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Critical Mindset Lecture

February 4, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Location:  Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office – 7th Floor, MPR-A&B
  • Date:  February 4, 2020
  • Time:  8 am – 5 pm

Course Description:

Critical Mindset Lecture – 

 This class will be conducted in 3 blocks, each of which will address a specific are of being mentally prepared for survival in law enforcement.   The topics and presenters are listed below.   

   Critical Mindset:   The May 20, 2010, West Memphis debrief from the Sheriff Mike Neal who heroically rammed his state police truck into two active shooters. The suspects had killed two officers earlier on a traffic stop and shot two more in front of Sheriff Neal. Sheriff Neal engaged in a 17 second gun battle for his life taking multiple rounds of AK-47 through his windshield as he gave back to the suspects 30 rounds of .223 killing both suspects. Listen to Sheriff Neal walk you through, and break down that day that changed his life and so many others. Sheriff Neal’s debrief really gets your warrior mindset ready for the next two days on the range, and participants will go through drills that Sheriff Neal went through in real life. Sheriff Neal and his truck he was driving that day were inducted October 2018 in the new law enforcement museum in Washington D.C.

–          Club Pulse: The June 12, 2016, the unthinkable happened in downtown Orlando, Florida. Investigator Raul Rivas was a team leader for the Orlando Police Department SWAT team the night that 49 innocent people were killed by a terrorist. Raul was on the side of the club where the swat team breeched the club wall in an attempt to save survivors trapped in the bathrooms. Raul was making split second decisions as a team leader that ultimately ended up saving countless lives. Listen to Raul describe the chaos of the incident and how he became engaged in a gun fight with the terrorist suspect as a team member was shot in his ballistic helmet right beside him. Raul describes the incident in a way like no other as he was right in the middle of the operation. Raul speaks about how the event from that night changed his life forever as it did a lot of swat team members, and first responders.

–          PTSD the Silent Sniper: August 26, 2007 Chief Jason Fitzwater was, a Homicide detective for the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, in Bradenton Florida. Jason was a Swat team member, a highly decorated officer within his department and was at the peak of his career at the time. Unfortunately, what nobody knew was behind the closed doors Jason had a drinking problem and used alcohol as a false comfort for things that he dealt with at work. Jason lived a double life at work as nobody knew about his issue until the morning of August 26, 2007 after leaving a bar; Jason crashed his unmarked patrol vehicle. Jason was arrested for DUI W/Property damage by his own department and resigned in October 2007. The incident spun Jason’s life out of control even more leading him into divorce and a life or recklessness and darkness. Jason became homeless losing his house, car, daughter, only having his clothes. Jason explains how his fight with his addiction to alcohol continued to get worse as he battled to get his life back together. Christmas 2008 was the darkest day in Jason’s life as he explains how he was led to contemplate suicide. Jason’s debrief is a roller coaster of emotions but turns out with a successful story but he explains how it wasn’t easy but he drives home the “Don’t ever give Up, and relying on Hope and Faith” attitude. 

To register for this training, send your request to LETrain@rccc.edu.



February 4, 2020
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Cabarrus County Sheriff’s office
30 Corban Ave
Concord, NC 28025 United States
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