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The Twist That Saves Lives  

June 15, 2017

By David Griffith

Not that long ago any police commander who was buying tourniquets for officers and urging their use when appropriate would have been thought reckless. But now more officers are carrying these life-saving devices on duty.

<p>When conducting a search with a flashlight, you still face threats from areas that are not illuminated. (Photo: Edward M. Santos)</p>

Lights On or Lights Off  

June 10, 2017

By Edward M. Santos

Light on or light off when conducting building searches? After conducting a year of very specific testing, my answer remains the same: Turn the building or room lights on, if you can.

Preparedness, Not Paranoia  

June 10, 2017

By Amaury Murgado

We must be prepared to deal with danger but not feed into our emotions. Fear makes us irrational. Police officers cannot afford to be irrational.

<p>Photo: Michael Schlosser</p>

Escaping from Standing Choke Holds  

May 12, 2017

By Michael Schlosser

The following are some basic escapes from various chokeholds. Keep in mind these escapes can include strikes on the assailant with personal weapons both before and during the escape.

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Tactical Strength  

May 12, 2017

By Stewart "Stew" Smith

Strength is the component that allows all other elements of fitness to prosper, and for the tactical athlete, tactical strength is an absolute must.

Establishing Priorities  

May 11, 2017

By Amaury Murgado

If we don't set priorities, we tend to follow the path of least resistance, avoiding the big and difficult jobs and thereby leading to delay or failure.

<p>Photo: Daniel Abidin</p>

Increasing Speed and Power  

April 10, 2017

By Al Abidin

The startle reflex is your natural response to sudden noise or pain. Everyone has it, and I'm going to give you four steps to change your startle reflex into an effective defense technique I call the "converted startle."

Your Role as a Supervisor  

April 10, 2017

By Amaury Murgado

Just doing your job is not enough. You have to fulfill your role as a supervisor, which encompasses much more.

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Train Like You Mean It  

March 13, 2017

By Melanie Basich

Not every law enforcement agency has the resources to build a brand-new facility from the ground up. But there are many ways to upgrade department facilities and improve officers' training experiences to help them succeed.

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