SWAT Update From JT Goodman:
Our SWAT team, who trains once a month, utilizes the S.P.E.A.R. training and teaching methodologies in what we practice. The scenarios that SWAT officers tend to encounter are execution of Search Warrants (primarily for narcotics, but can be for service of criminal processes on legitimate, or self-proclaimed bad asses). The basic skills that are such a strong part of the S.P.E.A.R. System are integrated into the scenarios, including Duck Under drills, mirror drills (vs. haymaker and tackle), Slapping S.P.E.A.R. and the S.P.E.A.R. and Clear/Adhere/Smear, all unarmed and armed. We then combine the drills, and work up to the actual scenario, utilizing everything we have just practiced.
What is great about working and training in our department is that we have 11 certified S.P.E.A.R. Instructors, six of which are on the SWAT team. That’s a big plus because they often play the OP4, and those intimately familiar with the S.P.E.A.R. System understand how important Being a Good Bad Guy is, right? The Bad Guy controls the fight, not only in real scenarios, but in training also.
We have been very fortunate to go to Ft. Bragg, NC for three days of training each year over the past four years. At Ft. Bragg we are able to utilize the training houses to create realistic scenarios that have sharpened our edge incredibly. About 99.9% of the entries we make are No-shoot situations, where we have to control Bad Guys while wearing 50+ pounds of protective/ballistic equipment and carrying an assortment of weapons. We have a large supply of Simunitions, both ammo and conversion kits for our handguns and long guns, so we are able to create training that is much more realistic.
The reason being, facing a Bad Guy who is armed and wanting to cause harm to you (i.e., shooting back), will change a shooting platform entirely, compared to paper hanging on a wall. (Where’s the ‘threat’?)
With the SIMS, we are using the 10 HIGH GEAR chest protectors coupled with the MCR helmets. That gives us a seamless transition from H2H to deadly force, without having to change out equipment.
One of the most fun and coincidently beneficial drills I have started to use over the past six months is Range Rover, both unarmed and armed. It has taken our previously ‘more than adequate’ fighting skills to the next level. (Check out Range Rover: Improved Speed, Spontaneity and Intensity and S.P.E.A.R. System: Range Rover Volume 2 in the Blauer Tactical online store).
Experiencing fighting, unarmed and armed, from crazy, off-balance positions, and utilizing the CWCT principles of the S.P.E.A.R. System, coupled with the biomechanically efficient movements taught in the Close Quarter Form is a priceless form of training. Thanks to the S.P.E.A.R. System’s research and methodologies, our SWAT team is better trained and better equipped, both mentally and physically.
What I’m alluding to above, is the fact that with a core group of 11 S.P.E.A.R. Certified Instructors who all have had their eyes open to the possibilities of training correctly, our department is able to create effective scenario-based training that is creating and developing a more competent and confident officer. Their skill level is constantly being lifted through the training. In the end, it’s all about making the officers safer and getting them home at the end of the shift. With S.P.E.A.R. System training we are able to accomplish that every time.