Northwest Indiana Law Enforcement Academy

Tactical Flight Officers Course

Course Information

Course ID: 19-020
Course Start: 5/29/2019
Course End: 5/30/2019
Course Time: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Course Days: WH
Course Hours: 16.00

Location Information

775 Mississippi Street
Merrillville, IN 46410

Pricing Information

Member Tuition: 250.00
Non Member Tuition: 250.00

Class Participant Information

Class Maximum Size: 50

Course Description



COURSE OBJECTIVES: The Tactical Flight Officers Course is designed to provide aircrew members with the tactical skills and information necessary to safely and successfully support ground units engaged in a variety of law enforcement missions. Although specifically designed for tactical flight officers, this course is applicable to pilots and crewmembers alike and is also a valuable course for unit supervisors. Attendees will learn the elements of crew coordination, gain knowledge on how to set up a perimeter, direct the activities of ground units from the air, manage a vehicle pursuit and conduct a thermal imagery search using the latest in airborne tactics. Additionally, attendees will learn what specialized equipment is available and how to properly use the most common tools. This class is essential to the professional development of aviation law enforcement personnel and also meets one of the requirements for TFO training related to accreditation.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: This course is specifically intended for law enforcement personnel assigned to aviation support units as Tactical Flight Officers. Flight Observers, Pilots and Unit Supervisors.


LOCATION: Hilton Garden Inn 775 Mississippi Street Merrillville, Indiana 46410


COSTS: $250


COURSE LENGTH: Two-days, 16-hours of training


 DATE / TIME: Weds., May 29 - Thurs., 30 2019, 0800-1700 hours each day


INSTRUCTOR INFORMATION: Lieutenant Clay Lacey is currently employed by the Texas Department of Public Safety Aviation Operations Division and is stationed in the Dallas /Fort Worth Metroplex Area. Lieutenant Lacey began his law enforcement career as a Communications Specialist with the City of Garland Police Department in 1996 before joining the same department as a sworn oficer in 1998 where he worked within the patrol division on late nights. In 2000, Lieutenant Lacey was special assigned to the Texas DPS Aviation Operations Division as a task force tactical flight officer where he has worked hundreds of flights and thousands of hours in support of criminal manhunts, surveillance, search and rescue, vehicle pursuits, foot pursuits, and airborne use of force. Lieutenant Lacey developed the Texas DPS TFO training program from the ground up and currently serves as an instructor within the unit. Lieutenant Lacey also teaches around the world on behalf of the Airborne Public Safety Association ond individual law enforcement units seeking additional specialized instruction.




Course Materials

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