“10 Steps to K9 Integration” provides a road map to assist tactical teams currently incorporating police service dogs into their operations on a part-time basis or contemplating doing so in the near future by presenting ten steps to achieve successful program implementation. The presentation will offer recommendations to consider as a step-by-step process to assist decision making from “initial considerations to integrate” through deployment planning to include a few of these topics; Team Commitment, Admin Support, Selection Process, Equipment, Orientation, and Training. The instructor is Sergeant Bill Lewis II (Retired) who is a former K9 handler and K9 supervisor and served on SWAT for over 25 years to include 18 years as a Team Leader. Sergeant Lewis directly supervised the training, integration and deployments of his K9 teams with SWAT and has served as an instructor for the integration process for the past 19 years.
Speaker: Bill Lewis
Sergeant Bill Lewis II (Retired) has over 40 years of law enforcement and instructor experience, retiring from the Oxnard (CA) Police Department after serving over 27 years. He was a K9 handler, K9 supervisor, and served on SWAT for over 25 years as a tactical operator and Team Leader. He is an expert K9 witness, published author, certifying official for CNCA/CA POST, Board Member for the California Narcotic Canine Association (CNCA), and former Director for the California Association of Tactical Officers (CATO). Sergeant Lewis is the owner of Training and Consulting Team, LLC (“TAC Team”) and serves as the primary facilitator for TacticalK9USA.com.
Tactical Surveillance Teams, the Vehicle Containment
This 4-hour course will serve as an introduction to three tactical surveillance concepts. More specifically, the instructors will briefly discuss the personnel, equipment, and training necessary to establish a tactical surveillance element in your agency. Second, they will discuss the deployment of the Vehicle Containment Technique (VCT) using undercover surveillance vehicles including the criteria to deploy, the build-up to the actual event, as well as several variations of the VCT. Finally, the instructors will discuss the Vehicle Rescue, a Hostage Rescue Technique (HRT) on a vehicle using plain clothes operators under exigent circumstances.
Speaker 1: Corbin Rheault
Detective III Corbin Rheault is a 24 year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department. For the past 10 years he has served as a tactical surveillance officer in the Special Investigation Section (SIS) – 2 years as a supervisor and 8 years as an operator. At SIS, he serves as a field supervisor and a primary firearms and tactics instructor. Some of his prior assignments include patrol sergeant in Pacific Area, detective in Robbery-Homicide Division – Homicide Special Section, detective in Force Investigation Division (officer-involved shooting team), Newton Area CRASH (gang unit), and patrol in Southwest and Newton Areas. He is a CA POST certified handgun, shotgun, rifle, and force option simulator instructor and teaches vehicle blocking maneuvers and surveillance throughout the country.
Speaker 2: Rob Berke
Detective III Robb Berke is a 24 year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department. For the past 7 years he has served as a tactical surveillance officer in the Special Investigation Section (SIS) – 2 years as a supervisor and 5 years as an operator. At SIS, he serves as a field supervisor as well as the supervisor in charge of case selection and development. Some of his prior assignments include Officer-in-Charge of an FBI Safe Streets Task Force, patrol and specialized unit sergeant in Southwest Area, robbery and gang detective in Wilshire Area, gang officer in Central and Operations Central Bureau CRASH, and patrol in Southeast and Central Areas.
SWAT Team Audits
A Tactical Team independent audit is defined as an examination of practices, personnel, equipment, documents and other aspects by professionals from outside the agency. This two hour course will discuss in general terms the audit concept and provide generic examples from past Tactical Team audits. Such audits are conducted with the aim of ensuring proper operation while providing specific recommendations for improvement.
Leadership Lessons: Learned A Conversation with Sheriff John Turner
Leadership Lessons Learned; A Conversation with Sheriff John Turner is simply that; an informal conversation with recently retired Sheriff John Turner and the lessons he has learned over more than three decades of observation, trials, challenges, successes, and failures. John breaks down these leadership principles into bite sized pieces that can be easily digested, discussed, and applied to be a more effective leader at any level of an organization. Ours is a noble profession. Our communities and the men and women who serve them are worthy of ethical, effective leaders. This conversation, including the use of relevant videos, strives to impart empowering leadership principles to others so they may lead effectively from where they’re at.
Speaker: John Turner
John Turner began his law enforcement career in 1984 with the Manhattan Beach Police Department. Subsequently, he joined and is retired from the Los Angeles Police Department. John then served as an attorney whose sole practice was the representation of law enforcement, has been the managing partner of a small estate vineyard and winery project, and served in Iraq as a counter-terrorism investigator embedded within US Army combat units where he worked on anti-terrorism targeting and rule of law programs. John was elected in 2010 as the Sheriff of Walla Walla County in Washington State and served two terms before choosing to retire in December of 2018. While Sheriff, he also served as a Criminal Justice Training Commission state commissioner (Washington’s equivalent to Cal POST), and as an executive board member of the Washington Association of Sheriffs & Police Chiefs. Since June of 2018, John has taught as an FBI-LEEDA instructor teaching Supervisor Leadership, Command Leadership, Executive Leadership, and Internal Affairs/Use of Force/OIS investigations across the United States. John holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California, a Delinquency Control Institute graduate certificate from USC, and a Juris Doctorate degree from Southwestern University in Los Angeles. He also is an FBI/CJTC Pacific Northwest Command College graduate and an FBI-LEEDA Trilogy Award recipient. John is honored to serve POST Region 9 as its Senior Regional Consultant. His goal is to provide outstanding service and partnership in order for agencies to continually enhance their professionalism and safety so they may better serve their communities.
Walking the Narrow Road of Leadership
Today’s professional and personal responsibilities are likely some of the most demanding in history. We are working more hours, having less time with our family and friends and seem to live life at a pace that is often frantic and unfulfilling. Very few people seem to be able to make life work – and so live their life on the wide road of mediocrity. Personnel and staff complain about most of their supervisors being ineffective and inconsistent, yet these same individuals are promoted and get accused of the same things by their subordinates. Most personnel in the law enforcement agencies seem frustrated and often finish their careers with little or no satisfaction. Most managers spend their careers showing little consistency in demonstrating leadership skills – in spite of attending more leadership training programs than their predecessors. Unfortunately, their personal lives don’t seem to fare much better. Law Enforcement personnel and managers often end up divorced or if not, living a separate and often detached life from their spouse and children. Many are also out-of-shape, in debt, and bored on their off days and vacations. There is a better way – the narrow road of excellence. The focus of this program is to discuss what makes people fail to be effective, and what makes the small percentage fight this tendency towards mediocrity by making a difference in the workplace and their families. The primary focus of the program is to examine what makes some people “abnormal” in their ability to be effective in a workplace culture that seemingly is dominated by ineffectiveness.
Speaker: Jack Enter
Jack Enter has been associated with the field of criminal justice since 1972 when he began his career as a law enforcement officer. Since that time, he has worked as a street police officer, detective, vice/narcotics investigator, and as the administrator of a law enforcement agency in the suburbs of Atlanta. Jack obtained his Ph.D. in 1984 and has served as a professor and administrator in the university setting and served as one of the planners of the security component of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta. He has lectured throughout the United States and abroad. He published his first book: Challenging the Law Enforcement Organization: Proactive Leadership Strategies in 2006. Jack lives in Auburn, Georgia, with his wife Barbara. They have three adult children and seven grandchildren.
Lessons Learned from Modern Tactical Events
Winning an Armed Encounter
Technique and the Vehicle Rescue
Contemporary SWAT Liability Issues
Johnny Walker and Jason Tuschen, authors of “Code Name Johnny Walker”
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