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Talking About Warning Shots

Talking About Warning Shots

"If I'm not going to shoot the assailant who poses a threat of death or great bodily harm, where am I going to shoot that could be considered a 'safe direction?'"

April 28, 2021

Two Truths

Two Truths

Earlier this week, I was honored to be among a small handful of people to be selected to be one of the speakers at the Emerson Hour at ILEETA 2021.

March 26, 2021

Breaking Down Communication Silos in Multi-Disciplinary Response
Body Camera Policy and Training

Body Camera Policy and Training

Implementing a successful body-worn camera program is a lot more complex than choosing your preferred vendor and slapping those cameras on the uniforms of your officers.

January 27, 2021

Preparing for the Prospect of a "Suicide by Cop" Incident
Takeaways from SHOT Show 2020

Takeaways from SHOT Show 2020

There were far too many products on display at the Sands Convention Center and Expo in Las Vegas to adequately capture it all, but as I zoom along at 300 miles per hour about 34,000 feet above sea level en route home, here are some of the things that immediately spring to mind as having a lasting impression on me.

January 24, 2020

A Civilian Scribe Celebrating 11 Years of Writing for Law Enforcement
Ambush Attack: 8 Tips for Avoiding—or Surviving—Ambush Attacks
Child's Play: What I Learned at ILEETA 2019

Child's Play: What I Learned at ILEETA 2019

During ILEETA 2019, we talked about family and friends—some of whom we've said goodbye to this year. We shared tears of sorrow, hugs of support, kisses on the cheek, and moments of uproarious laughter.

March 22, 2019

Watch the Hands: Improving Police Interactions with Deaf Subjects

Watch the Hands: Improving Police Interactions with Deaf Subjects

Officer safety is obviously paramount—and should never be jeopardized by allowing a potentially dangerous subject who should be handcuffed to retain use of their hands—but weigh into your tactics the fact that communicating with a deaf subject who is handcuffed becomes significantly more difficult.

December 21, 2018

Arrive Alive: Police Must Reduce Single-Vehicle Crashes on Patrol

Arrive Alive: Police Must Reduce Single-Vehicle Crashes on Patrol

Too many officers are driving themselves into their graves—turning their cars into their coffins—in single-vehicle crashes. According to ODMP, there were 34 such preventable duty deaths in a three-year span from 2016 to the present. It's impossible to know how many officers were seriously injured but survived single-vehicle crashes during that time period. Something must be done.

November 30, 2018

Officer Safety Considerations for Foot Pursuits

Officer Safety Considerations for Foot Pursuits

While empirical data doesn't exist—at least to my knowledge—on lost productivity due to injuries sustained during foot pursuits, anecdotal evidence suggests that medical leave following such activities is significant enough to give some thought to the matter.

November 23, 2018

Training School Teachers and Administrators to Respond to Active Killers

Training School Teachers and Administrators to Respond to Active Killers

Very few people who get into teaching have the mental, emotional, or physical fortitude to use deadly force when under imminent threat. However, every teacher should receive some level of active shooter response training—everyone should have at least some idea of what to do in an attack.

October 12, 2018

5 Considerations for Off-Duty Safety in the Era of Anonymous, Antifa, and BLM

5 Considerations for Off-Duty Safety in the Era of Anonymous, Antifa, and BLM

Earlier this week, it was reported that Black Lives Matter protesters "crashed" the wedding of one of the two Sacramento police officers reportedly involved in the fatal shooting of Stephon Clark. This incident offers a stark reminder that even when you are off duty, there are people who want to do you harm. Here are some thoughts about keeping yourself and your family safe away from the job.

August 10, 2018

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