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The State of Law Enforcement In 2008

July 10, 2009

In each monthy issue during 2008, Police Magazine's editors examined the state of American law enforcement. The series won a prestigious magazine award and gave us new insight into the challenges faced by police now and in the years to come. This editorial from December 2008, which is titled "The State of American Law Enforcement," sums up the series.

Using Your Foot

July 10, 2009

A swift kick can do wonders in a violent confrontation, but you have to know how to deliver it. Law enforcement agencies equip and train officers with pistols, rifles, shotguns, batons, OC, TASERs, canines, horses, basllistic shields, battering rams, emplty hand self defense, and countless other potentially dangerous law enforcement tools, but may be hesistant when an officer properly and justifiably uses kicks for self-defense or to subdue a suspect. The U.S. Supreme Court held in Graham v. Connor that the reasonableness of an officer's actions must be judged by the circumstances at the time the force is used. It did not restrict of limit the tactics that an officer can employ.

NYPD Warns About Weapons Hidden in Cell Phones

July 10, 2009
The NYPD has found an unintended use for the T-Mobile Sidekick and other hand-held devices - a razor blade can be secreted in their battery compartments, police sources say.

Weapon Retention on the Ground

June 1, 2009

If you unexpectedly end up on the ground, you will be forced to make aggressive efforts to retain your firearm. Unfortunately, many law enforcement trainers focus on standing weapon retention techniques, which creates a training gap that leaves officers vulnerable when they find themselves in a ground fight.

TREXPO West: Hands-On Training for Attendees

May 1, 2009

Many attendees at the 2009 edition of TREXPO West in Long Beach, Calif., put their minds and bodies to work advancing their tactical and technical skills.

Real World Weapon Retention

April 1, 2009

Often, the techniques we teach fail to address fully the reality of a violent, unpredictable attack aimed at taking away an officer's gun. Attacks are varied and unpredictable; our responses must be the same. The key is to balance structured techniques with options and variation.

Sightless Training

March 1, 2009

I suspect a lot of agencies are probably not doing enough "no sight" or limited vision training and should consider its application in the training of defensive tactics, electronic control devices, OC spray, and addressing simple job specific tasks such as handling the equipment on our duty belts.

Beyond the Tueller Drill

November 1, 2008

What the Tueller Drill really teaches is that drawing and shooting alone are not going to save your life in a close-range encounter. In fact, the entire concept of going for your gun as an initial reaction is probably not the best way of ensuring your survival.

TASER Defense

October 1, 2008

To prevent a subject from getting near any of your weapons, create a defensive wedge with your two arms and push the subject away. You should then be able to deploy your TASER from the proper distance.

Three Steps to Compliance

August 1, 2008

During an arrest, a handcuffed, subdued suspect is in the safest condition for both the officer and the suspect. To gain control, officers should learn the OSC (Overcome, Stabilize, Cuff) strategy.

Knife Targets

June 1, 2008

The mere physicality of an edged-weapon encounter is dramatically different than that of a firefight. You will be up close, probably face to face with the bad guy. You will smell his breath, feel his sweat, see his face, and hear the groan when your knife is twisted out of his body.

The State of American Law Enforcement - Teaching to the Test

March 1, 2008

One thing that's clear from the statistics is that law enforcement is becoming a more dangerous occupation. Which begs the question: Is the training that the average law enforcement officer receives adequate enough to help him or her counter the threats presented by the job?

Never Go Gently

January 1, 2008

While working out in the gym is commendable, it is not going to save you in and of itself. You need to train for the incident.

Keep It Real

December 1, 2007

As you attempt to make an arrest, you are on full alert, not knowing who the suspect is, what the suspect is capable of, or what the suspect is willing to do. Even on a so-called "routine" stop, this time the offender could be a time bomb waiting to explode.

Tychem QC for Corrections

December 1, 2007
Specifically designed for the corrections market and cell extraction, Dupont’s Tychem QC garment delivers protection against the biohazards and viral contaminants potentially faced when working with prisoners.

What Skills Do I Really Need to Win a Violent Confrontation?

November 1, 2007

What does it take to really survive a violent confrontation? For all the tactical training and mental preparations, just how much does luck enter into the equation? And what can you do to shift the odds in your favor? These are weighty questions for even the most experienced of cops.

TREXPO East 2007: Hitting the Books and Each Other

October 1, 2007

The conference portion of the 2007 TREXPO East offered a little bit of something for every attendee. Once primarily SWAT oriented, the TREXPO conference now includes classes of interest to tactical medics, SWAT operators, patrol officers, and gang officers.

Two-and-a-Half Shapes to Counter Any Attack

July 1, 2007

When defending yourself, you should also be on the offensive. To do this successfully, all you need are two-and-a-half shapes to counter any attack. You probably think I'm joking at this point, but bear with me. Remember, especially as a police officer, an attack could happen anywhere or at any time. You might be totally caught by surprise or prepared. If you have the right technique, none of these things should matter.

The Head Butt

May 1, 2007

One only need look back at soccer’s World Cup series of 2006 and the devastating head butt delivered by French player Zinedine Zidane to Italy’s Marco Materazzi to realize how effective this tactic really is. Although you may not possess the timing or the athleticism of a professional soccer player, the head butt is still a devastating tool for anyone—including law enforcement.

TREXPO West 2007: Something for Everyone

May 1, 2007

TREXPO is both a trade show and an educational conference for law enforcement officers. And this year’s TREXPO West held recently in Long Beach, Calif., offered excellent training opportunities for both SWAT and patrol officers.

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