August 18, 2022
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
About This Course:
Critical incidents involving actual and perceived threats with explosives are on the rise in the United States. Large scale events such as the Oklahoma Federal Building Bombing, Boston Marathon Bombing and the Olympic Park Bombing in Atlanta often come to mind when discussing bombings in the U.S. However, many of these critical incidents ever reach the level of national level media attention. Swatting, bomb threats, homemade explosive device incidents, suicide bombers, and makeshift methamphetamine lab operations are happening on a daily basis in all of our neighborhoods. This class covers the responsibilities of the patrol officer, supervisory officer and command staff when handling critical incidents involving explosives. The course will provide attendees with a basic understanding of explosives, trends in the area of explosive incidents, and how to properly respond and handle these incidents from various levels of the chain of command of an agency. Through his real life experiences as a seasoned bomb safety technician and through various case studies, the instructor will fill in the educational and training gaps in this increasing trend in the area of public safety.
Instructor Jim Varick is presently employed in a state-level law enforcement agency where he has been employed for twenty years. He has served as a public safety bomb technician for the past sixteen years. As part of his current assignment, he is a Deputized Task Force Officer with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearm, and Explosives (BATFE) where he is a Certified Explosives Specialist (CES). He has responded to thousands of incidents in his career involving various counter-terrorism and counter-IED related hazards including homemade explosives, improvised explosive devices, suspicious/unattended packages, barricaded/armed subjects, civil unrest, and commercial/military explosives.
Jim earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from Monmouth University and a Master of Arts Degree in Homeland Security from American Public University. He has acquired a Graduate Certificate in Explosive Technology from Missouri University of Science and Technology. He is also a Certified International Post Blast Investigator (CIPBI) with the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators.
In addition to his law enforcement career, Jim has served as a volunteer firefighter for twenty-three years. He has worked various assignments and held multiple ranks including Chief. He presently serves on the executive board of the New Jersey Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators. Jim’s experience and expertise during his police and fire career, coupled with his extensive research and formal education in the area of explosives makes him one of the most desirable instructors when it comes to front line patrol officers and supervisors handling critical incidents involving actual and perceived threats involving explosives.
Venue: East Windsor, NJ