First Responders Operating in Low-Light Conditions Train-the-Trainer

Active Shooter Low Light Train-the-Trainer

Time: (24 hours/3 days)
Class Size: 18
Prerequisite: Sworn law enforcement officer (preferred: experience in tactical, firearms, and/or law enforcement training)
Recommended Equipment: Good attitude, open mind, pen and paper, duty gear, flashlight used on duty, extra batteries, personal groin protection, clothing for "force on force" drills, water and or hydration system, note taking materials.

Description: This three-day train‑the‑trainer course is designed to provide the participant with training concepts, techniques, and equipment considerations to increase their effectiveness and confidence while operating in low‑ or no‑light conditions. The course incorporates the use of force‑on‑force drills to validate the tactics and techniques covered. Topics will center on approaching a target area, low light searching techniques, low light entry methods, armed confrontations and unarmed suspect handling. The course also covers instructional techniques and methodology for delivering the course, force‑on‑force scenario development, safety protocols and procedures, graded participant teach‑backs, graded participant‑led force‑on‑force scenarios, remediation, video debrief, course critiques, and evaluations. Participants are provided with all lesson plans, PowerPoint presentations, student manuals, and related courseware so they are immediately prepared to deliver a low-light training course at their home agency.

If you are interested in hosting this class, please see the requirements listed below then fill out a Hosting Request Form.

Hosting Requirements:


1
) The primary host agency must be a state or local agency.

2) Each class is required to be filled with sworn state and local law enforcement officers from multiple agencies. In the event that federal or military personnel are inquiring about registering, and you have given priority to state/local officers, you are allowed up to 3 slots to approve for federal/military. These federal/military students must not take seats from state or local officers.

3) Most of these classes are held at the ALERRT facility. When we travel with this training, the host agency should provide a building with hallways and multiple rooms that can be made completely dark. It is imperative that the training location allows for the use of marking cartridges in force-on-force drills and is capable of being made completely dark. Any safety lights, “Exit” signs, windows or other sources of light need to be blocked out or turned off by the host before the scheduled training begins. This totally blacked-out environment allows the participants to truly realize the benefits of the tactics being taught when used in completely dark environments. Training in the winter months and modified start/end times for the class are options to help control the lighting issues.

  1.  Our experience has revealed that 6 mil contractors’ black plastic and Gorilla brand duct tape works best for darkening the training area. Please test the environment during daylight hours to confirm all light is blocked.

  2.  A classroom-type location with electricity, student seating for classroom modules, and restrooms should be within or very close to the training site. 

4) The host agency will be responsible for registration. We will post the class to our website under ‘Upcoming Courses’, and list the POC’s contact information for registration. Under special circumstances, we can remove the class from the website at the agency’s request.

5) The host agency is responsible for the advertisement of the class. We will send you the course flyer for distribution.

6) ALERRT will issue certificates for all classes and, in Texas, we will post hours to TCOLE.

7) In the event a class can’t be filled ALERRT reserves the option to open registration nationwide or cancel the class.


For questions specific to Low Light courses, please contact John Curnutt at curnutt@alerrt.org.