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Responding to School Sieges

September 1, 2006

Someday in the near future, an American community—probably far from an urban center—will find that one of its schools has been taken over by Muslim terrorists who are holding the students hostage. The time for American law enforcement officers to think about this possibility and train how to respond to it is now.

Talking Him Down

March 1, 2004

Today's hostage negotiators are called "crisis negotiators." And with good reason. Today the responsibilities of these officers reach far beyond talking down hostage takers and now include suicide intervention, high-risk warrant service, and counter-terrorism operations.

Falling Down on the Job

February 1, 2003

Using training including how to fall properly without injury, a French special ops unit successfully completed a dynamic hostage rescue.

TWO if by Sea: Tactical Waterborne Units

August 1, 2002

The lesson of the Baltimore exercise is quite clear: police agencies can't just arbitrarily decide that their jurisdictions end at the water's edge and assume that anything on the water will be handled by the Coast Guard, the Navy, or somebody else.


March 1, 2002

On a muggy summer night in Georgia, it feels like you can reach out and squeeze water out of the air. Such were the conditions on July 23, 1999, when officer Jorge Mestre of the Cobb County Police Department was dispatched to a house in the Atlanta suburb of Austell, Ga.

Euro Counter-Terrorism

April 1, 2001

Conventional police forces deployed in large and normally  slow-to-react formations were not capable of dealing with small, clandestine terrorist cells, striking swiftly and melting into the civil scenery.

Texas Breakout

March 1, 2001

The suspect's actions, tactics used, and weapon information is something every SWAT or patrol officer needs to be aware of.

Going Waterborne

December 1, 2000

Large bodies of water, including waterfronts, oceans, lakes and rivers, make up significant areas of responsibility in many police jurisdictions. They also present unique challenges to law enforcement officers who must deal with water-based criminal activities.

Shoot for Excellence: Sniper Team Objectives

May 1, 2000

Many police hierarchies operate under the erroneous assumption that their organizations don't need sniper units.

No Nonsense Negotiations

April 1, 1996

With improved communications systems, alarm systems and faster response times, first responders now have the advantage of arriving in the early stages — before things get out of control.

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