Rick C. Mathews, Director
National Center for Security & Preparedness
423 State Street
Albany, NY 12203
5900 Airport Road
Oriskany, NY 13424
24 April, 2013
On April 10th-11th, 2013, the National Center for Security & Preparedness (NCSP), in partnership with the NYS Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services (DHSES) and State Preparedness Training Center (SPTC) conducted a pilot delivery of the Woodland Tactics and Operations course. The training, developed with the assistance of the New York Tactical Officers Association (NYTOA), is part of a wider effort by the NCSP and SPTC to provide high-end, scenario-based training for the first responder community.
The course was developed in light of the increasingly prevalent need for law enforcement patrol officers and tactical operators to conduct operations and criminal investigations in hostile, non-permissive wilderness terrain. From counter narcotics and eradication, to weapons smuggling and fugitive apprehension, the course reinforces and builds upon existing skills to better prepare law enforcement patrol officers to respond to, and operate in rural or wooded environments.
The Woodland Tactics and Operations course familiarized students with basic principles of land navigation, team movement tactics and techniques, and rural operational mission planning through a combination of classroom discussion, skill development lanes, and high-end scenario-based training. Students also received instruction in law enforcement direct threat care, which equips first responders with basic, life-saving care techniques such as tourniquet application and wound packing with a hemostatic agent.
The training culminated with students participating in two major scenarios that utilized the SPTCís real world training venues and live role players to immerse students in rural, non-permissive, and hostile operating terrain. Each scenario-based activity was designed to exercise the studentsí baseline and newly learned skills in a realistic environment. At the conclusion of each scenario-based activity, SME-instructors provided students with feedback about the decisions they made to navigate and execute missions, focusing on the key learning points from classroom instruction and skill development lanes.
A total of twenty students, primarily from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Police, took part in the pilot, which was taught by an instructional team of four NCSP subject matter experts (SMEs). Following the highly positive feedback from students, instructors, and senior police officials, the Woodland Tactics and Operations course is now being developed and optimized for future deliveries.