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Building the D.T. Toolbox

May 24, 2017 in Defensive Tactics & Fitness & Health & Training
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I'm a cop who's spent the last 12 years teaching defensive tactics (DT) to military and law enforcement personnel around the world. The goal of this article is not to promote or denounce any one defensive tactics system, but to simply offer suggestions on how to improve an agency’s current program based on my own experience. Tools & Toolbox I’ve trained cadre at various police academies around the nation and the primary philosophy that ... Full Article »

The Future of Defensive Tactics

Apr 26, 2017 in Defensive Tactics & Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
By Richard Hough

In the last two months I’ve travelled to Baltimore to sit with fellow law enforcement trainers for the presentation of the Police Executive Research Forum’s (PERF) recently developed Integrating Communications Assessment and Tactics (ICAT) program; from there on to St. Louis for the annual conference of the International Law Enforcement Education and Training (ILEETA), where I presented seminars on the future of physical defensive tactics; an... Full Article »

The Mindful Officer: The Mind-Body

Apr 17, 2017 in Fitness & Health & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Shawn Perron

We have been taught from the earliest to make every effort to avoid, deny, and even escape any feelings or emotions that we label as unpleasant. Modern conveniences make this easier—smartphones, intoxicants, food and drink, earbuds, entertainment, etc.—and some of us get very good at ignoring or avoiding feelings such as pain, guilt, sadness, anger, anxiety, and fear. I mean, who wants to feel any of those things? Hell, it’s why they’re c... Full Article »

Honoring the Dead by Training the Living

Apr 17, 2017 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
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Below 100 owes its existence to a group of law enforcement trainers who realized that, with regard to line-of-duty deaths, it was time to say, “Enough is enough.” Too many of these deaths, they saw, were tragically preventable. More than six years later, our mission continues. Although we’ve made progress, there’s still a lot of work to do, work that includes not only Below 100 instructors, but every single officer across North America. ... Full Article »

The New Meth Lab

Mar 09, 2017 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
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Police officers in the 1990s and early 2000s got accustomed to responding to clandestine methamphetamine labs, but that trend has almost completely disappeared across large swaths of the country. The dangers of meth labs were known and documented by police officers and the media. One primary reason for the decrease in these labs was the restriction placed on the purchase of pseudoephedrine, the precursor for methamphetamine production. Unfortuna... Full Article »

Cultivating the Kill Switch

Mar 07, 2017 in Defensive Tactics & Fitness & Health & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Tony Blauer

What needs to happen for you to flip the switch? With all the memes floating around social media these days, you'd think its as simple as 'mantra, mindset or motto.’ It's not. Everyone seeks the Holy Grail move. We all want to believe in the magic move or the secret technique. And every system develops an unconscious bias. Every. Single. One. (Mine too.) But there must be a congruent connection between multiple factors for there to be a co... Full Article »

Ambush Attacks on Officers

Feb 22, 2017 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival
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Type “police officer ambush” into an internet search engine and you will find numerous stories about a drastic increase in the number of police officers being ambushed. The Washington Post reports that police ambushes are at a 10-year high, USA Today has written that ambush-style murders of police officers are up 167 percent, and there are similar reports from NBC and Fox News. On July 7, 2016, a sniper opened fire on police officers in Dall... Full Article »

The Mindful Officer: Take a Deep Breath …

Feb 17, 2017 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Shawn Perron

In last several articles we’ve learned about the myriad benefits of mindfulness techniques for any first responder (here, here, and here, for example). The foundational anchor for mindfulness is breathing. Even just a single breath can improve your situational awareness, lessen the impact of your body's stress response, and provide an increased sense of calm. So let's put all that together in relationship to how this can effect our daily w... Full Article »

FINAL TOUR: January 2017

Feb 10, 2017 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
By Dale Stockton

Thirteen officers were lost during January, 2017, a dramatic increase over January of 2016, when five officers were lost, but equal to the January loss in 2015. Of those lost last month, six died in vehicle-related incidents, five were killed by gunfire (one from an incident 31 years prior), one officer died as the result of a 9/11-related illness and one officer succumbed to a heart attack. A summary of each loss is provided below, followed by ... Full Article »

Firebreather: A Holistic Approach to Fitness

Feb 06, 2017 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today
By Crawford Coates

Physical fitness is a multibillion-dollar industry proffering up a ceaseless supply of shakes, supplements, gym memberships, social media accounts, and more—all of which, meanwhile, claiming to be the best. Who in their right mind would applaud the arrival of yet another fitness book? Here’s the thing: Greg Amundson’s Firebreather Fitness isn’t yet another fitness book. The subtitle is, “Work Your Body, Mind and Spirit into the Best Sh... Full Article »

WINx: Training for Mental Fitness

Jan 23, 2017 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training & Video
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Police Suicide: What No One Wants to Say

Jan 09, 2017 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
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Law enforcement suicide: Whether it’s a problem of catastrophic magnitude, an infrequent anomaly, or a problem that simply doesn’t exist depends upon who you ask. The unfortunate reality is that we simply don’t know the extent of the problem because we, as a profession, have not had the stomach to face our mental health issues. Suicide is the final culmination of our much larger mental health issues that we continuously ignore as individual... Full Article »

Final Tour: December & 2016 in Review

Jan 09, 2017 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
By Dale Stockton

Seven officers died during the month of December and, while no line-of-duty loss is ever acceptable, the loss of seven is something of a respite after losing three times that many in November. That made November the deadliest single month seen in this country in more than five years. Of the seven officers lost last month, three were killed by gunfire, two died in vehicle crashes, one was assaulted and one succumbed to 9/11-related illness. The De... Full Article »

The Mindful Officer: Mindfulness & Law Enforcement?

Dec 15, 2016 in Fitness & Health & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Shawn Perron

Case Western Reserve University has some of the latest information on comprehensive mindfulness research. Mindfulness programs are being implemented into corporate culture, business and management education, and gaining ground among scientifically and medically minded people. The U.S. armed forces is on board too. That’s right: Even the USMC and Army are now using mindfulness to improve workplace functioning, as well as mindfulness-based stress... Full Article »

Surviving Occupational Stress on the Inside

Nov 30, 2016 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Michael Orticelle

Law enforcement is one of the most stressful professions in the country. Officers deal with the worst of humanity and see the results of horrific accidents and crimes. They have a higher rate of post-traumatic stress than any other profession. Correctional officers work in one of the most toxic work environments in the country. They work in constant fear of injury and are exposed to society’s worst offenders. Working in these conditions for sev... Full Article »

The Mindful Officer: Cultivating the “Beginner’s Mind”

Nov 28, 2016 in Fitness & Health & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Shawn Perron

For more than 2,000 years Zen teachers and their students have used a “beginner's mind” approach in living peacefully and, at times, in training for battle or combat. Beginners mind—or “shoshin,” as it is called by Zen Buddhist practitioners—teaches or trains one to negotiate life with an attitude of open-mindedness, curiosity, and without preconceived ideas or thoughts. For samurais and modern fencing students “beginner's mind” ... Full Article »

Virtuosity on Patrol

Nov 15, 2016 in Fitness & Health & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Greg Amundson

When it comes to the long-range and complete integration of an officer's mind, body, and spirit, it isn’t just about repetition. It's about mastery. When I was a Special Agent trainee at the Drug Enforcement Administration Academy in Quantico, Va., this principle was drilled into me by the lead DEA firearms instructor. We performed thousands of draws from concealment, thousands of dry fire trigger presses, and thousands of weapon manipulation d... Full Article »

The Mindful Officer: Facing Grief

Oct 06, 2016 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Shawn Perron

Law enforcement is accustomed to grief on a daily basis. We grieve for our brothers and sisters in blue who are killed in the line of duty. But we also grieve with our communities at the scenes of shootings and car accidents, for example. What are the best ways we can support each other, our families, and communities when the effects of grief can be debilitating? Sometimes we can learning new ways to process tragedies requires simply rethinking ... Full Article »

The Mindful Officer: Conscious Breathing for First Responders

Aug 31, 2016 in Fitness & Health & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
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Those who are passionate about mindfulness often get asked the question, “What is so important about breathing consciously?” Kind of a silly question, but I have always been of the “there-are-no-silly-questions” mindset. Anything living must breathe, right? So let us look closely at that life sustaining activity. How many breaths do you take each day? You've probably have never considered it. That would be first thing to note. Breathing ... Full Article »

VIDEO: The Fundamentals of Kokoro Yoga for Law Enforcement

Aug 23, 2016 in Fitness & Health & Officer Safety & Survival & Training & Video
By Calibre Press

Yoga for police officers? That's right. Developed by SEALFIT's Mark Divine and instructed by Greg Amundson, CrossFit liaison to law enforcement and Calibre Press fitness expert, this yoga practice will restore a warrior's health and spirit!... Full Article »

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