DART Training Academy

As capable as the DART system is, it’s only part of the solution. Turnkey simulation training requires a powerful simulator and world-class instruction. That’s where DART Training Academy comes in.  DART Training Academy offers a unique approach to law enforcement training by providing individual training modules consisting of video instruction and customized drills designed to focus on specific real-world learning objectives.

Meet Your Instructor

Brian Gaynor

Brian proudly served his country for eight years of active duty as a United States Marine. His military occupational specialties included military police and scout sniper. Deployments included foreign, domestic, and combat duty assignments. He recently retired from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement where he served as the agency’s Chief High Liability Instructor and Department Armorer and held the rank of Inspector.

Brian started his career with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement as a Special Agent assigned to the Dignitary Protection Unit providing security to the Governor of Florida and his family. While there he coordinated motorcade and convoy movements, event site security, and foreign dignitary mission trips. Brian provided protection for Governors Bush, Crist, Scott, and DeSantis and developed the Dignitary Protection Training course for the Agency. Brian continues to stay active as a certified U.S. Department of State combat tactics contractor, providing training to foreign national tactical groups.

Prior to his thirteen years at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Brian was a Deputy Sheriff at the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office. During his twelve years there, he was assigned to the SWAT team, warrants division, narcotics unit, surveillance and undercover operations, multi-agency investigations with DEA, FBI, US Marshals, ATF, and FDLE drug task forces.

 

Block 1:

Skill-Building and Tactics Training

Block 1 is divided into six training modules focused on firearms skill-building and tactics training. Each module is a quick 20-minute lesson designed to illustrate and teach specific real-world learning objectives.

Every module lesson consists of video instructions and four different courses of fire designed to be used with the DART system. Video demonstrations are provided to ensure consistency in training and communication. Each training session is designed to last approximately 20 minutes and students have the ability to practice any portion of the training module as often as they would like.

Utilizing minimal space and maximizing the use of time, Block 1 courses are conducted in a safe and controlled environment. This offers the ability to train in ways that would be deemed unsafe on a live-fire range.

Training modules include: 

  • Drawing From the Holster
  • Shooting Moving Targets
  • Shooting While Moving
  • Positional Shooting
  • Weak or Off-hand Shooting
  • Training Review

De-Escalation Training

Our de-escalation training course includes 35 minutes of video discussion on the timely and relevant topic of de-escalation. Because these lessons are entirely video-based, they do not require a DART system to view.

Although “de-escalation” is a new buzzword, it’s been around for generations. We’ve all heard the stories of the old cops responding to violent calls without backup, and being able to defuse the situation without incident. Or the lone officer making the arrest on a wanted felon who was in a car with three family members who were not pleased. How did they do that? The answer: a cool head going into it, good communication throughout, and keeping their wits about them.

Training is divided into nine segments; each one lasts 3-5 minutes and provides valuable insights with discussion topics that include: 

  • Posture and Proximity
  • Respect and Retreat
  • Listen and Let Vent
  • Avoiding Contempt of Cop
  • Courteous Communication
  • Contact with Citizens
  • Communication During Control
  • Changing Behavior
  • Closing Thoughts

DART is aware of the current climate regarding training budgets and the call to “defund the police”. We in the Law Enforcement community know that it should be a call to “defend the police” and provide better training. In fact, we feel so strongly about this that we are offering this training, upon request, at no cost or obligation to any police officer or department. Our hope is that some portion of this course helps an officer make a good choice by choosing the right words at the right time so that a positive outcome is achieved for all. A DART system is not required to view this training. Please email your request to hello@dartrange.com.

View the last video in the de-escalation series “Closing Thoughts”.