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Tactical Police Agility Practitioner (4 or 8 hours)

Instructor: James Di Naso

Defensive tactics and other types of tactical training are very
beneficial, but only if officers have the physical skills to effectively
use them. This course will educate law enforcement officers and
trainers on how to improve an officer’s speed, endurance, agility,
power, strength, flexibility, and movement skills.  This will improve the
technical skills learned in tactical training and will raise any officer’s
effectiveness to higher levels on the street.  Tactical specific fitness
drills and strategies to improve tactical preparedness will be
demonstrated and then performed by those attending.  This course
is ideal for the patrol officer to SWAT team members and instructors
of defensive tactics, fitness, firearms and use of force.

Specialized Fitness Training for SWAT Officers (8 hours)

Instructor: James Di Naso

Tactical team members need to have specific physical skills to effectively
and safely carry out their duties (missions).  This course will educate
tactical team members and tactical trainers on how to improve tactical
specific fitness levels.  Improving tactical specific fitness will improve
physical abilities and the performance of technical skills learned in
training.  Tactical movement skills including evasive maneuvers and improving shooting proficiency while
moving are addressed. Tactical specific fitness drills and strategies to
improve tactical preparedness will be demonstrated and then performed
by those attending.  This course is ideal for members of SWAT teams,
Crisis Response Teams and instructors who develop physical training
programs for tactical teams.


Injury Prevention for Defensive Tactics Instructors (8 hours)

Instructor: James Di Naso

Many officers are getting injured during defensive tactics training.  In an effort to limit
liability and workman’s compensation claims, some agencies and departments are
eliminating DT training altogether.  Eliminating DT training is not the answer.  This course
will educate DT instructors on the most up to date strategies to reduce injuries.  Instructors
will gain valuable insight and learn practical tools to identify and prevent the most common
injuries that occur as a result of DT training.  Instructors will also learn how to improve
student performance through a greater understanding of the specific physical needs of law
enforcement officers.  DT specific fitness exercises and drills will be demonstrated and
then performed by those attending.  The Injury Prevention for Defensive Tactics Instructors
Course is highly recommended for defensive tactics and police martial arts trainers and
will help enhance skills no matter what style of DT or martial arts system is utilized.

Injury Prevention For Police

Instructor: James Di Naso

Many officers are getting injured in the performance of their duties and
during tactical training. The financial drain on departments and the quality
of life issues for officers are serious. This course will assist departments
and agencies in reducing injuries that occur as a result of personal,
professional, and training endeavors.  This course will educate law
enforcement officers and trainers of the common causes of police related
injuries and provide practical remedies to help prevent and identify
potential for injury.  The Injury Prevention for Police Course is highly
recommended for all officers including defensive tactics, fitness, firearms,
and police use of force trainers.


This course is specifically designed to prepare Officers to successfully identify gang members, monitor gang activity, effectively gather gang intelligence, and properly conduct successful interviews with hard-core gang members in jail. Blocks of instruction will include:
o Proper gang identification and documentation
o Successful introductions and mindset
o Monitoring gang presence & activity
o Gang intelligence gathering
o Working with other Law Enforcement Agencies
o Handling jail informants
o Conducting successful interviews in jail
o Establishing a prisoner’s behavioral “norm” and patterns
o And much more………………………………………………………

Each prisoner and contact in Jail is different and the information in Correctional Facilities is always changing. Being able to effectively gather this information can lead to finding contraband, identifying gang members and affiliations, solving other crimes within the jail and saving an Officer’s life.

You have to be creative and ingenious while having a simple conversation with an inmate. Having good presence and a congenial personality goes much further than a harsh or callous attitude. Learn how to “talk-the-talk” and not over do it. Know how to control the direction of the conversation without making your contact feel like he or she is being interrogated. Just like anything else, this comes with practice.

Gang members are getting smarter every time they are arrested and incarcerated. Building your gang knowledge will benefit you in identifying who you’re dealing with, creating self-confidence, and at the same time, establishing yourself amongst gang members themselves. The OFFICER has to be confident, not cocky, in his or her approach. It is also crucial to guard against becoming lax.

Street Strategies Homicide Investigation

Street Strategies:

1 Day- Investigating Today’s Street Homicides

This 8 hour course is specifically designed to prepare uniformed police officers, supervisors, detectives, gang and drug investigators to successfully respond, evaluate, secure, and investigate today’s violent street crime related homicides.  Blocks of instruction will include:


Handling uncooperative witnesses:   We will discuss a number of effective strategies in handling witnesses in gang and drug related homicides and how to successfully utilize these strategies and procedures when conducting the most difficult of all homicide investigations.  Handling witnesses in these cases are the responsibility of everyone involved.

This block of instruction will also focus on the responsibilities of the first Officer on scene to the most experienced of Detectives.  The instructor will help prepare you to effectively handle this crucial part of the investigation that is often passed from one division to another.


Handling homicide scenes in gang and drug war zones: This block of instruction discusses many variables that contribute to the successful response, investigation, and conclusion of street homicides.  The quality of work and experience of the responding Officers and the investigating Detectives are critiqued during these crucial stages of the homicide that stem from the crime scene.  We will also discuss the importance of how each agency should develop clear and separate policies and protocol for all the officers and detectives involved.

  • Types of Gang and Drug Homicide Scenes
  • Homicide Scene Considerations
  • Officer Safety
  • Securing the scene
  • Handling witnesses/Canvassing
  • Identifying and handling evidence
  • Videotaping scenes and crowds



Domenic Cappelluti CFI

Domenic Cappelluti CFI, is a veteran detective with the Waukegan (Illinois) Police Department and a former Group Supervisor of the elite Lake County, IL Major Crime Task Force. With over 24 years of experience Dom has specialized in high profile violent street crimes, gang homicides, murder for hire cases on gang and drug officers and officer involved shootings. During his career, he has worked in various divisions, and avidly supervised the Criminal Investigations Bureau and the Gang Suppression Unit. Dom has proudly conducted and directed hundreds of gang and drug related operations throughout Lake County, Cook County and the Chicago metropolitan area targeting Chicago based street gangs. He is fluent in Spanish and Italian and has successfully conducted thousands of interviews and interrogations in Spanish with gang members from various gangs.

Having personally been targeted in a large scale murder for hire plot, Dom has been an intricate part in receiving federal funding and working with members of Congress to establish a clear understanding of the war on gangs and the approach that’s needed for successful. He continues to combat the media and has dedicated his career to fighting Freedom of Information Act violations, protecting officers’ rights and defending the work quality of experienced interviewers from the mirage placed on society from today’s biased media.

Dom is a nationally recognized lecturer for his vast experience in interviewing and interrogation, homicide and street gangs. Dom passionately teaches law enforcement officers and federal agents across the United States and Mexico. He has successfully testified as an expert in gangs, homicide and interviewing and interrogation in various courts across the United States. Dom is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards for his accomplishments. He has been honored by his police department, state and federal agencies, Congress and various newspapers.

Dom was proudly selected by a government agency to represent the United States, internationally, in a joint governmental operation that provided interview and interrogation training that is currently being used to target members of various Mexican street gangs and drug cartels. Dom is the creator and lead seminar instructor of the Gang Combat Dynamics Series, Criminal Related Interviewing Made Easy (C.R.I.M.E. 123), Investigating Street Homicides, and Courtroom Success: How to Testifying in High Profile Cases. Dom is now the author of: “Criminal Related Interviewing Made Easy- A Step-by-Step Guide.” Still working the streets and interview rooms today, Dom’s teaching style and fresh approach always delivers an awesome experience for audiences of all sizes. Enjoy!

Street Strategies Seminar Series:

C.R.I.M.E 123: Interviewing & Interrogation

“My C.I.” Cultivating and Effectively Handling today’s Top Confidential Informants

Mastering Gang Basics: Your First Line of Defense

Gang Combat Dynamics

Street Strategies Homicide Investigation Seminar

Jail Gang Intelligence

Courtroom Success:
Preparing for Today’s Homicide and High Profile cases

Gangs in Schools: Prevention to Investigation

James Di Naso

James Di Naso

James Di Naso is co-owner of Police Kinesiology Company and serves as the company’s Police Performance Director.  Over the past several years, he has traveled to academies and agencies all over the United States training thousands of federal, state, county and city law enforcement officers. He is a nationally recognized subject matter expert on law enforcement physical preparation.  James is also a sought after speaker and has presented at several state, national and international law enforcement conferences including ITOA, ASLET, and ILEETA. He has authored many articles on police specific fitness for national publications and has a featured video series on and bluetube. James is also an instructor for North East Multi Regional Training (NEMRT), a regional police-training academy in Illinois.

Prior to focusing his efforts on training law enforcement officers, James worked for eighteen years as a sports performance coach training athletes at every level including professional athletes from the NFL, NBA and MLB.  He served as the Executive Sports Performance Director for Velocity Sports Performance in Willowbrook IL and has owned and operated his own performance training business for sixteen years.  James holds a Masters Degree in Exercise Science from Eastern Illinois University and professional certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and the United States Weightlifting Federation.


Injury Prevention For Police
Weight Training and Performance Enhancement for Police
Injury Prevention for Defensive Tactics Instructors
Specialized Fitness Training for SWAT Officers
Tactical Police Agility Practitioner
Dynamic Police Workout
Fitness for Baton & Shooting Skills Improvement
Olympic Weightlifting & Power Training For Police

Police Morale For Supervisors

Presented by: Officer Mike Wasilewski, MSW & Althea Olson, LCSW

Poor employee morale is a serious problem facing law enforcement and one that, if not confronted and corrected, will threaten the mission, productivity, discipline, and even the integrity of a police agency. With stakes so high, it is only natural law enforcement managers make raising employee morale a top priority.

Or is it?

The reality is, many police managers refuse to acknowledge the issues or, if they do, adhere to the belief, “Low morale isn’t our problem! They can fix it themselves,” while perpetuating the culture that breeds it. For most cops, low morale has far less to do with what they see and experience on the street than the impact of politics, policies, and practices inside the station.

This training is for supervisors and managers who want to bring the “best cop” out of each officer, who understand the power and productivity of happy staff, and who want to do more than pay lip service to the heavy responsibility of effective leadership.

Officer Mike Wasilewski, MSW & Althea Olson, LCSW

Mike & Althea have been married since 1994. Together they co-author two popular monthly columns for & one monthly column for They have taught together around the country and at the 2010 and 2011 ILEETA Conference & Expo to other police trainers.

Officer Mike Wasilewski, MSW, has been with a large suburban Chicago department since 1996. He holds a Master of Social Work degree from Aurora University and has served on his department’s Crisis Intervention & Domestic Violence teams. Mike is an adjunct instructor at Northwestern College.

Althea Olson, LCSW, has been in private practice in the Chicago suburbs since 1996. She has a Master of Social Work degree from Aurora University providing individual, couple, & group therapy to adolescents, adults, and geriatrics. Althea is also trained in Critical Incident Stress Management & is a certified divorce mediator.


Police Morale For Supervisors 
Another Cop Killer
Crossing Police Lines: Living life 360º
Survival BEYOND the Street
Survival Skills For Police Marriages
Understanding and Responding to the Emotionally Disturbed Person
Treating Cops: What the client wants you to know (for the mental health professional)

Emotional & Relationship Survival for Law Enforcement