Government Training Institute Newsletter November 2011

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GTI Monthly Mission Brief
November Client Spotlight and News

Alec Sarrazolla
In November, I had the privilege of working with James Decker and Bob Werts of the North East Pennsylvania Regional Counter Terrorism Task Force. We conducted our 7 day Tactical Operations for Terrorism Response Class in the fine city of Stroudsburg, PA. 30 officers from 12 different agencies attended. I would like to thank Bob and Jim for all their hard work in getting this class to PA and to the fine officers that attended.

I also had the opportunity to work with Greg Hentschel from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) this month. 12 officers from South Carolina participated in a custom 4 day sniper class at GTI's Barnwell SC Complex. A special thanks to our instructors Kirk Corley and Doyle Burdette in making this class a success.

In the last few months, I have been talking to my clients in law enforcement about GTI's new Gangs and Terrorism courses which were developed by Lou Savelli, retired 21 year NYPD Officer and founding member of NYPD Gang CAGE unit. Can you imagine terrorist cells working in the US with well known street gangs to launder money, smuggle arms, and further their agenda?! Well it is already happening, but is your gang unit actively pursuing this connection in your city or township? The Gangs and Terrorism course is a 3 day lecture based class will open your eyes to a subject matter not discussed or shared by many in the law enforcement community.

At the conclusion of the Gangs and Terrorism course, students will have an in-depth knowledge and understanding of gangs and terrorists and how they work together. They will be able to identify gangs and terrorists within their jurisdiction. Students will have the training to identify the indicators of terrorist activities involving gangs and terrorist groups within their community.

I would love to help bring this class to your area. If interested, contact me directly for more information!

The month of November is special because we celebrate and give thanks to those Veteran's that have given so much of their lives for this great country. Mark Twain once said "In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it cost nothing to be a patriot."

Thank you for all you do!

Alec Sarrazolla
GTI's SWAT Courses

Scott Sailor
From October 3rd through the 21st, 2011, operators from Erie County Sheriff's Office attended GTI's 18-day DHS-Type II SWAT class in Buffalo, New York. Special thanks to Chief Scott Patronik and Captain Gregory Savage from Erie County Sheriff's Office for bringing this class to their agency and all their assistance behind the scenes.

Students learned proven tactics, techniques and procedures for SWAT operations including those specific to terrorist threats and current mission essential tasks utilized by SWAT teams across the nation.

ID-006-RESP Basic SWAT - Law Enforcement Tactical Operations for Terrorism Response
ID-001-RESP Type III Advanced - SWAT Operations for Terrorist Environments
ID-002-RESP Type II Advanced - SWAT Operations for Terrorist Environments
ID-003-RESP Type I Advanced - SWAT Operations for Terrorist Environments

To attend or bring a GTI DHS-Basic, Type III, II or I SWAT course to your agency or area, please do not hesitate to contact me for a free quote.

Scott Sailor
Training Coordinator
803-259-1935 - Office

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The New Gangster Paradise: How Gangs come to being in once quiet communities far from Gang Central.

By Sgt. Lou Savelli, NYPD (retired)

Lou Savelli
There are many reasons that cause gang members to migrate from one neighborhood to another or from one city to another. These reasons can range from family migration (parent's business, part of a migrant workforce, family moves to be closer to an incarcerated family member), or attending a new school to being placed in a foster home or going to live with a relative and fleeing from justice. When there is a drug connection, however there can be other reasons that gang members migrate to other areas. These reasons can include new business markets, less competition, higher profits, less police enforcement, and greater stature may be achieved in a new neighborhood. These neighborhoods, often quiet communities that were historically unaffected by the ills of the big cities, become essentially a 'new gangster paradise' for their newest residents and the sickness that they are about to inflict.

Read the complete story on our website.

For more information on GTI's Gangs and Terrorism courses visit our website.

Officer Survival

Alec Sarrazolla
There is no way to predict the future and the events a police officer may encounter are most-often sudden, violent and unexpected. These situations become very fluid and dynamic. Officers who have prepared themselves mentally and physically often hold the key to survival in that preparation. GTI's Officer Survival Course is three days, 24 hours in length. It's a unique mixture of lecture and Force of Force situations. GTI provides all equipment and converted training weapons. Officers only need BDU's, a duty holster and belt, eye and ear protection, their sidearm, 350 rounds of ammo, and a learning attitude.

If interested in bringing this course to your area, feel free to contact me directly for a proposal!

Alec Sarrazolla
GTI Training Coordinator
803-259-1935 - Office
Training Facilitation and Operational Amenities

GTI Joint Operations Center (JOC)
  • Secure Weapons Storage
  • Secure High Explosives Storage
  • Construction of all obstacles, target arrays, and scenarios
  • Operational Capabilities / Training Secrecy
  • Elimination of ammo draws
  • Consumable items used during the training event
  • Meals can be provided on and off site as part of your training
GTI's Training Coordinators can facilitate the delivery of all needed materials to your training area, as well as coordinate other logistics associated with your training event, allowing units to train and train only.

For more information on the facility visit our Training Facility webpage. To schedule a training event or a site visit, please contact the Government Training Institute by calling 803-259-1935 or via email at

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