North Carolina Justice Academy

North Carolina Department of Justice

Tactical Leadership: Critical Lessons Learned




April 24 - 28, 2017 - Added date Salemburg
August 21-25, 2017 Salemburg
September 18-22, 2017 Edneyville
October 30 - November 3, 2017 Salemburg
November 13 - 17, 2017 Edneyville

Please check our "Available Training" page for the most current status of the course. 

Who Should Attend:

This course is designed for both tactically and non-tactically trained law enforcement supervisors aspiring to develop their leadership in crisis situations.

Course Goals:

To provide the student with the technical and practical skills needed to recognize the significance of effective leadership and the relationship between command of an incident and command of the tactical response functions within critical incidents. The course strives to improve the quality of the student’s decisions-making abilities by reinforcing the importance of properly preparing for critical incidents. 
This course consist of the following primary blocks of instruction:
  1. Tactical Management 
  2. Risk Assessment 
  3. Lessons Learned 
  4. Tactical Leadership Tabletop 
‚ÄčThe course goals are achieved through teaching, showing, and then having the students practice the principles of the course. A breakdown outlining the focus of each block includes:
Tactical Management (goal is to improve and/or build upon the student's leadership style) – 
  • Fundamentals of the crisis cycle and the body’s response to critical incidents. 
  • The importance of having high Emotional Intelligence (E.I.) and how to improve E.I. 
  • How understanding the crisis cycle and improving your E.I. can make the student a stronger leader before, during and after a critical incident.
Risk Assessment (goal is to have the students improve upon planning for critical incidents and practicing the way they will respond
  • Pre-planning is important.
  • Knowing what resources you have available and how to access vital assets before an incident occurs.
  • A plan is only effective if the team knows what it is and has practiced it.
Lessons Learned (goal is to reinforce the course’s primary principles through case examples
  • Starting in 2016, incidents like Sandy Hook and the Boston Bombing will be used as case examples to present lessons learned. 
  • Students will choose a critical incident to present to the class and discuss the lessons learned from it. 
  • Specifically, we will discuss lessons learned from previous critical events along with how we can improve through planning and leadership if presented with an incident with similar dynamics.
Tactical Leadership Tabletop (goal is to give students a chance to demonstrate the core principles of  the course
  • Students work as a team through a simulated critical incident. 
  • This gives students a chance to demonstrate the core principles of the course - leadership, teamwork, communication, planning, risk assessment skills, and critical decision making while staying focused on the elements which you can control. 
  • The tabletops also give the students a chance to be exposed to and practice working through the phases of a critical incident (Crisis, Scene Management, Executive Management, and Termination). 


This course employs classroom instruction, open discussion and incident simulation.

Course Requirements:

Attendance is required for all class sessions. In order to satisfactorily complete this course, the student must participate in all class discussions and activities and obtain a minimum score of 75% on a written test to be given at the conclusion of the course.
Students will need to bring note-taking materials.


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Course Coordinator:

Scott Tyson

Length of Course:

Five days - 40 hours

 LIMIT 4 students per department