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Tactical Operations Command   

This dynamic course addresses the various demands confronting today’s tactical commanders and team leaders. Hands-on exercises and group scenarios geared towards unique tactical realities will enable you to immediately apply the concepts taught in this class.

You will learn the origins of tactical operations in law enforcement and the evolution and models of today’s tactical teams. After an introduction to the history, philosophy and justification for tactical teams, we will focus on the basic demands facing a tactical commander, such as recruiting and retention, standards, documentation and training. You will learn basic and advanced tactical theory, leadership roles, organizational structure and the legal issues relating to tactical teams.

We will then move on to more advanced issues such as hostage/barricade resolution, knock and announce and no knock search warrant service and response to spontaneous and violent incidents. We will review watershed critical incidents and teach you how to handle internal and external factors that may affect the team.

This is a beginning to intermediate command course designed for tactical commanders and team leaders. On the last day of class, you will be required to participate in a group scenario where you will apply all of the principles covered during the week.

Topics Include

  • SWAT concept: history, philosophy and mission
  • Command responsibilities
  • Critical incident response
  • Incident command
  • Command decision making
  • Crisis negotiations
  • Intelligence, indicators and guesswork
  • High-risk searches/arrest warrants
  • Manhunts
  • Barricaded suspects
  • Hostage incidents
  • Sniper attacks
  • Legal Issues


Supervisors and command staff personnel as well as military investigative personnel

This class is restricted to sworn law enforcement officers and those personnel assigned directly to law enforcement agencies.

Course Length

40 hours


This course was previously titled Tactical Leadership Commander.




Schedule Changes

This schedule is subject to change without notice. If you have not received an official confirmation email prior to the first day of class, please contact us at (904) 620-4786 or before traveling or making airline reservations.

Registration and Fees

Full payment must accompany all registrations. You may register online and pay with your Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express credit card, or you may download a Registration Form and mail it to IPTM with a check.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Complete the Cancellation Request Form and return it to IPTM. No telephone cancellations will be accepted. A 20% administrative fee will be assessed to all refunds if the cancellation request is received within 14 days of the course start date. In lieu of a refund, student substitutions can be made or a credit can be issued for a future course. No refunds will be given for no-shows. If materials for an online course were sent to the student, the appropriate materials and shipping costs will be deducted from the refund amount. Materials may be returned to IPTM in their original condition at the student's expense. Once IPTM has received and inspected them, the refund will be processed.

Due to the automated format of online independent study courses and Videos on Demand (VoDs), no refunds or substitutions can be made after registration.

Course Confirmations

A minimum number of registrations must be received for an in-person class to run as scheduled. When the minimum criterion has been met, written confirmation will be emailed to you. Please do not travel or make airline reservations until you receive written notification confirming that the course will run as scheduled.

Transportation and Lodging

Most locations are served by several major airlines. Ground transportation, food and lodging are the responsibility of the student. Special rates have been negotiated at select hotels in Jacksonville for IPTM students. For more information, please visit our Locations/Lodging page or call us at (904) 620-4786.

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