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  • The purpose of this page is to encourage everyone who has attended classes at RCTA to provide your personal testimony as to the value of the training you received.

 
 
 

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Sent by: Raheam
Course Attended: Pro-Active Criminal Patrol Techniques
   
Message Sent: This is my first time at RCTA. The staff was friendly and welcoming. The lodging was awesome. The instructor was very knowledgeable, fun, and motivating. I would recommend anyone who is interested in interdiction to attend this class.

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Sent by: Richard
Course Attended: GST (Gracie Survival Tactics)
   
Message Sent: I was very impressed with the staff & the facilities. The instructor Chad Pittman did an outstanding job teaching us how to take a bad situation and improve it to a winnable situation. It was real world tactics. They say the course is designed for smaller people confronting larger people. Well from a larger persons perspective it helped me to learn techniques so I do not have to rely on brute force. The GST system works & I recommend it to every COP out there. We need all the help we can get, I look forward phase II!!

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Sent by: Derome
Course Attended: Advanced Gangs and Drugs Class
   
Message Sent: This class is very formal and the instructor Mr. Tony is extremely knowledgeable. I would like to thank RCTA for excellent training. Every officer should attend this training. I want to thank the RCTA staff for the excellent environment.
Lt. DEROME BOBO

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Sent by: Billy
Course Attended: Controlled Delivery
   
Message Sent: This is the second course I have attended a RCTA. I attended the Advanced Narcotics investigation course last August (2015) prior to being assigned to Narcotics.

Art Richards has instructed for both training courses, and provided valuable insight for developing conspiracy investigations.

The training proved to be beneficial in my ability to conduct a Major Case investigation. My first controlled purchase in a delivery of methamphetamine investigation has resulted in the identification of a DTO and has received OCDETF designation.

The Controlled Delivery course has provided me with tools to prepare an Operation Plan, which I was immediately able to put into a practical application for an upcoming warrant execution and apprehension of multiple subjects.

As a newly assigned Narcotics Investigator this training has proven to be beneficial.

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Sent by: Tony
Course Attended: Drug Unit Supervisors Course
   
Message Sent: Great course for new supervisors in this specialty of Law Enforcement. I have taken several other courses on this topic, however, the instructors were able to engage the class almost immediately in thoughtful discussion about leadership and other topics surrounding current events. Also, the class either introduced or re-enforced methods of doing the job safely. Through discussion of personal events, audio or video the class made the individual student internally assess how they operate day to day and if there are thing that they could/would change. I brought back several ideas to implement in my unit that will without a doubt keep all participants in our operations (small or large) more safe. Big shout out to the instructors who made the class worth driving 6 hours to attend.

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Sent by: Robert
Course Attended: Interview and Interrogation
   
Message Sent: Last week I attended Dr. Rhoads I&I class. I graduated on a Friday and was back to work as an investigator on Sunday. During my shift I responded to an armed robbery of a convient store. Using the skills I learned the class I was able to not only eliminate it as an inside job, but I was able to get a full written confession from the suspect. I beieve that this week long class should be taught in every police academy coast to coast. Big thank you to Dr. Roads and RCTA for making this course available.

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Sent by: Mike
Course Attended: Commercial Motor Vehicle Interdiction
   
Message Sent: This class was one of the best Law Enforcement Training Classes I have ever attended. The extremely knowledgeable instructors were informative and entertaining. Because of the training that I received int this class, I found a "Special Situation" that Ray harped on. The special situation led my partner and I to seize 1.4 million dollars cash in the trailer! Thank you to RCTA and Diamondback CMV Training!

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Sent by: anthony
Course Attended: gangs & drugs
   
Message Sent: This was a awesome class. Tony is a excellent instructor. He is also very funny keeps the class loose and attentive. This class has showed me a lot of things that I had no clue about. I cant wait to come to the advanced class.

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Sent by: Jonathan
Course Attended: Clandestine Lab Investigations
   
Message Sent: After being selected/promoted to go back into Narcotics a second time after being a normal "desk detective" for over 7 yrs I needed to refresh my knowledge of the different types of popular narcotics usages, manufacturing, and how to investigate the newer methods of drug manufractoring, this class was extremely knowledgeable and even hands on in the production of several types of illegal drugs including "meth", synthetic marijuana, and BWO concentrated THC/homey/butter/gator juice all kinds. Best safety class also because it is all about safety and lab scene safety and concerns, class leads right into the next step of being lab Certified. Praying there is funding for one last lab SCBA certification class. Currently we have changed all of the ways in which meth lab raids and planning that takes place for the officers and swat teams protection. We have successfully discovered 4 active meth labs without one incident of injury.

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Sent by: Hung
Course Attended: Interview and Interrogation
   
Message Sent: I used this material to accomplish my daily tasks as Law Enforcement Officer, which help in identifying and combating the daily lies.
Dr. Steve Rhoads is a knowledgeable instructor and am looking forward to attending his advance class.

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Sent by: jerol
Course Attended: numerous
   
Message Sent: RCTA is an excellent facility, with schools that are necessary for law enforcement. to me, this is a vacation. we are always met by the director, who says "welcome home". and he means it. It IS home, and it is necessary for our survival out on the streets. I have taken 7 courses here and each course has helped me become a better officer. I highly recommend RCTA for all law enforcement officers.

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Sent by: Josh
Course Attended: Clandestine Lab Investigation
   
Message Sent: This class is by far one of the best classes I have been to. The instructors were second to none,very knowledgeable. I recommend this class to any officer looking to progress there knowledge and training in Meth Labs.

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Sent by: Doug
Course Attended: Basic Gangs And Drugs
   
Message Sent: I've taken a gang class at RCTA before where Tony Avendorph was one of the instructors. When I was sent to this class this week (4-21-15 to 4-23-15), I was hoping that he would be there and was very excited that he was because of how awesome of an instructor he is. I've met several highly knowledgeable people in my career, but I have found none that is as knowledgeable about gangs as Tony Avendorph. He's a great instructor, a great cop, and most importantly just a great person!! He'll teach you some great stuff, have you laughing all week, and you'll have made a new friend by the end of the week too. I can't wait to take another class from Tony, and I encourage everyone to take his classes!! Thanks RCTA for bringing only the best of the best instructors to teach your classes!! :)

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Sent by: Chris
Course Attended: Patrol officer response to street drugs
   
Message Sent: As a retired Senior NCO, instructor and Police Officer this course has credited me with one arrest with-in two weeks and multiple opportunities to not only work with troubled person but test them and verify that they are safely traveling the roads and streets in of our town. Since graduating I have been promoted and will continue to use your course in my daily shift work. I hope to be able to attend future classes. Thank you for all the knowledge, professional instruction and useful information,
Chris O

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Sent by: Josh
Course Attended: Patrol Response to Street Drugs
   
Message Sent: The training received in this class is incredible. The staff is professional and knowledgable . The instructor has a wealth of knowledge into the Narcotics world , which he shares with you to make sure you are ready . In my opinion, from the learning enviroment to the instructors as well as the blocks of instruction, This was the best Training I have ever attended.

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Sent by: Cory
Course Attended: Patrol Officer's Response to Street Drugs
   
Message Sent: Great class! Very good facility and Instructor. All staff were great, and very professional. The training was awesome and very informative. I recommend all officers attend this course if possible, especially new officers.

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Sent by: Derek
Course Attended: Basic High Risk Warrant Planning and Execution
   
Message Sent: This course was an excellent experience. The instructors were very experienced and knowledgeable. The entire staff at RCTA was very professional and the base and facilities were an excellent training environment. As law enforcement officers, it is our duty to those we serve and fellow officers to train consistently and effectively to perform at our best and sharpen critical skills. RCTA provides an invaluable service to the law enforcement community and my entire team and I look forward to returning in the future.

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Sent by: Bradley
Course Attended: Basic Gang School
   
Message Sent: RCTA is awesome and the training is second to none. Tony Avendorph is a great instructor and really knows his stuff. I give this class an A+++.

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Sent by: Jim
Course Attended: K-9 Recertification
   
Message Sent: Jack Robicheaux taught this class and it was well worth my time. I learned a lot in the week of training and would like to attend more of his training sessions. I would recommend any k-9 officer to take this class. Thanks to RCTA for making this happen.

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Sent by: Bryan
Course Attended: Basic Gang
   
Message Sent: Great course, I learned allot about the gang members we have been observing in our AOR. The instructor was able to help identify the tattoos that we have been observing on subjects. The instruction is still a useful tool for us years after the class.

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Sent by: Jason
Course Attended: Back Country Tactics and Tracking
   
Message Sent: I've been policing for 13 years and been to all the high speed training, SWAT, Sniper, Firearms Instructor, etc and this was the best class I've ever been to. I learned so much in this course that I've taken back and used to catch wanted felons, escapees, kids that have wandered off and some people that run when they see the police. I hope they have an advanced tracking class soon. TSgt Joyner and his guys are extremely good at what they do and they made this class a lot of fun too. Highly recommended!!

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Sent by: KENNETH
Course Attended: patrol officers response to street drugs
   
Message Sent: This was by far one of the best training class I have been to in years. Instructor Mick Mollica was outstanding and very informative. This course really opened my eyes to be more observant during traffic stops and I believe this course should be attended by every officer working the streets. "VERY VALUABLE TRAINING" The RCTA staff was outstanding. Thanks again

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Sent by: Michael
Course Attended: High Risk Warrant Execution & Planning
   
Message Sent: This class is by far one of the most outstanding courses for any law enforcement personnel engaged in high risk events. I arrived with a very open mind and left with some of the best tactics I have ever received in my 7+ years of law enforcement. The instructors were veteran officers in their field and even still on tactical units so their expertise was highly prized and appreciated. The facility at RCTA is second to none and gave realism to each scenario we were tested on. Many of the tactics were brand new to me and I will be returning to my department armed with new tools and life-saving strategies. RCTA continues to be a guiding light for those in local, state, and federal law enforcement and I am anxious to return for the advanced course and many others soon.

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Sent by: mike
Course Attended: patrol officers response to street drugs
   
Message Sent: This is one of the best drug classes I've had. Mick is an excellent instructor on this subject. I hope to come back to RCTA in the future for more classes. GOOD STUFF!!!!!

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Sent by: Tony
Course Attended: Basic Gang
   
Message Sent: Tony Avendorph, Gang Expert, brought to this training a level of knowledge and experience second to none and that was only perhaps matched by his "Professional Police Delivery" every bit as exciting as the man himself. I would encourage everyone who has an opportunity to experience this incredible presentation and awesome presenter; Take It! Thank you RCTA.

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Sent by: Larry
Course Attended: High Risk Warrant Planning and Execution
   
Message Sent: Outstanding course of instruction. I am a twenty two year Navy veteran and was impressed at the level of training I received at RCTA. It is in my opinion that lives can and will be saved due to the training law enforcement officers receive at RCTA.

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Sent by: Robbie
Course Attended: Basic/Advanced High Risk Warrant Entry
   
Message Sent: Hands down some of the best training I have received during my 10 year career. A must go to if you serve searh warrants and make entries.

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Sent by: Dustin
Course Attended: High Risk Warrant Planning & Execution
   
Message Sent: I know I learned so much from attending the High Risk Warrant Planning & Execution class at RCTA. The instructors were very knowledgeable of the information that was being taught and answered every question to the best of their ability. It opened my eyes not only to the way as our TACT unit works, but also to the way other Narcotic Teams and SWAT/TACT teams operate. I got to work with Rams, diversionary devices, halogen´┐Żs, and also shield work. The course is a great course no matter the law enforcement experience. I learned how to pre op and design an outline to conduct search warrants. I am trying to attend the Advance class in June. I loved the class and all the hands on training I received.

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Sent by: Jason
Course Attended: Basic High Risk Warrant and Planning Execution
   
Message Sent: This course was outstanding. The instructors did a great job in presenting the information in a way that allowed us to understand it easy. The knowledge, skill, and techniques provided in this class are crucial in everyday operations of a SWAT and/or Narcotics Team. My second class I have taken from RCTA and this program is essential in preparing police officers for the job and their safety.

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Sent by: Brandon
Course Attended: Basic Narcotics Investigations
   
Message Sent: I just want to say thanks to RCTA for providing the quality of training you do. I recently attended your basic narcotics course and used the new techniques I learned to catch the main cook in a methamphetamine lab I have been investigating. Thanks to the training I received, I was safely able to build a strong multiple felony case together, and put multiple perps behind bars.

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Sent by: Levi
Course Attended: Basic Narcotics
   
Message Sent: This was my first time attending a class at RCTA and let me say...I was quite impressed at the level of training and knowledge I was able to get from this course. The instructors are very knowledgeable and passionate about their topics and everything was explained in such a way that it was easy to comprehend. I really enjoyed this course and look forward to taking more courses here in the future.

PS They mentioned in class that funding might not be available to keep this school open. If that occurs, it would be a travesty. This is the best training for narcotics you can get in my opinion. If you get a chance to go, do it!!!

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Sent by: Stoney
Course Attended: Back Country Tactics and Tracking
   
Message Sent: I attended this course and I had a blast. I learned a lot from the instructors who were very knowledgeable. Once an advanced tracking course is ready I will be requesting to attend.

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Sent by: Timothy
Course Attended: Prescription Drug Enforcement
   
Message Sent: After taking this class, I could not wait to get back to work and use was I learned. It was truly a PHENOMENAL class. Marc Gonzalez was a great instructor and made it easy to understand due to his personal experience with Prescription Drug Enforcement. I will be attending this class again in a few years as a refresher. Also, thanks to the RCTA staff for making our stay amazing. It really felt like home. Press The Fight!!!

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Sent by: Brad
Course Attended: Advanced Proactive Criminal Patrol
   
Message Sent: This was an excellent class and I learned a lot of things I did not know. I went through the basic class in June and shortly after had a great seizure. I learned more at this class and hopefully I will have many more. RCTA is a great place for Law Enforcement to get top notch training. The instructors are very knowledgeable and do an excellent job.

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Sent by: Jim
Course Attended: Advanced Street Gang Investigations
   
Message Sent: I have attended RCTA classes five times now and it just seems to get better each time. The entire staff are some of the nicest and helpful people I have met. The instructor, Tony Avendorph, well... my praise would not do him justice. Tony has got to be one of the most knowledgeable and experienced instructors I have had the privilege of being taught by. Tony is so down to earth and plain spoken that he makes you feel he is right there with you in that patrol car. I hope to attend more of his classes to learn from him and keep up to date. Thank you RCTA for putting on such fine classes and for having the caliber of instructors such as Tony Avendorph.

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Sent by: James
Course Attended: PEER SUPPORT/INTEGRAL OFFICER SURVIVAL
   
Message Sent: I have been to many courses over the years at RCTA, and I can say without a doubt this is the best course I have had the chance to go to. Every law enforcement officer should go to this course. The instructors are top notch, not only in this peer support class, but in every class I have been to at RCTA. I'm looking forward to attending more courses in the future.

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Sent by: RYAN
Course Attended: Fundamentals of Unarmed Defensive Tactics
   
Message Sent: This is a must class for everyone. You love your job but love your family as well, take this class to assist your chances in returning home. Mr. Denny Chalker is by far a privilege to learn from. Would take this class again and again just to keep fresh on the Defensive Tactics. Hopefully they will extend the class from two days to four and if so sign me up. Train to Fight, Fight to Live.

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Sent by:
Course Attended: Basic Narcotics
   
Message Sent: This class was an excellent class. The instructors were full of knowledge and interesting. This was definitely a week well spent. The instructors are passionate about their subject material and present it in such a way so the student can identify with and understand it. I would take any class these instructors taught.

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Sent by: Gary
Course Attended: Basic Narcotics Investigationd
   
Message Sent: This class was one of the best classes I have ever been to and I have been to several narcotics classes. The instructor was very knowledgeable and explained it so you could understand it. I have already used the stuff I learned from this class in my job and it has really helped me out a lot.

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Sent by: Michael
Course Attended: Basic Technical Serivices/ Video Surveillance Operations
   
Message Sent: This is the best technical course I have taken during my career. The training provided at RCTA is top notch. I have been able to utilize the skills gained in this class to repair agency equipment used on a daily basis and install equipment safely. I look forward to my next training class at RCTA.

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Sent by: Cortney
Course Attended: Drug Unit Supervisor Course
   
Message Sent: This is the third class I have taken from the RCTA. Tom Ferguson and Steve Todoric were two very knowledgeable instructors with in-sight well beyond their time in law enforcement. The information provided was info that could be brought back to my agency and applied immediately. Thank you RCTA for the courses provided. I am scheduled for two more courses very soon and look forward to the instruction I will receive.

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Sent by: Kevin
Course Attended: Prescription Drug School
   
Message Sent: Very knowledgeable class. Very informative as to the knew drugs out there! Dr. Gonzalez was very articulate and was very forthcoming in knowledge of prescription drugs!

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Sent by: Thomas
Course Attended: Emergency Narcotics Operations
   
Message Sent: I recently attended the Emergency Narcotics Operations Class and have to say in was by far the best school I have attended. The course instructors are the best in the business and I highly recommend this class to everyone who works in an investigative role. I would really like to see this course be made more available so that more people can attend this. I feel that with the tactics and skills i have learned while attending this class, it will make not only myself a better officer but my unit as well!!!

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Sent by: timothy
Course Attended: basic gang
   
Message Sent: i attended the basic gang class and currently enrolled for the advance class. I always had a passion for law enforcement and especially dealing with gangs. Tony Avendorph is a great instructor and keep the class exciting. I thought i knew gangs due to growing up in a gang neighborhood. Tony, thank you opened my eyes to more knowledge. Rcta thanks again

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Sent by: Jesse
Course Attended: Interview and Interrogation
   
Message Sent: This was my first time at RCTA after being with my agency for over 8 years. First thing I noticed was the hospitality shown to me during my week-long stay. The staff and instructors were more than helpful, and the accommodations were very comfortable.

As for as the course taught by Dr. Steven Rhoads, I cannot say enough good things about it. Dr. Rhoads is an expert in this field, and translated his knowledge to the class in a way that made it interesting, which goes a long way in the learning process. This class will definitely help me in the future as I progress through my career. I definitely recommend to anyone to take this class by Dr. Rhoads. I'd definitely love another opportunity to learn from him.

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Sent by: Aubrey
Course Attended: I & I
   
Message Sent: I strongly recommend all officers attend this course. It was not only challenging but very informative for everyday interactions. Steven Rhoades is a very experienced instructor and a wealth of knowledge.

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Sent by: Courtney
Course Attended: Survival Spanish for the Uniformed Officer
   
Message Sent: I attended the Survival Spanish Interdiction for Uniformed Officers Course. I loved the atmosphere it also helped me when making contact with Spanish Speaking persons. I am absolutely going to return for more classes to help improve my career. Thanks RCTA

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Sent by: Harold
Course Attended: I & I
   
Message Sent: Awesome class! I would love to have spent more time on the body language portion of the class but the class in whole was amazing. This should be a mandatory class of all levels from street cops to homicide detectives and everyone in between.

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Sent by: Michael
Course Attended: C.L.A.W.
   
Message Sent: This class is not offered free anywhere and is one of the best classes I have taken that can be used to protect fellow officers in the field. It will also allow us to be able to make a better plan on how we handle future situations. I hope the government re-issues funds for RCTA to continue to educate officers all around the US. The instructors for this course were also very knowledgeable in their field and helped to teach the subject in ways that we as Officers could use it in their everyday work places. Thanks Again

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Sent by: Brad
Course Attended: Interview and Interrogation
   
Message Sent: This was in fact the best law enforcement class I have ever attended. The instructor Cliff Porter did a very very good job in teaching this class. I recommend to anyone who has not taken this class to do so ASAP

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Sent by: Trey
Course Attended: Basic Technical Services\Video Surveillance Operations
   
Message Sent: I recently attended this class with the hopes that I would brush up on what I already knew. Boy was I wrong, it was so much more. I learned very quickly that people get set in their ways with their everyday surveillance operations. This class showed me that there are many more options available than you might think and often there may be a better way than you are currently doing something. I walked away from this class with a far better understanding of electricity, video and audio recording for evidence. If you are tasked with any of these types of duties, this class is a must.

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Sent by: Alice
Course Attended: Proactive Criminal Patrol (Export)
   
Message Sent: I was policing for ten years and had always wanted to attend this type of course. Alex Gonzales was my instructor. Since I attended his class, the number of quality felony drug arrests I have made have gone through the roof. I honestly feel like a rookie again and am so motivated to continue being pro-active in the field. Police work is exciting to me again. This was the best class I've attended since my police career started and I keep thinking back to all the stops I've made when I didn't realize what I had and just let the bad guy go. My eyes have been opened to so much. The drug arrests are now more exciting to me than the DUI arrests I loved making. Thank Alex for making this job exciting to me again and letting me see that I can do this too! Now I just need to get the "mother load"!!!!!

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Sent by: Kyrie
Course Attended: Patrol Officers response to street drugs
   
Message Sent: Well RCTA has always had the best of the best when it comes to instructors. I had a blast and am looking forward to attending many more. We need more programs like this for law enforcement so we may "press the fight."

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Sent by: Darren
Course Attended: Interview and Interrogation
   
Message Sent: I recently attended I&I under the instruction of Senior Detective Cliff Porter. As always, RCTA put together a great course of instruction with the best leadership. This class opened my eyes to the different ways to approach people during the I&I process by identifying their personalities. Whether you're a uniform officer, detective, etc., this class will definitely benefit you.

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Sent by: Steven
Course Attended: Emergency Narcotics Operations
   
Message Sent: In over 37 years of law enforcement and numerous schools under my belt, I can honestly say this has been the most rewarding class I have ever attended. The instructors were very knowledgeable on the subject matter and, coupled with the practicums, made this the most realistic class I have ever attended. I have learned a great deal from these gentlemen and I can not wait to put it all to use when I return to work. Keep up the good work Paul, Allan, Jeff and company. A very special thanks to our two bad guys to. Without them, the scenarios would not have seemed as real.

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Sent by: William
Course Attended: Proactive Criminal Patrol
   
Message Sent: Recently completed this course. I worked extra man detail that following Saturday night, August 6, 2011. The techniques and information taught in this course is superb. I used the training I received on a traffic stop that night and it resulted in a DWI arrest with the recovery of a stolen handgun. This course has already paid off. Wonderful facilities and very knowledgeable instructors. Thank You RCTA.

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Sent by: Brent
Course Attended: Basic Gang School
   
Message Sent: I attended RCTA for the first time in my 7 year career and I must say it was one pleasant experience. Every staff member that we came in contact with were extremely friendly and willing to assist with anything that we needed. As far as the class, well to just say the of Tony Avendorph, he was fantastic as an instructor. He was extremely informative with his experience in gangs and as a former police officer. I was glad to know that he definitely left RCTA loving the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office. Tom Nagy was also very helping with the motorcycle gangs. Even though there aren't a definite showing of gangs in the southern Louisiana area, the education that I got from these guys was outstanding. I am looking forward to hopefully my next class there in September (Proactive Criminal Patrol). Thanks to the entire RCTA staff

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Sent by:
Course Attended: Patrol Officers Response to Street Drugs
   
Message Sent: This was my second time attending a school presented by RCTA. I was very impressed with the amount of information provided and the knowledge of the instructor. Every patrol officer should take the opportunity ot attend this class.

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Sent by: Darryl
Course Attended: Basic Gang School
   
Message Sent: This was the first training class that I have attended at RCTA. The Basic Gang Class was a very informative and presented in a way that made you want to know more. Tony Avendorph grabbed my attention and never let go. This was by far the best Gang Class that I have attended in my 23 years as a LEO. I look forward to attending many more at RCTA.

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Sent by: Gregory
Course Attended: Mexican Cartels
   
Message Sent: I attended the first mexican cartel course at RCTA. It was an excellent course, and educated me in an area that I was not that knowledgeable in. We have a large Latino population in our area, and I have seen signs of Latino gang presence. This class will enable me to educate my department in what to look for and how to deal with it. I recommend this class to any officer who may have the oportunity to encounter Latino gangs/cartels in their area of operation. RCTA is a great resource for law enforcement officers. They are experiencing the same budget constraints that we all are. It is imperative that we officers who are benefiting from these excellent programs to contact our elected officials, especially our Congressmen and Senators, and advise them just how valuable this program is and how necessary it is that they fund all of RCTA's programs.

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Sent by: SHAYNE
Course Attended: PROACTIVE CRIMINAL PATROL
   
Message Sent: I really enjoyed the class. I've attended several drug interdiction classes and it's obvious that Alex and Scott knew their topics. GREAT Class.

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Sent by: Craig
Course Attended: Basic Narcotics Investigations
   
Message Sent: Great class. The RCTA is a very important training tool for low budget groups and departments that do not have a lot of money in their training budgets. The class that my partner and I attended in Nashville TN,was a great asset to my department. It would be a great loss if the RCTA was not funded.

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Sent by: Ray
Course Attended: Basic Technical Serivices/ Video Surveillance Operations
   
Message Sent: RCTA produced a phenomenal class. This is a must have class for at least two investigators at each agency. The instructor, Wendell Sorrell, has a terrific style of teaching so that you absorb technical information with little effort.

After taking this class I salvaged and repaired equipment at my agency and prevented the spending of funds for new equipment. I have learned so much. Thank you RCTA.

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Sent by: Chris
Course Attended: Follow The Money
   
Message Sent: This was my first class at RCTA. Follow the Money was the best class that I have been to so far in my career. The material and instructors were great. It will be very helpful to my position as a seizure agent. Everyone in the narcotics field need to take this class. It is an eye opener.

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Sent by: Brad
Course Attended: Proactive Criminal Patrol
   
Message Sent: It was my first time attending RCTA and it was a great expirence. Since then I have attended Basic Narcotic Investigations. I plan on attending more classes in the future. The facility and staff were awsome.

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Sent by: Brad
Course Attended: Interview and Interrogation
   
Message Sent: I really enjoyed this class. It was taught by Detective Cliff Porter. He was an excellent instructor and I learned a lot from this course.

I have a better understanding of how to identify the different personality types in people which can greatly help with speaking with suspects and victims.

I would highly recommend this class to any new criminal investigator.

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Sent by: Brad
Course Attended: Interview and Interrogation
   
Message Sent: I really enjoyed this class. It was taught by Detective Cliff Porter. He was an excellent instructor and I learned a lot from this course.

I have a better understanding of how to identify the different personality types in people which can greatly help with speaking with suspects and victims.

I would highly recommend this class to any new criminal investigator.

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Sent by: Bobby
Course Attended: Advanced Narcotics Investigation
   
Message Sent: This class was great. I would recommend this class to any law enforcement officer who wants expand their knowledge. RCTA is a top notch training facility.

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Sent by: Troy
Course Attended: Advanced Interview and Interogation
   
Message Sent: The topics covered in this class are beneficial to all law enforcement officers regardless of rank or assignment. Very good class with outstanding instructors. Thanks for putting it on.

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Sent by: Jonathan
Course Attended: Advanced Interview and interrogation
   
Message Sent: I just got back from the class and want to say that it was amazing. Dr. Rhodes and R. McAfee J.D. have got to be the subject matter experts on the art of interview and interrogation and the legal aspects of it. I went to the basic class 3 years ago and it made me a better police officer which got me promoted to a asst. shift supervisor, then to a Narcotics Agent, and then just 6 months ago to a criminal investigator. The training and scenarios that we experienced made even the most seasoned investigators realize that there is a specific art of getting some one to speak with you. And then to be able to use the method of subconscious communication to determine if they are being deceptive. Dr. Rhodes methods and teachings have made me a better investigator and interrogator with the best results. It is not unusual for me to get confessions for even the most difficult cases now which were impossible before. I am thankful for the RCTA classes and hope that this class continues, it is an amazing followup and provides investigative tools and methods to agencies which can't afford this high quality training. I wish the class was longer. Perfect instructors.

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Sent by: Mike
Course Attended: Confidential informants
   
Message Sent: This course was a great course. The instructor was as good as I have seen. He made the class very interesting and presented the info well. When I went to this school, I did not know what to expect but I can tell you I was very pleased. I will for sure go to more RCTA schools in the future.

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Sent by: S
Course Attended: High risk event planning
   
Message Sent: I began the four levels of high risk operations with level 1,High risk event planning. I am the SWAT Commander for our department and wanted to get some other ideas as it relates to planning. Three days after my return I planned a high risk search and arrest operation using the system taught and it worked perfectly!

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Sent by: Bryan
Course Attended: Proactive Criminal Patrol
   
Message Sent: This is my first time at RCTA. From the moment I reached the Gate until the moment I left, I was blown away. Everyone I met at the base and in the school were very gracious and friendly. The room was fantastic. The base was immaculate. The food at the Galley was great. I had the best time, and could relax as well as gain some great information in the classes. The instructors were knowledgeable, fun, and motivating. There literally was not one thing about my experience there that I didn't just love. I cannot Wait to return for more!!

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Sent by: Mark
Course Attended: Emergency Narcotics Operations
   
Message Sent: I attended the Emergency Narcotics Operation course and was highly impressed. The instructors were highly knowledgeable and helpful. I have learned so much, and learned that all I was doing wrong. All the instructors were great at teaching and critiquing. I would recommend this course to anyone who works narcotics, a must for narcotics agents/detectives.

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Sent by: Tom
Course Attended: Basic Technical Surveillance
   
Message Sent: After almost 20 years in law enforcement, I have finally attended a class that is useful in everyday applications. I have been able to do more for our agency in terms of assisting in gathering intel and capturing evidence to begin, or complete investigations than I have ever done before. I have also found this training to be very helpful outside of work (repairing things around the house etc.) The facilites at RCTA are great and well designed for the learning environment. I can't wait until I can attend other courses there.

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Sent by: David
Course Attended: Patrol Officers Response to Street Drugs
   
Message Sent: This is the second class I have taken at RCTA this year, the first being Pro Active Criminal Patrol. I learned so much in that class. When I first signed up for Street Drugs I thought I knew a lot. Boy was I wrong! The instructor opened my eyes to so much more and went into more detail then I ever imagined. Did I know about narcotics when I first showed up? NO! Now I do though.
My first night back to work I got out on a vehicle for legal reasons. Upon speaking with the driver I immediately observed his eyes to be in a state of Miosis and observed him to have an extreme case of Bruxism. Using the 7 Step Process and the Cards and Lights I was able to accurately pinpoint the drug that the suspect was using (methamphetamine). After searching the car I was able to locate two small baggies of methamphetamine. Thanks RCTA for the training you provided. I will be back soon!

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Sent by: DAVID
Course Attended: Pro Active Criminal Patrol
   
Message Sent: This has been my 3rd RCTA class to attend to. This last class I attended was Pro Active Criminal Patrol. Just a FYI to check for searching for compartments on vehicles. Esp. on your gas tanks. Check the fuel shut off switch located in most trunks of cars or the passenger kick panel.
It is very simple to determine if the subject might have put a compartment in the gas tank:
With the vehicle running,push the button on the fuel shut off. The vehicle should run out of gas soon after pushing the button. If for some reason it does not, there might be something in the gas tank. Just food for thought. Thanks

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Sent by: Luke
Course Attended: Patrol Officers Response to street drugs
   
Message Sent: This too was my first class with R.C.T.A and it was the most informative class that I have received to date. I walked away from Mick Mollica's class very informed and trained. Goes to show that you can always learn a lot even if you are a seasoned veteran. I would certainly recommend this class to anyone at any level in law enforcement. The staff as well was very polite and helpful. "Press the fight"

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Sent by: Bill
Course Attended: Drug Unit Supervisor
   
Message Sent: This was a great class. I have been supervising a drug unit for 3 years, and this opened my eyes to some new ideas. I learned from the instructors, but most of all from the others attending the class. I came back to work with new ideas and strategies. I highly recommend this to anyone supervising a drug unit.

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Sent by: Blair
Course Attended: Meth Lab Recognition
   
Message Sent: I know it says Cop Talk, but I will break it with my testimony.

The Instructor presented the class very well, the material handed out along with videos and slides helps with my every day job. Before attending this course I had no clue what to ever look for or expect from a meth lab other than they are dangerous. It was well worth the trip and hope to see more classes that firefighters can attend.

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Sent by: Don
Course Attended: Clandestine Labs
   
Message Sent: I attended the Clandestine Labs course in August 2008. The course material covered everything a Narcotics Agent would need to know. Mick was a great instructor and supplied me with the knowledge to conduct Meth investigations as well as the confidence from writing a Methamphetamine Search Warrant.

Within a week after class I used the information from a source of information and the knowledge from this class to discover a Meth Lab, conduct a search warrant, and see the case thru during prosecution.

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Sent by: Sgt. King
Course Attended: Peer Support
   
Message Sent: I recently completed your Peer Support class and was able to learn so much from the instructors and other officers in attendance. Yesterday we had an officer shot and wounded and a second officer who shot the suspect(DOA). I was able to get to the officers and conduct defusings with them in a short period of time. I was also able to speak with their wives and provide them with information obtained in this course.

I know that having completed this training made this process much easier and and more beneficial for all involved. THANKS for giving me the training to help my fellow officers no words can express the gratitude for those who worked so hard for what we received at your facility. Again thanks, and by the way the officer shot will be fine!!!

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Sent by: Travis
Course Attended: Patrol Officers Respose to Street Drugs
   
Message Sent: This was the first class I had attended with RCTA and I was pleased with the course material and presentation of the instructor. I came home with the knowledge to effectivly identify and arrest imparied drivers. I was back on duty 2 hours and arrested my first one and he was also in possession of narcotics. Thanks RCTA I will definately attend more classes.

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Sent by: Stanley
Course Attended: Follow the Money
   
Message Sent: I recently had the opportunity to be able to attend the training class called Follow the Money, and I wanted to let you know my feelings about this class.

I started as an auxiliary Police Officer in 1983 and completed the Alabama Peace Officers Minimum Standards, Police Academy at Tuscaloosa in 1985. I stayed in Law Enforcement for 9 years and left it for about ten years. I was a victim of theft in 2002 and felt led to return to the calling. Since my return I have been an Assistant Chief of a small town and then took a job as the Chief Drug Agent for my County here in Marion County Alabama. I was Deputized and worked on a DEA OCEDTF case in 2007 till 2009. I have attended over 13 different training sessions at RCTA. I have been a member of the Institute of Federal Firearms Instructor's for 5 years and have received training from the FBI, ATF and DEA. I have received training for Drug Unit Commanders at the Institute of Police Technology Institute in Florida, and numerous other schools throughout my career.

I said all that to say this. Follow the Money, was the best training I have ever received in my entire career. This was such an eye opener for me and all my Agents will attend this class. There should not be a single Drug Agent anywhere allowed to be considered a trained Agent without having received this training.
I am very thankful that we have RCTA at our disposal and even as impressed as I have been over the years with RCTA's training opportunities, this takes the prize.

Thank you for what you do and may I say " Press the Fight" !!

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Sent by: Kenny
Course Attended: Search Warrant Writing
   
Message Sent: Well RCTA has done it again. A great course with great instructors. This is one course you will enjoy and use. RCTA is second to none with it courses, training and facilities. Thanks RCTA and NSA Meridian.