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The Proactive Policing Problem

Jul 16, 2018 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training & Video
By Jim Glennon

In this country there are cities—actually particular neighborhoods of cities—that are, if we are to be honest, shooting galleries. Gang and territorial issues, personal slights, drug enterprises in conflict—all result in remorseless criminals firing their weapons at other human beings. Often their tactic is to drive by and spray an area with bullets in the hopes of hitting their intended target. If they miss and hit a 4-year-old sitting on ... Full Article »

Moving Faster Than Thought

Jun 15, 2018 in Defensive Tactics & Driving & Roadway & Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
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[Publisher's Note: A version of this article was originally published by the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association’s (ILEETA) Journal. Spring Edition 2018 Volume 8, edition 2, pgs. 14 & 15.] It was a very hot afternoon in South Texas. I was conducting reality-based scenarios using force-on-force drills for a class I was facilitating since early in the morning, a class where the audience shared a diverse backgro... Full Article »

The Case for Mindfulness in Policing

May 23, 2018 in Defensive Tactics & Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
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With every footstep we carry our inner critic and the notorious noise of unrelenting thinking. This thinking mind can be trained to serve us in valuable ways through attention and awareness skills training, commonly referred to as mindfulness meditation. The necessity for cognitive agility in both field operations and in our administrative demands creates an acute need for training that’s grounded in the best available science and our best in... Full Article »

Headaches in Miami

May 17, 2018 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training & Video
By Jim Glennon

I recently wrote an article titled Us vs. Them. It resulted in a number of comments and emails. The premise of the piece was that most of the divide in 2018 between the police and the public can be blamed on the media, pundits, and politicians. Needless to say this provoked some contrary responses. Most of them were respectful. Some, not so much … Those who questioned my hypothesis pointed to the many examples of police misbehavior found al... Full Article »

Either Way, We’re Wrong

May 10, 2018 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Jim Glennon

Last August the Seattle police received a call from security at a local REI retail store. The caller reported that a man had just stolen an ice ax and physically threatened a female employee with the deadly weapon. Responding officers found the man, later identified as James Smith, walking down a sidewalk. The ax was clearly in hand. An officer advised dispatch, “He’s swinging an ice ax around.” The officers did their best not to intensi... Full Article »

BODYCAM: Tactical Officer Breach the Room of the Las Vegas Shooter

May 03, 2018 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Calibre Press

From 1045theFox.com:  The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has released some of the video that was captured on Oct. 1 when police officers broke into the suite being used by mass shooter Stephen Paddock. Sheriff Joe Lombardo told the public on Tuesday that the department would release the video. Lombardo emphasized that the release of the video and other records would most likely retraumatize survivors and family members and that it wo... Full Article »

Don’t Forget to Breathe

Apr 26, 2018 in Defensive Tactics & Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Crawford Coates

I’ve been a meditator for a little over five years now. I’ve been an editor and publisher working with first responders for more than twice that amount of time. I never saw the two as overlapping in anyway, until recently. Lots of interesting conversations have come up in the last couple of years—with cops and firefighters and EMS personnel, scientific researchers, military operators, athletes—and I’m becoming convinced that mindfulness... Full Article »

Fight Formula

Mar 21, 2018 in Defensive Tactics & Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol
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Size + Speed + Strength + Endurance x Skill x Heart= Fighting Ability What wins a fight? There’s no way to know for sure, but there are factors that can point towards success. When tied together, these factors create a formula to help officers figure out when and where to spend their time preparing for a fight. Fight Factors Size: Size matters. I love martial arts and remember fondly as a kid believing that my karate would enable me to overc... Full Article »

We Were Not Drafted!

Mar 16, 2018 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By David Magnusson

This month’s article is going to be relatively short. This will be done purposely. There is a message to convey, and I have found that the shorter the message, the easier it is to absorb. I am sure there are many variations of what I am writing here, each one no less important than the others, each one important on its own merits. If you can take one or two or even three great points from each and every article that has been written about this ... Full Article »

Armed Teachers: Prepare Now

Mar 13, 2018 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
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The recent Parkland, Fla., school murders have sparked a heated national discussion about school safety, particularly about arming teachers. Law enforcement, teachers, administrators, students and parents—everyone has an opinion on pistol-packing professors. Even President Trump has weighed in on the subject: He’s for it. So has the National of School Resource Officers: Against. It’s a debate that may well go on for a very long time. Righ... Full Article »

Deconstructing Formations: Like an Amoeba

Mar 05, 2018 in Defensive Tactics & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
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The ideal tactical formation is like an amoeba: a group of moving organisms possessing the ability to alter its shape, assimilate and adapt to it’s ever changing environment; a single, flexible formation, as opposed to a series of different formations for every new situation. This is doable, trainable, and much easier than you think. An amoeba-type formation is achieved by each member of the formation possessing a thorough understanding of the... Full Article »

Picking a Combatives School

Feb 13, 2018 in Defensive Tactics & Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival
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“I want to get better in a fight. Where do you think I should train?” At least one fellow officer asks me some variation of that question every week. I am flattered that they ask and happy that they are looking to train. Usually it’s from a recruit or newer officer, and when that happens, my first thought is always, “That is exactly where your mind needs to be right now.” Sometimes a veteran officer approaches me, and I realize that th... Full Article »

Cover Officer Tactics

Feb 13, 2018 in Defensive Tactics & Driving & Roadway & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Dave Grossi

[Author’s Note: I recently became engaged in a lengthy discussion on the issues of contact and cover (C/C) with an officer from the Midwest. This officer had a pretty good grasp on the contact officers’ job, but didn’t quite understand the all important tactics and responsibilities of the cover officer. ... So I asked permission from the great folks at Law Officer.com to reprint an article authored by yours truly that originally appeared in... Full Article »

The Why? vs. The What?

Jan 21, 2018 in Defensive Tactics & Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Video
By Tony Blauer

This post, unfortunately will likely produce two reactions. It all depends how you look at training. Therefore, my observations might appear judgmental and divisive to some of you. Most training is based on the technique model, where a complex motor skill is drilled over and over. Practice is sequential. A does this. B does that. In all our courses, instructor or end-user, we focus on the “Why?” vs. the “What?” More time is spen... Full Article »

VIDEO: Lessons from Reaching into a Car

Jan 05, 2018 in Defensive Tactics & Driving & Roadway & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Tony Blauer

There’s a reason he couldn’t let go and it has to do with fear and physiology. He’s not the first cop to grab the car of a fleeing suspect. It never ends with the cop slowing the car to halt like some superhero. The grab is an unconscious reaction to the suspect’s sudden non-compliance. Trust me, he wasn’t hanging on because he thought it was a good idea. At a physiological level, the crossed-extensor reflex (CER) contracts durin... Full Article »

You’ve Got to Throw the Right!

Dec 14, 2017 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Patrol & Training
By David Magnusson

Go to a mirror. Any mirror. Get into a fighting stance. Got it? Now throw your money punch: a straight right cross. (If you’re left-handed, that will be a straight left. Throughout the article, keep this in mind.) Throw it in real time a few times. Mix it up a bit. Get on the balls of your feet. Throw a jab then the right. Double up on the jab then thrown the right. I am very serious. Keep doing it. Jab-jab-right! Now slow it up a bit. Take it... Full Article »

Training for Your Life

Nov 08, 2017 in Defensive Tactics & Fitness & Health & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By David Magnusson

Under my names are a few sentences that describe who I am and what I do. It reads something like this: Chief Magnusson is the chief of Havelock (N.C.) Police Department. He spent 30 years with the Miami Police Department, retiring there as a major. He is a graduate of American Military University with a Master's in Military history. Chief Magnusson also boxed as an amateur for twenty-six years. I am very proud of my 33 years in law enforcement.... Full Article »

REVIEW: A Weapon-Mounted Camera System that Works

Sep 26, 2017 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today
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Body- and dashcams have been around for quite a few years now. Both have been controversial for almost as long.  Most of the controversy seems to stem from exactly when the cameras were--or weren’t--turned on.  T.V. news programs always seem to focus on those incidents for which the cameras weren’t started until after the force-related incident ended. Many times, dashcams don’t capture the action since they were pointed away from the s... Full Article »

Controlling a Person Isn’t Like It is on TV

Aug 23, 2017 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training & Video
By Jim Glennon

“It was very uncomfortable. It was disturbing to watch.” That’s what the Euclid, Ohio, mayor said about a recent physical altercation between one of the city’s police officers and a motorist. She’s right: It is uncomfortable and disturbing to watch. That doesn’t mean, however, that the officer’s actions were wrong, a violation of policy, or criminal in nature. Fantasy vs. Reality I’ve been around law enforcement, to some de... Full Article »

BLAUER: Lessons from a Vicious Ambush

Aug 15, 2017 in Defensive Tactics & Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training & Video
By Tony Blauer

Every one of you should be drilling this video. Studying it.  What did you learn? It happens so fast. What would you do? Times up. Here's what I think. Let's ignore the background of the suspect, ignore how many times the officer repeated himself, let's just focus on the physicality: the attack, the ambush. Bottom line: Bad guys understand strategy and tactics too. Here’s what I see. Suspect has left hand exposed, right hand c... Full Article »

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