Woodland Tactics & Operations

Across New York State and the nation, law enforcement officers are required to operate in rural environments. From fugitive apprehension to rural narcotics operations, officers may find themselves in situations where woodland travel may be the only or most tactically advantageous method to conduct an operation. The Woodland Tactics and Operations (WTO) course provides law enforcement patrol officers and tactical operators with skill-sets which will allow them to operate successfully and safely inhostile, non-permissive, rural and wilderness terrain. The course serves officers and support personnel who may be involved in activities which include: apprehension of suspects in wooded terrain, counter drug / marijuana eradication operations, counter smuggling & poaching, insertion of surveillance and sniper/observer teams, counter terrorism and rural criminal investigations.

This physically-demanding course includes classroom discussion, field instruction, skill lanes, and practical exercises conducted in realistic training environments. Every student should be aware of this and consider self-exclusion if s/he has concerns about their physical condition or suffers from any health or other physical abnormality that may place them at risk.

The course will conclude with challenging situational and scenario based training exercises, utilizing aggressor role-players and simunition weapons systems. At the conclusion of the course, participants will be more thoroughly qualified to plan, lead and execute tactical operations in wooded and rural terrain.

Topics Include:

    • Land navigation with map, compass, and GPS receivers
    • Tactical movement and reaction to contact techniques in hostile rural or wooded terrain.
    • Establishing a helicopter landing zone.
    • Rural operations mission planning to include reconnaissance and surveillance techniques, route planning, and tactical considerations in rural environments.
    • Law enforcement direct threat care.