APTG

Appalachian Professional Tracking Group, Inc.

Agencies We have served

Augusta County Sheriff's Office
Central Shenandoah Criminal Justice Training Academy CSCJTA
​City of Winchester Sheriff's Office
Clarke County Sheriff's Office
Culpeper County Sheriff's Office
Department of State, U.S. (DOS)
Fauquier County Sheriff's Office
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
Fort Belvoir Police Department
Frederick County Fire Marshall's Office
Frederick County Sheriff's Office
Front Royal Police Department
George Mason University (GMU)
Harrisonburg Police Department
Hanover County Sheriff's Office
Highland County Sheriff's Office
Loudoun County Sheriff's Office
Louisa County Sheriff's Office
Middletown Police Department
New Market Police Department
Page County Sheriff's Office
Prince William County Police Department
Rappahannock County Sheriff's Office
Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy RRCJA
Roanoke Police Department
Rockingham County Sheriff's Office
Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office​
Southwest Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy
Spotsylvania County Sheriff's Office
Stafford County Sheriff's Office
Staunton Police Department
Stephens City Police Department
Town of Quantico Police Department 
Virginia Department Conservation and Recreation (DCR)
Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF)
Virginia State Police (VSP)
Warren County Sheriff's Office
Woodstock Police Department

you will be known forever by the tracks you leave behind. dakota proverb


APTG began operations in June of 2008.  APTG founders desired to create a professional tracking team with defined operational standards, clear measurable criteria and the highest level of professionalism.  We wanted to create a tracking team that would become a “go to” for Law Enforcement Agencies 

APTG has evolved from a largely operational team to an elite training entity.  This evolution resulted from the make-up of our current membership and their responsibilities.  All of APTG’s current members are sworn LEOs.  All our members are involved with either the Northwest Virginia Regional Search and Rescue Task Force and/or the Warren County Sheriff’s Office Tracking Team.  Therefore, we respond to operational request for trackers under our agency affiliations.

APTG’s dedication to serving the law enforcement community remains unchanged. Since 2008 we have trained over 160 LEOs representing over 30 agencies.  We have established relationships with law enforcement academies in the Shenandoah Valley that allow us to provide in-service hours for our courses.

APTG utilizes “scenario based training."  APTG provides training under the methodology developed by Blue Line Tracking, LLC.  Certification for our students is thru Blue Line as well.  APTG feels that having an independent organization certify our students offers a higher level of review than if we were to certify them ourselves.

​Tracking training is not our "business" it's our passion.  We provide these services to LE because we believe we are providing the best tracking training available.  APTG is non-profit, public charity.  We do not earn our livelihood by providing tracking training.  We are cops too and we want to ensure our brothers and sisters in LE have the best training possible without causing financial stress to them or their respective agencies.  We believe we have created the best law enforcement tracking training available.  However, we invite you to come and give us your opinion.

R.C. Burleson

Our Mission


​Teaching Law Enforcement Officers how to effectively utilize tracking.

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