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Instructors have been updated for 2015. All of the instructors were selected not just by their resumes but by their experiences that qualify what they will teach. They donate their time to be part of this symposium.

Jamie Borden Course:
Deadly Force & Human Dynamics

Jamie, a police officer since 1997, is a master firearms instructor, field training officer, undercover narcotics detective, and now the lead training officer in the Use of Force Training and Analysis Unit. By the end of 2013, Jamie had logged over 1500 hours of instruction time for the department, specializing in Use of Force related topics and for the past three years has been responsible for the Administrative Investigations related to Critical Incidents and Use of Force Reviews for his department.

Jamie was certified as a “Force Science Analyst” in August of 2011 and was subsequently tasked with a high profile Use of Force case for his department. With a successful outcome on that case, and with continued support from his department, Jamie continued to pursue studies in the field of “Force Science” with Dr. William Lewinski of the “Force Science Institute". In collaboration with the Force Science institute, Jamie was involved in developing the “Advanced Force Science Specialist” Certification completing over 400 hours of focused study with an approximate total of 600 hours with Dr. William Lewinski and the Force Science Institute, currently holding the only certification of its kind world wide. Jamie is now part of the Force Science Staff as a consultant an instructor and presenter.

Jamie will talk about how lessons learned from a critical incident(s) affect the officer, an investigation, policy and training.



Jeff Chudwin

Police Use of Deadly Force / Legal and Tactical Considerations

Jeff Chudwin served 38 years and retired as the Chief of Police for the Village of Olympia Fields IL. He has been a law enforcement officer since 1974 and continues as a sworn officer with the Peotone IL Police Department. He served as an Assistant States Attorney for both Will and Cook Counties IL. Chief Chudwin is a founding member and serves as president of the Illinois Tactical Officers Association (ITOA).
He is a founding member and for ten years served as cochairman of the statewide law enforcement mutual aid system / the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System (ILEAS) Region 4 of Cook, DuPage and Lake Counties. In addition he acted as co-chairman of the terrorism /emergency preparedness committees of the South Cook County Suburban Chiefs of Police Association and the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association.

Since 1978, Chief Chudwin has provided training to police officers and agencies on legal and practical issues of police use of force, tactical firearms training and employment, and officer survival at conferences throughout the country. For over thirty years, he has worked on the development of policies and practices related to police use of force, officer involved shootings, and has represented agencies and officers involved in high-level use of force incidents. He is the executive editor of the ITOA Journal and has authored numerous articles for law enforcement publications on the issues of police use of force, firearms and tactics, and SWAT and patrol functions.

Chief Chudwin deployed as a member of the ILEAS Task Force Illinois in response to the Hurricane Katrina EMAC request by the State of Louisiana in September 2005.

This course of instruction focuses on police use of deadly force and the training / mindset that prepares officers and agencies for lawful and justifiable actions on the street and in the aftermath of events. Through the use of case studies and video of violent incidents, class participants will view force issues from both the legal, policy, and tactical perspectives. The materials and discussion have application to officers of all ranks and experience.

Alex Collins
The Will To Survive (Debrief)

Alex joined the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department in 2007. He graduated from the academy, served time at the Glen Helen Rehabilitation Center and was eventually stationed in Big Bear. Alex's two older brothers are also on the department which helped lead him into a career in law enforcement.

In February of 2012 Alex was critically injured in the shootout that ended the manhunt for Christopher Dorner. In the shootout, Alex was shot four times in the face, arm, chest, and leg. After about a month in the hospital, 20 surgeries, and physical therapy, Alex returned to work full duty just seven months after the shooting. Alex is currently a Detective working in Intelligence. Alex will tell the story about the days leading up to the end of the manhunt as well as the day of and moments before the shooting. He will talk about how his Will to Survive instincts kicked in and how he vowed to keep on fighting. He will talk about his survival, rehabilitation and determination to get back to work.


George Creamer

1) Boyle Heights Hostage Rescue (Debrief)
2) Pico Rivera Hostage Rescue (Debrief)

George has been a deputy sheriff for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for twenty-six years. His units of assignment include custody division, patrol and narcotics. He has been assigned to the Special Weapons Team for the past fourteen years. George regularly handles and trains in all facets of SWAT to include: warrant service, barricaded subjects, hostage rescue, active shooter, armored vehicle tactics, firearms, explosive breaching and canine/swat integration.

George is the Principal owner of Integrated Tactical Concepts, LLC (www.integratedtacticalconcepts.com). This is a mobile training team offering the most up to date tactical training to law enforcement and military personnel around the world. George can be reached at: George@itctraining1.com. George is forty-six years old, enjoys attending and coaching his boys in sports, bow hunting, fishing, camping, bicycle touring and bike packing.

George was involved in both of the incidents he will debrief that ended in shootings.


Brad Davis
Jeff T

1) al Qaeda Child Trafficking Cell-Hostage Rescue (Debrief)
2) Application of Counter Terrorism - Methods and Tactics for US Law Enforcement

Brad and Jeff will present a multimedia talk about combating al Qaeda in Iraq and will debrief a rescue that took place in Kirkuk, Iraq during the height of the war. Lessons learned from this mission will be used to demonstrate how counter terrorism methods and tactics can be applied by Law Enforcement against criminal cells in the U.S. The methods include leveraging technology, collaborating with partners, relentless pursuit of the enemy and unprecedented precision.

Brad Davis has an extensive background in the intelligence, security, and defense sectors. He is currently a leader at Forensic Logic and was formerly a manager at Monitor 360, where he advised members of the US intelligence community on the use and integration of large data sets to locate persons of interest. Brad also served as an intelligence officer in the US Navy, leading a number of signals intelligence efforts in multiple deployments during Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. Brad holds an AB with high honors from Dartmouth College, an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School, and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

Jeff T, Executive Director of Guardian Group's Pursuit Campaign, is a Counter Terrorism (CT) and Counter Insurgency Expert with over 22 years of Military Service in US Army Special Operations. His combat experience includes Operation Just Cause in Panama, Operation Desert Storm in Iraq and multiple tours in Afghanistan and Iraq during the Global War on Terror. Jeff has served as a CT Adviser to the USASOC Commanding General and the United States Security Coordinator (USSC) in Israel. His awards include five bronze stars for distinguished service and a silver star.

Forensic Logic (http://www.forensiclogic.com/)-  Forensic Logic bridges the gap between the ever-expanding universe of law enforcement information and those who can apply that information to stop crime. Their mission is to build a comprehensive, robust, and accessible network of relevant data to serve any organization that seeks to reduce or defend against criminal activity.

The Guardian Group (http://theguardiangroup.us/)- The Guardian Group works with partners in law enforcement, prosecution, victim services, and the service industry, to identify, report, and track those engaged in child sex trafficking. The Guardian Group provides the necessary professional-grade instruction and training as well as intelligence analysis and assistance developing warrant and prosecution packets for law enforcement agencies. Pursuit is the proactive arm of Guardian Group comprised of former SOF professionals that work with law enforcement to illuminate, disrupt, prosecute and relentlessly pursue child sex traffickers in the US.

David Tanner Course:
Tactical Decision Matrix based on Named Mission

Special Agent David Tanner has been with the FBI'S Hostage Rescue Team for the past 13 years. During this time SA Tanner has served as both an Assaulter and Sniper and has filled leadership positions as an Assistant Team Leader, Team Leader and Senior Team Leader.

In this lecture, Dave will discuss the named mission (arrest operation vs hostage rescue operation), the risk to the force we are willing to assume for each and how the named mission should dictate our planning and tactics. His discussion will include case studies from recent arrest, hybrid arrest and hostage rescue operations.


Stacy Lim

Even If the Odds Are Against You, It May Not Be Your Time, So Don't Quit! (Debrief)

Sergeant Stacy F. Lim has 27 years with the Los Angeles Police Department and is currently the Officer-In-Charge of In-Service Tactics. She teaches Use of Force, Tactics, critical thinking and Will to Survive mindset. She has designed a 4-day POST certified Tactics Course which is available for all LAPD patrol officers. Its purpose is to update officers’ in field tactics and the articulation of use of force.

Stacy will debrief her incident and discuss lessons learned and mental toughness. She openly shares her experience with a deadly encounter in hopes of helping, even one to survive.
Stacy was awarded the LAPD Medal of Valor and LAPD Purple Heart. Additionally, she was named the American Police Hall of Fame’s Officer of the Year in 1992. She has given numerous presentations across the United States and in Australia. She continues to share her survival story in hopes to inspire others to never give up.


Ron McCarthy

Officer Survival: Counter Ambush Tactics 2015

Ron McCarthy is a trainer for the Safariland Training Group and provides instructor training for SWAT and Patrol less lethal and tactical options. Rod served as a Los Angeles police officer for 24 years. He was assigned to the Department's Tacticl Unit, Metro Division, for 20 years and retired from SWAT as the senior supervisor and assistant commander in 1984. Ron served as the Chief of Tactical Operations for the US Department of Energy from 1984-1986. He was the Director of the Deadly Force Training Grants for the US Department of Justice and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) from 1986-1992 and served as Manager of IACP's Center for Advanced Police Studies from 1988-1992.

In 1993, Ron serverd as a member of the view team at the request of the US Department of Justice regarding the WACO-Branch Davidian Confrontation with ATF and FBI. He testified before the US Congress on behalf of the agencies involved. In 2006, Ron served as a review member and tactical expert regarding the FBI's confrontation with a major terrorist in Puerto Rico. He has conducted format reviews of critical incidents for Portland, OR, the State of GA, Albuquerque, NM, Tulsa, OK, New York City, and Cobb County, GA, to name a few. Ron is qualified in federal and state courts as an expert witness in police tactics, field operations, SWAT and use of force.

Ron was awarded the LAPD Medal of Valor for action against the Symbionese Army in 1975, and the Police Star for the rescue of hostages in 1983. He was presented with the National Tactical Officers Association Award for Excellence in 1990, the All-American Hero Award for his service to law enforcement throughout the US in 1995, the National Tactical Officers Association's Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996 and the California Association of Tactical Officers Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006.

In the lecture, Ron will talk about tactics and technology that help officers recongnize an ambush, and how to defend against one to win.


Ed Mohn

High Risk Law Enforcement Operations and the Tactical Patrol Officers Training Initiative

Commander Edward Mohn has been a police officer for 26 years. For 19 of those years he served with the Northern Illinois Police Alarm Systems Emergency Services Team (NIPAS EST), the largest multi-jurisdictional SWAT team in the United States; providing SWAT services to 69 communities in 5 counties around Chicago. Prior to his law enforcement career, Cmdr. Mohn spent 6 years in the 16th Infantry Regiment. As the NIPAS Entry Team Leader, Cmdr. Mohn lead his team in over 400 barricade / hostage situations and numerous high risk warrant service missions, including the 1st deployment of "Task Force Illinois" to New Orleans Louisiana after the Hurricane Katrina disaster in 2005. Cmdr. Mohn teaches a wide variety of SWAT and High Risk Law Enforcement Operation (HR-LEO) programs. He is the Vice President of the Illinois Tactical Officers Association and lead instructor / statewide coordinator for the ITOA's Active Threat / MACTAC / Tactical Patrol Officer programs.

His presentation will include discussions about the emerging threat; lessons learned during his teams multiple OIS situations and an outline of the ITOA’s Tactical Patrol Officer training initiative and certification program that has been adopted by numerous state organizations.


Clay Othic

Sniper Integration – Planning and Employment Considerations during SWAT Operations

Clay Othic has over 24 years of combined service in the military, law enforcement, and as a tactics instructor. He began his military service with the 75th Ranger Regiment and participated in Operation Gothic Serpent, the operation that was later immortalized in the movie “Black Hawk Down.” His military time also includes 10 years as an operational member of a Special Missions Unit with the United States Army Special Operations Command. During this period Clay was heavily deployed in combat roles to both Iraq and Afghanistan, his last deployment being in 2012 where he served as a Reconnaissance Team Leader. Clay also was a law enforcement officer for 8 years, a firearms instructor at FLETC—Glynco, and for the last two years has been a tactics instructor with D-Co, Leaders and Training LLC. He has attended extensive training and is the recipient of 3 Purple Hearts and multiple awards for valor.

Clay will use his knowledge and experience in both military and law enforcement operations to educate and assist both leadership and snipers. His focus is two-fold; first, encouraging snipers to demonstrate their capabilities and employment in non-traditional roles and, second, educating leaders in how to properly plan and integrate snipers within the SWAT element. He pulls heavily from actual operational situations, especially concerning “practical application vs. theory.” Attendees will leave reconsidering the role of today’s modern sniper.

Jonas Polson Course:
Transition Performance

Jonas Polson served in the US Army from 1999 to 2013. Fist duty assignment was with Alpha Company, 1st Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment from 2000-2005. He served in various ranks and positions as Rifleman, M203 Gunner, M249 Gunner, Fire Team Leader, and Squad Leader. In 2005, Jonas attended John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School. Upon graduation in 2007, he was assigned to 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) as a Special Forces Engineer Sergeant. From 2007 to 2013, Jonas operated in positions as the Senior Engineer Sergeant, SFOD-A Operations Sergeant, Cell Leader for USAFRICOM Commanders In-Extremist Force (CIF), and Assault Troop Master Breacher. During the development and stand up phase of the new CIF company, Jonas advised and developed the Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures to support future contingency operations related to Hostage Rescue, WMD Procurement, Counter-Terrorism, COIN, and PSD Operations of US dignitaries. The training programs being used today includes; Advanced CQB, Precision Shooting Range Training Programs, and high/low visibility vehicle operations. His deployments, campaigns, and operations include 7 combat deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Jonas will discuss Transition Performance that teaches the officer how to develop transition training practices and lesson plans for his/her department. One differentiator of this course is the presentation of precise applications and techniques that have been combat tested around the work by our team of instructors who are Special Operations Forces (SOF) veterans. The end stat is an officer that is confident in controlling his/her carbine and pistol.


Gene Ramirez

What do Body Worn Cameras and Social Media Accounts have to do with the Militarization of Law Enforcement?

Eugene P. Ramirez, a founding member of the firm, Manning & Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez, Trester LLP, Attorneys at Law, graduated from Whittier College School of Law (J.D., 1987), where he was Notes & Comments Editor of the Law Review, a member of the Moot Court Honors Board and President of the Student Bar Association.  At Whittier, he received an award as the Best Oral Advocate and the Outstanding Moot Court Graduate Award.  He received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from California State University, Long Beach (B.A., 1983), where he minored in Criminal Justice & Public Policy. Before joining the firm, Mr. Ramirez worked as a Deputy District Attorney for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, where he conducted numerous misdemeanor and felony jury trials, including murder trials. He has also worked as a reserve police officer for the Whittier Police Department and the Monterey Park Police Department. He serves as an advisor to several public entities on the issues of use of force, canine and SWAT issues and policies and procedures.  He has provided training to thousands of police officers and supervisors, from around the country and Canada, over the past 20 years. Mr. Ramirez regularly speaks to Chiefs of Police Organizations on liability and supervision issues. He also addresses supervisors of all ranks on how to recognize risk management issues. Mr. Ramirez is an instructor on liability issues for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Basic SWAT School.  He is also an instructor for the California Association of Tactical Officers (CATO) and for the National Tactical Officers’ Association (NTOA).  He was a member of the State Attorney General’s Blue Ribbon SWAT Committee and he was a member of POST’s Executive Advisory Committee for SWAT Teams. He was a member of the LAPD Board of Inquiry, which examined LAPD SWAT operations. He is an approved California POST instructor.
Mr. Ramirez was profiled in the April 2003, California Lawyer Magazine, for his work in defending law enforcement.  He was honored with the 2004 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs (ALADS).  He has been named as a 2005-2011, 2014 Super Lawyer for Southern California.  He was also named to the distinguished American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), in 2005, an award only bestowed upon proven trial attorneys. Mr. Ramirez is also an Associate Fellow in the Litigation  Counsel of America.             He was selected as the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department’s Trial Lawyer of the Year in 1993 and, 2006, by two different Sheriffs.  He was selected as the 2009 Alumni Attorney of the Year for Whittier School of Law.  He has been selected twice as one of the Top 25 Municipal Attorneys in California by the Daily Journal.  Mr. Ramirez has been awarded Certificates of Appreciation from the United States Army Special Operations Command (Fort Bragg, North Carolina) and from the United States Secret Service.



Frank Rodriguez

The Rise and Fall of an Iraqi Warlord (Debrief)

Frank A. Rodriguez currently serves as a Deputy Sheriff in North Carolina as the Special Response Team (SRT) Commander, he is a retired Infantry Officer who was assigned to the United States Army Special Operations Command, Ft. Bragg, NC. As the SRT Commander, he has executed approximately 100 high-risk captures including barricaded subjects, Search Warrants and Vehicle Interdictions. Frank Rodriguez has had four tours in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM Afghanistan, one tour in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM and one tour in support of Operation NEW DAWN. He has earned five Bronze Star medals; 2 with Valor for his actions in combat and has also been awarded the Ranger Tab, Combat Infantry Badge, Master-Jump-Master Badge, Military Free Fall parachutist badge, Combat Diver badge, and is a Draper Leadership Award Recipient.

As the President of Imperium Acer, he applies Counter Insurgency and Counter Terrorism expertise towards the application of Law Enforcement targeting and Operational Planning. Imperium Acer fuses overseas and American community challenges into a template methodology intended to increase economy of force and effectiveness. Imperium Acer also focuses on Leadership development for every level of command; understanding the ingredients of effective leadership.

In his lecture, Frank will talk about the Iraq Counterinsurgency (COIN) Operation discussing kinetic and non-kinetic engagements as well as highlighting the ingredients for success: preparation, vision, discipline, training and leadership.
Read ahead items available:
-Article “Rise and Fall of an Iraqi Warlord”
-Gen Bolger’s Book “Why We Lost”

Peter Segreti

Course: Tubular Assaults

Peter has 28 years of law enforcement experience, including fifteen years of extensive tactical field experience conducting high risk operations for The New York City Police Department Emergency Service Unit. Pete was a primary instructor for the Emergency Service Unit for 10 years. He developed numerous training programs that included Advanced Firearms Training, Active Shooter, Downed Officer – Civilian Rescue, Hostage Rescue, Tubular assaults, Dignitary protection, Counter Assault Team tactics, CQB training, Advanced Sniper training , Tactical operations in a CBNRE environment and basic SWAT training. He is a NYSDCJS certified Firearms and general topics instructor and holds many other certifications. He has participated in the creation of the New York State DCJS SWAT and SNIPER training standards. Pete was also assigned to the FBI Joint Terrorist Task Force and conducted operations in the NY field office. Pete instructs for Louisiana State University sponsored Department of Homeland Security classes, Active shooter and Tactical Operations in a WMD Environment. He is an Instructor and member of the National Tactical Officers Association.

This class will encompass a detailed overview of tubular type assaults. Liner assaults present unique challenges. Tactical considerations for commuter buses, city type and school buses will be covered. A variety of trains and planes will be discussed. Internal and external movements will be diagramed and explained during the lecture. Command and control, timing, breaching and use of armored vehicles to deliver teams will be explained. Post assault procedures, hostage handling and evacuations will be discussed in this class. The student will gain a working knowledge of tubular assaults and requirements to effectively solve this tactical problem.


Dan Stepleton
Critical Incidents While Working Undercover Operations (Debrief)

Dan Stepleton started his career in law enforcement in 1985 as a Trooper for the Iowa State Patrol. In 1989 he was promoted to Special Agent for the Division of Narcotics Enforcement. Dan spent the first twenty years of his career working Narcotics in East Central Iowa. In 2013 Dan was promoted to Special Agent in Charge of Zone #4 in East Central Iowa.
Dan has been a part of the clandestine laboratory Emergency Response Team since 1996 and has worked and conducted tactical entries on over 400 meth labs. He has worked undercover over 1000 times in the past 26 years and participated in well over 1000 search warrants in his career.

Dan talks about working undercover during two critical incidents which occurred in 2003 and 2012 while working in an undercover capacity. The 2012 incident was a planned robbery which ended in the shooting of two subjects. Dan will talk about mistakes made during the UC process and the aftermath of the shooting and administrative investigation.


Rob Trivino
Tactical Lessons Learned

Robert Trivino is retired from a long career in the United States Army. During his time on active duty he was assigned to various units including the 18th Airborne Corps Headquarters and the 75th Ranger Regiment; he spent the majority of his time in service assigned as an operational member of a United States Army Special Missions Unit under the United States Army Special Operations Command. Rob has extensive peacetime and wartime leadership and tactical experience, leading small teams up to platoon size and larger elements in combat at the ground tactical level. He has deployed on multiple combat missions to the Balkans, Afghanistan, and Iraq and has served as a Sniper Team Leader, Operations Sergeant Major, and both Assault and Sniper Element Sergeants Major. His final assignment before retirement afforded him the opportunity to work at higher levels, including interaction with Pentagon staff members. In January of 2012 Rob created Evergreen Mountain, LLC, a training entity specializing in all aspects of conflict and leadership.

Rob Trivino will share his most significant lessons learned during operations in Iraq combating terrorists. These lessons learned will encompass the entire spectrum of operations to include mission planning and preparation, movement to the targeted area, actions on target (specifically tactics), and post assault. Rob will cover how team tactics changed primarily due to tactical lessons learned and the loss of teammates' lives while conducting urban combat, commonly known as CQB. He will also discuss how his unit's assault philosophy evolved to incorporate more tactical choices and tools. The vast majority of these lessons learned can be applied to and integrated with the law enforcement community’s response to critical incidents. The purpose of this curriculum is to inform and expand the knowledge base with the hope that these lessons shared will one day save lives of the first responders protecting those they serve on American soil.

Brett Titus Course:
SWAT's Most Overlooked Tool-K9

Brett started his career in law enforcement in 1993 with the Denver Police Department. In 1999, he was assigned to the full-time METRO SWAT/K9 Unit where he continues to work today. With well over 1000 deployments his training comes from experience not theory.

Brett breaks down almost every aspect of the K9/SWAT world. From beginning of K9 selection to deploying with a team this presentation will benefit all patrol K9 teams, SWAT operators and all levels of supervision.

With a properly selected and trained K9 team everyone becomes safer. There is reason why Brett's team has coined the phrase, "Paws Before Boots".





Kathleen D. Vonk

Designing Functional Fitness Sessions for Tactical Teams

Kathleen Vonk has been a police officer since 1988. She retired from the Ann Arbor Police Department in Michigan, and is currently with the Nevada Highway Patrol. She designed and implemented the Public Safety Wellness Instructor Course for the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards, for which she is a subject matter expert, consultant and instructor-trainer. She is the Fitness Chairperson for the National Tactical Officer's Association, and the column editor for the National Strength and Conditioning Association's Tactical Strength and Conditioning program. She is a part-time faculty member of the Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor Michigan and has been the primary fitness instructor for the WCC Police Academy since 2001. She is an adjunct instructor for Team One Network teaching officer survival skills courses, and has taught survival and pistol courses for Heckler & Koch International Training Division (H&K). She is a certified firearms instructor, H&K Pistol Instructor, RedMan Simulation Training Instructor, Simunition Supervisor, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, Health Promotion Director and Certified Physical Fitness Specialist by the Cooper Institute, and is a field training officer for her agency. Since 1993 she has been a certified Police Cyclist and Police Cyclist Instructor-Trainer by the International Police Mountain Bike Association, and a certified League Cyclist Instructor by the League of American Bicyclists. In 2004 she consulted with and wrote the "Model Policy" and "Concepts and Issues" publication for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), which is still being disseminated by the IACP today. Kathy has published numerous articles in many national and international publications regarding police cycling, officer survival, firearms and tactics, fitness, and police performance under stress.

This lecture will cover how to use a mixture of SWAT gear and fitness equipment to design hands-on fitness sessions for tac teams.


Chad Zentner

OIS-2 Snipers and an Explosive Breach (Debrief)

Chad Zentner is a 19 year veteran with the Seattle Police Department currently assigned to their full-time SWAT team. The last 4 years with the team he has been as one of their snipers. Chad is also one of their departments firearms, less lethal, and tactics instructors.

Officer Zentner will be discussing his OIS that occurred during an 8-hr standoff with an armed barricaded mental suspect in July of 2013.


John Zuniga

Trends Policing The SW Border: What You Need To Know

Officer John V. Zuniga has over 16 years with the Nogales Police Department in Nogales, Arizona. During his career with the Nogales Police, he has had the opportunity to be assigned to several divisions within his department; to include Bike Patrol, D.A.R.E, Special Response Team and the K-9 Unit. In 2008, he was assigned to the K-9 Unit, where he served as an interdiction officer to the Southern Arizona Anti-Money laundering Unit. Officer Zuniga has had the opportunities to work alongside with local, state and federal drug interdiction units; to include D.E.A, I.C.E , High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force and the United States Border Patrol D.I.S.R.U.P.T. Anti-Human Smuggling Unit. Officer Zuniga currently over sees the K9 Unit and some of his daily duties and areas of responsibilities is policing one of the nation's largest drug corridors along the U.S./Mexico International border.

Officer Zuniga will talk about the latest trends and tactics that are being used by different drug trafficking organizations. He will address the different packaging methods and indicators that are commonly used to deceive Law Enforcement. Officer Zuniga will also share his experience from a Patrol perspective and what you need to know to better prepare yourself for the war on drugs.

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