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Pre-Attack Indicators

Pre-Attack Indicators

Learn how to tell someone is about to assault you long before they make their first move.

February 8, 2018

An Officer Safety Reality Check
Wounds That Never Heal

Wounds That Never Heal

I asked about the suspect, and they told me they last observed him getting off of the elevator on the third floor. I notified dispatch and I headed to the third floor. The smart thing to do would have been to wait on my backup. But I was a rookie.

July 6, 2016

Protecting Blue Civil Rights

Protecting Blue Civil Rights

During National Police Week, the Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos National Blue Alert Act was passed by Congress. Now law enforcement officers need more protection, an amendment to the federal Hate Crimes statute to create the Blue Shield Protection Act.

June 30, 2015

The Myth of the Unarmed Man

The Myth of the Unarmed Man

If you don't believe media bias plays a role in how Americans interpret use of force by law enforcement, try this simple test. Do a Google search for "police officer kills unarmed man." I did and I got 179,000 results. Searching for "unarmed man attacks police officer," I got this message: "No results found."

October 27, 2014

Cowboy Up

Cowboy Up

John Wayne knew the canyon was dangerous and was ready. Our ambushes occur in a modern-day canyon of houses, vehicles, and woods, and we also need to have the Duke's "always prepared" mindset.

June 30, 2014

Duty Dangers

If you really want to gain some insight into all the hazards you face on the job—both the felonious and the non-felonious variety—then all you have to do is read the newsletters that we send via e-mail to you several times per week.

May 30, 2014

What It's Like to Be Shot

What It's Like to Be Shot

Perhaps the most significant factor in an officer's ability to recover from a shooting incident is the level of support offered to him by his department. Departments that provide post-shooting support and advocate for their officers in the media and with health care providers are more likely to benefit from their actions in the long run.

September 17, 2013

Shots Fired: St. Croix, Virgin Islands 08/18/2012

Shots Fired: St. Croix, Virgin Islands 08/18/2012

Howell leaned forward in pain, his ballistic vest rode up on his torso. A second round tore through his driver's side door, passed through his seat, and struck him in the back. Like the first, this round passed through Howell before striking Jones in the face.

July 16, 2013

LEOKA: Beyond the Numbers

LEOKA: Beyond the Numbers

Loggers are not hurt and killed on duty because some dirtbag tree doesn’t want to go back to jail and opens fire instead of surrendering to the inevitable.

December 17, 2012

Sovereign Citizens: A Clear and Present Danger

Sovereign Citizens: A Clear and Present Danger

Sovereign citizens believe that the government has no right to tax them, issue licenses, or do many of the other things that the average American citizen has accepted as the roles of government. They also believe that the only legitimate law enforcement officer is the elected sheriff.

September 21, 2012

Defense Against Standing Choke Holds

Defense Against Standing Choke Holds

If a suspect is trying to choke you, you are in a deadly force encounter and accessing your handgun would be appropriate. But depending on what direction the bad guy assaults you from and the accuracy of your shot placement, your gun may not always provide the best immediate option.

August 29, 2012

Surviving Vehicle Ambushes

Surviving Vehicle Ambushes

The vehicle, the patrol car, the "shop," is obviously what distinguishes the vehicle ambush from other types of attacks. It also gives you instant mobility to get out of the kill zone. In keeping with the suggested tactics for lethal force encounters the vehicle helps you move and create distance.

October 17, 2011

Line-of-Duty Deaths: Managing Risk

Line-of-Duty Deaths: Managing Risk

The rash of police murders and assaults this year is small compared to the body count inflicted on cops during the late 1960s and early 1970s. That era's law enforcement blood bath led to the adoption of better police tactics, more comprehensive police training, and the adoption of ballistic armor as standard police equipment.

August 12, 2011

What Gets You Killed

What Gets You Killed

Each year the FBI compiles a special report on law enforcement officers killed and assaulted (LEOKA). Although it's a grim topic, much can be learned about the behavior of cop killers and the cops who are feloniously killed by analyzing the source data.

August 9, 2011