JHPTS Visual Tracking 24-Hour Course

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Oct/4 - Oct/6, 2019
Join Base, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Course Documents
Course Description
Joel Hardin






Dates: October 4, 5 and 6, 2019


Time: 8:00 a.m., Friday, 10/4 through 2:00 p.m., Sunday, 10/6


Location: Joint Base Cape Cod


Sponsor Information: This course is sponsored by the Southeast Regional Homeland Security Advisory Council through the Metropolitan Area Planning Council.  All training course costs are being paid by the course sponsors as follows!

Course Cost:  Course tuition, lodging and meals are funded by the Southeast Regional Homeland Security Advisory Council.


Meals & Accommodations: Dormitory style accommodations are provided Thursday, the 3rd through Saturday, the 5th nights.  Meals and snacks are provided from Friday (4th) breakfast (7:00 a.m.) through Sunday (6th) lunch (12:00 p.m.).


There are NO prerequisites for this training presentation. This tracking course is open to law enforcement officers and tactical/technical EMS personnel who work in Barnstable, Bristol and Plymouth Counties with tracking interests regardless of previous experience or training and will focus on primary training for beginning or novice student interests. Additional training on tracker security will be provided. All tracking students will be provided training at an appropriate level for their development and upward progress.


Course Content: This will be a 24 hour course beginning at 8:00 a.m. Friday, October 4th with registration and lecture including power point presentation to provide Novice and Basic tracker understanding of training methodology, techniques, procedures and operational applications.  The presentation supports field training by providing student understanding of training methods, manner and objectives.  “Tracking” is a first response primary search resource used to verify witness statements, establish the Last Known Place “LKP” of a subject’s presence, purpose or intent and egress and exit routing.  Visual tracking is also used to develop physical evidence of and or follow an evasive or threatening subject. 


Field training will allow “student tracking team” experimentation and “hands-on” practice of fundamental tracking techniques. Novice students will progress from the initial identification of a print to following an identified sign line using the “step-by-step” concept of visual tracking of human subjects. Training will also be provided in methods of providing physical security to the tracking element of a tactical search team. Night time tracking will occur on either Friday, 10/4 or Saturday 10/5 until approximately 2200.








Student Needs: Students should be physically fit and equipped for law enforcement or wide area search 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, 5/8 inch doweling or similar, 36 to 40 inches long, with three rubber bands to use as a tracking stick and a three cell flashlight. Students will also need to supply their own bedding (sleeping bag or sheets/blankets and pillows) and bathroom-shower supplies if staying overnight.


Registration: Students must pre-register by September 27, 2019 for this course.  Please utilize the attached student registration form and transmit to Kevin Ham at kham@srpedd.org. Should you have any questions regarding the class or class location please contact Captain Nelson Wirtz at (508) 922-9375 or by email at nwirtz@chatham-ma.gov. If you require housing, please indicate so on your registration so we can reserve space with the JBCC Billeting Office. Additionally, due to base access, please have personal and professional identification available to present to gate guards when coming on post.