Patrol Vehicle Ambush Survival Skills for Law Enforcement & First Responders

As law enforcement, public safety, and emergency response agencies retire their existing fleets and transition to newer vehicles equipped with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, such as Collision Avoidance, Automatic Emergency Braking, and similar technology, it is imperative that Police Officers, Deputies, Agents, and other first responder personnel understand the limitations these systems may create when confronted by an immediate threat of violence.

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With protests demanding a national reckoning on racial injustice continuing around the country, the number of incidents in which demonstrators aggressively target law enforcement and response personnel while they are in their vehicles is continuing to increase. While technology that is designed to reduce the safety risks that the average driver faces, it may actually lead to increased risks to professionals in law enforcement, fire response, emergency medical service, and other public safety roles.

This innovative, intensive, and interactive one (1) day, eight (8) hour course consists of a series of highly informative discussion blocks and hands-on practical exercises.


Overview of Advanced Driver Assistance and Digital Control Systems

Recognizing and Compensating for System Activations and Engagements

The Increased Criticality of Situational Awareness

Influencing and De-Escalating Volatile Encounters

Controlling the Scene and the Situation

Vehicle Dynamics and Ambush Survival Choreography

Case Studies and Lessons Learned


Joseph “Jay” Aretino is the Chief Instructor for Vehicle Dynamics Institute, more commonly known as VDI. A retired NCO in the U.S. Army with 21 years of active and reserve service, Jay also has more than 20 years of active law enforcement experience, having served in a variety of specialized assignments including Fugitive Warrant, K-9, and SWAT.

Robert “Bob” Aromando is the Chief Operating Officer of the global protective services firm, The K Street Group, LLC. Bob’s background includes 13 years law enforcement service before transitioning into private sector corporate security and risk management in the health sciences area.

Joseph “Joe” Autera is the President & CEO of Vehicle Dynamics Institute, the world’s leading provider of highly specialized, advanced driver training to military, law enforcement, and private sector security professionals.


Date: July 28, 2021

Location: Pocono Raceway
1234 Long Pond Rd
Long Pond, PA 18334

(2 hours from NYC, Philadelphia, and less than 2 hours from Central and Northern NJ, discounted lodging available)

Cost: $325.00 per student

(Discounted rates available for groups of 6 or more from same agency or dept.)

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