Characteristics of Armed Offenders Training

The Characteristics of Armed Offenders Training provides attendees with the skills and abilities needed to recognize and discern observable characteristics and traits common to street-level criminal offenders and develop constitutionally based, reasonable, articulate suspicion supporting justifiable enforcement actions leading to safe crime gun recoveries and successful criminal prosecutions.

Training Day One Covers:

  • Distinctions between criminal offenders and actual shooters
  • Characteristics of armed offenders
  • Street-level enforcement activities
  • Vehicle stops and searches
  • Firearm case preparation

(Optional) Training Day Two Covers:

  • Report writing exercises
  • Moot court suppression hearing exercises
  • Developing investigative leads through firearms identification
  • Comprehensive tracing procedures (Assistant US Attorney and/or State’s District Attorney and a qualified active or retired ATF agent participation required)

Training Objectives:

  1. Review the skills and abilities needed to identify characteristics and traits of street-level offenders
  2. Develop skills to articulate suspicion supporting law enforcement actions and successful prosecutions
  3. Provide an overview of successful firearm case preparation and vehicle stops and searches

Intended Audience: Street-level officers, detectives, law enforcement command staff, and assistant district attorneys should attend this training. To participate in the comprehensive tracing procedures of this training, an Assistant US Attorney and/or State District Attorney and a qualified active or retired ATF agent need to be present.

Length of Training: This training can span one or two days depending on the option selected.

Subject Expert: Mr. Richard Hobson retired as a Lieutenant with the Metropolitan Police Department, Washington, DC after twenty-five years of service, including assignments in patrol operations; crime scene investigation; criminal investigations; tactical and undercover operations (including undercover FBI sting operation); training operations; curriculum development; and task force development, operations and management. As commander of Operation Ceasefire, he designed and directed the daily activities of a nationally recognized anti-gun violence task force. The task force has been credited as the first and most successful of its type to specifically target gun-related violence through proactive street-level firearms interdiction and investigation, recovering over 1,300 illegally possessed firearms and making 3,500 arrests. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland, the American University Institute on Juvenile Justice in Britain and America, the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Drug Unit Commander’s Academy, and several professional development and specialized training courses throughout his career. He is a two-time United States Attorney’s Office Meritorious Service Award recipient and has received numerous Metropolitan Police Departmental Commendations and Meritorious Service awards.

Mr. Hobson has developed and provided innovative operational and officer safety training to over 100,000 law enforcement officers, agents, and prosecutors at hundreds of local, state and federal law enforcement venues throughout North America. He has served as a principal component to many of the United States Department of Justice’s premier program initiatives, including: the Youth Crime Gun Interdiction Initiative; Guns First; Weed and Seed: Gun Recovery and Gang Enforcement Initiative: Project Safe Neighborhoods; Violence Against Law Enforcement Officers Resilience and Survivability (VALOR); and the Violence Reduction Network (VRN).