RLEO Academy

This is the LE course we teach most often, to near exclusivity.

The “guts” of the RLEO Academy come from a Department of Homeland Security/State Military Department funded joint operations, interoperability and organizational tactics study called Operation Green SEAL, in which the military (Kerr) and LE divisions (Lightfoot) of TTOS came together to construct.  Green SEAL was created by TTOS SME’s and trained in border counties.  After the second iteration of the program (2010), it was adopted by the government and used in the U.S. and “other” countries, at a “Classified” level, TTOS being involved in one of the foreign deployments following, with the NNSA.

The RLEO Academy is centered on maintaining The TTOS 4 Cornerstones of Tactical Operation at all times.  The 4 Cornerstones are:

  1. Creating and adhering to commonly understood programmed decisions, strategies, tactics and command and control – A mutually understood plan with structure, a common operating picture.
  2. Hierarchy of authority/Chain of Command – Working with both a fixed and/or fluid command system.
  3. Communications – Creating and Maintaining Interoperability at all times, from navigational/plotting, to radio communications/data and finally the individual members of the response.
  4. Division of Labor/Coordination of Work Effort – Ensuring that the work in the air, on the water, on roads and on the ground is coordinated at all times NO FREELANCING. This is essential to the trackers on the tracking team, to the containment units far away from their current position, to the air assets and what the required search pattern and parameters are.

This model is used in all phases of the response (taken and modified from a Harvard Business School project on the common traits of ALL high-performing organizations).  There is good reason that we are the only providers capable of offering and executing this course.  Our tactics, in all areas, are innovative, simple and easily learned; and come from deep expertise in all areas of instruction (organizational to tactical).  Once our system is learned, it will change the way your organization does business.  The RLEO model has a DIRECT and positive influence on the structure used in active shooter responses, or any mass casualty incident.

If you have an existing tracking team, or trackers you envision working as a team (or any tactical/first responders), they may attend our Fusion Course.  The Fusion course is three days, wherein we deliver the operational model described above, fusing it to already existing capabilities.

The RLEO Academy was designed and implemented in 2012.  Since its implementation, the results have been nothing less than phenomenal.  For example, the Eric Frein manhunt, and what the team we trained did within a few days is testament to this fact.  U.S. Marshal’s SOG completed the task that had begun weeks prior to their involvement.  However, using our Apex strategies and tactics, they finished the task quickly.  That is merely one example (and also an example of others taking credit for our work – success has 1,000 fathers – see our train the trainer program).  Had the other responders had the benefit of our instruction and RLEO model, the capture would have come much easier.

The very first group of students to receive our Apex training as the RLEO Academy was a group of 12 SWAT team members (KNP 868) that had absolutely no tracking experience at all.  In eight days, we took that detachment and trained them under the RLEO doctrine, strategy and tactics.  Following their training, they took part in an internationally aired television program called “Lone Target” (“Manhunt” for international viewers).  Their mission was to locate and apprehend Joel Lambert (former SEAL and “escape and evasion expert”) on JeJu Island.

You can watch the episodes of Lone Target on Youtube and other venues.  Our SME’s did the train-up for four of the six units featured on the series.  The only two we did not train were the South Africans and the Polish Border Patrol.  Not to wreck the series, if you chose to watch it, but three of the teams we trained apprehended the quarry in the first day.  In the Korean episode, he never made it out of the cemetery.  The rest was added for footage length and time.  That’s how TV works.

Lastly, on this subject, a small SWAT detachment took charge of the ENTIRE response, including sea, air and land assets, K9, intelligence/tips, etc.; and used the whole package in concert, resulting in what looks complex, but was an easy capture.  We use the Lone Target episodes from time to time as instructional aids.  They did EVERYTHING we asked them to do and it worked flawlessly.  Not only that, we were teaching through interpreters and even had to create the word for mantracking in their language, it did not exist.  This will help you understand the deficit we started within.

RLEO Academy Overview

The TTOS RLEO Academy is the pinnacle of law enforcement manhunting instruction.  This course is built around worse case scenarios and the lessons learned within (hundreds of after actions reviews).  The delivery vehicle for this course is our Tactical Tracker course, however, rather than giving you just a piece of what you need to know to be successful in law enforcement manhunting deployments in today’s technical environment, we give you everything you need to know.  This is the ONLY place you can get it and we have no hesitancy at all stating this as a fact.  The proof is in the successes and they keep coming.

Law enforcement Tactical Tracking can be complex, technical and frustrating at times.  We have been fortunate to be closely connected to hundreds of law enforcement agencies worldwide, many of which have provided the raw data that we’ve combined with our own experiences, in order to glean every common thread negatively affecting the most complex of complex responses – the multijurisdictional manhunt.

In this course, we teach students how to effectively deal with the organizational complexities of multijurisdictional deployments in rural or austere environments.  There are CRUCIAL steps that need to be addressed, in order, before a single tracker hits the ground.  The organization around the teams on the ground is critical to the overall effectiveness of the response, AND directly impacts the amount of time and money spent on the operation.

Tracking is but a piece of the response, or more simply stated, a tool to be used in conjunction with many others.  By the conclusion of this course, students are capable of recognizing and understanding the importance of all aspects of the deployment, from early NIMS/ICS structuring, to task organization, interoperability tactics (technical and tactical), to the teams working on the ground.  Additionally, graduates of this course will be capable of functioning as the Tactical Branch manager within the command structure.  This ensures that the strategies, tactics and technical issues are corrected and unified up-front, and not within the operational periods to follow.

Feature #13 of 14 of ICS is “Accountability”.  Accountability means that the person in charge (from the lowest rank to highest on the initial responding teams) knows exactly where people are, where they’ve been, what they’ve done and what they’re doing.  Our simple organizational tools will enable first responding Incident Commanders (later to be relieved) hand over an “accountability package” to relief command, essentially handing them the tactical branch in its complete scope and current operations.  There is a definite process and structure to these tasks.

RLEO Learning Outcomes

Each attendee will receive forty hours of professional development delivered through this professional program of instruction. Our Tactical Tracker course will be used as the vehicle for this well-rounded rural LE operations symposium, focusing on building and managing effective teams, technical and tactical interoperability, tactical decision-making, operational planning and the management of multi-jurisdictional tactical knowledge bases. This course is suitable for LEO’s, tactical teams, tactical medics and supervisory staff.

This course gives an overview of the intrinsic and extrinsic factors involved in human development, training, supervision and leadership, juxtaposed against the goals and objectives of the unit and how all these concepts are interrelated to the ultimate success and mission accomplishment by the group.

Course will include, but not be limited to: The vehicle to be used to deliver the content (below) is our Tactical Tracker course.  This course teaches LEO’s how to come together as a small group, function within a new skill set and work together within their areas of respective responsibility and succeed.

The new skill set enables LEO’s to detect the slightest of visual cues and logically connect them to the subject that left them through both inductive and deductive reasoning, also referred to as “the definition of tactical tracking.”

Students will be able to detect and interpret evidence left on the ground (footwear, tire impressions, action indicators), correctly identify evidence related to the person being sought, correctly process and photograph the evidence for use in criminal investigations/prosecution.

Students will learn to work under a centralized command as one of many teams within a branch, in the context of a large multi-agency response to an incident involving the pursuit of fleeing suspects in a dynamic and unpredictable rural environment.

The instruction listed below, will be the new learning that is put to the test on practice final exercise (Day 4 afternoon) and the final practical field exercise (all of day 5):   


  • Building and managing cohesive and effective teams
  • Small unit tactical leadership
  • Operational planning
  • Managing effective After Actions Reviews
  • Basic Incident Command structures and priorities

Technical and Tactical Interoperability

  • Technical interoperability (concept and overview) techniques
  • Techniques for managing multi-jurisdictional tactical knowledge bases
  • Techniques for managing containment for fugitive/recovery operations
  • Techniques for managing non-organic tactical assets
  • Air-Ground operations/liaison and control
  • Intelligence gathering and tip management

Use of Force/Tactical

  • Tactical Hemorrhage Control/TacMed*
  • Use of force and tactical decision-making
  • Weapons retention/active countermeasures*
  • Practical concepts for K9 operations
  • Small unit tactics for rural environments
  • Land navigation, terrain profiling and association

Crime Scene Management

  • Crime scene processing and interpretation
  • Footwear and tire impression documentation and collection
  • Fixing, documenting and collecting evidence in remote environments

*Time permitting, or if already understood and demonstrated (prior learning), excluded.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of instruction, attendees will be able to:

  1. Create operational plans which cover contingency operations designed to establish a framework for the mission, mitigate unnecessary risk and response to worst case scenarios.
  2. Assemble a team of LEO’s, brief the common goal and objective, establish procedures/protocols, divide the labor and effectively lead and facilitate.
  3. Through the use of standard command practice and hierarchy, function as one of many teams during a complex and dynamic exercise in an unpredictable rural environment.
  4. Through logical thought processes, make tactical decisions that continually integrate the risk/threat analysis.
  5. Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of contemporary leadership models.
  6. Manage a common knowledge base among disparate units during incident response (tactical interoperability) and use effective strategies for communications while using disparate communications equipment (technical interoperability).
  7. Coordinate a response to a downed officer, including tactical superiority, effective hemorrhage control, care in a direct threat environment and CASEVAC procedures by ground ambulance, civilian air ambulance and DHS/Military air support.
  8. Provide self-aid in the event of gunshot trauma.
  9. Land navigate, reconnoiter, terrain associate and terrain profile.
  10. Effectively set up ICS, manage large scale containment and employ K9 units properly.
  11. How to assign accountability agents to the command post and staging area, to include a resource manager that will task units based on the IC’s incident action plan.
  12. Manage and direct organic and non-organic tactical assets in a rural environment, such as SWAT, air support, K9, etc.
  13. How to manage a tactical response as a large crime scene, properly preserving it and directing investigators to key areas of importance.
  14. Properly interpret and collect impression evidence linking persons and vehicles to the central crime scene.
  15. Demonstrate effective application of a personal leadership perspective.
  16. Describe proper use of force in pursuit operations.
  17. Weapons retention (carbine/pistol) for the rural officer.

It was not “carefully scripted” (only the role players and scenario were).  The response was “spontaneous” and built on the 4 Cornerstones we’ve spoken of already.  The students were given the information and empowered to use it, as instructed.  The results (not just here, but nationwide) speak for themselves.  The RLEO concept is a program validated at all levels.