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To schedule a class or for additional information email:  patten@woodlandoperations.com  

​Phone:  828-736-1213 
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TACTICAL WOODLAND OPERATIONS SCHOOL LLC ®   Cullowhee, NC 28723

HIGH-RISK WOODLAND OPERATIONS COURSE 

This course trains the officer/team to respond to and control high-risk incidents that occur in a woodland or rural environment. The student will receive instruction in the application of visual tracking, individual and team movement, equipment, camouflage, land navigation, clearing danger areas, arrest tactics, operational planning, and patrol tactics. Each of our instructors has extensive field experience in high-risk woodland operations. A variety of training methodology is used in the course including classroom lecture, drills, field exercises and case study. Available in a 3 or 5 day course and can be structured to meet agency needs. 

This course has been utilized in a variety of enforcement efforts including:

Fugitive manhunts
Arson investigation
Wildlife poaching
Environmental crimes
Crime scene reconstruction

​Counter-terrorism
High-risk warrant service
Counter-narcotics enforcement
Border Protection
Prisoner recovery
Rural surveillance

NOTE: This course is only available to commissioned law enforcement and active duty military personnel. 
LAND NAVIGATION COURSE

​Increase your enjoyment and expand your abilities in the great outdoors or come hone your land navigation skills. This is an essential skill for all who wish to take their outdoor experience to the next level .Whether you are law enforcement, military, search and rescue personnel or private citizen you can benefit from this course. Taught in the mountains of western North Carolina, this course will be both challenging and fun. A variety of training methodology is used including classroom lecture, drills, field exercises and case study. This is a 2 day course. This course provides instruction in:


VISUAL TRACKING COURSE


​This course provides the student with an in depth understanding of the art and science of visual tracking and how tracking is used in law enforcement, search and rescue operations and recreation. 

Students will learn how to: determine the age of sign or tracks, document tracks, use a tracking stick, conduct lost sign procedure, integrate visual tracking into search operations, identify crime scenes using tracking, recover evidence and eliminate search areas. This is offered as 3 or 5 day course depending upon agency or individual needs.  

A variety of training methodology is used in the course including classroom lecture, drills, field exercises and case study.  
This course is also open to individuals who might desire private instruction.

Topographical maps
Compass 
GPS  
Mapping systems 

NOTE: This course is only available to commissioned law enforcement and active duty military personnel.  Minimum class size is 6 students
Declination
Route planning
Terrain association 
Resection

 OUTDOOR LEADERSHIP COURSE

This course is designed to provide a venue for team building. It has been used by management, executive personnel or individuals who want to develop and evaluate camaraderie and leadership within a work group. We will teach your team the basic woodland skills including land navigation, (map, compass, GPS) visual tracking and basic rescue techniques. We have a number of rescue scenarios that your team will conduct. These will challenge your team and provide a great opportunity to see how your team functions under stressful and unfamiliar conditions.
 A variety of training methodology is used in the course including classroom lecture, drills, field exercises and case study. A variety of training methodology is used in the course including classroom lecture, drills, field exercises and case study. 
Your team can join us in the beautiful Smoky Mountains or we can come to you. This is 2 day class and makes for a great weekend retreat.

Takes the officer/team to the next level of woodland tactics by introducing the operator to low-light woodland operations. The goal of this intensive course is to maximize the teams/operators ability to function tactically at night. 

Participants will be expected to perform at night the skillsets learned in Level I. Level II also adds Low-Light Tactical Movement, Low-Light Tracking, High-Risk Incident Management, Night Surveillance and Low-Light Land Navigation. A variety of training methodology is used in the course, including classroom lecture, drills, field exercises, AAR, and case study.

Level II, the officer/team will receive the following training:

Low-Light Tactical Movement

The team will develop and implement a plan for complex night movement along an un-reconnoitered route into an objective. Training in this unit focuses on expanding the participant’s knowledge of tactical team formations and how these formations are adapted to terrain, vegetation, threat conditions and light conditions.  

Low- Light Tracking

The officers will learn the advantages and limitations of night tracking. Using a variety of lighting systems and techniques the officers will track in a variety of environments. In addition, the officer will receive in-depth instruction in the value of tracking as both an apprehension and an investigation tool. Evidence recovery, the aging of sign, following a line of sign, elimination tracking, lost sign procedures, crime scene identification and reconstruction, and becoming an expert witness will be some of the skills taught.

High-Risk Incident Management

The course also introduces the operator to managing the high-risk woodland incident. Officers will be trained to conduct threat assessment, terrain association, resource allocation and hasty plan development for controlling a high-risk woodland situation during the first operational period. Participants will be required to develop and execute a communications plan, logistics plan, containment plan, patrol routes and tracking team operations. 
Rural Surveillance: This block equips the officers with the fundamental skills necessary to conduct a night surveillance operation. Camouflage, communication, observation, intelligence gathering techniques will be performed while remaining undetected. 

Low-Light Land Navigation


The officer will be required to utilize the following skills at night: map reading, compass, GPS, waypoints, route planning, terrain association, noise and light discipline. Participants will be required to navigate through mountain terrain at night while remaining undetected. 

Low-Light Woodland Operations









 
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RURAL SURVEILLANCE COURSE 


OVERVIEW


This course equips the operator with the fundamental skills necessary to safely conduct rural surveillance operations without being detected. Attendees will receive instruction and practical exercise/evaluation in the application and integration of the fundamental surveillance skillsets of: camouflage, tactical movement, visual acuity, land navigation, visual tracking, and operational planning. 
This training has been successfully used by numerous agencies to gather intelligence on terrorist groups, narcotic operations, high-risk warrant service, dignitary protection, border protection and wildlife poaching


SPECIFIC SKILLS TAUGHT IN THIS COURSE:


Counter-surveillance techniques
Application of camouflage to personnel and equipment 
Visual tracking to determine criminal activity, hide location and recon
Individual and team movement to maximize safety during infil /extract
Hide site selection, construction, maintenance and rehab 
Visual acuity techniques 
Management of cover and concealment 
Use and selection of optics and rangefinder
Land navigation to include use of map, compass, GPS and route planning
Operational planning 
Legal considerations of rural surveillance
Maintaining surveillance logs
After action review
 A variety of training methodology is used in the course, including classroom lecture, drills, field exercises, AAR, and case study.  


WHO HAS UTILIZED THIS COURSE
Both individual officers as well as members of SWAT, surveillance teams, snipers, military units, counter-assault teams and counter-terrorism task force have found this training to be essential to mission success.

Tracking for the Patrol Officer
 This course trains the patrol officer to utilize visual tracking to investigate and control incidents that occur outdoors in an urban setting. The student will receive instruction in the application of visual tracking, individualized tactical movement, equipment, field expedient camouflage, identifying and clearing danger areas, woodland arrest techniques, foot patrol tactics and investigation. The training focuses on the identification of track evidence at the scene with emphasis on gathering intelligence for further investigation or pursuit of a suspect or lost person. This course has been utilized by patrol officers in a variety of calls including:

  • Homicide
  • Burglary
  • Trespass 
  • Domestic disturbances
  • Narcotic investigations
  • Vehicle accident investigations
  • Prisoner recovery
  • Rural surveillance
  • Fleeing fugitive 
  • Arson investigation
  • Wildlife poaching
  • Environmental crimes
  • Crime scene reconstruction
  • Lost persons



Each of our instructors has extensive field experience in patrol operations and the use of visual tracking in both investigation and recovery. A variety of training methodology is used in the course including classroom lecture, drills, field exercises and case study. This is a 2-day course and can be structured to meet agency needs. 

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Current and Custom Courses


Our goal at Tactical Woodland Operations School is to meet the needs of the individual. The classes you see below were developed as a result of input from the field and personal experience. We are always developing new courses based on current needs and trends. If you like a class custom developed for your agency or department, please contact us. 

We use the System for Award Management, (SAM) for Federal procurement.   

This course trains search and rescue personnel how to utilize visual tracking and land navigation in land based searches in order to increase their safety and success. The integration of visual tracking has proven to be an invaluable resource for land searches in all types of terrain. Land navigation skills are essential for search personnel to identify and document assigned search areas. Our staff has participated in hundreds of large and small scale searched both as trackers and command staff. The specific skillsets taught in this course include:



  • Visual Tracking
  • Map reading
  • Compass
  • GPS
  • Coordinate systems
  • Establishing Point Last Seen
  • Search Theory
  • Operational Planning
  • Command and Control

A variety of training methodology is used in the course including classroom lecture, drills, field exercises and case study. The length and specific content of this course can be structured to meet agency needs.
Search and Rescue Operations