Patrol Tactics Instructor

The Patrol Tactics Instructor Course (PTI) is an 80-hour comprehensive patrol tactics course designed to promote safe and effective tactics typically required daily for law enforcement officers. This course is the prerequisite for teaching the Patrol Tactics 24-Hour In-Service class. As such, this class contains instructional delivery specific to the course content and not general instructional concepts.

Within this class, the participant learns the components of Basic Patrol Tactics and technique application, instruction and testing. The core tactics involve structure clearing, low/high risk vehicle stops, Mental Illness and Drug Dependency (MIDD), and Domestic Violence (DV) calls. Emphasis is placed on contact and cover, single and double officer tactics, and assessment and planning skills.

 

Course Goals and Objectives

Using specific teaching methodology and processes, successful completion of this train-the-trainer course will prepare and certify each student in the instruction, administration and logistical aspects of the required 3-day, (24-Hour) in-service "De-Escalation Training session.

The participant will learn the tactics, actions and communication methods that de-escalate situations when appropriate to reduce the likelihood of injury to all parties involved, avoid unnecessarily escalating situations that may lead to violence, and avoid unnecessarily placing officers in situations that require or lead to deadly force. Given a written test, the participant will correctly:

  • List the five principles of Law Enforcement patrol tactics.
    • Legal Authority
    • Communication
    • Threat Identification, Prioritization, and Response
    • Position and Movement
    • Equipment Management
  • Describe contact and cover principles.
  • Describe perceptual narrowing and its possible effects.
  • List and describe the “Listen and Explain with Equity and Dignity” (LEED) model.
    • Listen – Allow people to give their side of the story; give them voice and allow them to vent\
    • Explain – Explain what you’re doing, what they can do and what’s going to happen
    • Equity – Tell them why you are taking action. The reason must be fair and free of bias, and show their input was taken into consideration.
    • Dignity – Act with dignity and leave them with their dignity.
  • Define emotional intelligence and list the components involved.
  • List relevant supreme and 9th circuit court cases involving use of force.
  • Describe the Force Formula outlined in class.
  • Define and differentiate between a fact and a conclusion.
  • Discuss tourniquet application, and occlusive bandage application.

In order to maximize teaching ability and learning potential, the participant will learn and understand the basic principles of information reception and processing styles, motor performance, and motor learning as they relate to skill instruction. Given a written test, the participant will:

  • List the components of learning goals.
  • List the components of performance objectives.
  • Discuss the Yerkes & Dodson Inverted-U theory and its ramifications.
    In order to ensure the teaching ability of the potential instructor, the participant will learn and understand the basic principles of psychomotor skill instruction and evaluation. Given a group of individuals, the participant will:
  • Properly instruct two assigned Applied Skill Practices to include specific drills that are unique to the assigned skills.

In order to maintain a high degree of professionalism, the officer/participant will understand the role of the state-trained Patrol Tactics instructor. During classroom training, the participant will identify and discuss:

  • The responsibility of the patrol tactics instructor regarding his/her agency.
  • The patrol tactics instructor's commitment and responsibilities regarding the criminal justice training commission.
  • The intervals for teaching and retraining to maintain certification.

 

Currently Trained Patrol Tactics Instructors: 112

Dates Location Notes Number of Instructors Passed
 10/21/2019 - 11/01/2019  Spokane County Sheriff's Office  26
 12/02/2019 - 12/13/2019 Everett Naval Station  28
 02/03/2020 - 02/14/2020 Vancouver Police Department  30
 03/02/2020 - 03/13/2020 Wenatchee Valley Technical School  28
 03/30/2020 - 04/10/2020 Kennewick Police Department Cancelled (COVID-19) 
 05/04/2020 - 05/15/2020 Mason County Public Works Cancelled (COVID-19) 
 06/08/2020 - 06/19/2020 Bellingham Police Department Cancelled (COVID-19) 
 07/06/2020 - 07/17/2020 WSCJTC - Burien Cancelled (COVID-19) 
 08/03/2020 - 08/03/2020 WSCJTC - Burien Cancelled (COVID-19) 


Patrol Tactics 24-Hour In-Service

Patrol Tactics 24 Hour In-Service is a three-day course taught by those who have completed the Patrol Tactics Instructor course. This course focuses on five overarching principals of Patrol Tactics:

  • Legal Authority
    • Law enforcement officers are vested with a great amount of authority and power that is derived from the Federal and State Constitutions and Washington State Law.
  • Communication
    • Tactical
    • Investigative 
    • Conversational
  • Threat Identification, Prioritization, and Response
    • Identification – What do human beings look at when attempting to decide if another human being is a threat? Posture, limb orientation, hands, waist, face
    • Prioritization – People (armed, unarmed), Doors (open, closed, ajar, blocked, locked), Environment (vehicles, animals, hazards), Distance (proximate, unknown)
    • Response – Timely, Legal, Ethical Manner
  • Position and Movement
    • Where an officer is currently situated relative to other officers, people, covers, avenues of escape and other environmental considerations
    • Is there somewhere you could move that would improve your position? (Cover, concealment, angles of threat, etc.)
    • How close or far away should you be from a person you are contacting
  • Equipment Management
    • The skills required to safely utilize all equipment needed to conduct patrol operations

The participants in this class will learn the tactics, actions and communication methods that de-escalate situations to reduce the likelihood of injury to all parties involved, avoid unnecessarily escalating situations that may lead to violence, and avoid unnecessarily placing officers in situations that require or lead to deadly force.

 

Currently Completed Patrol Tactics 24-Hour In-Service: 16

 

 Dates Location Notes Number of Students Trained
 2/18/2020 - 02/20/2020 Armed Forces Reserve Center - Marysville
 Completed 16
 03/16/2020 - 03/18/2020 Armed Forces Reserve Center - Marysville
 Cancelled (COVID-19) 
 03/23/2020 - 03/25/2020 Armed Forces Reserve Center - Marysville
 Cancelled (COVID-19)  
 04/20/2020 - 04/22/2020 Armed Forces Reserve Center - Marysville Cancelled (COVID-19)  
 06/08/2020 - 06/10/2020 Spokane County Sheriff's Office
 Cancelled (COVID-19)  
 06/15/2020 - 06/17/2020 Spokane County Sheriff's Office Cancelled (COVID-19) 
 06/22/2020 - 06/24/2020 Spokane County Sheriff's Office Completed10
 08/18/2020 - 08/20/2020 Armed Forces Reserve Center - Marysville  
 11/10/2020 - 11/12/2020 Armed Forces Reserve Center - Marysville  

 

 

 

 

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