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Prevent Confrontations Using Mind Over Muscle  

August 1, 1996

While police recruits and offi­cers spend many hours of training learning physical methods of arrest, little (if any) time is spent discussing how an officer's actions may affect a subject's behav­ior and thought processes. Aware­ness of officer/sub­ject reaction can be thought of as "tactical psycholo­gy." and it is a valuable tool to include in your overall officer safety profile.

Learning the Finer Points of Attack Response  

August 1, 1996

John P. Kary's training program, part of American Combatives Inc., differs from more traditional instruction in that its focus is offensive rather than defen­sive. This offensive approach prevents a grap­pling situation over a weapon and instead diverts the attacker's attention to his own survival.

Tracing the Roots of Black Gang Rivalry  

August 1, 1996

The Crips and Bloods have now moved into their second generations, and traditions are being established within these gang families. The street gang lifestyle has become an accept­able way of living for some families.

Tags: Bloods, Crips

Combative Subjects Require Special Care  

July 1, 1996

Responding to calls involving violent, incoherent or uncontrollable subjects is never easy.  Unlike rational individuals who can be taken into custody with little more than a show of authority, irrational subjects are extremely unpredictable.

Cops' Kind Gestures Win Civilian's Admiration  

July 1, 1996

The Orlando PD is fortunate to have such a conscientious field training offi­cer, whose sincerity and attentiveness will go a long way to mold new recruits into officers who know what it means to serve the community. It's a small gesture with big returns.

 

A New Gang Threat Rears its Ugly Head  

July 1, 1996

The Southeast Asian street gang is a fairly new threat on the gang battlefield. Their presence was first noted by law enforcement officials in Southern California in the late 1970s.

Rail Accident Sites Offer Serious Safety Hazards  

June 1, 1996

On Sept. 28, 1989, a fire truck from the Catlett, Calif., Fire Department was struck by an Amtrak passenger train as the truck crossed a rural railroad right-of-way while responding to a vehicle fire. The truck was totally destroyed, and two firefighters aboard were killed.

Rookie's Cool Thinking Quells a Deadly Encounter  

June 1, 1996

The bar I now wear on my uniform serves as a daily reminder of how close I came to ending someone's life. My training taught me how to be an effective police officer.

Proper Policing in the Land of Armed Civilians  

June 1, 1996

With 42 states now allowing civil­ians to carry concealed firearms, there is a good chance this man is acting within the law. You will encounter, civilians legally carrying concealed firearms more often today than ever before. How you should respond is largely determined by the behavior of the civilian and the laws in your state.

Careful Planning is Key to a Sound Investigation  

June 1, 1996

Getting the case to court and obtaining a favorable decision by the bench or jury is always the goal in a gang investigation. And one of the greatest assets to any case is, of course, the witnesses. How do you solicit cooperation and a commitment to testify in court from these unique wit­nesses?

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