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Tactical Team Leader Development
Gainesville Police Department
545 NW 8th Ave
Gainesville, FL 32601
United States

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Thursday, August 19, 2021, 8:00 AM to Friday, August 20, 2021, 5:00 PM EDT
Category: Training

Cost- $100

Hosted in Gainesville, FL

The host hotel will be sent via email after you register.

This course will discuss the importance of the team leader's role in tactical operations, training events and during administrative functions. The class will discuss topics related to tactics and strategies for tactical operations, civil liability considerations, use of force concerns, planning, equipment needs as well as national law enforcement trends surrounding tactical operations as a whole. This has been a very well received course taught numerous times across the state by well respected national instructors and serves as an excellent introduction for all members of tactical teams and particularly that of senior members who may become a TL in the future. It also is a solid refresher course for those already filling the role ensuring your team and actions are on par with national standards and trends.

Lead Instructor

Sgt. Chris Eklund began his career with the Orange County (FL) Sheriff’s Office in 1999. He has worked in several areas of the agency, including patrol, narcotics and problem-oriented policing, and currently is assigned to the SWAT team as the training coordinator and a team leader. Eklund has been on SWAT since 2002 and has been full time since 2014. He became a sniper in 2003 and the sniper team leader in 2013. Chris has been very active with the Florida SWAT Association since 2004 instructing firearms and sniper courses, CQB, and Hostage Rescue tactics. He has served as an instructor and Vice President. He is currently serving on the Board of Director’s as the President. In 2020 Chris completed the National Tactical Officers Association Command College and began instructing for the NTOA shortly after. He has a bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology and served in the U.S Army National Guard from 1992-2002 before separating as a staff sergeant.

Lt. Josh Crews has served in Law Enforcement for over 23 years. He started his career as Correctional Officer for the Florida Department of Corrections, serving there from 1997 through 2000. In 2000, Josh was hired by the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office (ASO) as a Deputy Sheriff. At ASO, he has served in multiple divisions, including Patrol, Special Operations, Juvenile Resource, Narcotics, Criminal Interdiction, Community Oriented Policing, and Training. Josh currently supervises the Patrol Criminal Interdiction Unit, who’s primary focus is that of reducing gun crimes. Josh was selected for the ASO SWAT Team in December of 2002. The ASO SWAT Team is a collateral duty team made up of 25 Tactical Operators, four Intel Officers, four Tactical Vehicle Operators, and one Commander. Eight of the Tactical Operators also serve on the team as Sniper Observer. ASO SWAT runs approximately 65-70 operations each year. During his SWAT career, Josh has been a Primary Shield Operator, Sniper Observer, Sniper Team Leader, Tactical Team Leader, Assistant SWAT Commander, and now serves as the SWAT Commander. Josh has been an active member of the Florida SWAT Association for years. He has instructed in other classes and also served as a Regional Representative, before taking his current position on the Board of Directors as the Secretary.

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Contact: Sgt Tony Ferro 813-892-0777 [email protected]