Appreciation and Appraisals


“It was good to see you again in Jordan after all these years and thank you for your letter following our conversation during Exercise Pashtun Links. Thanks also for your comments on tracking, I am interested in your view on the relevance of GSA to the infantry in the post-Afghan era, and have passed your letter to Director Combat here in Army HQ to take a view on the points you make. Once he has examined the issue he will reply to you directly. I am grateful for all that you are doing for our training for Afghanistan, keep up the good work”.
(General Sir Nick Parker KCB CBE ADC Gen Commander Land Forces)

Exercise PASHTUN LINKS is the flag ship training event for the EOD and Search Task Force as they prepare for operations in Afghanistan. It has successfully trained over 1500 soldiers in some of the toughest conditions possible, and CPN has been at the heart of this training from the outset. CPN has provided some of the best Tracking and Ground sign Awareness training I have seen, delivered by a professional and dedicated team of instructors. The CPN training team have developed their package to meet our needs in line with changes to the operation and their training has been well received by all who pass through their classes. Ground Sign Awareness has been shown to be a key factor in identifying devices in theatre and the training soldiers have received from CPN has undoubtedly saved lives. We are very grateful to CPN for their efforts.
(Colonel P Smith QGM RLC Commander29 EOD Group 29 EOD & Search Group Royal Engineers)

“I would like to reaffirm my support and thanks for the work that CPN has carried out for the Army over the last 8 years. I am clear that the assistance that you have given in setting up the Ground Sign Awareness (GSA) and Tracking courses in Brunei has directly saved soldiers lives and has allowed us to train a strong cohort of our own military instructors”.
(Colonel P W Merriman MBE Assistant Director Collective Training Directorate Army HQ Land Forces UK)
“We are extremely grateful for the first class support that you have given the Army throughout 2010, and before. It is true to say that with your assistance, TTB are providing superb training to the Ground Sign Awareness and Tracking to the field Army. This training is helping to save lives on a daily basis in Afghanistan. HQ Land Forces training staff will lead on any contracts work and I will ensure that your continued offer of assistance is passed on”.
(Colonel E D Brown MBE Commandant HQ Land Warfare School)

“I have observed CPN delivering GSA to elements of the Counter Improvised Explosive Device (C-IED) Force and cannot overplay the CPN instructors capability to deliver top quality and effective training in very challenging environments. The glowing feedback I received from the soldiers is testament to their ability and I unreservedly recommend CPN to any organisation considering a GSA training activity”. (WO2 Phillip Johnys GSGI MCMI Quarter Master Sergeant Instructor QMSI) Senior instructor of 29 EOD Group 29 EOD & Search Group Royal Engineers)

“I want to write a short note to thank you for your contribution to the 2 Yorks Sign Awareness Course. Your efforts during the final iteration were incredibly incisive and your counsel, I am sure, will contribute to the courses longevity. In particular, I am very grateful for your eagerness to share your vast amounts of subject matter knowledge and your enthusiasm as a whole. Your advice, especially your observations and recommendations, will be processed and disseminated. You have both added great value. You have played a crucial role in its development at exactly the time that it was needed most”.
(Lt Col A M Roe Commanding Officer 2nd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment)

“Thank you for taking the time to come to Catterick to discuss the provision of Ground Si­gn Awareness training within the school of infantry. Captain Hanson briefed me on all you had said and I was impressed by not only your credentials, but also the enthusiasm, which you clearly have for your subject”.
(Lt Col T C Cain MBE MPhil HQ School of Infantry Catterick.)


“The training team are very obviously skilled in this area of expertise. Likewise, all have a very approachable and personable nature. This works well and is evident in all that the training team ask of candidates. Their collective ability to teach is good and they each are good at explaining the smallest of detail during practical sessions. The­ course flowed well; from simple content at the beginning through to more testing tasks as it ran. The pace of this and the associated candidate development was gauged correctly in my opinion. All the training team had very professional manner and delivered all learning content in a manner that was wholly in keeping with the NPIA. Well done fellas, a very enjoyable course indeed”. (B.A. Cheshire NPIA Course)

“Excellent course, practical sessions very good, instructors excellent. I can see the advantages of using the skills in Kidnap and Extortion operations as well as hides and general crime scenes”.
(W.M. SOCA Armed Kidnap and Extortion Unit)

“I found the trainers knowledgeable and approachable, as well as very effective at importing the knowledge. I would recommend this course to anyone in my line of work. My awareness and find function was enhanced two fold in respect to identifying the track of a target and also the facts and interpretation of their actions”.
(R.M. Warwickshire NPIA Course)

“I’ve really enjoyed every aspect and exercise of the course. I don’t like the test… but do realised that the theory must be remembered. Thursday’s exercise was the most rewarding but each exercise provided benefit to me. I now want to practice and improve my knowledge and experience. Great course, would love to do it again”.
(D.B. Lancashire NPIA Course)

“Despite my previous military experience I was totally unaware of the extent of visible signs being left during OP’s. This has raised my awareness and skill levels. The effort, skill, commitment and enthusiasm from all three instructors have proved to be a refreshing change from any other police course that I have previously experienced”.

“The course was presented and delivered to an exceptionally high standard from three individuals highly competent in their respective field. A thoroughly enjoyable course that will be of benefit to me in the future”.

“Great course, well presented by obvious experts in this field who were professional, motivated and enthusiastic throughout”.
(A.B. WYP)

“A a great course especially the pace to pace and the pursuit tracking. This will enhance my knowledge and capability, excellent course, thank you”.
(S.L. & J.K.)