The European Police-Trainer Conference (EPTC) took place on Wednesday 07.03.2018 and Thursday 08.03.2018 at the Exhibition Center in Nuremberg.

Topics and speakers on Wednesday 07.03.2018

Eckhard Niebergall:

  • 1975 – 2017 Hesse State Police (Germany)
  • including 20 years Frankfurt PD (Germany)
  • Riot control
  • Anti Drug operations
  • Execution of warrants
  • Executive protection
  • Certified and active firearms instructor (national & international)
  • Chief-Instructor for defensive tactics, CQB, executive protection
  • Co-developer of the INTERACT-DEFENSE-TRAINING®
  • 1998 – 2017 Hesse State Police Academy, Wiesbaden (Germany)

Werner Süßmann:

Since 2011 LPD Süßmann is the actual department superintendent of IV. BPA Nürnberg (riot police)

  • Case-history
  • Intentions
  • Prognosis

Speaker: Bernd Pokojewski was involved in the development of hostage rescue tactics, active shooter combat and anti-terror tactics during his assignment as a Special Forces (SEK) Team Leader and training instructor. Furthermore he was the Commander of a Special Task Force to control street crime in Frankfurt a. M., Germany. Later in his career he served as the Chief of a close protection unit.
To date he continues to serve as a professional writer, speaker and trainer for police matters.

  • Description of Police tactics and procedurs
  • Explanation of individual behavior
  • Dealing with media and general public from the perspective of defence
  • Influence of disciplinary law


Profession and Position:

  • Lawyer, authorized since 2003
  • of Counsel

Education and professional career

  • Study of Law and criminology at the University of Mainz
  • Prosecutor and General Prosecutor Frankfurt / Main
  • Professor at the Police Academy in Wiesbaden
  • Chief Compliance Officer and company – money laundering officer of the Dresdner Bank AG with global competences and responsibilites
  • Lawyer for economic crime[/ list]

Areas of Practice

Banking supervision law, economic Crime, Compliance

  • Fraud Management – Abwehr von Kriminalität in der Organisation von Kreditinstituten und Finanzdienstleistern, 2011- Geldwäschebekämpfung außerhalb des Finanzsektors, in: Kriminalistik 5/2010- Compliance-Sonderuntersuchungen in Banken und der Datenschutz, in: BKR 10/2009, S.404
  • Arbeitsauftrag: Geldwäscheverhinderung, 3. Auflage 2008 (gemeinsam mit Susanne Schmitt)
  • Gesetze gegen die Geldwäsche und gegen die Finanzierung des Terrorismus – eine stille Verfassungsreform, in: WM 2003, S.1254.
  • Compliance – aufsichtsrechtliche Maßnahmen zum Schutz der Wirtschaft und ihrer Kunden gegen die Wirtschaftskriminalität, in: BKA (Hrsg.)
  • Wirtschaftskriminalität und Korruption, S.81

More than ever, training standards and operational effectiveness are at the fore of any post incident investigation. As such, it has become far less acceptable for students to just attend ‘lectures’, receive a tick-in-the-box and rely upon operational exposure to attain ‘match fitness’. Rather, todays world more often than not, requires learners to prove their ability and show a requisite level of competency by way of assessment.

This presentation introduces and describes:

  • The purpose and principles of assessment,
  • Introduction to the ‘A Model’,
  • Assessment variety,
  • Underpinning doctrine
  • Effective application

Speaker: Tim O´Neill – Tim is a specialist law enforcement, firearms and medical training professional with over 30 years of operational armed policing, threat management and training experience within the UK and International arena with extensive experience of delivering counter-threat and personal protection training to experts deploying to overseas missions. Well-versed in the governance and management of high-risk business areas, live fire shooting activities and accomplished in the design, planning and delivery of high quality training to mitigate vulnerabilities, meet organisational requirements and satisfy universal standards of best practice and safety. Holding recognised teaching, assessor and safety qualifications, Tim is an active member of the Society of Education and Training (SET), Polizeitrainer in Deutschland (PiD), International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (IALEFI), , National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) and L3 member of the UK Faculty of Pre Hospital Care (Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh) and regularly delivers training and presents to audiences at Regional, National and International events.

  • 2016/2017 findings
  • Training methods
  • Tactics
  • Technique
  • Future trends

Speaker: Ralf Schmidt

1980 – 1985 Hessen State Police Academy, Anti Riot Police

1985 – 1992 Hessen State Police Frankfurt Police Department (PD) Lieutenant, Patrol officer Centre Precinct “Redlight area”

1992 – 1995 Frankfurt CID, Detective, Member of a special Unit to combat Street crime, Officer in Charge

1995 – 2000 Under Cover Operations Team at State Criminal Department

2000 – 2004 Executive/Event and Close Protection Department

2004 – ongoing Hessen Police Training Center, Firearms Instructor, responsible for the Train the Trainer Programm

PiD Member since 1996. Responsible for the organization of seminars and development of PiD tactics and training.

  • A multi-disciplinary approach (law enforcement and emergency medical) teaming up for a quick apprehension of an individual who possesses super-human strength
  • Takedown techniques that focus on protecting all persons on scene including the drug-induced subject and emergency personnel
  • New information on positional asphyxia, face-down positioning and chemical restraint of the individuals suffering from excited delirium syndrome
  • Development of response protocols that make the survival of the patient a priority while also taking into account the safety of police and medical personnel


Pete Ebel is in his 29th year as a law enforcement officer and is a lieutenant for the Palm Beach County (FL) Sheriff’s Office. He is currently the supervisor of major cases in the Narcotics Division. He has served as the commander of the Homicide and Firearms Investigative Units, the executive officer for the Violent Crimes Division, the Tactical Unit, and Gang Unit in his nine years with the agency. He began his career with the Lake Worth Police Department, which merged with the PBSO in 2008.

At LWPD, Pete served as a Road Patrol Officer, Tactical Unit/Street Crimes officer, Field Training Officer, Detective, Sergeant, Training Coordinator and Lieutenant. During his last five years at LWPD, he was the commander of the Special Operations Division, leading the Tactical / Street Crimes Unit, Narcotics Unit, K9 Unit and SWAT Team. Pete had previously served as an operator and team leader on the SWAT Team.

Pete has been an instructor for 20 years, and is a state-certified firearms and general topics instructor. He is an adjunct instructor with the Palm Beach State College Criminal Justice Institute, where he teaches academy and advanced classes. He teaches for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Leadership Academy.

Pete specializes in the areas of use of force, excited delirium, tactics and safety and has instructed peace officers in nine states. He presented at the 2003 Florida Department of Law Enforcement High Liability Trainers Conference, and the 2007, 2014 and 2015 ILEETA Conferences. Pete was recently certified as a Force Science Institute analyst.

The concept and the underlying theory behind reactive targets is for every shot you get instant feedback from seeing the target react or not react from bullet impact. Reactive targets are a fantastic training tool; they add a level of immediate reaction, identification and increased stress to traditional target shooting. This course will cover the many different types of reactive targets targets and the proper and safe use of them.

Reactive targets that will be covered:

  • Paper targets
  • Three dimensional targets
  • Steel targets
  • Turning and swinging targets
  • Moving targets

John is President of Team One Network, LLC a company established to test, evaluate, train and market various manufacturers‘ products to the Law Enforcement community as related to officer survival. John led a team of instructors that pioneered the integration of formalized training doctrine with practical field experience. These cutting edge, realistic tactical training courses have become an industry standard. John was a Lieutenant with the DOD Police, where he served as a special reaction team leader and is a past President of FOP Middle Forge Lodge 100. He is Vice President of the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (IALEFI) John has written numerous articles that have been published on police training related subjects.

Steve is a 32 year veteran of the North Carolina Department of Justice where he served as the Senior Firearms Instructor for the North Carolina Justice Academy. He was responsible for the training and certification of all law enforcement firearms instructors, all concealed carry firearms instructors, and all armed security firearms instructors. He has attended most major firearms manufacturer’s armorer courses, and coordinated and taught in other training programs such as a Law Enforcement Sniper Course, Submachine Gun Course, SWAT courses, etc. Steve currently serves as the Chairman of the Education & Training Committee of the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education & Training Standards Commission. He also chairs the Joint In-Service Committee that selects and approves all mandated training for all law enforcement officers in North Carolina. He also serves on the Private Protective Services Board which oversees the registration and training of all armed and unarmed security personnel in the state. Steve served as President of the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors for sixteen years and continues to serve on the Board of Directors of IALEFI as he has since 1996.

  • Detecting individuals with criminal intend
  • Application in training and operation
  • A „must have“ for Law Enforcement Officers


Ralf Krüger, born 1957, Chief Inspector, Deputy Head of the Police Training Center (PTC) of the Federal Police Academy
1975 Joined the then Federal Border Guard.
1983 change to the Federal Police Academy with use at the sports school as a specialist teacher for self-defence.
1983 change to the Border Guard School (today’s Federal Police Academy) with use at the former BGS sports school as a specialist teacher for self-defence.
1984 Education at the Trainer Akademie der Deutschen Sporthochschule in Cologne operated in the field of in police training.
2002 Change to aviation security.
Since 2010 participation in international aeronautical safety working groups on behaviour detection.
Since 2015, he has been representing the Federal Police Academy in a federal police research project on the subject of police behavior recognition.

Police Assault Rifles – Status quo and future Development

Speaker: Peter Berners (Sig Sauer)

2016 to date: VP Sales SIG SAUER Mil/LE Germany

2012 – 2016: Technical Sales Support Heckler & Koch, international

2009 – 2012: Dual degree program DHBW for Heckler & Koch, with focus on HK USA

2007 – 2009:Class leader at the German Army Airborne School for German Ranger courses and Fast-Roping Helicopters

2006 – 2007: Deputy Coy Commander Infantry Coy, here KFOR Mission

2002 – 2006: Platoon Leader Mechanized Infantry and Infantry, here SFOR and ISAF Mission

1999 – 2002: Army Officer Training , specialized Mechanized Infantry

Speaker: Björn Krusche (Heckler & Koch)

seit 2009 bei Heckler & Koch im Demo-Team tätig

von 2000-2008 Soldat bis heute Reservist im Bereich Ausbildung Spez.Kr.

Identify unknown substances at site of operation

Speaker: Dr. Alan Tanovic (analyticon)

2007 Graduation as Dipl. Chemist / Philipps-University Marburg

2012 Doctorate in Structural Biology

2013 analyticon instruments gmbh
Certified trainer for qualified persons in UV protection

2014 analyticon instruments gmbh
Technical Consultant

  • Identification and detection of unknown substances
    (Narcotics, HME, chemical warfare agents, etc.)
  • Visualization and location of hidden objects
    (Contraband, IED, bugging devices etc.)
  • Trainer for authorities and organizations with security tasks
    (Training, workshops, etc.)

Topics on thursday 08.03.2018 (practical training)

Dynamic scenario training will focus on recognizing symptoms of excited delirium, reacting to threat cues, utilizing tactics and manpower for a quick and safe takedown against an individual with almost super-human strength and utilization of a multi-disciplinary protocol to prevent an in-custody death.
Practical Exercise will include the use of Protective gear, Marking cartridges, Electronic Control Devices or probes and red guns.

Instructor: PiD-Team

  • avoiding sudden attacks
  • weapon protection during fights
  • reaching superior position

Instructor: PiD-Team

  • Teambased Tactic
  • Dynamic Elements of counterattack
  • Combining actual concepts with new techniques

Instructor: PiD-Team

This course will provide a series of dynamic training exercises that will help you improve your live fire-training program. We will be incorporating a variety of target options that provide a pathway to improve the skills of your students. In law enforcement communities around the world, we know that realistic training is the key to giving students the experience necessary to prevail in stressful situations. The course will offer some of our ideas on the use of a variety of targets in creating a building block approach to realistic training during live fire exercises. Drills will be conducted using marking cartridges on different reactive target systems to include

  • Requiring Multiple hits
  • Specific target areas
  • Pop up and fall down
  • Different colors
  • Light up or turn off
  • Selection of multiple colors

Instructor: PiD-Team

Seminar language
German / English simultaneous translation