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3 Not-So-Obvious Areas of Focus for Police Trainers in 2022
Trends in Training: Police Innovate While Critics Irritate

Trends in Training: Police Innovate While Critics Irritate

A criminal justice professor at Texas Christian University believes that police training is to blame for the death of Atatiana Jefferson, who was shot and killed by former Fort Worth Officer Aaron Dean late last week. Here's why he's leaped prematurely to a conclusion.

October 18, 2019

1 Thing to be More Outraged Over than the Jussie Smollett Debacle
Realistic Training Makes You a Better Cop

Realistic Training Makes You a Better Cop

Training in real-world conditions is the key. Get outside in the hot, cold, dark, and whatever weather you have to operate in. Realism begins in training and not in make believe.

February 14, 2013

Verbal De-Escalation

As the details about Thursday's Taft Union High School Shooting are coming to light, we're learning that two brave school staff members were able to distract the shooter long enough so that the rest of the students in the class could escape the room unharmed.

January 11, 2013

Honoring the Sandy Hook Shooting Responders

In the aftermath of this tragedy, let's all take the opportunity to commit ourselves to being the best trained officers we can. We should train for these scenarios like they really could happen on our watch.

December 14, 2012

Leading Warriors and Covert Ops

Leading Warriors and Covert Ops

Managing a successful clandestine operation usually requires coordination, information sharing, familiarity with the terrain and, if it involves Islamist counter-terror tactics, an understanding of Muslim friend or foe.

March 26, 2012

Interpersonal Communication Training

Interpersonal communication is a physical skill and must be trained like any other skill. This means running drills and scenarios that are dedicated to improving an officer's ability to persuade and gain voluntary compliance.

June 16, 2011

Firearms Training Evolves at SIG Sauer's Academy

Firearms Training Evolves at SIG Sauer's Academy

The SIG Sauer Academy is rapidly becoming a must-train location. The Epping, N.H., academy once offered only basic handgun shooting and armorer courses. Now, it offers competition shooting and advanced tactics for police and military units, including active-shooter response and executive protection.

March 2, 2011

Paintball Wars: Effective Reality-Based Training

Paintball Wars: Effective Reality-Based Training

Based on my experience, I'd say my paintball games were more realistic and useful training experiences than any contrived multiple-target drill, falling plates, or even live shoot house. These scenarios are good, but they are all "set up."

November 23, 2010

Paintball Wars: Defending Against Multiple Attackers

Paintball Wars: Defending Against Multiple Attackers

In paintball scenarios, you battle multiple adversaries often in close quarter combat in urban or built-up locations. You either assault or defend a position. You must shoot and move. This, in my opinion, beats time on most static pistol ranges.

November 16, 2010

Visualization Doesn't Work for All Officers

Law enforcement training has embraced this theory of information processing and adapted it to mental preparation and conditioning. Based on information from the world of athletics, visualization techniques are seen as proven a method of ingraining the most desirable programs into the subconscious mind.

October 29, 2010

Train With Imagination and Emotion

Train With Imagination and Emotion

If you truly want to fight the way you train, then you need to train with imagination and emotion. Training with imagination and emotion means YOU need to make training real for you every time you train.

August 3, 2010

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