class

Instructor Level  Training In a one-day (6+ hr.) training session to certify law enforcement personnel in the purchase, possession, requirements, reloading, deployment, render safer procedures, storage, liability, shipping, and maintenance of the Enhanced Diversionary Device (E.D.D.) 


Training  within the training hours of instruction, the student will demonstrate knowledge of the enhanced diversionary device purchase, possession, requirements, reloading, deployment, render safe procedures, storage, liability, shipping, and maintenance processes by scoring 80% or higher on the written exam.

0 1    History

0 2    Nomenclature

0 3    Science

0 4    BATFE Regulations

0 5    Function and Safety Procedures

0 6    Reloading Procedures

0 7    Legal Terminology

0 8    Care and Maintenance

0 9    Familiarization Training


Equipment needed:

Eye and ear protection, full kit, gloves.

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Walter Martin

Norse Tactical

Introduction to Norse Structure Clearance Methods and Close Quarters Tactics - 8 Hour Course:

An introduction into the Norse principles-based system of conducting structure clearances and close quarters tactics. This course will introduce officers to a system that provides proven and tested principles for conducting structure clearances allowing for the individual officer to work as a thinking asset to the team regardless of number of personnel. The tactics provide officers the ability to control and mitigate threats during clearance operations within environments that range from permissive to non-permissive. 

Equipment needed:

SWAT/Duty/Training uniform, Full Kit (Body Armor), Duty rig with pistol w/light, Rifle w/light.


Mike Rogers & Kyle Miller

Skyfire Consulting

Introduction to Drones as SWAT Tool , 8-Hour Course:

This 8-hour course includes an overview of how drones (UAS) can be leveraged as a tactical tool. The first portion of the day will cover topics such as: understanding regulatory framework for flying as a public agency, aerodynamics and UAS components, flight modes and lighting and basic UAS tactics. The last half of the course will include hands-on flight training including basic UAS maneuvers such as camera and stick controls, RTH parameter setting, coordinated flight. The day will conclude with an outdoor to indoor search scenario involving breach and entry methods, operating from a protected environment, locating target inside structures and battery optimization tactics. Course is best suited for beginner drone pilots.

Equipment needed:

Pen, paper, or other note taking instruments


John Benner and Forrest Sonewald

The Tactical Defense Institute

Law Enforcement Knife Defense Instructor , 8-Hour Course:

This course presents officers with skills they need to effectively utilize a folding or fixed blade knife as a defensive tool to repel a lethal force attack. Contrary to most knife programs, this class is designed to address the realistic situations students are likely to face. The course introduces simple, effective movements that are easy to learn, court defensible and work well under stress. Topics covered include: knife selection, carry locations, legal issues, rapid deployment techniques, responses to life threatening physical assaults, knife techniques for handgun retention and dealing with multiple attackers. The course utilizes a combination of live cutting drills and force-on-force scenarios using training knives to ensure that students gain a high level of proficiency.


Equipment needed:

Clothing Requirements: Please wear loose fitting clothing. You MUST wear pants or shorts that have BELT-LOOPS and POCKETS. This is necessary for realistic training for the equipment that you carry. I.E. You carry a folding knife on the street so you need to practice deploying it from a pocket in training.


High Threat Response Model Overview

Fishers Police Department

High Threat Response Model Overview , 8-Hour Course:

This course will include 3.5 hours of classroom instruction followed by practical exercises to reinforce the system. Participants will be provided with products to take back to their agency. The High Threat Response Model was developed after Indianapolis suburban public safety agencies realized the need to synchronize public safety efforts during large scale incidents such an Active Assailant Incident (AAI) or hostile Mass Casualty Incident (MCI). This standardized response model was developed under the belief that few municipalities in the state can contain and address a large-scale hostile event without integrating adjacent jurisdictions. Using nationally recognized best practices and available After-Action Reports of real-world incidents we continue to evolve and address the dynamic threats that continue to plague our country. The High Threat Response Model has been forged into an adaptable, modular, and scalable public safety response model that is compatible with any active shooter tactics already in place at your agency (ALERRT, ALICE, etc.) The High Threat Response model is founded in NIMS/ICS doctrine but customized to the assets and resources of any agency and their surrounding municipalities. The framework is easily adapted to any public safety agency within the state, regardless of size.

Equipment needed:

Notepad and pen/pencil

8-Hour Classes (Saturday)

6-Hour Classes (Saturday - Sunday)

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Adam Dennis

Safariland Training Group

Correctional Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.) Basic Instructor Course, 16-Hour Class:

Designed for operators and on-scene supervisors, this exciting program teaches
students how to operate in a high-risk correctional environment and handle unruly,
belligerent and dangerous inmates. It teaches tactics designed for a successful
outcome and prepares students to become instructors in those tactics.

Course topics include: team configuration Training and selection, Less lethal options available to CERT Teams,  Cell extractions, small and large room clearing and Hostage Rescue as well as large area disturbance control .

Equipment needed:

Ear Pro eye Pro gloves, Tactical kits worn for entry operations. Training red or blue guns (long guns and pistol).

2-Hour Classes (Saturday)

2-Hour Classes (Sunday)

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