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Adding More Realism to Training

Adding More Realism to Training

Officers perform better when their training includes drills and scenarios that require them to use their skills in context under realistic conditions.

April 4, 2018

Make Your Training Real

Make Your Training Real

If your defensive tactics training doesn't reproduce the conditions you will face on the street, then you are training to fail.

August 7, 2017

Critical Incident Drills: Staging a Dress Rehearsal

Critical Incident Drills: Staging a Dress Rehearsal

Before a sheriff or chief is going to sign off on committing resources to a practical critical incident exercise, you will have to convince him or her of need. And he or she will likely be more receptive to the idea if you have done some work and determined what bugs need to be worked out in your response plan.

June 30, 2015

25 Ways to Make Police Training More Effective

25 Ways to Make Police Training More Effective

Because police training is in the news we thought it was a good time to ask veteran officers and trainers how they would improve law enforcement training and make it more effective. The following is collected from the comments of more than a dozen sources.

April 29, 2015

Training: Keeping It Real

Training: Keeping It Real

We need to train like we fight so to speak, and the best way to do that is through some form of reality-based training. I mean scenarios, role-playing, dynamic training.

November 26, 2014

Get Ready for a Fight

Get Ready for a Fight

Your defensive tactics training should be intense, exhausting, applicable, and eye-opening. Don't come to in-service training dressed for vacation or expecting to sleepwalk through the course.

June 26, 2014

Deadly Threats: The Longest 10 Seconds

Deadly Threats: The Longest 10 Seconds

The most stressful situation a police officer can face is an unexpected deadly threat—someone wanting to kill you or another person. You must react to it. And you don't have time to think.

June 17, 2014

Vehicle Ambush Training

Vehicle Ambush Training

My agency recently presented an in-service training program on how to handle vehicle ambushes. We tackled the issue by focusing on the only three possible options available when attacked in your vehicle: retreat, run the suspect over, or get out and fight.

March 20, 2014

Training Accidents

Training Accidents

No one keeps complete nationwide statistics on law enforcement training accidents, but they are a significant cause of death and serious injury in the line of duty. Most training accidents share one common trait: They could have been prevented.

April 16, 2013

A Full-Scale Faux City for Force-on-Force Training
One Stance, Three Uses

One Stance, Three Uses

As street cops we can break down three major areas in which we use some type of stance: field interviewing, fighting (obtaining control), and shooting. Many police academies and law enforcement agencies have a variation for each of the three areas described. My question is why?

October 24, 2012

Crowd Management: Preparing for the Storm

Crowd Management: Preparing for the Storm

The good news is that crowd management and crowd control techniques have been refined over the last few years. The bad news is you're going to need them and more to keep the peace. So this is a good time to review crowd management tactics and prepare yourself for the hard days ahead.

August 28, 2012

Helicopter Training In Law Enforcement

Helicopter Training In Law Enforcement

How we train is how we fight—or more broadly, how we perform under pressure. This also applies to helicopter pilots; how they train versus how they are expected to fly.

April 3, 2012

Video: Cars, Cover, and Concealment

Video: Cars, Cover, and Concealment

Every well-trained cop can explain the difference between cover and concealment. One common summary I have heard is "Cover stops the bullets that are being fired at you and concealment hides you from the suspect but does not stop bullets."

October 1, 2011

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