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:

Update Concerning the Training Delivery During the COVID-19 Pandemic

At the Savage Training Group, the health and safety of our students is of the utmost importance. After postponing a number of courses earlier this year, we are pleased to now be able to resume some of our in-person training courses and begin adding online courses.
We have been working with hosting agencies to make sure that they can host our in-person courses in a safe environment. The safety measures we have implemented include but are not limited to:
  • Working with hosting agencies to develop safety plans
  • Contacting students prior to the course date and requesting they bring face covering and not attend the course if they are ill
  • Temperature checks for both instructors and students
  • Room for social distancing within the classroom

We’re thrilled to be able to resume our in-person and online training courses. For a complete list of our upcoming course dates, please go to our Training Schedule page.

Last updated September 26, 2020


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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