We can analyze methodology and training in special weapons and tactics situations for both police agencies and corporations. We will design training programs, organizational structure, testing and performance standards, and create appropriate regulatory memoranda specific to the needs of a client. Special weapons and tactics situations include, but are not limited to: high risk entries; hostage, barricade, and sniper incidents; crowd control; terrorism threat assessment; dignitary protection; canine intervention and narcotics detection; and high speed and pursuit driving skills. Training in these areas is also offered.

Experts Available to Consult in Matters Related to Police Tactics

Charles J. Key

Nearly twenty-six years experience with the Baltimore Police Department, ascending to the rank of Lieutenant. During his career, he served as a squad sergeant and Training Coordinator for the Special Weapons and Tactics Unit. In his last ten years, he served as the Commanding Officer of the Firearms Training Unit. In that capacity he analyzed over five hundred police involved shootings and responded to the scene of more than a hundred. He wrote the department's policy on use of lethal force and the resolution of sniper, barricade, and hostage situations. He also authored numerous officer survival tactics lesson plans and trained thousands of officers street survival tactics. Mr. Key worked in the field for sixteen years and was responsible, as on scene supervisor, for resolving hundreds of critical/emergency incidents. He was awarded the Baltimore Police Department's second highest award for bravery in one such incident. He has consulted in hundreds of use of force cases and has been qualified numerous times in federal and state courts as an expert in police procedures and tactics.

Charles L. Coleman

Charles L. Coleman is an Inspector and the Criminal Investigations Commander for the Millington, Tennessee Police Department. His unit conducts narcotics related investigations and Internal Affairs Complaints. He is also in charge for 4 Dual Purpose Canine Units. Inspector Coleman has 17 years of experience handling and training police canines. In his capacity as a canine handler, he has participated in hundreds of arrests for narcotics related incidents and over 75 arrests for robberies, burglaries. He has accumulated over twenty five hundred hours in canine handling and training. He has been a Certifying Official for the National Narcotics Detector Dog Association since 2003. He and his dog placed second in the national competition for the year 2000 National Narcotics Detector Dog Association and took the Top Gun Award. He has also received numerous other awards with his dog. He has trained police dogs for other agencies and has certified several hundred dogs in his capacity as a Certifying Official for the National Narcotic Detector Dog Association.

Daniel Rose

Dan Rose retired from the law enforcement profession after serving over 22 years combined service with both the Baltimore City and Baltimore County Police Departments. In those two agencies, he spent 18 years as a member of both jurisdictions’ Tactical Units. He ultimately retired as a full time SWAT Team Leader and trainer. During his career, he was involved in resolving hundreds of sniper, active shooter, barricade and hostage situations. He, also, planned and executed high risk search and seizure warrants, conducted high risk vehicle assaults, and provided dignitary protection for the President of the United States, Foreign Heads of State, and other V.I.P’s. In all he was deployed in over 2,000 high risk operations. In addition, Dan consulted for numerous nationally recognized institutions such as the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA). He was a consultant and committee member for the NTOA during the development of the revised National SWAT Standards which were developed to establish a core set of concepts and principles to improve SWAT deployment and management. Dan has vast domestic and international experience in curriculum development and instruction in the areas of police tactical operations. He is a graduate of Loyola University of Maryland. He is currently employed as a Senior Security Specialist with the nation’s leading competitive energy provider.

Edwin W. Schillo

Ed Schillo retired as a lieutenant after thirty years with the Baltimore Police Department. During that time, he served twelve years with the special weapons and tactics unit, including two years as its supervisor and training coordinator. He also was assigned to the Education and Training Division for eight years as the Supervisor of the Skills section. During that time, he was qualified as a firearms instructor and taught officer survival tactics and self-defense to officers.
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