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<p>Firearms training for bicycle officers is not just about weapons manipulation and accurate shooting. The training must also incorporate what to do with the bike and how to get to cover. (PHOTO: Scott Parr/IPMBA)</p>

How to Join a Bicycle Unit  

April 6, 2016

By Christian Bailey

A great bicycle officer has a strong service mentality, paramount knowledge of laws, a thirst for new knowledge, and someone who can adapt to change easily. If this describes you, your agency's bicycle unit might be a good fit.

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

A Revolution in Use-of-Force Policy and Training?  

March 7, 2016

By Greg Meyer

A battle is brewing among law enforcement leadership organizations about whether and how to change police use-of-force policy and training to be kinder and gentler.

<p>Draw your handgun while raising your elbow up. Once the gun has cleared the holster, drop your elbow straight down into your side, pointing the gun straight ahead at the intended target. Keep your gun and forearm parallel to the ground.</p>
<p>(Photo: Michael T. Rayburn)</p>

Shooting from the Hip  

March 4, 2016

By Michael T. Rayburn

Hip shooting can give you the edge you need to defeat an assailant that's close to you. At close distances all we're looking for is hits on a human-sized target.

<p>Photo: Police File</p>

De-Escalation Training: Learning to Back Off  

March 2, 2016

By David Griffith

De-escalation training is not new nor innovative. The philosophy behind the training is that officers need to take every opportunity to slow down a situation when possible.

Taking Charge of Yourself  

March 2, 2016

By Amaury Murgado

Supervisors often hear that they are to lead by example, but what does that really mean? You are the first person who has to obey in order to comply with the very things you demand of others.

<p>Photo: Jinsei Institute</p>

Balance Manipulation in Arrest and Control  

February 29, 2016

By Thomas Holmes and Sam Eggleston

The system, called "JET," is a product of the Jinsei Institute of Durango, CO, which maintains that the use of balance manipulation can decrease a subject's ability to move, resist, or escalate and give trained officers significant advantages during approach and contact.

<p>Photo: Christophor Periatt</p>

Real World Weapon Retention Tactics  

January 29, 2016

By Christophor Periatt

Retention holsters have their benefits and can help you defeat some gun grabs, but all officers also need to know how to defeat the attacker physically during a gun grab attack.

Order of Operations  

January 28, 2016

By Amaury Murgado

Let's take a look at each paragraph individually and see how the Marine Corps' planning format might be used in planning a law enforcement operation or project.

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

How to Survive a Public Relations Nightmare  

January 7, 2016

By Michael Cloud

Too often the old adage becomes true: "A lie travels around the world while the truth is lacing up its shoes." But it doesn't have to be this way. You can survive and come out stronger from a PR nightmare. Here's how.

<p>The focus of shoot-don&#39;t shoot firearms training should be learning to make good decisions about when to use deadly force and applying those decision-making skills under pressure.</p>

Take Your Firearms Training Seriously  

December 28, 2015

By Matt Szady

We talked to the officers in question after each event, telling them they needed to slow down enough to be able to make correct decisions and to get good solid hits high center mass on the targets. One of the officers later asked me how they are supposed to balance slowing down with wanting to shoot quickly enough to not get shot during a real incident.

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