Northwest Indiana Law Enforcement Academy

ProTrain: S.T.O.P.S. Tactical Criminal Interdiction**CANCELLED**

Course Information

Course ID: 19-002
Course Start: 5/15/2019
Course End: 5/17/2019
Course Time: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Course Days: WHF
Course Hours: 24.00

Location Information

705 East 4th Street
Hobart, IN 46342

Pricing Information

Member Tuition: 450.00
Non Member Tuition: 450.00

Class Participant Information

Class Maximum Size: 0

Course Description

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Develop tactics to use during vehicle stops intended for criminal interdiction, pro-active traffic enforcement, and/or traffic stops resulting from local narcotics investigations.  The focus of this program is on tactics for interdiction officers/narcotics investigators.

Day 1:

  1.  Overview of the S.T.O.P.S. program and why proven tactics are essential for law enforcement officers dealing with current issues police officers face when conducting traffic stops.
  2. Students will review S.T.O.P.S. assessment categories (low, unknown, high)
    1. Four (4) approach patterns
    2. Two (2) patterns for Unknown-Risk assessments
    3. Vehicle/officer positioning for High-Risk stops
  3.  When Risk Factors Change
    1. When Low-Risk changes to Unknown-Risk
    2. When Low-Risk changes to High-Risk
    3. STOPS Firearm Response Theory:                                                                                                     
    4. MOVE… Draw… Take Appropriate Action…MOVE TO COVER!
    5. 4 Steps of Reaction Time:  Perceive…Evaluate…Decide…Act…
    6. “The 12 Ambush Zones”

Day 2: 

  1. Explore the two (2) theories of criminal interdiction enforcement with regards to working “The Drive” or conducting “High Volume Stops”
  2. Highway vs. Street Interdiction
    1. Highway positioning
    2. Street/City positioning
    3. High crime areas, gas stations, parks, etc.
  3. Overview of indicators
    1. Indicators of criminal activity while the vehicle is still in motion
    2. Vehicle indicators
    3. Interior indicators
  4.  Discuss the two (2) most important indicators officers must recognize
  5. Consent or Probable Cause Search
    1. Pirtle Warning, when to advise
    2. Miranda Warning, when to advise
    3. Pat Down or Search?
  6. NEVER SEARCH ALONE (South Carolina Trooper Mark Coates)
    1. Three (3) methods of search techniques for a pair of officers to utilize
  7. Tactics to employ in proactive stops vs. a known drug stop investigation
    1. Walk-Up vs. Walk-Back
  8. Case Law pertinent to traffic stops/criminal interdiction
  9. Current trends/other training opportunities

Day 3:

  1. Participants will explore the practical application of backup positioning to protect search officer while watching violator for verbal/non-verbal cues
  2. Practical walk-thru of the four (4) Low-Risk approach patterns
    1. Standard Left Walk-Up
    2. Standard Right Walk-Up
    3. Tactical Left-Side Walk-Up
    4. Tactical Right-Side Walk-Up
  3. Practical application of Unknown-Risk tactics
    1. Walk-Back
    2. Walk-Thru
  4. Review of High-Risk set-up and responsibilities of Officer’s 1 through 4
  5. Escaping from the 12 Ambush Locations
  6. Live Fire Training Scenarios
    1. Point of Contact
    2. Unknown Risk “Ready Stance”
  7. At the end of this course, participants will have a course review of time-proven S.T.O.P.S. techniques and tactics to make proper traffic stop assessments, contact violators professionally, search vehicles safely, and survive an ambush assault, winning the encounter

Course Materials

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