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The Strategies of Low Light Engagements

Instructor Course

Low Light Training - Low Light CQB - Force-on-Force - Firearms Training - Low Light Shooting
Most Law Enforcement Shootings take place in Diminished Light Environments

Course Length 5-Days (50 hours)
Tuition: $795
Checks & Credit Cards Accepted

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Additional Media

  • Night Moves Artcle - Sept '06
  • Strategos in Germany - March '06
  • Law & Order Mag Low-Light Feature - March '06
  • IES Interactive Trailer 1 - Windows Media
  • IES Interactive Trailer 2 - Windows Media
  • An Introduction to IES USA's courseware and simulation training systems.



I want to tell you two about an incident we had in which we used some of the low-light strategies/techniques to not only protect ourselves, but it kept us from having to shoot a mentally ill person who had several edged weapons as well as a lighter and an aerosol can. Tony Larosa, another officer and myself responded to this call. We were told ahead of time that a 21 year old man with a history of mental illness had a knife and had tried to barricade himself in a room after telling family members he was going to kill himself. This man has attempted suicide in the past as is known to be violent with everyone he comes into contact with, especially police.

Tony, John Higgins and I have had plenty of opportunity to practice and implement many of the low-light techniques and strategies we have learned through many building searches, force-on-force scenarios and our active shooter training. John Higgins and I also attended Strategos' Active Shooter instructor class in 2008 and we have emphasized flashlight work in that training as well. After any of the 3 of use our low-light training we usually talk with the other 2 and compare notes. But, this is the first time any of us have used it such a violent setting.

Tony posted at the doorway with his pistol while the subject was sitting on a bed and waving a knife. The subject had tried to barricade the door with clothes, blankets, pillows and several drawers from his dressers. We could only get the door open a few inches. The subject was also throwing objects at Tony.

Since the subject was stationary and not coming at Tony, Tony put his pistol light on strobe to disorient the subject while he sprayed OC in the subject's face. We don't have Tasers or similar devices so our less-lethal choices are limited, especially at a distance.

As is common with OC, the spray did not take affect right away and the subject still did not comply. The subject dropped the knife and then picked up an aerosol can and lighter. He tried several times to create a pseudo-flamethrower and spray it in Tony's direction.

Were very concerned about being burned or the subject setting the room/house on fire. I pushed on the door some more and since Tony had been using the strobe on his light, I chose to keep my light on constantly in his eyes and shot more OC into his eyes/face.

The OC finally took affect enough to cause the subject to drop all of his weapons and we safely secured him.

Thank you for what Strategos teaches and the positive impact that it has on law enforcement. We hope to train with you all again in the future. Be safe and we pray that Strategos continues to do well.


Date: November 4-8, 2013
Class begins at 0800 on day one with a modified schedule the remainder of the course

Springfield Regional Police & Fire Training Center
2620 W. Battlefield Road
Springfield, MO 65807

POC: Cpl. Flint Roufs
Springfield Police Department
Email: froufs@springfieldmo.gov
Phone: 417-864-1369

Steve Crews
Toll Free: 888-LOW-LIGHT (888-569-5444)
Email: stephen@strategosintl.com
Fax: 816-795-2753

Upon completion of this intensive 50+ hour, 5-day course the participant will be able to successfully deliver progressive low light training to his or her department based on the acclaimed training developed by the Strategos staff. This training will assist departments in meeting a critical training requirement for low light training.

The Strategies of Low Light Engagements
The Principles and Subsequent Techniques for Prevailing in the Realm of Conflict. This is NOT a flashlight shooting techniques course! Far from it. Developed over a 20-year period of interaction with regular and Special Forces military units, federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, this groundbreaking course exposes the officer to the foundational precepts associated with armed and unarmed confrontations associated with day and night operations.

We do not focus on final outcomes per se, but address the underlying processes that ultimately determine the conclusion of any given conflict. The core principles of low light CQB and low light CQC, conflict resolution; strategy, tactics, teamwork, proper individual bio-mechanics, timing, effective communication, and leveraging available equipment are presented and tested.

Technique based approaches encouraged by the majority of traditional training methodologies are simply not sufficient. We teach operators to implement flexible, fluid, flowing and unpredictable (difficult for the adversary to read) responses in dynamic environments. The cornerstone to all reasonable action is possessing the ability to harness the full potential of the conscious and sub-conscious decision-making processes while under duress.

Officers leave this course with a practical understanding of a time tested sequential model for operating in the midst of discord. Participants are challenged mentally and physically to solve a multitude of problems utilizing an adaptive learning based philosophy. That is, participants are encouraged to experiment and take the initial concepts presented during powerful multimedia lectures and practical demonstrations and adapt them as necessary in a myriad of force-on-force drills and scenarios. These exercises are carefully analyzed utilizing infrared digital video playback. This course leads the way in Reduced Light Environments Training for Law Enforcement.

All students/participants who successfully complete the 5-day instructor course receive the following:

  • 300 Page Instructor Handbook - (Complete w/ talking point lesson plan, misc. articles, student pricing, addendum documents, administrative documents, rosters, course evaluation forms, incident reports etc.)
  • Product Discounts not available to the public
  • Successful Completion & Instructor Certificate

A certified instructor will also be able to:
Access "Instructor" pricing on all products offered by Strategos International

Excellent Handgun & Shotgun Skills / Instructor Background or training preferable

This 5 Day, 50+ hour Course will cover the following:

  • Presenting "Low Light" multi-media lectures
  • Extensive solo drilling & pair drilling - (Live Fire & "Force on Force")
  • O.O.D.A. Cycle
  • Correct Use of Lighting Tools
  • Functioning under Duress
  • Searching Techniques
  • Proper Movement, effective use of Cover and Concealment
    - (Solo, Pairs and 4 person elements)
  • Introduction to Physical Conflict Resolution (PCR)
    - (Our proprietary Defensive Tactics approach)
  • Arrest & Control Concepts utilizing a flashlight
  • Using a handheld flashlight w/ a shoulder-fired weapon
  • Student Teach Back Sessions
  • Student run "Low Light" Drilling & Critiques
  • Illumination Tool and Related Equipment Recommendations
  • Administration of a safe and effective "Force on Force" training program
  • Administrative requirements for Program Delivery

Equipment required:

  • Choice of BDU's/Sweats/Overalls/Flight Suit
  • Flashlight used on duty
  • Duty Rig & Handgun w/ 500 rounds of ammunition
  • Duty Shotgun w/ 250 rounds of ammunition or carbine w/ 500 rounds of ammunition - Weaponlight is recommended
  • Eye, Ear, Groin, & Neck Protection, Gloves
  • (Chest Protection for Women)
  • Knee-Pads
  • Liquids

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