2019 THREE-FIRES TRACKERS –JHPTS-VTATI
TRACKING COURSE ANNOUNCEMENT
46-HOUR SAR / LAW ENFORCEMENT BASIC TRACKER COURSE
10449 Hoot Owl Lake Road, Waubun, MN 56589
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
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.