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Wolf Pack: Multiple Assailants  

November 1, 1996

Police officers should command enough respect to deter a group of individuals from spontaneously attacking. But statistics tell a different story. In fact, 40 percent of all assaults against police officers are by two or more assailants.

The Road to Wellness  

November 1, 1996

What is wellness? Is it a myth or a goal. We have the ability to perceive and change our lives if we chose to do so. Personal wellness, there-fore, is an uniquely human prerogative.

Caution: Handle All Subjects with Care  

November 1, 1996

As a survival-smart officer you already know that prison­ers can be dangerous. You are very much aware that every year American peace officers are murdered after taking offenders into custody. Attention to some basic officer survival skills aimed at the safe handling of prison­ers can help keep you from adding your name to the bloody statistics.

Bike Cops Face Deadly Suspects  

November 1, 1996

"I've got shots fired!" Huffman shouted over the radio. "Chris, where are you?" An eerie silence followed. "Chris, where are you?" After several seconds, the silence was broken. Try­ing to stay as calm and level-headed as possible, I said, "I've been hit!"The suspect fired a .38 point-blank into my chest strik­ing my left shirt pocket.

Shootin' the Bull Can Be More Than Idle Chit Chat  

October 1, 1996

When looking at the man's driver's license, I noticed the bull was inch­ing back toward the freeway. I told the driver I would be right back and slipped across the lanes to drive the bull back into the lot, hoping to prevent more paperwork should the next driver fail to yield him the right-of-way.

Rail Accident Sites Offer Serious Safety Hazards  

September 1, 1996

Our profession as police officers places us in that special category of first respon­ders. We often respond to accident scenes where community members have, through stupidity or misfortune, tangled with trains or trolley systems. In all cases, the train wins.

Policing the Untamed Streets of Hollywood  

September 1, 1996

Dealing with the unexpected and unusual are two reasons I became a police officer. If I had wanted a dull job, I would have become an accoun­tant. Yet there are just some things even a 13-year veteran of the LAPD is not ready for.

Gaining the Upper Hand on Combative Subjects  

September 1, 1996

Great strides have been made in police technology over the last 25 years. Advances are evident in almost every area of police work from the collection of evidence to the use of computers in squad cars. But when it comes to training, one law enforce­ment team has drawn from the past to develop a method for controlling vio­lent subjects.

Prevent Confrontations Using Mind Over Muscle  

August 1, 1996

While police recruits and offi­cers spend many hours of training learning physical methods of arrest, little (if any) time is spent discussing how an officer's actions may affect a subject's behav­ior and thought processes. Aware­ness of officer/sub­ject reaction can be thought of as "tactical psycholo­gy." and it is a valuable tool to include in your overall officer safety profile.

Learning the Finer Points of Attack Response  

August 1, 1996

John P. Kary's training program, part of American Combatives Inc., differs from more traditional instruction in that its focus is offensive rather than defen­sive. This offensive approach prevents a grap­pling situation over a weapon and instead diverts the attacker's attention to his own survival.

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