Course detail: Scenario-Based Tactical Medical Applications

Over the past several years, active community violence situations have brought attention to how first responders respond. One particular concern is how medical care is provided to victims during the early stages of the response. Usually, law enforcement is the first on the scene, and depending on scene safety considerations, they may be the only responders to provide initial aid to themselves, their partners, other first responders, and civilians. As violence against law enforcement and other first responders continues to increase, research shows that having medical providers near downed officers within seconds of being injured increases the chance of the injured officer surviving the incident. 

In this class, participants will review basic tactical medical skills before putting them into practice by participating in dynamic and interactive drills and scenarios. Participants will discuss human performance factors and how they can affect responses to traumatic events. Additionally, participants will review the use of force considerations and officer liability from a tactical medical perspective and review and participate in documenting the use of force and tactical medical care during a practical report-writing exercise. 

  • Participants will be able to decide upon prescribed courses of action or techniques that will provide a greater safety level in various environments, events, and situations.

Learning Objectives:  
  • Review and discuss the use of force and officer liability considerations. Identify methodsof overcoming unnecessary hesitations and articulate the use of force underthe constitutional standard. Discuss legal, moral, and ethical responsibilities to help"everyone" injured at the scene if it is safe to do so. 
  • Discuss, review, and practice basic tactical medical techniques. Discuss and reviewrecommended tactical medical equipment for first responders. 
  • Discuss human performance factors and the WIN principle. Discuss how these factorscan assist first responders in maintaining a "winning" mindset throughout the incident. 
  • Identify and demonstrate the fundamentals of documenting the use of force incidents,including any medical aid rendered to victims at the scene. 
  • Apply and demonstrate basic tactical medical skills in dynamic and interactive training exercises and scenarios. 

Instructional Methods
  • Lecture 
  • Hands-On Exercises 
  • Scenarios 

Who Should Attend: 
  • Law Enforcement 
  • First Responders 
  • Corrections 

Course Requirements: 
  • 100% attendance and participation 

Recommended Equipment: 
  • Duty gear. 
  • Live weapons, OC, and Tasers will be prohibited during "hands on" skill training and scenarios. Clothing which may get dirty or torn. 
  • Laptop computer for report writing.
Fitness Requirements and Expectations: ACTIVE

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Notice of Availability of the KLETC Annual Security and Fire Safety Report

 The University of Kansas has determined that the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) main campus in Hutchinson and its regional sites in Dodge City, Hays, and Parsons are separate campuses. This determination was made in consultation with the Department of Education. The report is available online at:

 The report contains information regarding campus safety and security including topics such as campus law enforcement authority; crime reporting policies; campus alerts (Timely Warnings and EmergencyNotifications); fire safety policies and procedures; programs to prevent sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking; the procedures the institution will follow when one of these crimes is reported; and other matters of importance related to security on campus. The report also contains information about crime statistics for the three most recent calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on On-Campus; in On-Campus Student facilities; in Non-Campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the institution or a recognized student organization; and on Public property, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also contains fire statistics for any fires occurring in an On-Campus Student Housing Facility during the three most recent calendar years.

A paper copy of the report will be provided upon request. If you would like to receive a paper copy, you can request that a copy be mailed to you by calling 785-864-6414 or emailing or arrange for pick-up at a KLETC location.

Available sessions