JHPTS Visual Tracking 24-Hour Course

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May/31 - Jun/2, 2019
Newcastle Fire Department, 19 Fairgrounds Rd., Newcastle, WY 82701
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Course Description
Jo Peterson

Date:    May 31-June 2, 2019


Time: 08:00 a.m., Friday, May 31, 2019 through 2:00 p.m., Sunday, June 2, 2019


Location: Newcastle Fire Department, 19 Fairgrounds Road, Newcastle, WY 82701


Course Cost: $350.00 payable to Weston County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue, PO Box 989, Newcastle, WY 82701 - $100 deposit required to reserve space in this class, due by May 10, 2019.


Meals & Accommodations: Hotels are available in town.  Ask for special rates at Fountain Motor Inn (307-746-4426) or Newcastle Lodge and Convention center (307-746-2600). Meals and snacks are provided from Friday breakfast through Sunday lunch.


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 and will focus on primary training for beginning or novice student interests. This will be a certification course for all eligible students.  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 am Friday May 31, 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 resource used to verify witness statements, establish the “PLS”, direction of subject travel and following the physical evidence to the missing person.  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 “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 missions. 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 Novice and Apprentice students and separately in simulated actual SAR and law enforcement mission scenarios.


Please bring to this training course your current training manual and tracking logs.  Should you anticipate challenging the certification board for advancement:  Please advise your trainer in advance so that person may prepare a recommendation and your training records; you must bring your personal tracking and training logs and records.


Student Needs: Students should be physically fit and equipped for SAR 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.  Signed copies of Joel’s book are available by direct contact with Joel 

Registration: Students must pre-register by May 10, 2019 for this course with a $100 deposit.  If you have any questions regarding the class or class location please contact Chuck Franklin or Lynn Busskohl at 307-746 -8404 for Chuck or 307-680-7798 for Lynn. Send your deposit to:  Weston County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue - c/o Lynn Busskohl, PO Box 989, Newcastle, WY 82701.  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 Weston County Trackers. All interested law enforcement and SAR volunteer personnel are invited to attend.