25 operators from 12 different North Carolina police and sheriff departments spent the chilly day practicing live firearms skills and scenario-based drills. The training consisted of the basic methodology and thought processes of close quarter battle, and included a hostage rescue scenario.
Oak Grove instructors personally conducted training and scenario development to enhance law enforcement personnel readiness, and to ensure all teams meet consistent standards.
Initially, students were given classroom instruction before shifting into live firearms entry drills on custom facades. In the afternoon, the teams re-grouped to work on movement drills in the shoot house. It was a great turnout and nothing but positive comments were received.
NCTOA’s mission is to promote and encourage educational activities and/or research related to safe and proven tactics. It provides its members with resources and training consistent with the best practices of law enforcement tactical operations as well as an opportunity for officers to gather together to compare ideas and experiences, and continue to learn new skills and tactics in a safe environment.
Oak Grove shares the NCTOA philosophy and we actively participate in many NCTOA events. Apart from the collaboration described above, Oak Grove sponsored the gut-check event at the annual NCTOA SWAT Competition in April 2014. The SWAT Competition brings together novice and experienced SWAT teams from across NC to compete, train, and test their abilities in various physical and tactical events. It was also a great opportunity for vendors to show off their latest and greatest gear and swag. Despite the rain drops, Oak Grove had a great time, and is looking forward to this year’s competition, March 31-April 2, 2015 in Salemburg, NC.
Last fall at the 4th annual NCTOA SWAT symposium, approximately 200 attendees from 50 agencies and 20 vendors converged on Wake Tech Community College to learn and share valuable tactics, training and tips. We kept it fun with a t-shirt toss, corn-hole games, and a raffle. It was the largest NCTOA event to date.
The next North Carolina SWAT Competition is right around the corner and we can’t wait! Both events were a fantastic time and we are eager to continue working with the NCTOA this year. The competition will be held March 31-April 2 in Salemburg, NC at the NC Justice Academy. We hope to see you there!