FAQs

Here at Savage Training Group, we give law enforcement officers the training they need to respond to critical incidents with confidence, however, we know you might have questions. Listed below are answers to some of the most common questions we have received:

Statement Concerning the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

At the Savage Training Group, the health and safety of our students is of the utmost importance. We are committed to presenting courses that are as safe as they are informative. We are monitoring updates from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and local health departments to insure we are following their recommendations and best practices.

We will continue to closely monitor and respond to the dynamic COVID-19 outbreak as more cases are confirmed in California, the U.S., and other countries. Please visit the CDC’s website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/ and this website for any updates to our response strategy.

Some Upcoming Courses Have Been Postponed

Based upon recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and local public health departments, we have decided to postpone all training courses that were scheduled for March and April of 2020, and some in May. The safety and well-being of our students is paramount, and we think this move is the most prudent option. We will be rescheduling these courses as soon as the COVID-19 situation is resolved. The following courses have been postponed:

Response to the Non-Criminal Barricade
March 20 | Arroyo Grande, CA

Interview and Interrogation
March 25 – 27 | Redwood City, CA

Response Tactics for Critical Incidents and In-Progress Crimes
April 3 | Redwood City, CA

Response to the Non-Criminal Barricade
April 13 | Emeryville, CA

Communication Strategies for the #HappeningNow World
April 24 | Redwood City, CA

Field Training Officer
April 27 – May 1 | Mountain View, CA

Response Tactics for Critical Incidents and In-Progress Crimes
May 4 | Davis, CA

Response to the Non-Criminal Barricade
May 8 | Chino Hills, CA

What does this mean for you?

If you are registered for a postponed course, we’ll automatically hold your spot in the rescheduled class. As soon as the new date is selected, we will notify you via email, and you may then decide whether to attend or be issued a refund. Alternatively, if you prefer a refund now, please contact us and provide us with your order information so that we may issue you a full refund.

Courses going forward

As of now, most courses in May and beyond are still being held as scheduled. Please refer to our cancellation policy here, and contact us should you need to make arrangements not to attend a course. If any further classes are postponed we will post information here and enrolled students will be notified.

Last updated March 20, 2020

General

How do I know if there are still spots available in a course?
When a course is full, our website displays a message indicating it’s full. If there are still fields for you to enter your registration info, then there are still spots available. If a course is full and you’d like to be placed on a waitlist, please use our online contact form to contact us.
What, if anything, should I bring to a course?
If you are attending an FTO or FTO Update please bring a laptop and USB drive to the course. For all other courses, you do not need to bring any special equipment.
What is the recommended attire for attending a course?
Casual attire is sufficient for all of our courses.
How do I cancel my registration? What if I can’t make it to a course I signed up for?
If you need to cancel a registration or can’t make it to a course you signed up for, please use our online contact form to contact us so we can help. For an explanation of our cancellation policy, please click here.
How can my agency host a course?
Please visit our Host a Training Course page.
How do I become an instructor?
Please visit our Become an Instructor page.

Response Tactics for Critical Incidents and In-Progress Crimes

Is the Response Tactics for Critical Incidents and In-Progress Crimes course POST Certified?
Yes, the course is California POST certified using plan “N/A”.
Was the Response Tactics for Critical Incidents and In-Progress Crimes course previously presented through a different training vendor?
Yes. Scott Savage is the creator of the course and taught it for another training vendor from 2014-2018. It was previously presented in California, Nevada and Utah. Savage Training Group is now the sole presenter of this course.
What is the core curriculum for the Response Tactics for Critical Incidents and In-Progress Crimes course?
The course is packed full of valuable learning lessons including 5 simple concepts that will work on any incident, strategies and tactics for dealing with common incident types, setting up and managing a perimeter, search and apprehension operations, suspect behavior, small team tactics, dealing with barricaded suspects (both criminal and non-criminal), a relevant way to use the Incident Command System, incident leadership, decision-making, incident debriefs with the real incident video and more. We teach practical concepts you will instantly find useful.
Who is the core audience for the Response Tactics for Critical Incidents and In-Progress Crimes course?
This core audience is any police officer/deputy sheriff, sergeant, or lieutenant. Anyone wishing to promote will also find this course excellent for bolstering their ability to lead an incident.
Can my agency host the Response Tactics for Critical Incidents and In-Progress Crimes course?
Absolutely. Hosting is a great way to save money on travel, and your agency receives complimentary spots. Visit our hosting page for more information.
Do I have to be a sworn law enforcement officer to attend the Response Tactics for Critical Incidents and In-Progress Crimes course?
This course is open to sworn law enforcement officers and dispatchers. (Several dispatchers have attended the course in the past and commented how valuable it was to get an understanding of the tactics used in the field.) This course is not open to the public or persons not affiliated with law enforcement agencies. We use a vetting process to ensure that the students in the course meet these requirements.

Field Training Officer & Field Training Officer Update

Can non-sworn personnel attend the FTO course?
Yes, the Field Training Officer course is open to any personnel affiliated with a law enforcement agency. CSOs, probation officers and park rangers have all attended the course in the past along with sworn officers.
Are the Field Training Officer & Field Training Officer Update courses POST certified?
Yes, both courses are POST certified in California under Plan IV meaning agencies are eligible for travel and per diem reimbursement through CA POST.
What do I need to do to prepare to attend the FTO or FTO Update course?
We ask that you bring a laptop capable of connecting to WiFi to the course. You will be doing a fair amount of writing so having a laptop is critical. If your laptop absolutely cannot connect to WiFi, don’t worry, we can load the files you need on your computer during the class. Also, please bring a USB drive and notetaking materials to the course.
What is the recommended reading for FTO or FTO Update students?
The California Commission on POST has provided your course manual in an online format, and we recommend downloading it and familiarizing yourself with it prior to the course. The FTO manual can be found here.

For those interested in books on learning and decision-making that are recommended by our instructors, we highly recommend:

Make it Stick by Mark A. McDaniel and Peter C. Brown
Range by David Epstein
Sources of Power by Gary Klein
Blink by Malcom Gladwell

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