I have been in some sketchy situations since my N&F training, and I tell you what, I could hear Jason Fitzwater and Michael Neal walking me through the whole situation. These guys are absolutely raising the bar and I believe are now the new gold standard in law enforcement training – everything else is just theatrics.” – Officer Eric Bumpus, New Madrid Police Department
Chief Fitzwater’s Ambush Curriculum InspirationIn 2012, Chief Fitzwater began working as a police officer at the Fredericktown Police Department in Southeast Missouri. That same year, a recent academy graduate named Chris was hired by their department as a part-time officer. Seven weeks into the job, he was shot and killed. Chaos broke out, all tactical teams were called in to find the killer, and Chief Fitzwater realized there was just not enough training for a situation like this. Late in 2012, in honor of Chris, he founded the annual nonprofit Southeast Missouri SWAT Challenge to train officers and empower them. Within five years, the several day event was up to 15 teams from around the nation, hosted renowned speakers like Ron McCarthy – the Godfather of SWAT, and toured nationally. Then, in 2016, when cops started getting ambushed in their cars, first in Dallas, then in Baton Rouge, he knew his teaching and training skills could be put to further use. He left the police department and in seven weeks wrote the curriculum for the Critical Mindset for Counter Ambush class, and began officer training sessions. Sheriff Mike Neal took note of these effective, successful courses and asked Chief Fitzwater to come to Monroe County, Arkansas, and host a class for his own law enforcement team. From then on, the pair partnered to train law enforcement nationwide.
Our Mission is to prepare law enforcement for the unknown and for when the unthinkable happens.