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<p>Photo: Wes Doss</p>

Training Accidents  

April 16, 2013

No one keeps complete nationwide statistics on law enforcement training accidents, but they are a significant cause of death and serious injury in the line of duty. Most training accidents share one common trait: They could have been prevented.

<p>Photo: Wes Doss</p>

The Tragedy of Training Accidents  

April 16, 2013

When an officer is shot and killed in a training session, odds are some other officer pulled the trigger. The result is devastating for the officers of the agency involved and for the friends and families of both officers.

<p>Photo courtesy of VirTra</p>

Training Sims Help Officers Use Appropriate Force  

April 11, 2013

Nothing is exactly the same as being in an incident on the street, but today’s use-of-force judgment training simulators are getting darn close. And the more experience law enforcement officers have with split-second decision-making in a realistic training setting, the better they’ll be at making the right call on duty.

<p>Photo courtesy of Cubic Corp.</p>

A Full-Scale Faux City for Force-on-Force Training  

April 10, 2013

The College of DuPage had Cubic Corp. create the high-tech tactical village at the college's 66,000-square-foot Homeland Security Education Center in the western suburbs of Chicago.

<p>Meggitt&rsquo;s FATS Lanes application for the L7 simulator creates a virtual firing range. Photo courtesy of Meggitt</p>

The Next Generation Firing Range  

April 10, 2013

Created using Meggitt Training Systems’ products and design assistance, the Suwanee (Ga.) PD training center is complete with a four-lane indoor shooting range, an academic classroom, and a training room that also serves as a virtual firearms trainer.

<p>Photo courtesy of Amaury Murgado.</p>

Beware Bad Guys on Bikes  

April 4, 2013

Each year more criminals are using bicycles as a way to enhance their criminal activities. This article will go over some strategies and tactics to consider when dealing with such suspicious persons.

<p><span>Illustration by&nbsp;</span><span>Sequoia Blankenship.</span></p>

Instilling Positive Expectations  

April 3, 2013

I have discovered that a trainer has an incredibly powerful role to play in imbuing the trainee with either positive or negative expectations. And our profession demands that we hone skills essential for victory in confrontations.

<p>Photo courtesy of Jon Adler.</p>

Death Benefits  

March 21, 2013

The Public Safety Officers' Benefits (PSOB) Act was signed into law in 1976, and it codified a means for the families of fallen law enforcement officers to file claims with the Department of Justice for financial assistance.

<p><span>Illustration by&nbsp;</span><span>Sequoia Blankenship.</span></p>

You Said What?  

March 12, 2013

One of the first things that becomes apparent when I review dash cam footage of incidents is how much vulgarity spurts out of our little brains under stress. It has long been said the last two words on the black box recorder from crashed aircraft are "Oh shit!"

<p>Photo: Bryan McKean</p>

Rethinking Active Shooter Response  

February 25, 2013

The threat of active shooters is on the minds of both the public and law enforcement. Now that so many people in law enforcement and the public are looking for ways to prevent active shooter attacks, it's time to rethink the way that we respond to these attacks.

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