Officers from the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service joined authorities from as far away as Guam in South Florida recently to receive marine patrol training from a company teaching advanced on-the-water policing techniques for nearly 30 years.
Tactical Advantage Consultants was formed by retired Florida Marine Patrol officers Capt. Bob Knight and Maj. Mike Tucker after the patrol stopped providing marine law enforcement training to other agencies in the mid-1980s. The marine patrol merged with other state agencies in 1999 to become the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Agencies send officers to TAC because they can learn things not taught in most local police academies. As more agencies are patrolling their rivers, lakes, bays and oceans, their people aren’t necessarily receiving the proper training.
Mr. Knight said often officers are assigned water duty because they have driven boats before.
The company provides courses such as advanced boating firearms training, tactical marine procedures, high-risk boarding, advanced medical procedures and port protection.
The week-long training course was in Biscayne Bay, Florida, where officers play out several scenarios that authorities patrolling the water may encounter.
Participants this year were from the Guam Police Department, Guam Customs, the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service, Cayman Islands Customs Department, the Port Authority of the Cayman Islands, the Golden Beach Police Department, the Riviera Beach Police Department, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office, the Cape Coral Police Department, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the City of Miami Police Department.
Mr. Knight said Guam invited TAC to come to the United States territory in the Pacific Ocean next year to teach the course.