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Visual Tracking Awareness: Mantracking

  • September 19, 2020
  • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Clatsop County Sheriff's Office 1190 SE 19th St. Warrenton, OR 97146
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Class Title:

Visual Tracking Awareness: Mantracking               

Target Audience:

Any and all Law Enforcement as well as Search &  Rescue 

Sponsoring Agency:

Oregon Peace Officers Association and Clatsop County Sheriff's Office

Date and Time:

Saturday, September 19, 2020  8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (7:30 a.m. check-in)


$100 OPOA members
$125 non-OPOA members (membership included if qualified)

Training Location:

Clatsop County Sheriff's Office

1190 SE 19th St.

Warrenton, OR 97146


Detective Kathy Decker, King County Sheriff's Office (Ret.)

Kathy retired as 32 year veteran of the King County Sheriff's Office based out of Seattle, WA.  She has over 18 years of experience working as a Detective assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division and five years’ experience employed as the Search and Rescue Coordinator for King County Sheriff.  Kathy is a professional visual tracker, with over 20 years of experience.  She is a student and instructor for Joel Hardin Professional Tracking Services and Visual Tracking and Training Incorporated, as well as a court recognized expert in visual tracking.  She has testified as an expert in tracking evidence in murder, robbery and rape cases.  Detective Decker regularly instructs classes with Dr. Kathy Taylor (Forensic Anthropologists for the KCMEO) on buried human remain detection.  During her tenure with KCSO Detective Decker has utilized K-9's trained in HRD as well as tracking/trailing as part of her crime scene investigation.

Anthony Lorange, Lincoln County Sheriff's Office (Ret.)

Anthony Lorange, retired after 25 years as a police officer in Oregon.  During his last 12 years he was assigned as a detective on a regional narcotics task force.  For 20 years he has been a member of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Search & Rescue team.  During which time he trained / deployed a human remains detection K9 and currently serves as the team’s lead tracker and designated visual tracking trainer.

He is a professional tracker, with over eight years of experience.  His certification and continued training is through Joel Hardin Professional Tracking Services and Visual Tracking and Training Incorporated.   He has utilized his tracking training to investigate incidents that have included missing persons, suicides, burglaries, attempted murder and DTO grows.

Ron Glaus, Polk County Sheriff's Office

Ron is a semi-retired Forensic Psychologist who joined the Polk County (Oregon) Sheriff's Office as a Reserve Deputy in 1989. He also provided psychological services to law enforcement agencies across Oregon including pre-employment and special teams assessments, fitness for duty screenings, officer involved incident support services, and assisted with major crime investigations. Currently he is a Special Deputy with the PCSO Cold Case Team and is active in the PCSAR Unit as a ground searcher, human visual tracker, and is a tracking assistant Instructor with the JHPTS-VTATI program.

Brief Overview:

Also known as "Mantracking", this day long training will introduce the concept of visual tracking to law enforcement in the form of a lecture presentation and actual hands on training.  Tracking is learning to see “sign” evidence.  “Sign” is defined as the discoverable physical evidence of the presence or passage of a person.  A case study demonstrating the use of tracking evidence will also be presented.  Students will be in the field working sign evidence and practical simulations highlighting tracking evidence. Please dress weather appropriate, we will be in a park type area outdoors.            

Contact Information:

Avena Glock at (971) 218-7161 or training1@opoa.info.


Weather Appropriate, we will be outside.


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