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Combating Ambush Attacks

Combating Ambush Attacks

Combating an ambush-style attack is difficult, but there are some simple steps you can take to put the odds in your favor. First of all, avoid routine.

December 7, 2016

Stopping Fatal Trends

Stopping Fatal Trends

According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, in the first half of 2014 officer fatalities increased 31% over the same time period in 2013. The only thing we can do is train for the unexpected, and prepare ourselves for that one day that may never happen. 

October 7, 2014

Stopping Big Rigs

Stopping Big Rigs

For whatever reason some officers are intimidated when it comes to stopping big rigs. But it's a part of an officer's job to enforce the rules and regulations of the road, and crimes are being committed by some operators of these big rigs.

March 10, 2014

Straightforward Flashlight Technique

Straightforward Flashlight Technique

Let me give you a flashlight technique that will work under stress, in any conditions, on any terrain, and inside any building. It's as simple as this: Turn the damn light on and point it at what you're trying to shoot.

January 25, 2012

5 Fundamentals of Making an Arrest

5 Fundamentals of Making an Arrest

Always remember we need to Immobilize, Control, Handcuff, and then Search. Once handcuffed, search the subject's immediate area where he or she can retrieve a weapon while handcuffed. This includes the waist area, the groin area, pants pockets, and the small of the back-all favorite spots that criminals like to hide their firearms and other weapons.

April 21, 2011

Shooting from a Boat

Shooting from a Boat

Unless you're able to have access to the open waters of the ocean, shooting from a boat is virtually impossible. So we have to do the next best thing. We need to duplicate the movement of a boat on a dry land-based range.

May 1, 2009

Off-the-Clock Robbery Response

Off-the-Clock Robbery Response

We are off duty more than we are on duty—that's pretty obvious. Yet very little training time, if any at all, is devoted to off-duty survival. Even less training time is devoted to off-duty firearms training.

September 1, 2007

The Head Butt

The Head Butt

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.

May 1, 2007

The Carjacking Drill

The carjacking drill is exactly as it sounds. You're sitting in your vehicle when you're forced to defend yourself from an attack. This attack could come from the driver's side or the passenger side, so we'll train for both.

March 1, 2007

Shooting From the Hip

An officer working traffic witnesses a motorist running a stop sign. He activates his emergency lights and pulls the vehicle over a short distance from where the stop sign was. As the officer approaches the stopped vehicle, the motorist suddenly explodes out of the driver’s side door and opens fire with a small-caliber handgun. The distance between the two combatants is minimal, and the officer’s reaction time needs to be even shorter.

January 1, 2007

The Push/Pull Drill

You are trying to take a DUI suspect into custody when he turns suddenly and makes a grab for your gun. The fight is now on. Unfortunately for this bad guy, you have practiced your weapon-retention skills and you regain control of your sidearm.

January 1, 2006

Personal Threat Levels

Personal Threat Levels

If you're in condition green, go about your life just as you would proceed through an intersection. If you're in condition yellow, use caution and be prepared because condition red may be just around the corner. If condition red does present itself, stop and be prepared to deal with the threat.

February 1, 2004

Shooting on the Move

Shooting on the Move

Since the majority of OISs are up close and personal, with no cover available, movement becomes an essential element in any gunfight.

November 1, 2003

Countering Canine Attacks

Countering Canine Attacks

You have no choice. You draw your service weapon and fire three rounds into the dog. Two find their mark in its chest cavity, while the third rips through one of its front legs. It takes a few more paces, collapses, and dies.

March 1, 2003

The Call Out

The Call Out

For those of us involved in law enforcement we know that there is no such thing as the "routine traffic stop." The names of well over 300 officers who have been killed while making a traffic stop are engraved on the gray granite walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C.

December 1, 2002

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