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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
OC finally took affect enough to cause the subject to drop
all of his weapons and we safely secured him.
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.
|" Just wanted to take a little time and
tell you what a great time I had at the Low Light Course. It
is probably the best training I have received to date.
I thought the course curriculum was excellent, as were the instructors,
which always makes for a great course. Training that is
always high speed and low drag is
a welcome change compared to other" administrative"
Again, thanks for a great week.
I would very much like to take advantage of any opportunities
to help with courses in the future if possible. Good luck with
the new flashlight line, and I hope to train with you guys in
Omaha Police Department
Ken, I finally had the opportunity to attend
the Low Light Instructors course taught by Mark Warren here
in Independence Missouri. I just wanted to let you know that
I was very impressed by Mark's ability to present the information
in an easily digestible format. I cannot speak highly enough
about his presentation. Truly outstanding.
He represents your company in the best possible way. I just
wanted you to know. From my standpoint it was by far the best
training I have ever attended. Not to sound to over the top
but I feel I came into the class as a tactical officer and
left as a tactical gunfighter.
The confidence I now have, from that class, is beginning to
spill over into other areas of my personnel and professional
life. Just wanted to take an opportunity to express my gratitude
for the class and the your personnel. As always, thank you
for what you do."
Lee's Summit Police Department.
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Strategies of Low Light Engagements" - Instructor Course
Low Light Training - Low Light CQB - Force-on-Force - Firearms Training
Course Length: 5-Days (50 hours)
Low Light Training - Low Light Shooting - Low Light CQB
Most Law Enforcement Shootings take place in Diminished Light Environments
Course Title: The Strategies of Low Light Engagements
Course Length 5-Days Tuition: $795
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
This is NOT a flashlight shooting techniques course! Far from it.
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.
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
to all reasonable action is possessing the ability to harness the full potential
of the conscious and sub-conscious decision-making processes while under
this course with a practical understanding of a time tested sequential
model for operating in the midst of discord.
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
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
Student Manual - CLICK HERE
The Strategies of Low Light Engagements
- A Law Enforcements Officer's Guide"
instructor will also be able to:
Access "Instructor" pricing on all products offered by Strategos
Excellent Handgun & Shotgun Skills / Instructor Background or training
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
- Functioning under
- 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
- Arrest & Control
Concepts utilizing a flashlight
- Using a handheld
flashlight w/ a shoulder-fired weapon
- Student Teach Back
- Student run "Low
Light" Drilling & Critiques
- Illumination Tool
and Related Equipment Recommendations
of a safe and effective "Force on Force" training program
requirements for Program Delivery
- Choice of BDU's/Sweats/Overalls/Flight
- Flashlight used
- 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
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