JHPTS-Visual Tracking Now has a Northeast Tracking Program
Last fall, JHPTS-Visual Tracking returned to the Northeast with a Basic Law Enforcement sanctioned course on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Building upon that start, on March 26, 2019, designated trainers began training both novice students and those students who had attended that sanctioned course in an In-House program. Beginning with modules on the history of the program, drawing the track and learning how to employ the tracking stick, students were soon beginning to accept that wherever someone walks they leave sign; and a trained tracker can follow that sign. The students who attended this first session included a volunteer K9 handler from MAR K9, a park ranger from the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, environmental police officers from the Massachusetts Environmental Police, police officers from the Southeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council Search and Rescue Team and a fire fighter from the Barnstable County Technical Rescue Team and FEMA USAR Taskforce 1. Kudos to Basic Tracker Phil Desroches for his dedication and persistence in getting this program up and running.