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Lt. Robert Parker served with the Omaha (Neb.) PD for 30 years and commanded the Emergency Response Unit. He is responsible for training thousands of law enforcement instructors in NTOA's Patrol Response to Active Shooters courses.



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Jose Medina

Officer Jose Medina is an active member of the Piscataway (N.J.) Police Department's SWAT team and runs Awareness Protective Consultants (Team APC) tactical training.
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<p>Photo via&nbsp;<a href=&quot;http://www.flickr.com/photos/69286283@N00/94439138/&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;>Israel</a>/Flickr.</p>

Suicidal Active Shooter: The Answer  

October 17, 2013
You've only got two options with the information you've received. Shoot the suspect or get him to place his weapon on the floor and submit to arrest.
<p>Photo via <a href=&quot;http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Shopping-mall.jpg&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;>Wikimedia</a>.</p>

Hardening Physical Targets  

October 1, 2013
With the exception of the military-related attacks at Fort Hood and the Washington Navy Yard, terrorists and criminals are more likely to assault a facility where resistance is minimal—a "soft" target.
<p>Photo of a view of Nairobi courtesy of <a href=&quot;http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Nairobi_Montage.jpg&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;>Wikimedia</a>.</p>

What LE Can Learn From the Kenya Mall Attack  

September 27, 2013
These types of attacks illustrate the pattern that terrorists are committed to inflicting death and destruction anywhere to generate headlines and rally other lunatics to their cause. They are prepared to do anything to win.
<p>Photo via <a href=&quot;http://www.flickr.com/photos/69286283@N00/94439138/&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;>Israel</a>/Flickr.</p>

Suicidal Active Shooter: What Would You Do?  

September 12, 2013
Your team responds to a suicidal teenager at the local high school. When he points a gun at his head, it's decision time. Give us your solution to this dilemma.
<p>Photo via <a href=&quot;http://www.flickr.com/photos/arcticwarrior/5950841631/&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;>Artic Warrior</a>/Flickr.</p>

Incorporate Fitness Into Your SWAT Training  

August 12, 2013
Part of the SWAT lifestyle is fitness; make no mistake about it. Teams should not have the "look" of a model but actually just good sound fit individuals to hold things together in a time of crisis.
<p>Photo courtesy of Chris Felski.</p>

The Value of Tactical EMS Training  

July 22, 2013
When responding to violent events such as an active shooter, after we've neutralized the threat, we can extend our life-saving abilities by managing and treating the damage done by the perpetrators.
<p>MIT Officer Sean Collier was killed in the Boston Marathon bombing manhunt. Photo courtesy of MIT.</p>

Campus IED Attack: The Answer  

June 14, 2013
With this SWAT blog, we're answering a question proposed in the May 29 blog, "Campus IED Attack: What Would You Do?" You told us how you would handle the scenario of a campus active shooter suspect with IEDs. Here's the answer.
<p>Inert Products produces a non-explosive suicide vest for police training.</p>

Campus IED Attack: What Would You Do?  

May 29, 2013
You respond to a Columbine-style school attack by suspects with guns and IEDs. Tell us how you would handle the situation by adding your comment below.
<p>Photo courtesy of William Harvey.</p>

How To Start a Tactical Team  

April 3, 2013
There are plenty of behind-the-scenes preparations needed to form a tactical team. It's not just gathering a group, getting fancy tactical dress, and heading out for some shooting.
<p>Site graphic courtesy of ALS.</p>

ALS To Open Tactical Training Center  

March 28, 2013
AMTEC Less-Lethal Systems (ALS) is on track to open a tactical training center this summer in Perry, Fla., to offer less-lethal training to law enforcement, corrections, and military personnel.
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