LEOSA (HR-218) Qualification Course

This class will review pertinent parts of the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act and administer a qualification course of fire to retired law enforcement officers who wish to maintain their certification to carry firearms in all 50 states. Brief and to the point--no fuss or muss.

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Classes will be held at the Nassau County Rifle and Pistol Range, 1 Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Uniondale, NY.

New York State 16-HR Concealed Carry Certification Class

New York State residents wishing to apply for a Concealed Carry Permit or existing permit-holders wishing to transition to the Concealed Carry Permit must attend a 16-hour class the content of which was developed by the New York State Police (reviewed by the Division of Criminal Justice Services). Required topics include:

  • Firearms Safety
  • Safe Storage Requirements
  • Federal and State Gun Laws  
  • Situational Awareness
  • De-Escalation
  • Use of Alcohol/Drugs in relation to firearms
  • Best Practices--Encounters with Law Enforcement
  • Locations designated as "Sensitive" under current law
  • Conflict Management
  • Use of Deadly Force
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Basic Principles of Marksmanship

The class also requires two (2) hours of live-fire and range-work. Both written and practical (live-fire) examinations will be administered. At the successful completion of the class, participants will be issued certification cards that will serve as proof of attendance and competence in the state-required skills.

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To undertake as a professional obligation the enterprise of protecting individuals threatened, potentially or actually, for their political office, status or notoriety requires nuance and dedication. Norms of conduct and appearance, sensitivity to cues and threats, nimbleness of mind and movement as unpredictable schedules evolve form the central core of the endeavor. An integrated framework for defining the fundamental goals and mastering the practical mechanisms for achieving those goals is crucial for success in the profession. 

This course provides that framework. It weds simple, operational tactics designed to function under stress of real-world threats to a mindset primed for rapid decision-making across diverse environments.

Students will learn to hone situational awareness, match cues to context in assessing threats, optimize position and space whether working alone or within a larger team, navigate the complexities of environment, exploit instinctual defensive responses and adhere to established end tactics to secure the safety of the principal.  


Course Description

The introductory course purports to establish a system of simple, integrated principles essential to mastering the basic dynamics of executive protection. Topics covered include:

  • Nomenclature

  • Positioning, Spatial Orientation and Formations

  • Environment, Planning and Troubleshooting

  • Behavioral Cues and Situational Awareness

  • Mindset and Visualization

  • Action vs. Reaction

  • Decision Loops

  • Wired Defense and Tactical Conversions

  • Gun Grappling


Course Objectives:

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Master the basic nomenclature of the enterprise.

  2. Function as solo, paired or multi-person security details.

  3. Map locations, routes and structures to avoid vulnerabilities.

  4. Hone situational awareness.

  5. Identify behavioral cues that signal concern.

  6. Mitigate the effects of stress in time-compressed contexts.

  7. Streamline decision-loops.

  8. Exploit wired defensive responses in protection of self/others.

  9. Navigate the dialectic of action and reaction.

  10. Master the tactic of avoidance—cover and evacuate


Street Smart Self-Defense

Street Smart Self-Defense is a “cut to the chase” seminar that provides the essentials for navigating potential dangers with a sense of confidence and good sense. The seminar was designed by current and retired Defensive Tactics Instructors from the NYPD, who believe that protecting oneself should not belong to a secretive monopoly of elites conferring colored belts on one another but rather should be an obligation open and possible to all—without having to spend years to get what is needed. Participants will learn:

  • The Roots of Hesitancy

  • Myths about Violence

  • What predators look for 

  • Strategies for projecting strength

  • The value of intuition and respecting your inner voice

  • How your body is instinctually wired to defend itself—and how to use your wired responses

  • Honing Situational Awareness

  • What to do if you believe that someone is following you

  • Strategies for Elevators and ATM’s


Navigating encounters that carry the potential for volatility and violence requires a network of mutually supporting skills: sensitivity to behavioral cues—verbal and non-verbal alike; situational acuity; flexible decision-making; contextual awareness of environmental variables such as time, space, barriers and angles; conveying professionalism and competence by way of language, tone and posture. Mastery of these mutually supporting skills establishes the conditions for successful de-escalation.

Topics with tailored practical applications include:

  • Non-violent Posture Theory

  • The Utility of Intuition 

  • Behavioral Cues

  • Time-compressed Decision-Making

  • Active and Reactive Postures

  • Ingredients of Professionalism

  • Essentials of Effective Communication


To achieve goals within an organization, to articulate a common sense of purpose and to steer personnel towards a shared mission require solid leadership. But what is a leader? Leadership is more than mere management, more than mere orders and rules. The leader inspires, draws out the potential in subordinates and fosters organizational unity. This seminar analyzes the elements of good leadership, particularly within the field of law enforcement.

Topics discussed during the seminar include:

  • Toxic Management: Definition and History

  • Setting the example: the “Follow Me” theory of Leadership

  • The essence of effective supervision: fault vs. responsibility

  • Leadership and Management: Some Important Differences

  • “Dogs don’t fight with puppies” Principle

Active Shooters: How to Prepare

Littleton, Colorado. Blacksburg, Virginia. Paducah, Kentucky. Bethel, Alaska. Red Lions, Pennsylvania. San Ysidro, California. The tragic history of the phenomenon of workplace violence is clear: it can happen anywhere. Don’t be caught unaware and unprepared. Understanding and planning make the difference between prevailing and succumbing. This seminar aims to cut through the myths and misrepresentations clouding the realities of the phenomenon of workplace violence and the so-called “Active Shooter,” impeding sensible planning, management and response. Solutions are possible but only by forging new perspectives. The true “first responders” to these incidents—teachers, staff, hall monitors, office workers must not and should not believe that their only “strategy” is to wait and pray for law enforcement to arrive in time as their lives hang in the balance. The data shows clearly that when the moment calls for it and avoidance is no option, decisive action even by the unarmed has proven effective. The mental tools and practical applications developed in this seminar invest participants with the wherewithal needed when action is the only choice.

NYS DCJS Basic Course for Peace Officers and Annual Recertification Class

The New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services Basic Course for Peace Officers, derived from the Municipal Police Training Council’s Basic Course for Police Officers, is the basic training program for all non-custodial peace officers prescribed by NYS Criminal Procedure Law §2.30. Topics taught during the course include (but are not limited to): 

  • Constitutional Law

  • Discretionary Powers

  • NYS Penal Law Offenses

  • NYS Criminal Procedure Law

  • Defensive Tactics and Principles of Control

  • Use of Force and Deadly Physical Force

  • Active Shooter

  • Aerosol Subject Restraint

  • Firearms Safety and Handling

  • Ethics and Professionalism; Professional Communication

  • Fundamental Crisis Intervention Skills

  • Persons with Disabilities

  • Report Writing

  • Civil Liability

NYS DCJS Annual Recertification

  • Aerosol Subject Restraint (OC Spray)

  • Impact Weapons

  • Firearms

Instinctual to Tactical Conversion: Self Defense Under Stress

The current state of defensive tactics is burdened with techniques centered in fine and complex motor skill the application of which assumes cognitive balance under ideal conditions. While impressively fancy, such techniques wither and vanish under the stress of real world violence. But the body is an effective weapon, built to defend itself. Instinctual defensive responses have a provably adaptive value. Those concerned with defending themselves—and all of us should be concerned with defending ourselves—ought to integrate those responses into our arsenal of strategies for navigating the unpredictable dynamics of the street. This hands-on course explores the critical concept of “instinctual to tactical” conversion, incorporating the power of instinctual response as a vehicle to the practice of self-defense.

Operational Tactics for Plainclothes Assignments

Navigating encounters that carry the potential for volatility in an urban setting while investigating or gathering intelligence in one's capacity as a law enforcement officer all while working in plainclothes requires a network of mutually supporting skills: sensitivity to behavioral cues; situational acuity; flexible decision-making; contextual awareness of environmental variables such as time, space, barriers and angles; conveying professionalism and competence by way of language, tone and posture; tactical skill across a range of force options and the capacity to explain one's actions. The course of training proposed, entitled "Tactics for Plainclothes Assignments" explores these topics in detail. 

Classes will consist of lecture, discussion, demonstration and practical exercises during which participants will apply the skills learned. Each session consists of two days, in groups of approximately 16 participants.  

Certificates of completion will be issued to participants who meet the requirements of the class. Classes carry, at no additional charge, expert testimony, reports or consultation should any legal issue emerge in the application of the concepts taught at any time after the course concludes.

Participants will explore the following concepts:

  • Tactical Mindset
  • Action-Reaction
  • Decision Loops
  • Use of Force Case Law
  • De-Escalation (Introductory)
  • The Startle-Flinch Mechanism: Working from Instinctual Responses
  • Startle-Flinch Conversion
  • Stance and Non-Violent Postures
  • Close Quarter Tools
  • Situational Awareness
  • The "Gift" of Fear
  • DPF Case Law
  • Dynamics of Plainclothes/Special Operations
  • Plainclothes Encounters
  • More Close Quarter Tools
  • V/L Formation
  • Stacking
  • Negotiating Corners, Room Clearing, Drills    

In addition to the classes described above, we customize classes to meet the goals of clients.