Tactical Tracker


As you may have learned through the preceding information on this site, the TTOS Apex programs have evolved from the old style of basic combat tracking, where one just follows tracks on the ground.  Anything less than TTOS Apex instruction, tactics, techniques and procedures are wholly inadequate for today’s and tomorrow’s tasks.  We have evolved and significantly changed our tactics and strategy at the core of the course instruction, creating the TTOS Apex model, for good reason.  We put Law Enforcement Tactical Tracking in context, and train it in that manner, in specificity.

The Tactical Tracker course is a one-week tracking intensive course.  Our previously described “Legacy” Tactical Tracker program is the vehicle for delivery of this course.  For the Law Enforcement Apex instruction and program, please see the “Rural Law Enforcement Academy (RLEO)” tab of this section’s selections.

The Tactical Tracker Course

Tactical tracking is designed to train law enforcement personnel’s visual perception, cognitive and deductive/inductive reasoning abilities to detect, analyze, collect and follow visual cues created by the passage or movement of personnel, vehicles, or animals through an area, scene or any tactical environment.


The Tactical Tracker will use visual tracking to attempt to close the time-distance gap with suspects to the point of positive identification by:

– Detecting and positively identifying tracks, prints and impressions
– Conclusively linking observations made to the suspect
– Analyzing and following the chain of evidence between the tracking team and the suspect
– Closing the time-distance gap
– Apprehension

The Tactical Tracker standard course is heavily weighted on individual skill as a tracker first, then as a team of trackers.  This is a standard tracking course, just like our Legacy programs.  For the pinnacle of coordinated manhunting, integrating individual skill into large-scale responses comprised of multiple units, agencies and resources, the RLEO Academy may be what you’re looking for.

Additionally, the Tactical Tracker standard course is very similar to the Search and Rescue (SAR) course. However, like all of our courses, the SAR program is put into context of SAR operations, wherein the trackers are part of an overall response plan and strategy. We do not train anything in a contextual vacuum.

The Process

The most important aspect relevant to the quality of the end-product is the process by which it takes shape.  That is an age-old truism.  Everything Tactical Tracking, as you’ve probably learned up to this point, involves processes that are used in a mutually understood and systematic in their manner (common operational picture).

The complete Combat Tracking system integrates find, fix, track, target, engage and assess, with intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (or just recce), find, fix, finish, exploit, analyze and disseminate (F3EAD), target footprint and gait analysis, spoor and sign visual indicators, assessing the age of spoor, footwear and tire impressions and pursuit operations and P3I; among various other topics covered within the program.  This is why Combat Tracking is a “point of fusion” for so many individual skill sets, supporting a multitude of combat and clandestine operations.