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Countering In-Car Attacks

Countering In-Car Attacks

An assault could involve someone shooting into your patrol car or an assailant at the driver's window physically attacking you. Increased awareness and in-car self-defense training and tactical driving practice can help prepare you for this type of attack.

June 20, 2011

One-Size-Fits-All Training

One-Size-Fits-All Training

While it would be precipitous to say that the job is becoming more dangerous for women officers, it is not unreasonable to ask if more can be done to ensure their safety.

February 24, 2011

How To Handle Audio Exclusion

How To Handle Audio Exclusion

The tools needed for simulating diminished hearing during training are basic: ear plugs and range ear muffs. These are effective for creating scenarios involving temporary hearing loss due to gun shots or other explosive sounds.

February 7, 2011

Stopping Gun Grabs

Stopping Gun Grabs

When asked to demonstrate weapon retention, most officers place both hands on their holstered handgun and move their hips violently from side to side. This technique is good. But before you are able to react in this manner, the suspect can bridge the open space between you, lower his shoulders, and extend his hands to touch your holstered firearm. Try using a technique that provides a faster reaction.

January 11, 2011

MMA is Not the Biggest Threat

MMA is Not the Biggest Threat

It's our failure to train properly that gets us into trouble. The threat we face in law enforcement today is not from MMA or anything like it. The biggest threat we face is ourselves.

October 5, 2010

Beware the Restrained Subject

Beware the Restrained Subject

Over the years, I've heard multiple accounts of handcuffed subjects who later escaped or attempted to escape. One particular incident involved a young kid who fled on foot. His ability to outrun two officers with his hands behind his back demonstrated just how focused a person can be if he wants to escape.

September 30, 2010

Less is More

Less is More

L.O.C.K.U.P., which stands for Law Officers Combat Kinetics Unarmed Panoply, is designed by cops for cops. The main objective is learning strategies to stop aggression and resistance before they escalate to a higher use of force.

April 13, 2010

Improvised Backup Weapons

Improvised Backup Weapons

When you're involved in a life-and-death battle where someone is grabbing your gun, anything in your hand can be used as an equalizer to help you gain control of your gun and gain control of the suspect by striking him in the face or head.

December 29, 2009

TREXPO East 2009: Hard Lessons

TREXPO East 2009: Hard Lessons

TREXPO East 2009 offered three days of classes covering topics ranging from knife defense to European tactical medicine techniques. Some of the best classes during this year's TREXPO East conference focused on terrorism and its effects on front line officers.

October 30, 2009

Should You Use the Punch?

Should You Use the Punch?

The amount of resistance from a 100-pound heavy bag when you punch it at full power could cause injury if the proper punching mechanics are not employed.

September 17, 2009

From the Mat to the Street

From the Mat to the Street

There are principles from combat sports that can be implemented in on-duty combat situations. Among the most fundamental fighting basics to carry with you from the arena to the job are stance, range, and proper control of your opponent.

August 19, 2009

Weapon Retention on the Ground

Weapon Retention on the Ground

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.

June 1, 2009

TREXPO West: Hands-On Training for Attendees
Real World Weapon Retention

Real World Weapon Retention

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.

April 1, 2009

Sightless Training

Sightless Training

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.

March 1, 2009

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