JHPTS Visual Tracking 46-Hour Course

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Oct/7 - Oct/11, 2019
Waubun, MN
Joel Hardin



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10449 Hoot Owl Lake Road, Waubun, MN 56589

 Dates: October 7-11, 2019

 Time: 8:00 a.m., Monday, October 7th, 2019 through Friday approximately 2 PM, October 11th, 2019

 Location: Hoot Owl Resort, 10449 Hoot Owl Lake Road, Waubun, MN 56589

 Course Cost:  $250 for “Sworn” Law Enforcement Officers and $450 for all others payable to JHPTS at 225 Mill Rd., Clearwater, Idaho 83552 - $100 deposit required to reserve space in this class.


Meals & Accommodations: Meals and lodging are included in registration fee. Each lodge also has a complete kitchen for your use.  Lodging is available from Sunday, October 6th through the afternoon of October 11th. Non-local students should arrive on Sunday the 6th. Meals will be provided from Monday breakfast through Friday lunch.

For those requiring air travel, pick-up/drop-off arrangements can be made into and out of the Fargo, ND airport.

This will be a basic tracking training course focused on law enforcement officer initial response and investigation of possible criminal misconduct incidents and crime scenes.

There are NO prerequisites for this training presentation.  This tracking course is open to all persons with tracking interests regardless of previous experience or training. All tracking students will be provided training at an appropriate level for their development and upward progress.

Course Content: This will be a 46 hour course beginning at 8:00 am Monday, October 7th, 2019 with registration and lecture including power point presentation to provide Novice and Basic tracker understanding of training methodology, techniques and procedures.  The presentation supports field training by providing student understanding of training methods, manner and objectives.  “Tracking” is a first response primary search and rescue (SAR) resource used to verify witness statements, establish the “PLS”, direction of subject travel and following the physical evidence to the missing person.  For law enforcement officers, “the tracks are the facts” that provide visual physical evidence of Who, When, Where, Why and What the person did. 

Field training will allow “student tracking team” experimentation and “hands-on” practice of fundamental tracking techniques.  Novice students will progress from initial identifying a print, to the “step-by-step” every track concept of following an identified sign line and practical tracking team response. 

This is a “skill development” training program for Apprentice and Journeyman Tracker Students.  Students at these levels have acquired Basic Tracker understanding and will be introduced to practical tracking techniques and applications necessary to become a viable resource for SAR and law enforcement initial response and investigations. Students at all training levels will be individually challenged with additional advanced tracking concepts and techniques. Journeyman Tracker students will be provided advanced training objectives working with Basic and Apprentice students and separately in simulated actual SAR and law enforcement mission scenarios.

Student Needs: Students should be physically fit and equipped for SAR & law enforcement field response. Field practice will continue during any inclement weather, students should be properly prepared with wet/dry, cold/hot weather gear. Knee pads may be helpful.  Students need to bring a pen/pencil, note pad, small measuring tape, ½ or 5/8 inch doweling or similar, 36 to 40 inches long, with three rubber bands to use as a tracking stick and a two or three cell flashlight. 

 Registration: Students must pre-register for this course with a $100 deposit.  If you have any questions regarding the class or class location please contact Joel Hardin at Joel@jhardin-inc.com, 208-926-4390, cell 360-319-9002.  Send your deposit to: Joel Hardin at 225 Mill Rd, Clearwater, ID 83552.  Pre-registered students failing to attend this course without a reasonable excuse will be assessed the $100.00 service fee.

 Sponsor Information: This course is sponsored by Three Fires Trackers Organization in affiliation with Joel Hardin Professional Tracking Services. All interested law enforcement and SAR volunteer personnel are invited to attend.