Conference Dates: October 15-18, 2019
Conference Location:
Oxford Civic Center
Oxford, AL

The Conference is open to all current ATOA members.
Check with the ATOA Secretary for your membership status: aanglin@uapd.ua.edu

Who can attend the Vendor Show and Presentations?

Non-ATOA members can attend the Vendor Show this includes LE, EMS, Military and Security Professionals in uniform or displaying credentials at no charge.

Non-ATOA members LE & EMS can attend presentations on 15OCT at no charge. Certain presentations may have additional restrictions.

Who can register for the training blocks on Wednesday and Thursday?

Wednesday and Thursday training blocks are restricted to Regular ATOA Members. Associate members may register and attend training blocks with special permission of the Executive Board and the Training Block Instructor.

Remember: Annual dues and the conference registration fees are separate payments.

Individual Membership—$30
Regular membership is open to any LE Officer with arrest powers in the jurisdiction he works in. Regular membership is also open to SWAT Medic- medics that provide direct medical support to a tactical unit.

Team Membership—$20 per member, regardless of team size
Team memberships are intended for SWAT or Tactical Teams.

***Team Membership must have individual contact information and a primary point of contact***

Associate Membership—$40 

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION

The Vendor Show on 15OCT is open to all uniformed or credentialed LE or FD personnel. Free of charge. Tell your friends and co-workers.

Training slot availability is noted in the description. The most updated source of slot info is on the registration form. It automatically shuts down when all slots are filled.

IF YOU NEED TO MAKE CHANGES TO YOUR REGISTRATION, DO NOT RE-REGISTER. Send an email to cavcurt@aol.com (using your registration confirmation email) outlining what you signed up for and what you want to change it to. We will make changes, if possible.

Training Blocks- 2019 blocks will be offered in 8-hour classes and 16-hour courses.

Tuesday Presentations (Times to be announced)

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION:

October 1st Las Vegas Mass Shooting (Restricted to LE & EMS)

Billy Marx, Vegas SWAT (Retired)

Back From Lunch: A Counter-Ambush Response

Les Hines, University of West Alabama PD/17th District DA’s Office

APOSTC Firearms Instructor Development Course Update

Matt McCullars, Director, NE Alabama Law Enforcement Academy

APOSTC Tactical Operator Course Program Update

CPT Randy Vaughn, Director, APOSTC LE Academy- Tuscaloosa

 

16 Hour Courses- Wednesday-Thursday Courses

C1- Injured Shooter Course

Centrifuge Training- Chase Jenkins

Students will learn to employ the handgun and carbine while problem solving different simulated injuries. Improvised aide, TQ application and evacuation are worked through then performed on demand under stress. Communication, teamwork, movement, accelerated manipulations and task vs. priority all play a major role in this course. This is NOT a basic or beginners’ course and is physically demanding; please come prepared.

Individual Equipment List:

  • Handgun with at least 3 magazines (5 if single stack) and magazine pouch.
  • Holster must attach via the belt (paddle holsters are not allowed). Holsters must provide an active or passive retention device and be able to keep the holster in place while running or moving in and out of awkward positions.
  • Carbine with sling. A minimum of 3 magazines and a method to secure them is required. Carbine needs to be zeroed prior to class.
  • 500 rounds handgun / 500 rounds carbine 
  • CAT or SOF T TQ on your person is mandatory an IFAK is recommended.
  • Cleaning kit and gun lube.
  • Eye protection and electronic ear protection.
  • Long sleeve shirt, gloves, knee pads and elbow pads are optional.
  • Full duty belt / tactical loadout or Concealed carry (your normal work / carry setup).
  • Notepad, pen and perm marker.
  • Water and snacks.

12 Slots (8 remaining as of 06SEP19)

Chase began his law enforcement career in 1992.  During his 25 year career he served in various units and fields of the profession.  Early on he was tasked with providing training for his department during in-service training. During this time Chase was assigned to the Housing Authority which was a unit responsible for patrolling public housing.  The unit was awarded numerous citations for its programs and initiative.  The unit worked closely with the Narcotics unit by enforcing street level narcotics activity and serving search and arrest warrants.  After that Chase served as a detective in the Robbery/Homicide Unit.  As his career progressed he began providing training to outside agencies and military personnel.  During this time Chase was instrumental in creating and implementing the Tactical Unit in his department where he served as the assistant team leader and one of the training officers. Chase assisted other departments with their training and standing up tactical units.  

Chase taught at the regional academy for years as well as taught blocks of instruction in the FBI/ APOSTC Firearms Instructor Certification / Re-certification classes.  

Chase has attended countless hours of training from numerous nationally recognized sources and believes that learning is a never ending process.  With that philosophy in mind he continues to attend training on a regular bases so as to stay relevant and able to pass on solid information to his students. 

Chase has authored several articles for SWAT Magazine.  Talon Defense and it’s courses have been featured in numerous print and internet magazines as well. 

Chase is currently a sworn/active deputy at a large Sheriff’s Office in Alabama where his primary duties are providing advanced training and assisting in operations at the training facility.

C2- Intermediate Sniper Course

Shelby County SO- John Baggett

This 2-day course will focus on the marksman’s ability to quickly build a firing position and engage targets from 0-600 with precision rifle fire. Throughout the course, shooters will explore; both conventional and unconventional shooting positions, exercise shooter/ spotter communication skills and techniques, range estimation, work target identification and discrimination, holdovers vs. dialed dope changes, and collect verified data on their weapon systems dope at ranges not commonly available to the LE marksman.

Attendants should arrive with a zeroed weapon system, 200 rounds of ammunition, and all desired equipment that they may feel would help them in this course. Tripods, field expedient rest, shooting sticks, etc. are especially encouraged. The course will fast paced and attendants should familiar enough with their weapons and equipment to make minor adjustments and troubleshoot malfunctions on the fly so that the flow of training is not negatively affected.

12 Slots (6 remaining as of 06SEP19)

C3- From 0 to 50: Handgun/Carbine Course

Calhoun County SO- Jimmy Woodard

This course will address techniques for deploying the handgun and carbine.

Body Armor
Rifle with sling and three magazines
Pistol with 4 magazines
Battle belt or duty rig/ holster
500 rounds pistol
400 rounds rifle
Eye and ear protection / hydration  

22 slots (18 remaining as of 06SEP19)

SGT Jimmy Woodard, Calhoun County SO
 
SGT Woodard is a 15-year LE veteran. He was SWAT certified in 2006 and became an FBI Firearms Instructor in 2009. He has assisted in the FBI FI Certification Course since 2010. He has been an adjunct instructor for the North East AL LE Academy since 2013.
 
He has also worked as a Narcotics Investigator and as a K-9 Officer. 
 

C4- The CCP In Extremus Course

Lighthorse Tactical, LLC

The practice of establishing a Casualty Collection Point (CCP) is a common protocol that follows TCCC and TECC guidelines. However, in scenario training, the CCP is often overlooked and under-exercised. This 16-hour course will review national guidelines and provide the SWAT Medic an opportunity to establish, conduct and move a CCP under a high-stress, realistic conditions while coordinating with his LE counterparts & outside assets (Fire Command/EMS/Transportation). Also covered will be a nationally recognized tactical SOP for CCP conduct. 

The intent is to place the Medics under an intense set of circumstances with solid SOP’s in order to be successful.  

Tactical Gear 

Reflective (traffic) Vest

Pack of thick rubber bands

Smoke (hand delivered) if available

*Training* Medical Gear (TQ’s, wound packing, chest seals)

Blue Gun, Dummy Gun or Force on Force Gun

Force on Force Gear (if gas mask is used it must have a hard exterior eyepiece) It’s a good idea to utilize a mask that can be worn with your helmet OR a mask has a hard top.

Casevac Gear- drag straps, litters, Skedco Litters, 21′ loops, etc.

Uniform needs to be expendable. Break out your old school BDU’s.

If you can bring a “Rescue Randy” or similar, please let us know atoatng@gmail.com.

14 Slots (12 remaining as of 06SEP19)

C5- Introduction to LE Tracking Operations

Moose Winegar, Federal Land Management Agency

The woods seem to be a natural attraction to suspects on the run. Being able to identify and utilize the clues left in their wake will make for a safer and effective Officer. This 16-hour block will cover tracking- tactics, techniques and procedures.

Student Gear List:
* Comfortable outdoor clothing, preferably tactical uniform
* Body Armor-whatever they would wear in the woods
* Long Gun with chamber flag or equivalent
* Hat or helmet
* Bug Spray
* Water, snacks
* Note taking material
* a small pair of binoculars (optional)

12 slots (4 remaining as of 06SEP19)

C6- Ballistic Breaching Instructor Course

Johnathan Brill, Royal Arms International

Course Synopsis- TBA

Eye & Ear Protection

Tactical Gear

10 current breaching rounds (if available)

Breaching Shotgun (if available)

Mechanical Breaching Gear (if available)

16 slots (3 remaining as of 06SEP19)

C7- CQB Combatives Course

Homewood PD- Jon Newland

This 16-hour is designed with the entry team in mind. Non-lethal combative techniques will be covered to include striking methods and grappling considerations. The course will be conducted while in tactical gear. 

Tactical Uniform

Body Armor to include helmet

Blue Guns (if available)

20 Slots (18 remaining as of 06SEP19)

8 Hour Classes- W-Wednesday Class, T- Thursday Class

Wednesday Offerings

W1- Leadership, Breaching & Tactics Class

TEES- Alan Brosnan

The aim of this one day module is to introduce officers to the key principals pertaining to leadership of a Crisis Response Team as well as breaching and tactics skills considered on par with International Best Practices in combatting current criminal and terrorist activities.
Course Objectives
Organization of a CRT
Selection of CRT personnel
Roles and tasks of a CRT
Theory and dynamics of a CRT
Close quarter battle techniques
Traits and principals of leadership
Methods of entry (mechanical, power tools, thermal, ballistic and explosive)
Student Equipment
Pen and pad

30 Slots (22 remaining as of 06SEP19)

Alan Brosnan is a former member of the New Zealand Special Air Service (SAS) who moved to the USA in 1989. For two years, he worked on a high profile security detail for a billionaire movie producer. In 1991, Alan established TEES in the Memphis, TN area. This school focused on training law enforcement and military special operation teams in skills associated with high risk operations with the main focus being on methods of entry. For 22 years, Alan was a reserve deputy in MS and has conducted hundreds of high-risk missions and dozens of operational explosive breachers. He has also worked for the US Department of State’s Anti-terrorism Assistance Program as a contract instructor for the past 24 years. Alan also owns the International Breachers Group who host the Annual International Breachers Symposium.

W2- Instructional Considerations For RDS (Red Dot Sight) Pistol

Tactically Sound Training Center, LLC- Jim Dexter

This course is designed to give instructional considerations for officers responsible for transition programs from officers utilizing iron sights to Miniaturized Red Dot Sight (MRDS) equipped pistols. Through discussion and range exercises officers will leave with a general knowledge of how to combine their existing knowledge as a firearms instructor with red dot specific considerations. Course will cover mounting of optics, selection, policy considerations and RDS specific range training drills.

Red dot equipped pistol
300 rounds ammunition
Duty holster
Ability to carry 2 extra magazines
Eye protection
Ear protection
Notepad and pen
Copy of any existing RDS policy

14 Slots (12 remaining as of 06SEP19)

Jim Dexter is a 14-year police officer currently serving as a patrol officer in Illinois and assigned to the DuPage County Metropolitan SWAT Team where he serves as a Team Leader. His former agencies include the Madison (Wisconsin) Police Department and the Federal Air Marshal Service. He is a veteran of the Illinois Amy National Guard and deployed to Iraq from 2003-2004. Jim is a State of Illinois SWAT instructor and a graduate of the FBI Firearms and Carbine Instructor schools. He is responsible for developing the IL state-certified red dot pistol curriculum and is cited in multiple RDS training programs. Jim has assisted multiple departments nationwide to implement an RDS pistol program to include policy and training considerations and has published works in red dot pistols for law enforcement.  Jim is the owner and lead instructor of Tactically Sound Training Center, LLC, providing red dot-based pistol and medical instruction. He holds a BA from Western Illinois University and an MA in criminal justice from American Military University. Jim currently sits on the board of directors for the Illinois Tactical Officers Association.

W3- Ballistic Shield Clinic

Blue Ridge Armor- Joseph Cassaniti

Requirements: 500 rounds of pistol ammo 100 rounds of rifle ammo. Students are encouraged to bring and wear all issued tactical/duty gear.

Joe Cassaniti is currently the National Training Director for Blue Ridge Armor LLC. Prior to this, Joe was a law enforcement officer for 12 years, working for two police departments in south Florida. Joe spent the majority of his career as a Special Investigations Detective and SWAT operator. Joe also served as an agency trainer in firearms, defensive tactics, low light scenarios, as well as entry tactics. Serving on federal task forces, gang task forces and elaborate narcotic operations, Joe has served hundreds of search warrants and high risk scenarios. Joe specialized as a shield operator and mechanical breacher as a SWAT operator, teaching these specialty skills in SWAT schools and training venues across the country. 

12 slots (8 remaining as of 06SEP19)

W4- Off Duty / CCW Techniques Class

Brannon LeBouef, NOLATAC

This class will work with officers who routinely carry in a plainclothes or non-uniformed capacity and who carry off-duty. Techniques of draw, link-ups, gear, and non-LEO concerns will be addressed. Please bring your normal off-duty or concealed carry gear and 400 rounds of ammunition. 14 slots.

Brannon LeBouef is the owner of NOLATAC Training, The St Bernard Indoor Shooting Center, NOLATAC Training Center, and the NOLATAC Veterans Training Program. Brannon has been a Louisiana LE Officer since 1996 and is an 11-year veteran of the United States Marine Corps where he was a member of the Rifle and Pistol shooting teams and a Primary Marksmanship Instructor Trainer. Brannon has traveled the country and abroad teaching firearms to law enforcement, military, and responsible citizens. He is currently a member of several agencies in LA where he assists with patrol, street crimes, and training. Brannon can be reached at info@nolatac.com.

16 slots (8 remaining as of 06SEP19)

W5- Crisis Negotiation Skills Refresher

Chris Hendon, FBI

Negotiators, Tactical Commanders, Patrol Operations Personnel, etc. are the target audience for this 8-hour block. In addition to updating skills, scenario training will be conducted.

30 slots (28 remaining as of 06SEP19)

Thursday Offerings

T1- Mechanical, Thermal, Power Tool, Ballistic & Explosive Breaching (Breacher’s Operational Update)

TEES- Alan Brosnan

The aim of this one-day module is to update and up-skill current SWAT breachers on the latest issues pertaining to all methods of entry currently utilized by law enforcement special operation teams. The module will also involve a question and answer session in order to clarify issues that may concern administrators and breachers.

Review of all methods of entry
Review of charge calculations
Update on internal over-pressure issues
ATF / DOT regulations update
Operationally used core charges
In-service training design for SWAT breachers
Latest equipment and commercially made charges
Student Equipment
Pen and pad

Maximum 30 (23 remaining as of 06SEP19)

T2- Instructional Considerations For RDS (Red Dot Sight) Pistol

Tactically Sound Training Center, LLC- Jim Dexter

This course is designed to give instructional considerations for officers responsible for transition programs from officers utilizing iron sights to Miniaturized Red Dot Sight (MRDS) equipped pistols. Through discussion and range exercises officers will leave with a general knowledge of how to combine their existing knowledge as a firearms instructor with red dot specific considerations. Course will cover mounting of optics, selection, policy considerations and RDS specific range training drills.

Red dot equipped pistol
300 rounds ammunition
Duty holster
Ability to carry 2 extra magazines
Eye protection
Ear protection
Notepad and pen
Copy of any existing RDS policy

14 Slots (12 remaining as of 06SEP19)

T3- Ballistic Shield Clinic

Blue Ridge Armor- Joseph Cassaniti

Requirements: 500 rounds of pistol ammo 100 rounds of rifle ammo. Students are encouraged to bring and wear all issued tactical/duty gear.

12 slots (12 remaining as of 06SEP19)

T4- Duty Pistol Technical Skills Class

Oconee CoSO (GA) Adam Thrower

This class focuses on the technical skills of utilizing a duty pistol to help maximize students on demand performance and confidence with their skills and equipment. 

Duty Pistol, at least three magazines, 500 rounds of ammo, duty belt or battle style belt with a duty type holster and magazine pouch, eye protection, ear protection, clothing for weather conditions.

14 slots (6 remaining as of 06SEP19)

T5- Negotiation Concepts at Critical Incidents for HNT’s and Commanders

Chris Hendon, FBI

Negotiation Concepts and their implementation at Ruby Ridge, Waco and various school shootings. The Midland City, AL Bunker/Hostage Case will also be covered during this 8-hour session.

30 slots (27 remaining as of 06SEP19)