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Bob Parker

Bob Parker

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.



Jose Medina

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><span>Photo is illustrative. Photo: POLICE file</span></p>

Gathering Intel for Dynamic Entries (1 of 2)  

July 26, 2012
A SWAT team's raid of a home in Evansville, Ind., raised many questions, especially after officers encountered a grandmother and 18-year-old watching TV. Here's a similar scenario for you to resolve. Read it and respond with a comment about what you would do.

Domestic Hostage Barricade: The Answer  

June 4, 2012
With this SWAT blog, we're answering a question proposed in the earlier blog, "Domestic Hostage Barricade: What Would You Do?" You told us how you would handle the scenario of a suspect who has taken his ex-girlfriend hostage in a residence. Now, we'll give you the actual outcome from the incident.

Domestic Hostage Barricade: What Would You Do?  

May 9, 2012
An ex-boyfriend holds a female hostage at gunpoint as deputies decide whether to enter the house or contain, control, and call SWAT. Tell us how you would handle the situation by adding a comment below.
<p>LCOA Composites&#39; DeadStop ballistic shield. Photo: LCOA</p>

Deploying a Ballistic Shield  

April 26, 2012
The most common ballistic rating carried today by officers is a Level IIIA shield. Level IIIA shields handle the job and are also much more affordable than Level III or Level IV shields. Once the levels go up, so does the weight, as well as the price.
<p>The Shooting Square helps trains you on weapon manipulation and shooting on the move. Illustration: Bob Parker</p>

5 Drills To Improve Weapon Handling  

March 8, 2012
These five range drills will improve your shooting, moving, weapon manipulation, reloading, and transitioning from one weapon to another. To up the ante, use a stopwatch to time the drill to improve stress inoculation.

How To Recognize a Troubled Operator  

February 1, 2012
Leading a tactical team can be a tedious and mentally draining task. When a tactical member, let alone one of your best operators in the game, suddenly has a life crash, keep an open line of communication with that person.
<p>Photo: POLICE file.</p>

5 (More) Active Shooter Training Scenarios  

January 12, 2012
In an earlier blog post, we presented five training scenarios to help your team better prepare to meet the threat of the active shooter, or active killer if you prefer. Here are five additional training scenarios.
<p>Photo: POLICE file</p>

5 Active Shooter Training Scenarios  

December 29, 2011
Staying ready to meet the threat of an active shooter should be one of the primary goals of your tactical unit. With that in mind, let's cover five training scenarios to sharpen your saw.
<p>Flickr_CC: <a href=&quot;http://www.flickr.com/photos/stevenm_61/&quot;>StevenM_61</a></p>

Ghosts of SWAT Past, Present, and Future  

December 15, 2011
As 2011 comes to a close, this would be a good time to reflect on SWAT's past, present and future (apologies to Charles Dickens). While we can't accurately predict the future, we can trace the evolution of tactical units from yesteryear, understand today's challenged, and perhaps glimpse tomorrow's trend.
<p>CC_Flickr: <a href=&quot;http://www.flickr.com/photos/brecav/&quot;>Brennan Cavanaugh</a></p>

Mob Rules: Was 2011 the Year of Lawlessness?  

December 2, 2011
Two popular social movements in 2011—flash mobs and occupiers—placed a great strain on cities and their LE agencies. It wasn't long before both movements were infiltrated and hijacked by troublemakers bent on violence.
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