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<p>Photo: Jimmy Lee</p>

Choke Escapes  

March 19, 2012

MMA practitioners commonly use choking techniques to defeat their opponents. The consequences of your being "choked out" or rendered unconscious are severe for officers. Learn how to defeat the rear naked choke and guillotine choke.

<p>Illustration: Sequoia Blankenship.</p>

The Checklist  

March 12, 2012

I was recently reading how more and more professions are turning to checklists to improve safety. I have been advocating just this kind of practice for law enforcement for decades.

<p>Photo: iStockPhoto.com</p>

Handling DUI Stops  

February 17, 2012

There is a tendency to shy away from DUIs unless you are part of a specialty unit that deals with them all the time. But I think we can reverse this trend through understanding and training.

<p>Photo: Mike Siegfried</p>

Defending Against Small Edged Weapons  

February 7, 2012

In many cases, the victims of stabbings never knew the knives were in play. Their first indication that something was wrong was when they saw blood. And that's often too late.

<p>Photo: Michael Rayburn</p>

Straightforward Flashlight Technique  

January 25, 2012

Let me give you a flashlight technique that will work under stress, in any conditions, on any terrain, and inside any building. It's as simple as this: Turn the damn light on and point it at what you're trying to shoot.

<p>You can use a PVC pipe filled slightly with water to perform a shoulder press. Photo: Kevin Chimento</p>

Odd Object Training  

January 4, 2012

With odd object training, non-traditional forms of resistance such as sandbags, ropes, water, rocks, and tires allow you to trade in "weight room" strength for functional strength.

<p>Photo: Mark W. Clark</p>

15 Questions To Ask Before Enrolling In An Online University  

December 22, 2011

A law enforcement officer who is considering the pursuit of a degree through an online university needs to know the answers to the following questions before enrolling.

<p>Photo: Hans Halberstadt</p>

Foot Pursuits: To Chase or Not to Chase?  

December 16, 2011

Foot pursuits by their very nature are emotionally charged and dangerous events that occur frequently in police work. Law enforcement officers must balance their obligation to enforce laws and arrest perpetrators with their personal safety.

<p>Illustration: Sequoia Blankenship</p>

Your Just Deserts  

December 6, 2011

As a student of human performance I am always amazed at the way we pay lip service to the winning mindset. It seems we think that if we just say this or that to ourselves, or visualize ourselves doing this or that, we will become winners. Simple, right? Wrong.

<p>Photo: Tom Wetzel</p>

Surviving Foot Patrol  

November 18, 2011

The benefits of foot beats are many and this type of patrol should be a fundamental aspect in any community policing model. But after being directed to an assigned area or neighborhood to walk, an officer and his or her department should have sound strategies in place for how best to accomplish this mission in a safe and productive manner.

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