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Surviving as a Hostage

Surviving as a Hostage

As police officers (and especially if you work corrections) in the United States or Canada, you have to ask this question: What would you do if you were taken hostage?

September 4, 2018

Off-Duty Safety Tips

Off-Duty Safety Tips

It's no secret that groups like Antifa and Anonymous are simpatico, and when you add BLM activists to the mix, you have a troika of anti-police groups that is not to be underestimated. Consequently, officers must maintain vigilant watch for threats while off duty.

August 30, 2018

Shots Fired: Burton, Michigan 07/01/2009

Shots Fired: Burton, Michigan 07/01/2009

At the sound of Barksdale's commands, Kalahar spun the shotgun toward him and leveled it. As the man flinched, Barksdale's finger squeezed the trigger of his gun—repeatedly.

October 18, 2013

Shots Fired: Cleveland, Ohio 07/09/2008

Shots Fired: Cleveland, Ohio 07/09/2008

Officer Jim Simone glanced at a teller to his left. The two knew one another well enough for Simone to see that she was having a hard time preventing a bizarre expression from registering on her face. Simone realized very quickly that he had walked into a robbery in progress.

April 17, 2013

Off-Duty Tactics for Street and Home

Off-Duty Tactics for Street and Home

As law enforcement officers we find it hard to think of ourselves as "victims." We tend to think that robberies, burglaries, and home invasions happen to other people, not to us. After all, we're the cops. Unfortunately, crime can affect anyone, even us.

January 23, 2013

Off-Duty Florida  Deputy Stops Gunman From Killing More

Off-Duty Florida Deputy Stops Gunman From Killing More

On July 25, Sgt. Kristin Shiner was relaxing at home. However, when she heard shots fired near her house, she quickly switched modes and successfully kept an armed neighbor who'd killed a door-to-door salesman from continuing to shoot.

December 18, 2012

Convicted in the Media

Convicted in the Media

Special Agent Chris Deedy has been charged with second-degree murder in Hawaii following an off-duty shooting in front of a McDonald's in Waikiki. Headlines were quick to characterize Deedy as a killer and a murderer.

August 22, 2012

Off-Duty Ready

Off-Duty Ready

Do your kids know the difference between cover and concealment, and how to use both? I am not advocating scaring your family, but preparing your family—and when you do, it will prepare you. You can act more confidently knowing your loved ones are prepared as well.

February 13, 2012

Prepare Yourself for Off-Duty Incidents

Prepare Yourself for Off-Duty Incidents

Trouble finding an officer is typical of off-duty incidents. That's the first thing we must understand in order to prepare ourselves for the unexpected off-duty encounter: They can happen at any time anywhere.

January 28, 2011

Shots Fired: Norfolk, Virginia 04/15/2007

Shots Fired: Norfolk, Virginia 04/15/2007

Non-cops might generously color such cognitive powers as acts of "intuition;" others less taken with the idea of extra sensory perception are more apt to dismiss them as some form of "profiling." By any name, Investigator Christopher Scallon had it working for him the night of April 15, 2007.

January 21, 2011

Off-Duty Capitol Police Officer Stops Schizophrenic Shooter

Off-Duty Capitol Police Officer Stops Schizophrenic Shooter

As the officer got into his Dodge Ram truck, the man with the duty belt started firing on his vehicle. Thornton lay down along the front seat as glass from his truck's windows shattered around him. He kept peering up to check the assailant's location.

December 20, 2010

Off-Duty Firearms Carry and Training

Off-Duty Firearms Carry and Training

If for no other reason than the protection of yourself and your loved ones, you need to practice off-duty firearms tactics. And it's in your agency's best interests to provide you with the necessary skills.

November 18, 2010

Off-Duty Michigan State Trooper Assists Wounded Officer in Shootout

Off-Duty Michigan State Trooper Assists Wounded Officer in Shootout

Michigan State Trooper Kevin Caldwell never expected to exchange gunfire with anyone May 22, 2009 on his day off. But the law enforcement officer and ordained pastor who serves as a chaplain in the U.S. Army Reserve drew on training from both his occupations to aid a fellow officer taking fire from an enraged home owner.

June 11, 2010

Shots Fired: Jacksonville, Florida 01/26/2008
Shots Fired: Palm Desert, California 03•30•1996
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