Do you think wearing on-body cameras on duty should be mandatory?
It seems continuing to learn stops the forgetting process, which is important because in our profession forgetting can have dire consequences. How many times have you watched a video of an officer getting hurt and thought, How did he forget to keep proper positioning? or Why did she stop watching the hands?
Even a well-trained officer can find him- or herself on the ground when initiating an arrest. Things happen quickly and things can get ugly quickly. Be sure that you are ready to counter any grabs for your weapons.
The final element of an active threat incident is the response. This encompasses the police response to end the attack, Fire/EMS response to aid and evacuate the victims, and even law enforcement containment response to seal off the scene and preserve evidence.
While mass shootings are most prominent in the nation's mind, mental illness is often part of the common calls officers face, including domestics, substance abuse, emotional distress, armed persons, and suicide by cop.
The carotid restraint control hold is a valuable force option. When applied by a competent end-user, the hold is quick and highly effective and is absent of any evidence of traumatic injury.
Can we ever stop law enforcement officers from being killed? I don't think so, but we don't have to make it any easier for it to happen either. There are things we should be doing that are well within our reach, but we don't.
Law enforcement combatives are about obtaining control, and knowing how to strike properly is a big part of that. This concept is brought home every time we see an ineffective officer struggling for control in a YouTube video or in a story on the local nightly news.
For us, the purpose of MTC is stop the threat, deny the suspect movement, deny an advantageous tactical position, or collect information to be used in critical next-step decision-making.
The College of DuPage had Cubic Corp. create the high-tech tactical village at the college's 66,000-square-foot Homeland Security Education Center in the western suburbs of Chicago.
A police K-9 isn't a simple weapon used to attack suspects. At least not anymore. Temperament, sensory ability, and certain natural drives are just some of the considerations. Not just any dog has what it takes to work in law enforcement.
Cyalume, maker of a wide variety of chemiluminescent tools such as light sticks, believes it has the answer to this bomb training dilemma. The company's new line of eight police explosive training simulators uses compressed air and a special chemical powder to create non-pyrotechnic bomb effects.
You can develop a great deal of strength in the weight room, but traditional barbell lifts won't help you to perform a real-life tasks on the job like sandbag lifts and rope pulls will. I recommend adding odd object lifting to your exercise regimen to increase functional strength and add variety to your program. Read our feature, "Odd Object Training," for the full story.
With odd object training, non-traditional forms of resistance such as sandbags, ropes, water, rocks, and tires allow you to trade in "weight room" strength for functional strength.