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LAW ENFORCEMENT

Preparation is the key to survival in the moments when your life is on the line. Oak Grove specializes in the design and development of effective tactical training for law enforcement and first responders.

Our goal is to create unique, true-to-life training experiences using realism to enhance the learning objectives so that trainees master their decision-making ability and hone lifesaving skills that can be recalled when split-second decisions matter most.

As part of our commitment to providing a unique training experience to the law enforcement community, we offer classroom instruction and field training that allow our clients to take full advantage of our training techniques and expertise.

EXPERIENCED LAW ENFORCEMENT EXPERTS TRAINING LAW ENFORCEMENT PERSONNEL

Oak Grove knows Law Enforcement because our staff has been directly involved in Law Enforcement and Law Enforcement Training. Oak Grove’s VP, Law Enforcement has more than 27 years of experience working as a federal law enforcement agent giving us a deep understanding of the issues, organizational protocols, and challenges that surround today’s law enforcement decision makers.

Oak Grove instructors are chosen for their experience applying the techniques they teach. A combination of technical expertise and operational knowledge of law enforcement allows our staff to deliver real-world highly specialized training in tactical operations, weapons use, safety measures, and situational training. They have developed a training methodology that has proven itself in real-world tactical environments allowing our staff to deliver cutting-edge tactics, techniques, and procedures.

AERIAL USE OF FORCE (AUF)

This course of instruction provides law enforcement officers with in-depth classes and hands on training with AR-15 maintenance, safety and shooting fundamentals from an unstable platform. Also includes helicopter safety, AUF planning, techniques and liabilities. Additionally, provides pilot students with roles, responsibilities and hands on flying techniques for AUF missions. Specific course content is based on ordering agency requirements and use of agencies air assets.

Course Topics:

  • Mission types, real world experiences
  • LEAC airframes
  • AUF equipment
  • Pre-mission planning
  • Communications
  • Application of Force
  • Aircraft Safety-AUF weapon safety
  • Pilot roles and standards
  • AR 15 Maintenance, Fundamentals of marksmanship
  • Sight in, confirm zero procedures
  • Reloading, position, malfunction and transition drills
  • Turning, movement drills
  • High angle shooting techniques
  • Helicopter static, movement shooting

BASIC HANDGUN

This course is for the individual who is unfamiliar with firearms procedures or who needs to develop safe firearm-handling skills and a solid foundation of basic shooting skills. Students will learn the basic fundamentals of shooting and how they apply to accuracy. Through demonstration and practice, participants will learn the movement for drawing the firearm from the holster to presentation. From these basic skills, the training will progress into more challenging shooting drills that will reinforce fundamentals while providing lessons that can be practiced to maintain skills. Students will also learn how to identify and correct malfunctions and efficiently reload their firearm.

Course Topics:

  • Safety
  • Characteristics of the handgun
  • Maintenance of the handgun
  • Shooting fundamentals
  • Gear placement
  • Ready positions
  • Reloads and malfunctions
  • Drawing from the holster
  • Recoil management
  • Multiple shots
  • Multiple targets
  • Shooting positions

ADVANCED HANDGUN

This is not a basic handgun fundamentals class. Since this course will focus on the effective deployment of a handgun in a stressful, uncertain tactical environment, the student must have mastered basic handgun handling skills prior to attending this challenging class. The student can expect to be exposed to rapid, speed shooting concepts during this intensive course and will be provided with the foundation necessary to prevail in a deadly force encounter. Although the instructional topics primarily address tactical response situations and instinctive shooting, the specific course content can be modified to the ordering agency’s requirements. Pricing does not include ammunition and other related expendables.

This course will stress:

  • Review of the fundamentals of marksmanship
  • Correction of grip, stance and trigger control issues
  • Improving the reload
  • Driving the gun
  • Sight and recoil management in rapid fire
  • Movement techniques
    • Position to position
    • Shooting on the move
    • Moving targets
  • Multiple target engagement tactics
  • One handed weapon operation/manipulation
  • Unsupported shooting

BASIC SHOTGUN

Beginning with a review of firearms safety and the fundamentals of shooting, the course will quickly progress into instruction on shotgun patterns using different ammunition and use of cover as well as other skills critical in the tactical environment. Student will practice learned skills through challenging practical drills to improve the student's ability to effectively engage threats under a variety of conditions.

Course Topics:

  • Shotgun safety and handling
  • Characteristics and accessories
  • Fundamentals of shooting
  • Carrying techniques
  • Patterning and ammunition types
  • Slug sight-in
  • Multiple shots / multiple targets
  • Tactical reload / Combat reload
  • Ammunition change over
  • Malfunctions

TACTICAL SHOTGUN

This class, which consists of classroom and firearms range instruction, is intended to provide the student with the foundation needed to become confident and proficient in the safe handling and use of a shotgun in a tactical environment. The instructional topics and specific course content can be modified to the ordering agency’s requirements. Pricing does not include ammunition and other related expendables.

Course Topics:

  • Shotgun safety and handling
  • Fundamentals of shotgun marksmanship
  • Sling usage and carry considerations
  • Corrective action for malfunctions
  • Shooting positions
  • Transition to shooting positions
  • Shooting on the move
  • Shooting moving targets
  • Barricades/use of cover
  • Low light shooting techniques

BASIC M4/AR15 RIFLE

Since the M4/AR15 has become one of the most common shoulder weapons in law enforcement and US Military operations, it is essential that the student have a thorough understanding of the weapon system. This class, which consists of classroom and firearms range instruction, is intended to provide the student with the foundation necessary to become confident and proficient in the safe handling and use of a M4/AR15 rifle in a tactical environment. The instructional topics and specific course content can be modified to the ordering agency’s requirements. Pricing does not include ammunition and related expendables.

This course will stress:

  • Practical rifle handling and safety
  • Civil and criminal liability
  • Fundamentals of rifle marksmanship
  • Zeroing the patrol rifle
  • Sling usage and carry considerations
  • Rifle to pistol transition techniques
  • Corrective action for malfunctions
  • Position shooting
  • Low light shooting techniques

ADVANCED M4/AR15 RIFLE

With Active Shooter and Terrorist incidents occurring with an alarming frequency, it is essential that a law enforcement officer have a firm grasp of advanced rifle marksmanship techniques. This challenging and demanding course will provide the student with the advanced M4 carbine/AR15 rifle skills necessary to prevail in a rapidly deteriorating tactical environment. The student must have a solid foundation concerning basic M4/AR15 rifle marksmanship fundamentals prior to attending this class. Although the instructional topics primarily address tactical response situations and instinctive shooting, the specific course content can be modified to the ordering agency’s requirements. Pricing does not include ammunition and related expendables.

Course Topics:

  • Ready positions
  • Magazine changes-admin, tactical, and emergency
  • Movement transitions-position to position
  • Multiple target engagement tactics
  • Techniques to transition from a rifle to a pistol
  • Low-light shooting methods

ACTIVE SHOOTER COUNTER ASSAULT COURSE

This course begins with active shooter response training, and then progresses onto more advanced tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTP) required to counter a “Mumbai-Style” terrorist assault threat. The course is oriented towards law enforcement officers who learn to leverage SWAT and small unit military tactics based on the rapid deployment Contact Team concept to stop violent deadly behavior. Course content includes combat mindset; case studies; planning considerations; management of department resources; interior and exterior tactics; rescue under fire; counter-sniper tactics; and IED/suicide bomber considerations.

Course Topics:

  • Command and Control, communications
  • Interior Active shooter TTP’s
    • Contact Team
    • Breaching
    • Ballistic shield
    • Formations
    • Movement techniques
    • Actions on contact
  • Exterior Active shooter TTP’s
    • Approach Formation
    • Movement techniques
    • Bear-cat Familiarization (Armored Vehicle)
    • Actions on Contact
  • Multiple Venues Adaptation
    • IED awareness
    • Counter sniper
    • Rescue under fire

OFFICER SAFETY AND SURVIVAL

This interactive course is designed to provide the attendees with the skill sets required when confronted with a critical situation. Students will be exercised in tactical responses when executing high risk arrest and the techniques for planning and conducting these arrests. This class incorporates the slow/methodical means of searching and arresting violent criminals. Practical filed exercises are designed to evaluate the student’s skills in realistic arrest and control scenarios.

Course Topics:

  • Developing a balanced performance in Critical environments
  • Mental processing
  • Skill enhancement
  • Physical readiness
  • Arrest planning and preparation
  • Search and Arrest procedures
  • Low light Operations
  • Ballistic shield Operations

SNIPER/OBSERVER- BASIC

The modern law enforcement tactical team has evolved into a specialized, professional entity entrusted to resolve a myriad of complicated tactical situations. Integral to the effectiveness of any tactical team is the incorporation of a trained Sniper/Observer team, capable of accurate reporting and accomplished in delivering long range, precision fire at positively identified targets. This class will emphasize the fundamentals of precision rifle marksmanship, along with basic sniper tradecraft by using classroom and firearms range instruction and practical exercise application. This course can be modified to the ordering agency’s requirements. Pricing does not include ammunition and other related expendables. The ordering agency is also responsible for providing their students with a modern scoped tactical rifle and a rifle data book.

Course Topics:

  • Practical rifle handling, safety, care and cleaning
  • Fundamentals of marksmanship
  • Zeroing a sniper rifle
  • Various shooting drills designed to enhance marksmanship fundamentals
  • Position shooting Camouflage techniques
  • Urban and rural hide consideration
  • Observation techniques
  • Reporting procedures

SNIPER/OBSERVER-ADVANCED

Since law enforcement tactical teams are required to address increasingly complicated situations in a variety of locations and weather conditions, it is critical that the law enforcement Sniper/Observer be armed with the necessary skills to effectively resolve the challenges posed by these scenarios. This challenging and physically demanding course will expose the student to the advanced sniper filed craft and precision rifle shooting techniques that must be mastered by the law enforcement Sniper/Observer. The student must have a solid foundation of the tactical, scoped rifle marksmanship fundamentals and must be in good physical condition in order to participate in this course.

Course Topics:

  • Sniper field craft
    • Camouflage and concealment for equipment and personnel
    • Ghilly suit considerations and/or construction
    • Tactical movement (stalking) techniques
  • Marksmanship principles
  • Range estimation
  • Moving target engagement
  • Spotting
  • Judging distance
  • Wind correction
  • Sniper range card
  • Rural operations
  • Urban operations
  • Position Shooting
  • Low Light applications
  • Land navigation
  • Unknown distance shooting application
  • Synchronized shooting
  • Team planning and mission execution

SURVEILLANCE/COUNTER SURVEILLANCE

This course will provide the student with the skills necessary to conduct physical surveillance operations. Introduction to tradecraft, methodology and filed evaluation will be the foundation of this training. This course is designed for law enforcement professionals, the private sector with the private investigations profession, and corporate employees with overseas travel.

Course Topics:

  • Surveillance tradecraft
  • Counter-surveillance tradecraft
  • Detecting surveillance techniques
  • Vehicular and Foot techniques and vulnerabilities
  • Reporting and documentation
  • Surveillance terminology
  • Radio communications
  • Mapping and the importance of area knowledge
  • Use of disguises
  • Operational planning-team and individual concepts and assignments
  • Conducting team and client briefings

SWAT BASIC

In today’s environment, the SWAT operator is routinely called upon to successful perform a broad spectrum of assignments which range from high risk warrant service to executive protection. This course, which is comprised of classroom, practical exercise and firearms range instruction, is intended to provide the student with the foundation necessary to become a confident and proficient as a SWAT operator. Mods and ammunition

Course Topics:

  • Equipment configuration
  • Firearms-handgun and rifle proficiency
  • Close quarter battle techniques (room, hallway and stairway clearing)
  • Law enforcement clearing techniques
  • Fundamentals of Ballistic shield deployment
  • Mechanical breaching considerations/target analysis
  • Flash bang deployment
  • High risk vehicle stop techniques
  • Fundamentals of rappelling
  • Land navigation/rural operations
  • Tactical Operations Center (TOC) overview
  • Introduction to Executive protection

SWAT ADVANCED

As the frequency of complex criminal activity and terrorist attacks have increased in the U.S., a SWAT operator must use more sophisticated tactics in order to prevail in these situations. This physically demanding class builds on the Basic SWAT course and is intended to provide the operator with an advanced skill set that will expand their proficiency as a SWAT operator. Mods/ammo

Course Topics:

  • Operations Orders/Mission planning
  • Advanced Firearms-handgun and rifle
  • Assault process
  • Vehicle Assault techniques
  • Tubular Assault considerations (Bus, Aircraft, Train, Subway)
  • Active shooter considerations
  • Manhunt considerations

CRISIS HOSTAGE NEGOTIATION-BASIC

This introductory course addresses the fundamental needs of a successful crisis negotiator. This course will prepare you to work as part of a coordinated negotiation team and handle a variety of crisis situations including hostage takers, barricaded subjects, and potential suicide victims. You will learn the different phases of the negotiation process, from the introduction to the surrender, and specific strategies and techniques to be used along the way. We will discuss when negotiation may not be the best solution, what items are negotiable and non-negotiable, and what to do in non-response situations. The management of intelligence and information is a critical aspect of mitigating any law enforcement threat and you will learn specific techniques for managing the flow of information during a crisis. You will also gain a basic understanding of the psychological motivations of persons in crisis and learn to recognize the characteristics of emotionally disturbed persons. You will learn about the personality disorders which are most commonly encountered during a crisis incident as well as strategies for affecting a positive outcome. Challenging, team-oriented, scenario-driven practical exercises are an integral part of the course and will allow you the opportunity to practice and refine your crisis negotiation skills.

Course Topics:

  • Introduction to Crisis Negotiation
  • Pre-incident Planning
  • Effective Communication I
  • Command Response
  • Negotiating as a Team
  • Principles of Crisis Negotiation
  • Phases of the Negotiation
  • Abnormal Psychology for Crisis Negotiators
  • Anti-social Personality Disorder
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Paranoid Personality Disorder
  • Avoidant/Dependent Personality Disorders
  • Suicide Intervention for Law Enforcement
  • Debriefing and Record Keeping

LESS THAN LETHAL (LTL)

This class provides the necessary training for our changing world. This course is comprised of classes covering OC Aerosols, Specialty Impact and Chemical Munitions and Distraction Devices. The student will acquire a general working knowledge of the various LTL products, both technically and tactically, along with the skills necessary to understand the situations to deploy LTL.

Course Topics:

  • Formulations/carriers/propellants/delivery systems/projectors
  • Effectiveness/safety/liability factors/policy and procedures
  • Decontamination/first aid
  • Officer-survival techniques
  • Weapons and munitions: 12ga./37mm/40mm/hand delivered
  • Tactical consideration in the use of impact munitions in crowd-control/dynamic-entry/hostage-rescue/barricaded-subject situations
  • Physiological/psychological effects
  • Blunt trauma/ballistics and energy
  • Types and forms of chemical agents
  • Tactical consideration in the use of chemical munitions in crowd-control/barricaded-subject situations
  • Live Deployment of barricade penetrating rounds
  • Decontamination/first aid
  • Proper use of Protective Mask
  • Distraction devices: types and nomenclature/reloadable and non-reloadable devices/command initiated
  • Decibels/candela/p.s.i./overpressure
  • Handling/storage/rendering safe
  • Tactical deployment/safety considerations/policy and procedures
  • Criminal and civil liabilities/policy and procedures
  • Live-firing exercises/operational scenarios

EMERGENCY VEHICLE OPERATIONS-BASIC

This basic emergency operations course focuses on the ability to systematically control the position and speed of the vehicle in a smooth and safe fashion. The course enhances skills learned in existing driver education courses or through years of driving experience to coordinate vehicle handling skills with mental concentration, anticipation and planning. The student learns about vehicle dynamics and the importance of understanding “vehicle language”. The training day includes classroom instruction, but the primary focus is placed on in-vehicle practical application. Skills discussed in the classroom are applied on the track using various drills designed to have the student experience multiple weight transfers, corrective skid control measures and use of multiple traction environments.

Course Topics:

  • Understanding instinctive response
  • Driver reaction
  • Controlling sensory input
  • Proper use of the eyes
  • Steering wheel management
  • Proper body position
  • Emergency braking techniques (ABS and non-ABS)
  • Weight transfer control
  • Anticipatory driving
  • Correct tire inflation pressure
  • Straight-line braking
  • Braking and turning/turning and braking
  • Multiple lane-avoidance drills
  • Instinctive reaction drills (surprise)
  • Distracted driver skills
  • Off-road recovery drills
  • Skid control on skid pad
  • Highway-speed driving techniques

EMERGENCY VEHICLE OPERATIONS-ADVANCED

This course is designed for those individuals who are vulnerable and under the threat of a terrorist or organized criminal attack while in transit. The training emphasizes the proactive approach to advanced emergency vehicle driving. The advanced emergency vehicle operations course is designed to improve the car control skills of those who are in a position to drive out of an attack or understand the clues of an attack. This is accomplished through realistic exercises such as straight-line emergency (Threshold) braking, braking-in-turns, serpentine, skid pad, swerve-to-avoid, and off-road recoveries. The student will also learn about the use of focusing your eyes on where you want the vehicle to go. Vehicle control skills will be applied to technical driving which requires the student to accurately read and negotiate a road way at elevated speeds. It will teach the driver how to use the vehicle as a means of escape or as a weapon for survival. Students will learn the use of emergency backing, “Y” and “J” turns, precision intervention technique (PIT), barricade breaching (RAM), driver down (passenger side driving) and how to recognize an attack. Students will learn what a car is capable of and most importantly, their own limits. We will emphasize the importance of being mentally prepared in order to be able to react. The training is brought together through realistic situational exercises where the student comes under different types of attacks and is challenged to react.

Course Topics:

  • Review of vehicle dynamics
  • Technical Driving
  • Driver down-Passenger front seat driving
  • Precision Intervention Technique (PIT)
  • Barricade Breaching (RAM)
  • IED Vehicle Search
  • Attack Recognition

OPERATIONAL PLANNING

This one day course is designed to introduce participants to the basic operational and planning considerations. Operational planning focuses on ensuring successful mission execution. Planners, using the commander’s intent, recommend priorities for support, allocation of force structure and other resources. Mission planning through warning order, Operations Order and Operations plan with courses of action will be covered.

Course Topics:

  • Review of SWAT history,
  • Organization and structure,
  • Operational Planning,
  • Composition of Team
  • Equipment Needs
  • Approach
  • Entry Points
  • Evacuation Site
  • Communication
  • Command Center
  • Responsibilities of Team Members
  • Team Leader
  • Surveillance Team
  • Parameter Team
  • Breacher
  • Breacher Cover
  • Entry Team
  • Command and Control Considerations
  • After Action Reporting

CLOSE QUARTER BATTLE-BASIC

This three day course is designed to introduce participants with the tactics and techniques used to successfully operate in a non-permissive urban environment. We will cover the principles of urban movement, team configuration, entering, clearing, searching, and securing urban structures. Active Shooter situations will be particularly covered to match the customer’s request.

Course Topics:

  • Safety
  • Firearms review and qualification
  • Team management
  • Stealth probe to contact
  • Multiple breach/entry points
  • Planning
  • Breaching techniques
  • Use of shields
  • Sniper-initiated assaults
  • Dealing with barricaded gunmen
  • Vehicle takedowns
  • Force-on-force (using Simunition® FX® marking rounds)
  • Live Fire Exercises

CLOSE QUARTER BATTLE –HOSTAGE RESCUE

This two week course takes the participants to the highest level of tactics, techniques and procedures of making a successful entry to save a hostage. Building on the skills learned in the basic course, participants will understand the all the principles of speed, surprise and violence of action. Incorporating various entry methods and planning considerations will round out this advanced course. A full mission profile will be executed prior to the end of the course to put all aspects together.

Course Topics:

  • Approach
  • Single and multiple room entry
  • Mid-level entry
  • Hallway clearing procedures
  • Stairwell clearing techniques
  • Danger areas
  • Assault planning
  • Multiple teams/multiple breach points
  • Sectors
  • Tactical angles
  • Immediate threat techniques
  • Occupancy control
  • Breaching techniques
  • Medical considerations
  • Force on Force (simunition FX)
  • After Action Review
  • Discuss how to handle a shooting for team and individual

EXECUTIVE PROTECTION

This course covers the full range of basic principles of executive protection, providing the future protective agent a solid operational foundation. This course includes executive protection techniques, theory and practical application. The training day covers classroom, to include day and night applications.

Course Topics:

  • Principles of executive protection
  • Case studies
  • Introduction to threat assessment and risk analysis
  • Advances, surveys, preparation, planning
  • Residential and travel security
  • Open-hand defensive tactics
  • Protection formations
  • Attack on principal procedures
  • Motorcade procedures
  • Radio communications
  • Dress and etiquette
  • Command post procedures
  • Restaurant and banquet functions
  • Route selections
  • In-town exercise

IMPROVISED EXPLOSIVE DEVICES (IED)/COUNTER IMPROVISED EXPLOSIVE DEVICES

This course can be tailored to provide new and/or advanced technical training to tactical responders assigned to prevent, respond and/or mitigate terrorist or criminal threats. These courses introduce and/or refresh participants’ knowledge, skills and abilities. Pre-requisites are usually established in order to provide advanced technical training for federal, military, and state and local professionals currently serving in Law Enforcement, Special Operations/Special Warfare, and Private Security roles. These courses are generally measured with a Pre and Post Knowledge Assessment to ensure the correct level of instruction is given to the participants. Based on the level of participant’s knowledge, this course will be one week to six weeks in length. This course can be tailored to customer’s request. This course starts by defining the IED and underlining the IED threat in respect to the participants’/organization’s daily environment. Participants are exposed to IED components and effects. Realistic IED training aids are utilized throughout this course in order to enhance the learning experience. Participants are educated on a brief historical background on terrorists’ threats and trends which leads into how soft targets may be ‘hardened’. The course will define a bomb technician who is capable of recognizing and defeating basic to advanced IED’s.

Course Topics:

  • IED Recognition: Components and Effects
  • Current Trends and Threats
  • Prevention Planning
  • Surveillance Detection
  • Hardening Soft Targets: Vulnerability Considerations
  • Case History Discussion: Domestic and/or International
  • IED Search Techniques
  • Homemade Explosives (HME)
  • Conventional Explosives
  • Basic Electricity
  • Demolition Procedures and Disruption Techniques
  • X-Ray
  • Robot
  • Hand Entry
  • Practical Exercises

TACTICAL BREACHING

Students learn to successfully penetrate a structure within a crisis area. It exploits forced entry techniques, from basic mechanical entry to application of the minimal amount of explosives required to successfully penetrate the crisis target. The course teaches technical application of explosive effects, overpressure, and safety and hazards avoidance strategies associated with dynamic entry techniques. Students gain a thorough understanding of techniques and theories learned in the classroom through practical field exercises.

Course Topics:

  • Introduction to Breaching
  • Breaching effects and safety
  • Mechanical Breaching
  • Shotgun Breaching
  • Thermal Breaching
  • Explosive Breaching
  • Priming systems
  • Target Analysis
  • Tactics, Techniques and Procedures for Dynamic Assault
  • Breaching Rehearsals and Planning

All of our courses are fully scalable and can be tailored to meet your specific requests. Oak Grove instructors can conduct any course offered at the Oak Grove Training Center or as a Mobile Training Team (MTT) at the location of your choosing. For more information, contact:

David Shellenberger
VP, Law Enforcement and National Security
David.Shellenberger@oakgrovetech.com
703-517-8077