Leading in Crisis: Response and Mitigation of Critical Incidents- Carlsbad

August 15 - 17, 2018   |   Carlsbad, CA

This class has available seating. Please click on the “register now” button located above.


City of Carlsbad Safety Training Center
5750 Orion Way
Carlsbad, CA 92010

Class Hours

8:00am – 5:00pm

Course Control Number

9100-10342-18-001, Plan IV

Course Description

This “updated” course enhances the capabilities of FTO’s, Corporals, Sergeants, and Team Leaders* responsible for the resolution of critical incidents in a patrol environment.  It will strengthen the student’s knowledge, skills & techniques to successfully initiate a credible action plan to handle various critical incidents, and to be able to communicate and justify your actions in a post-incident critique.  This course may reduce litigation when supporting department actions in these highly litigated events.

*Ranks in control of the immediate stabilization of a crisis in the field


This class has available seating.  Please click the Register Now link at the top of this page.

Fees and Registration: $292.00

The easiest way to register a group of individuals is using our online system. To choose group registration, click the registration link at the top of this page. Login to our system or create an account. Then, on the registration page, click the second blue button indicating group registration for your agency. On the following screen, click the green button that says “Register an Attendee” and search for attendees you wish to register. Follow the prompts to complete the registration process.

Cancellation Policy:

All cancellations and refund requests must be made in writing. All cancellations are subject to a $15 administrative fee.
There will be no refund for cancellations received 15 days or less prior to the start date of the course. Refunds will not be given for no-shows.

Substitution Policy:

CPOA encourages you to make a substitution if a student cannot attend the course; substitutions will be accepted prior to the course in writing and on-site.

*Registration Policy:

CPOA will not register anyone for a class unless payment has been received in full. If you are not able to provide payment with registration you may provide a credit card to hold the seat. However, all students must be paid in full 10 days prior to the class. If payment is not received and a card has been given to hold the seat, it will be charged.

Who Should Attend:

Supervisors & Managers


John Tinder

John is a 30-year veteran of law enforcement and recently retired from the Chino Police Department. John served in a variety of assignments and holds several advanced law enforcement instructor certificates. John is a court recognized expert in Police Policy and Practices, Use of Force, Less Lethal Weapons, Taser™ and Traffic Collision Investigation / Reconstruction. John’s critical incident experience involves the response, supervision and documentation of these events. He has excelled as a Use of Force Instructor and has extensive experience in analyzing Use of Force incidents. He is the recipient of the Medal for Bravery, three Life-Saving awards, and three Excellence Awards.   

John was a Field Training Officer for 25 years where he trained both sworn and civilian personnel. He also researched and developed several portions of the department’s Field Training Officer Manual. John instructs in the Officer Involved Shooting and Force Investigation Course for the California POST Robert Presley Institute of Criminal Investigation (ICI) Program. Some of those topics include, Lawful Force, Human Factors, and Arrest-Related / In-Custody Death Investigations. He is a Certified Litigation Specialist (CLS) in Police and Corrections and a Certified Force Science Analyst. John is the Founder / Owner of a training and consulting company, holds two Bachelor degrees and is currently working towards his Master’s degree. John considers himself a lifetime learner and makes every effort to learn from each course he attends or facilitates. John is an avid pilot and enjoys hiking and spending time with his family.

 Gary Schuelke

Sgt. Schuelke has been employed with the City of San Bernardino Police Department for 26 years. He has had assignments in patrol, Narcotics Officer, Narcotics K-9 Handler, Crimes Against Children Detective and Homicide Detective. Sergeant Schuelke has been awarded two Distinguished Service Medals, a Meritorious Service Medal and a Police Cross. He has been recognized for his outstanding efforts by the DEA, FBI and the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s office. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2006. Since then he has been directly involved and coordinated multiple critical incidents ranging from robberies to Officer Involved Shootings. He has supervised various proactive/specialized details such as Crime Impact Team, District Resource Officers and Patrol Division. He was assigned as the Vice/ Narcotics Unit Supervisor from November 2012 until January 2017. During that time, he and his team were responsible for covert surveillance of various fugitives and/or suspects, which often necessitated coordination of resources from different jurisdictions. On December 2, 2015 members of the Narcotics Unit were involved in identifying, locating and capturing the two suspects responsible for the terrorist attack on the Inland Regional Center. He travels extensively providing a debrief on the terror attack and the lessons he and his agency learned from that incident. He is also an Instructor for California Narcotics Officers Association. Sgt. Schuelke is currently assigned as a Watch Commander.