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Lou Salseda

Lou Salseda

Lou Salseda is a retired LAPD sergeant with 34 years of law enforcement experience. He is the chief instructor of TAC-1 Defensive Firearms Training in Santa Clarita, Calif., and is a consultant for law enforcement training and litigation.

Nick Jacobellis

Nick Jacobellis

Nick Jacobellis is a medically retired U.S. Customs Agent and former New York police officer who was physically disabled in the line of duty while working undercover as a federal agent.

Reality-Based Training

Can the principles of reality-based training be applied to writing a Weapons blog?

May 16, 2007  |  by Rob Pincus

The phrase “Reality-Based Training” conjures up myriad images for the average law enforcement officer. It could mean working out in expensive interactive shoot houses, performing under stressful conditions in realistic scenarios, or simply training with your uniform on. The fact is that all of these things, and much more, can be part of a good Reality-Based Training (RBT) program.

The concept of “Reality-Based Writing” probably doesn’t start the neurons in your brain firing quite as rapidly. But my content in’s new Firearms and Firearms Tactics channel is going to be just that, Reality-Based Writing, defined as writing based on observation, experience, and opinion…all of it real, reasonable, and rational.

You may not agree with all of what I write here, and that’s fine. But I’ll guarantee that my suggestions and opinions will never be motivated by politics, policy, or advertising.

Too often, instructors are hemmed in by policies that are outdated, ill-conceived, or worse. Similarly, equipment choices and training programs in law enforcement are heavily influenced by politics, the status quo, and advertising campaigns…. All of which may or may not take into account the reality of the officer on the street. Expect this column to address practical issues that will make sense to officers looking to be safer and more efficient.

Police Magazine’s editor, David Griffith, has honored me with the invitation to participate here weekly on topics of training and equipment for Law Enforcement Personnel. An important part of this column will be reader feedback, as the questions you submit and comments that you offer will generate a great deal of the content.

From training topics to the latest gear, expect straight talk. Thanks for reading and I look forward to hearing from you.

Comments (3)

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devildog9808 @ 9/13/2007 8:12 AM

Hey Rob,

Is there any range qualifications that you could email me, so I can use them for training my officers. I am a firearms instructor for Grant County Sheriff's Office. I am running out of ideas for night and day ranges. My email is [email protected] Actually, anyone out there that has something I would really appreciate the ideas. Thank you

Brian Rogers

citypig93 @ 2/9/2009 11:12 AM

As a reality based instructor in Chicago(search warrant entry), we use many different scenerios to get our point across(cqt rounds or by just invading personnel space). We don't get into department policy, as the student should know them(use of force ete..). My question to you is how do you keep the instructor fresh with new ideas and to think outside the box, at least just a little. [email protected] thanks!

FedUpCop @ 2/19/2009 6:57 PM

I was hoping that maybe you could help with this question: How do you convince an administration to change it views on being politically correct over Officer safety? I am a Philadelphia Police Officer, and the same stale p.c. policies have at the very least contributed to us losing 6 cops in 16 months, and 7 in just under 3 years. I am hoping that you can give me some sort of reasons for not upgrading equipment, firearms, and why they have chosen lesser vehicles? I am dumbfounded and hopefully you can help explain these things to me.

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