run first time at bat. That was the first TacOps East Tactical Training
Conference. The conference and exhibition was hosted by the National Capital
Region SWAT Association (NCRSA). Held just 15 minutes from Washington Dulles
Airport, the TacOps
East attracted tactical officers from 22 states.
mid-Atlantic and many Midwest states, of course, but also as far away as
Colorado, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Arizona and Toronto. Attendees also included
federal agents from the ATF, FBI, USMS and DOE. Well over 700 tactical
officers, not counting day-of-event walk-ins.
of the right exhibitors, over 80 of them, had booths at the sold-out TacOps
course, a number of important regional suppliers were there. However, so too
were nationally recognized tactical ops companies like 5.11 Tactical and
Tru-Spec; Combined Tactical Systems and Safariland; Benchmade and SOG; Lenco
Patriot 3 and The Armored Group; Lithos Robotics and Recon Robotics; and
Remington and FNH USA.
companies were there, too, like Jersey Tactical, Choate Machine and Tool and
North American Rescue. As for general police supply, TacOps East had everyone
from Atlantic Tactical to Southern Police Equipment to Voodoo Tactical.
SWAT conferences have excellent speakers, i.e., classroom presentations from
credible, experienced experts. However, the best SWAT conferences also have two
other kinds of training in addition to classrooms.
the best SWAT conferences have instructor certification courses. TacOps East
had one- and two-day courses on Chemical Munitions Instructor (CTS), AR-15
Armorer (Bushmaster), Shotgun Armorer (Remington), Less-Lethal Impact Munitions
(Safariland), Distraction Device (Safariland), and Shotgun Breaching (Combined
East also had very hands-on classes like Structure Clearing Strategies, Active
Shooter Basic Course, and Tactical Combat Casualty Care. Of course, the
ultimate hands-on training gets you out of the classroom and into the off-site
range. And that is the second kind of training conducted at the best SWAT
East shuttled tactical officers to the Fairfax County, Va. Police Range, the
Loudoun County, Va. Sheriff Range, and other dedicated off-site training areas
for a number of live-fire courses. These included Tactical Carbine; Structure Clearing;
Shotgun Breaching; Less-Lethal; Distraction Device; Chemical Munitions and
breakout training sessions, and there were more than 40 of them, had something
for tactical operators, crisis negotiators, high-risk patrol, protective
details and corrections special teams. For the tactical operators, courses were
available for all tasks: shield man, breacher, TEMS, sniper, team leader. For
the tactical-minded patrol officer, courses were available on Active Shooter, building
clearing, high-risk vehicle stops and the combat mindset.
high-risk warrant planning, to SWAT legal issues to hostage rescue tactics to
physical defensive measures and weapon retention, TacOps East literally had
three full days of something for anyone reading Tactical Response magazine.
your calendars, or set your electronic reminder, for TacOps East 2014. It will
be in early September in the same Washington, D.C. metro area location.
Photos Courtesy of Laura FogartyTactical Photography.