The TTPOA Podcast

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The TTPOA Podcast is hosted by two active duty police officers who are serving as team leaders on SWAT teams in Texas. The podcast will cover tactics, training, leadership and whatever else comes up. The main goal of the podcast is to get information out to our first responders who are working on the front lines everyday. Stay Safe and Train Hard.

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Chris Palmer and Gabe Rivera "Training Matters"
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Chris Palmer and Gabe Rivera "Training Matters"
On this episode we sit down with Chris Palmer and Gabe Rivera.  Both Chris and Gabe have served on full time SWAT teams and have years of experience. Chris Palmer:1999 to 2001 Patrol officer.  2001 to 2006 N.E.T. Neighborhood Enforcement Team. We were a directed enforcement position within the precincts. Basically we would be tasked by the commander to solve problems brought to them by the community. This is where I got plain clothes and U/C experience. We would work informants, buy dope, write warrants, surveillance and locating subjects with felony warrants, a bit of everything without responsibility for the radio.   2006 to 2019 (SWAT) Full time unit with 5 ten man squads now 4 ten man squads. Barricades, Violent subjects arrested, Present for several (20?) OIS and fired my weapons in 4 of them.  At last count I've had 56 rounds fired at me and been hit once. Most of those have been through the walls on HRT entries. I've never shot anyone during an HR. Mine were all arrests/ barricades2017- present   Contract breaching instructor for Forced Entry Tactical Training. 2019 - present Full time firearms training detail. Gabe Rivera:15+ years as a Law Enforcement Officer with 12 years assigned to departments Special Weapons & Tactics (SWAT) team. Has held roles on the team such as Team Leader (TL), Assistant Team Leader (ATL), Sniper, JHAT Member, Maritime Team Member, Firearms Instructor, and Tactics Instructor. Have obtain thousands of hours training with some of the best firearms and tactical instructors in the world. Holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) focused in Criminal Justice and Corrections from California State University-Fullerton.
Sandy Wall "The Long Road Home"
Mar 24 2023
Sandy Wall "The Long Road Home"
On this episode we sit down with “Sandy” Wall.  Sandy is a retired Master Peace Officer and a 28-year veteran of the Houston Police Department. He has worked in Patrol, Narcotics, and has served 22 years on the HPD SWAT Detail. He served as a Team Leader for more than 12 years.After Law Enforcement he worked for Safariland Group as Director of Training for 15 years.He co-authored, “Training the SWAT Trainer”. (Thomas publishing)He is a multi-patent owner and inventor of the WallBanger Tactical System. Owner and CEO of Less Lethal Options, LLC.He has been recognized in the U.S. Federal Courts as a subject matter expert in Less Lethal Munitions and Tactics. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Texas Tactical Police Officers Association and Tactical Response Magazine. He has instructed for the FBI, TTPOA, MSTOA, CATO, NTOA, LTPOA, ATOA, Florida SWAT Association, CATI, ALERRT and the US State Department.Check out his new book "The Long Ride Home" https://www.amazon.com/Long-Road-Home-Sandy-Wall/dp/B0B18N6M3KWhen Andy, a fresh-faced, naïve young man escapes his small town in Texas to embark on a career to become a big city cop, his life is changed forever. When he joins the Houston Police Department, his experiences, sometimes exciting, sometimes shocking force him to confront evils that most of us could never imagine, all while keeping his own demons at bay.  After ten years of service as a beat cop, and fighting crime in the dangerous world of narcotics in the nation's fourth-largest city, Andy accepts the ultimate challenge, joining the Houston SWAT Team. His limits are tested like never before and he finds himself living on the edge where he must face his greatest fears, and finally confront the adversaries who have taunted him along the way.
Sal Hernandez "Man Bun & Guns"
Jan 25 2023
Sal Hernandez "Man Bun & Guns"
On this episode we sit down with Sal Hernandez.  Sal is currently a full time SWAT Officer for a large agency in Texas. He is a firearms instructor and part of our sniper team. I’ve been a Police Officer for 9 years.Prior to LE, he played D-1 college baseball.He's competed in several SWAT competitions prior to The Tactical Games and he comes from a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu background.He first heard about The Tactical Games while competing at the Florida SWAT roundup in November 2018. Tim Burke was a guest speaker at the opening ceremonies and talked about The Tactical Games.  He was immediately interested and competed at my first event in March 2019 at Reveille Peak Ranch in Texas. He knew that competing at The Tactical Games would strongly improve my performance at TTPOA and Florida SWAT round up competition’s. Training for and competing at The Tactical Games has also helped my individual skills as a Police Officer.The men’s elite competitors have pushed me to another level. There were several times in 2020 I thought that I should drop down to the intermediate division. Several men’s elite competitors reached out to me and gave me advice on how to get stronger and improve my physical performance. You won’t get that camaraderie anywhere else.He is truly grateful for all of the people he has met throughout the 7 Tactical Games he as competed in. Training for The Tactical Games has become a lifestyle for him and my wife who just competed in her first event.
Chris Reeves of TRIARC Systems
May 18 2022
Chris Reeves of TRIARC Systems
https://www.triarcsystems.comOn this episode we sit down with the Chris Reeves from TriArc Systems.  With a fervent interest for American war and weapons history, Chris Reeves founded TRIARC in September of 2013. As a former paratrooper, unit 1/505PIR in the 82nd airborne division, Chris’ military service of 14 years included two one-year combat tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Chris was specifically trained and developed a strong talent for problem solving and working with mission specific equipment. Leadership skills were acquired during his deployments to Iraq as Chris was a squad leader and platoon sergeant in the 4th infantry division. Faced with battleground hardships, he had to ‘charlie mike’ (continue mission), many times when challenges seemed insurmountable.After being wounded overseas and receiving a Purple Heart, Chris retired from the military and remained in Texas to work in the firearms industry. He was finally able to converge all of his values to a specific task: fine tuning the modern AR weapon system. MANIFESTOA RIFLEMAN’S WORK GUN IS HIS CLOSEST COMPANION AND EXTENSION OF SELF— IT IS THE MAINSTAY OF PAST AND PRESENT WARS. AND THE GREAT MEN OF AMERICAN HISTORY REALIZED THAT IN WAR, THERE ARE NO RULES. ONE MUST GO INTO DEADLY GROUND WITH NO-HOLDS-BARRED IF HE WANTS TO COME OUT ALIVE. WHEN SEEMINGLY INSURMOUNTABLE FORCES STOOD IN THEIR WAY, THEY KNEW THERE WAS NO WHERE TO GO BUT FORWARD. TRIARC CONVERGES THESE TRADITIONS WITH EXTENSIVE TRIAL AND RESEARCH TO ARM USERS WITH FUNCTIONALLY INNOVATIVE WEAPON SYSTEMS. ULTIMATELY, TRIARC BUILDS TOOLS THAT EMPOWERS INDIVIDUALS TO KEEP PUSHING FORWARD.
Jake Labhart "Train Smarter, Not Harder"
Apr 1 2022
Jake Labhart "Train Smarter, Not Harder"
On this episode we sit down with new TTPOA board member Jake Labhart.  Jake is a former Army Infantryman, who upon leaving the military founded In Extremis Performance where he worked with law enforcement special operations units at the federal, state, and local level. Over the last 5 years he has worked exclusively with law enforcement special operations units to build human performance programs to optimize performance, readiness, and longevity.  He began developing research backed physical fitness tests and shooting assessments for operational units, as well as training pipelines.Jake holds a Doctorate from Campbell University, and has continued to work with prior and active-duty military and law enforcement special operations units in an effort to deliver science and human performance in a way that enhances the end user’s combat effectiveness. He continues to work alongside some of the leading experts in the tactical industry, as well as human performance, to educate and maximize potential in the special operations community. Jake is currently on the Training Advisory Board for the TTPOA, and is initiating a human performance initiative across the state of Texas. Human performance subject matter experts with backgrounds in strength and conditioning, physical therapy, recovery, and diet are being brought in to teach specific to the job function of a LE special operations officer. Please check out the links below for more information on the courses, the sponsors, and contact Jake for any other questions. Event: https://www.ttpoa.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1621074&group=  Sponsored by: HoistWebsite: https://drinkhoist.com/10% off: TTPOA10Instagram: @drinkhoistJake Labhart: Email: Jake.ttpoa@gmail.comInstagram: @inextperformance