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Active Shooter Officers will enhance decision-making skills in domestic terrorist situations by refreshing active shooter techniques. This scenario-based training complies with Supreme Court ruling concerning firearms training.
Applied Professional Communication Skills This eight-hour class is a scenario-based and hands-on review of the theories and tactics of Professional Communications, Tactical Communications and Verbal Judo. This course will provide the information and experience for proper communications critical to modern day law enforcement. Officers will also gain the basis for transition to reasonable use of force, if necessary, as well as the tools to possibly control events before force is required. Attendees will also see improvement in articulation and report writing skills.
Basic Drug Interdiction


Any officer, from the brand new one to the seasoned veteran, who wants to learn about Basic Drug Interdiction techniques should attend this three-day course. Legal aspects of arrest, search & seizure; indications of nefarious activities; reading & identifying body language; hands on vehicle searches, and evidence procedures are all covered in depth.
Basic Drug Investigation This 16-hour class will cover the basics of drug investigations, drug identification and classification, informant development and operation, surveillance procedures, controlled deliveries, and interview techniques. Students will also attain a "NarcoPouch" certification and field test THC, cocaine HCL, cocaine base, and methamphetamine.
Basic Hostage Negotiations Officers will learn the basic principles of hostage negotiations, crisis management, suicide prevention and also participate in a practical reality based scenario.
Basic Investigative Techniques for Patrol This class is designed to give patrol officers the knowledge and skills to properly secure a crime scene, determine what items are of evidentiary value, how to properly collect those items, and what tools and processes are available to analyze items of evidence. Students will also participate in processing a simulated crime scene.
Basic Sniper This course prepares SWAT team snipers for deployment into a variety of tactical situations. Observation, field craft and marksmanship are covered. Instructions is delivered almost entirely in the field with non-traditional hours to take advantage of all light levels. Hours are determined at the first class session.
Basic SWAT This course introduces the police officer recently assigned to a specialized unit to the fundamentals and basic tactical skills required in specialized response units that respond to high risk calls that patrol officers are not equipped to handle. Upon completion of this course, the officer will be capable of using appropriate tactics and techniques for warrant service, deliberate and dynamic entries, barricaded subjects, hostage rescue, outdoor searches, or rapid deployment. The officer will have a basic understanding on the deployment of chemical and specialty impact munitions and distraction devices. The officer's comprehension of the skills will be evaluated in various high-level scenarios at the end of the training.
CERT Instructor This program is designed to prepare new instructors to implement CERT Tactics for their correctional Emergency Response Teams. The program will cover the full range of instruction including lecture, demonstration, physical technique training, simulation training, and testing procedures. The emphasis of this program is to get an instructor up to speed to train correctional personnel in special team response to both large and small disturbance emergencies.
Chemical Munitions Update This course offers practical training for SWAT and Crowd Management units. Training also includes various deployment systems, live fire drills and deployment planning scenarios.
Civil Process Serving This course is designed for law enforcement and private investigators / agencies involved in the service of civil process. It will examine the law and rules governing the service of civil process. It will provide step-by-step procedures to follow and a list of guidelines to use in developing policies and procedures for civil process service.
Co-Located Juvenile Detention Officer Training This 24-hour training program will enable officers to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to professionally supervise juveniles in correctional settings. Successful completion of this course will allow adult correctional officers previously certified by the Bureau of Training & Standards to work in juvenile detention facilities that are co-located with adult facilities.
Combined Simulation Instructor Development This course is designed to provide a complete program for training personnel in the use of defensive tactics and integrated use-of-force training programs using training munitions. Instruction will cover incorporating instructors' existing techniques and tactics in to tactical communication, subject control, aerosol sprays, impact weapons, and lethal force up to and including the use of training munition simulations. The Seven Levels of Simulation will be explored as will be the use of a full range of defensive tactics training tools including training weapons, striking shields, training dummies, and impact training protective equipment. Training format will include lecture, demonstration, physical technique training, simulation training, and testing procedures.
Community Policing & Problem Solving (Practical Applications) This course features case studies of community-oriented policing techniques in attacking drug houses, chronic nuisances, adult entertainment, and problem taverns. Attendees will receive useful information about nuisance abatement and creating a landlord notification program.
Correctional Building Ethical Behavior Instructor Development This three-day class is designed to prepare correctional personnel to create an atmosphere within an agency that builds ethical behavior by creating a broad-based consensus that makes the individual staff member "try to the right thing"-- even in the most difficult situations. Ethical behavior doesn't happen in a vacuum nor is it the responsibility of a single person. It takes an organization's broad-based stakeholder team to identify what ethical behavior looks like, to help people develop the mindset and skills that facilitate ethical behavior, and to have accountability, reward, and recognition systems that will support ethical behavior.
Correctional Leadership Series This course is intended for current or potential correctional supervisors, field training officers, mentors, officers in charge, classification officers, tactical officers and other specialists who provide leadership and guidance. Participants may sign up for one, two or three days of eight-hour sessions. Topics are determined on a yearly basis. Past topics have included Employment Law and Ethics, Coordinating, POSC and Professional Communication Skills.
Critical Incident Stress Debriefing This crisis intervention training program covers the core elements of a comprehensive, systematic and multi-component curriculum. This two-day course prepares participants to understand a wide range of crisis intervention services including pre and post-incident crisis education, significant support services, on-the-scene support services, crisis intervention for individuals, demobilizations after large-scale traumatic incidents, small group defusing and the group intervention known as Critical Incident Stress Debriefing.
Crossing Guard

This course is intended for crossing guards and municipal employees who are in charge of crossing guards. Upon completion of this course, students should be able to cross children safely and understand the state statutes that pertain to their job.

DAAT Instructor Certification This class was initiated as a pilot program by the training & Standards Bureau. Those who successfully complete the course are eligible for LESB certification as a DAAT instructor. The course includes four days of academic material delivered online via Blackboard Learning Software, effectively reducing department travel and lodging costs.
Drugs That Impair Driving This course covers the drugs that impair driving and methods for identifying them by using eye examinations along with the methods of ingestion and injection.
Evidence Technician School This one week hands-on course is intended to teach the individual basic knowledge and techniques in identifying, collecting, documenting, photographing, & preserving evidence at all crime scenes.
Firearms Instructor &Simunition Scenario Instructor / Safety Certification This dynamic and intense program enables attending instructors to teach Handgun Skills that are effective in Deadly Force engagements with a “blended” approach emphasizing hands-on training that is preceded by online learning. NWTC's partnership with SNC-Technologies and strict adherence to the Simunition Scenario Instructor curriculum allows attending instructors to earn both certifications. Those who complete this course will also receive a portfolio on CD-ROM of practical force-on-force scenarios for use at their department.
Flash-Bang End User Update This course provides Law Enforcement officers with practical training for SWAT or Drug units tasked with high-risk entries. New to experienced users will benefit from this program by classroom update and realistic hands-on deployments and entries.
Flying Armed

This class will provide instructions regarding regulations governing all law enforcement officers flying on commercial airlines while carrying a firearm. This course is MANDATORY for officers who need to fly armed. This FAA-mandated course covers the procedures and protocols that an armed officer will need to be familiar with, and provides the certificate necessary to show as proof of having completed this course.

FTO Certification This 40-hour presentation serves the needs of training personnel in law enforcement, dispatch and detention and prepares attendees for their critical role as trainers and performance evaluators of newly hired employees. Supervisors of Training Officers also benefit from attending the course. Topics include key elements of successful Field Training programs; the evaluation process; documentation; instruction techniques; adult learning strategies; remediation; effective feedback; motivation; educational and behavioral psychology; legal, ethical, and due process issues; and termination as a last resort.
High-Gear Simulation System Instructor Development This course includes proper use of the Impact Reduction Suit, now used by progressive military, SWAT, corrections and probation trainers. Instruction covers proper use of the gear as well as instruction in the Blauer-patented Replication Theory as well as the High-Gear Simulation System. Scenario training and drills will take participants to the next level of tactical confidence.
High-Risk Encounters in Close Environments

This hands-on curriculum is designed for street officers, Use of Force Trainers, and 1 st and 2 nd Line Supervisors. Administrators who are in good physical condition may consider attending this course as it will provide insight into policy and procedure development necessary to allow officers to meet "foreseeable problems" that agencies must prepare their officers to meet. Upon completion of this course, the successful student will be able to: recognize various levels of threat in close environments; react with a sudden and justifiable response within WI DOJ intervention options; develop firearm protection and retention skills, fire accurately to CNS and Centerline at very close distances, and justify the need for this application; effectively use the correct level of force, justify the same, and preclude lesser force options; reduce the likelihood officer injury and reduce the threat of civil litigation against the department and its officers.

High-Risk Vehicle Encounters Officers review the basic tactical elements of approach, non-approach, and high-risk traffic stops in the morning portion of the class. The afternoon portion of the class will emphasize high-level scenarios with Simunitions.
Homicide Conference This three-day, annual conference highlights aspects of homicide investigation. The conference provides an ideal opportunity for those involved in the field to meet and discuss aspects of actual cases. Participants include but are not limited to homicide investigators, task force personnel, major case squads, crime scene technicians, coroners/medical examiners, prison security threat group and fugitive staff, probation/parole staff, patrol officers, prosecutors criminal justice instructors and agency trainers.
Honor Guard Development This course is designed for honor guard personnel. It will be a "train-the-trainer" atmosphere. Areas covered include funeral protocol, line-of-duty death procedures, applications on managing and organizing honor guard personnel for activities such as parades. The course will combine lecture and hands-on skill development.
Impaired Driving & General Legal Update This program provides an overview of recent legislative changes and court decisions specific to the impaired driving arena. In addition, instruction will be provided on recent case law developments relevant to law enforcement officers and prosecutors. Finally, the issue of driving under the influence of marijuana will be addressed from a toxicological perspective.
Instructor Development This course is intended for any officer wishing to be a certified Firearms, EVOC, Vehicle Contact, DAAT or POSC instructor. The course is required by the State of Wisconsin. The course is supplemented by extensive written materials and competency-based instruction.
Introduction to Search & Rescue Any protective service officer who would like an introduction to modern day search and rescue practices should attend this course. Course content includes: SAR Management System, land navigation & orienteering, search & rescue resources, search philosophy, search tactics, search options, predicting lost person behavior, helicopter operations, and communications.
Investigative Interviews Any patrol officer, traffic officer, investigator or detective is encouraged to attend this course. Topics covered include interview & interrogation, back grounding suspects, establishing rapport with suspects, the stages of an interview, obtaining the confession, recognizing indicators of deceit, overcoming denials, obtaining the written statement, and much more!
Law Enforcement Legal Update This course is designed for all members of a police agency and can serve as an agency in-service. It will provide an update and discussion of court and legislative action from the prior year that affects Wisconsin law enforcement. This will include search and seizure, Miranda and traffic.
Media Relations This course covers topics such as understanding the role of the media; media policies for law enforcement; practical tips for interacting with the media; how to work with television; how to improve your press releases; and how to respond to crisis situations. Instruction will include role-playing exercises.
Methamphetamine Labs Officers who wish to gain further knowledge of methamphetamine should attend this course. This class will cover its history, where it comes from, what it looks like, and how it's used and made. Upon successful completion, students should be able to recognize a methamphetamine lab, its dangers and know the appropriate law enforcement action to take.
Patrol Rifle Instructor Training This course will prepare currently certified firearms instructors to carry and instruct the Tactical Rifle. A major emphasis is placed on operational techniques for the Tactical Rifle in drills, shooting exercises and realistic scenario training. This training is focused on preparing officers while on duty in the patrol and special team environments to meet foreseeable use of force problems. This course also includes a review of methods of instruction and scenario development.
POSC Correctional Personnel Instructor This program is designed to prepare new instructors to implement defensive tactics training for their recruit and/or inservice correctional personnel. This program will cover the full range of instruction including lecture, demonstration, physical technique training, simulation training, and testing procedures. The emphasis of this program is to get an instructor up to speed to train correctional personnel.
Preparing & Testifying in Court This course will discuss some of the basics of preparing yourself for court; from timeliness and appearance, to demeanor and the use of humor. It will provide methods on how to handle tough or tricky questions. It will emphasize the importance of good report writing and provide suggestions for surviving testimony with a weak report. Videotape scenarios and role-playing will be used.
Professional Communication Skills Instructor This course covers the fundamental concepts of PCS: professionalism, effective communication skills, and enhancing those skills. This course stresses ethics, respect, appearance, demeanor, diligence, competence and attitude.
Radar Operator Training Officers who have had at least 100 hours of experience using traffic radar equipment are qualified to take this course. Upon successful completion officer's will be certified traffic radar operators.
Reid Interview & Interrogation This three-day seminar is presented in lecture and multimedia format. Instruction covers developing street sources and C/Is; conducting effective street interviews and stops; surveillance tactics for patrol and plain clothes; developing criminal intelligence; ethical considerations for street cops; strategies for gang and drug cases; search procedures for patrol and plain clothes; defense attorney tactics for all officers; and officer safety while on and off duty.
Reid Street Crimes Program This three-day seminar is presented in lecture and multimedia format. Instruction covers developing street sources and C/Is; conducting effective street interviews and stops; surveillance tactics for patrol and plain clothes; developing criminal intelligence; ethical considerations for street cops; strategies for gang and drug cases; search procedures for patrol and plain clothes; defense attorney tactics for all officers; and officer safety while on and off duty.
Responding to & Investigating High Tech Crime This hands-on course is held in a computer lab where law enforcement officers (patrol officers and detectives alike) will learn what criminals are doing online and with computers. Students will also explore computer forensics, chat room investigations, undercover web sites, image searches, search / seizure, subpoenas / warrants, Internet Protocol, and intelligence gathering.
Search & Seizure Issues The course will briefly review the basics of search and seizure law in Wisconsin, followed by an update and discussion of court and legislative action effecting Wisconsin law enforcement rights and responsibilities with search and seizure.
Shotgun Instructor This course is intended for any officer wanting to obtain Shotgun Instructor Certification. Instruction will focus on the development of instructional techniques specific to the Use of Force Instructor and the development of practical and relevant operations techniques to support the law enforcement use of the semi-automatic shotgun and slide action shotgun. The technical aspects of the program prepare the student not only to apply learned techniques during stress, but also to teach the cognitive and skill development phases of the shotgun in the law enforcement environment.
Simunition Supervisor Safety and Training This course is designed to provide students with substantial hands-on experience with Simunition FX training ammunition technology, weapons conversion kits, and the Simunition line of protective equipment.
Spanish For Law Enforcement This course is designed to allow law enforcement to better serve the Hispanic community by learning basic skills required to communicate with a Spanish-speaking person who doesn't speak English. The Spanish alphabet, pronunciation, basic colors, numbers, and basic law enforcement related questions will be covered.
SPEAR This course is intended for departmental unified tactical training instructors (police/corrections), SWAT and narcotics officers. The philosophy of the SPEAR system is a three-dimensional approach to DT/combative training to instill the requisite fear management and survival tools to enhance the confidence of the officer. The SPEAR System is a unique process that aids in converting instinctive survival flinches and reactions into effective protective tactics.
Standardized Field Sobriety Any officer that is interested in obtaining the National Transportation Safety Board Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) certification should attend this course.
Submachine Gun Instructor Successful students will be able to demonstrate the following in keeping with the Wisconsin Unified Tactical Program Use of Force applications: select the correct level of force required by officer/subject factors, special circumstances and early warning signs; conduct high-level simulation to evaluate the ability of officer to use learned skills in a realistic environment; fire the weapon accurately within the tactical distance into the CNS when required by circumstance and describe the need for this tactic; fire weapon accurately from extended distances with emphasis on short to medium distances; display safe weapon handling skills,; use immediate action procedures in the event of a malfunction; stoppage; control the potential of the weapon in semi and full auto fire.
SWAT Review Officers review the tactical aspects needed to conduct successful building entries and room clearing. The course will emphasize the use of dynamic and deliberate methods of operations and will emphasize hands-on training and high-level scenarios.
Tactical Ground Combat Instructor Development This course distinguishes between grappling and ground-fighting to give the officer/soldier a stronger edge in a fight that ends up on the ground. Training evolutions include attack-specific force training; tactical get-up; weapon protection; ground fighting vs. an armed assailant; unconventional aspects of standup and prone grappling; subject control; and cuffing principles.
Tactical Police Performance Instructor In this three-day instructor course, defensive tactics, fitness, and firearms instructors will learn how to improve power, strength, flexibility, and agility for the everyday tasks of law enforcement, as well as for critical street confrontations. Movements will be analyzed in order for officers to return and adapt these practices as part of their department's existing training programs. (This course is approved for 24 continuing education credits for Cooper Fitness Certification. The Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board also certify it.)
Telecommunicator Inservice Assists students in becoming an integral part of Fire Department response. Class provides an overview of fireground operations including Incident Command, rescue and suppression functions, RIT and Mayday procedures as well as standard response strategies and tactics. Course also provides an introduction to hostage negotiations.
Threat & Risk Assessment (Local Jurisdiction) This three-day planning/management-level course prepares emergency responder managers and community leaders to conduct a comprehensive threat and risk assessment for a Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)/terrorism incident.
Unifed Tactics Performance Analysis for FTOs Course is designed for FTOs and first-line supervisors who are not certified instructors in the WI tactical disciplines. (Certified Unified Tactical instructors may also attend for review/refresher. Students will enhance personal tactical skills; review state training standards and objectives; identify and document probationary officers; tactical performance problems; and develop methods and coaching strategies to provide remedial training for probationary officers.
Use-of-Force Manager This program is designed to prepare a department to implement a Use-of-Force management program by developing better managers who are able to assess the needs of their agencies and better train their officers. This approach fosters community trust through compete review of Use-of-Force incidents with corrective action taken, if needed. Course is ideal for line officers, first line supervisors, mid-level managers, command stuff, agency heads & department trainers, FTSs, investigators, IA personnel, public information officers, risk managers, and legal counsel. Prosecutors and judges are also encouraged to attend. Member of oversight committees, the media, community groups and interested citizens may also benefit from attending.
Vehicle Contacts Instructor Class covers vehicle contacts such as pre-stop considerations, squad car interview, deployment considerations, DWI arrests, vehicle searches and reduced light considerations.
Vehicle Contacts - Surviving the Threat Class is designed for police officers looking to review or improve their tactical skills in a traffic stop environment. Officers will review the tactical elements of approach, non-approach, and high-risk traffic stops in the morning portion of the class. The afternoon session will emphasize high-level scenarios with Simunitions.
Winning Extreme Encounters This course is designed to help attendees survive deadly confrontations, investigate officer-involved shootings properly and defend puzzling and controversial cases in court. Ideal for trainers, IA and homicide investigators, medical examiners, prosecutors, police attorneys, administrators, review board members, street officers, and supervisors.