We are on a mission to restore and improve police/community relationships through value-centric police training and preparation.
Our goal is to train community Guardians, not simply warriors.
Our Values and Beliefs
We value strong communities.
We value law enforcement and the people who are called to this profession.
We value human-centered, principle-based police training.
We believe that we are all human beings of equal value.
We believe that Character, Integrity, and Accountability are the cornerstones of policing.
What We Do:
We Grow Guardians
We grow guardians, we don’t build warriors.
OTG helps officers develop their abilities as true sheepdogs, protectors of the flock, while also being a part of the flock. Law enforcement has sometimes focused more on the wolves, chasing suspects and stopping crimes, than they have on creating and growing positive community relationships. This has caused a rift between police and communities who very much need each other. The training ONYX provides helps officers to reconnect with and understand all members of the communities they serve and are a critical part of.
ONYX teaches the “Why” of the “What and How”. Understanding "Why" specific tactics should or shouldn't be used in a situation is critical to success in a tactical event. Many trainers provide excellent tactical practical training. They demonstrate movement but often neglect to teach, or don’t know, why officers should use certain tactics in a given situation. Tactics that will have a high success in a Hostage Rescue, will unnecessarily jeopardize the lives of police officers in a crisis situation. We teach the foundational principles and concepts that provide the “Why”.
ONYX Training Group, or OTG, teaches police tactics. The physical tactics we teach are time tested and proven successful quite literally under fire. We teach mission-based movement, tactical dilemmas, threshold assessment, and other principle-based tactics. OTG endorses the philosophy of a Five Step Decision making process that begins with the Safety priorities, also called the Priorities of Life. If you are unfamiliar with this process or these priorities, we would love to discuss them with you, in depth. They are critical to successful police decision-making.
We teach de-escalation and communication. We use extensive scenario training in our course. ONYX uses the adult learning model of Talk about, show, do. We have lecture to introduce concepts, we demonstrate them in debriefs of real events, and them we use scenario training to let the officers work through actual problems, using the concepts. We focus on the verbal interaction that will usually occur more than shooting, in real police interactions. We say, “You will talk to and handcuff way more people than you will shoot in your career.” We believe every police officer should be able to verbally interact and communicate effectively with almost anyone they come across.
Marc Neal retired after a 20-year law enforcement career. He worked 3 years as a detention deputy and the remainder as a municipal police officer. Marc was a 15-year member of his department SWAT Team, serving as entry operator, team leader, and explosive breacher. He was awarded his agency's Medal of Valor on 2 occasions for actions during SWAT incidents, one for a hostage rescue of two toddlers.
Marc was a founding member of his agency's diversity team. He facilitated agency and city-wide diversity trainings for several years, including public speaking to groups from elementary schools students to senior citizens. With Onyx, Marc also conducts free educational workshops for the public to help them understand the reality of policing, not myth.
Marc was an instructor for the National Tactical Officers Association from 2005-2019 teaching Basic and Advanced SWAT, Less Lethal Instructor Courses, and Patrol Response to Active Shooter basic and instructor level Courses. He has taught courses throughout the United States and in the United Arab Emirates, teaching police officers from the US, Brazil, Canada, Hong Kong, and other countries.
Marc is a proud product of the San Francisco Unified School District. Marc graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor’s Degree in General Studies, Writing.
During his 15-year SWAT career, he attended numerous SWAT schools around the country, including 2 explosive breacher schools, hostage rescue schools conducted by LAPD SWAT, and Warrant Service schools conducted by LASD SEB.
Training Our Community Guardians
We believe the tactics developed to protect SWAT operators in their duties can be just as useful to Patrol Officers. The decision making principles and concepts that guide SWAT are just as critical and beneficial to non SWAT officers. Our human-centered, principle based police training will develop confidence in new and veteran officers, and increase competency, skills, and abilities. Confident officers perform better, and increase the public trust and improve community relationships.