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Batons: More Than Just a Club

Batons: More Than Just a Club

The baton is a multi-purpose tool that you can use to strike a subject, push a subject away, or as a lever to move a subject into a control position.

May 3, 2018

Analyze Your Training Curriculum

Analyze Your Training Curriculum

Trainers who are not adjusting their programs to meet the actual needs of their officers are making a big mistake that could lead to bad outcomes.

October 16, 2017

Cloth Handles for Arrest and Control
Where are the Helmets?

Where are the Helmets?

Departments hoping to reach out to "alienated communities" are implementing training designed to: make us feel bad about who we are; encourage us to try to diagnose the "root cause" of a miscreant's bad behavior; and tempt us to hesitate to do our job for fear of prosecution or punishment. This is a recipe for disaster where officer safety is concerned.

March 13, 2017

Less-Lethal: Making Impact

Less-Lethal: Making Impact

The pressure on American law enforcement agencies to field tools that can subdue dangerous armed and unarmed individuals without using deadly force has never been greater than today. The answer according to many experts is less-lethal weapons that can be fired from a distance and effect subjects with blunt force or chemical irritant or both.

March 10, 2017

Using Force Scenarios for Training

Using Force Scenarios for Training

The vast majority of arrests are accomplished without any force being applied by police officers. But it helps to look at as many of the details as possible.

February 8, 2017

Time to Disarm Police Critics

Time to Disarm Police Critics

While trampling on the officer's reputation, the mayor failed to grasp police training and tactics.

December 7, 2016

ECDs and Use-of-Force Law

ECDs and Use-of-Force Law

A recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, which applies to five states, emphasizes the use of TASERs as tools for protection, not for compelling compliance.

March 8, 2016

A Revolution in Use-of-Force Policy and Training?
De-Escalation Training: Learning to Back Off

De-Escalation Training: Learning to Back Off

De-escalation training is not new nor innovative. The philosophy behind the training is that officers need to take every opportunity to slow down a situation when possible.

March 2, 2016

The Totality of Circumstances

The Totality of Circumstances

People pass instant judgment on officers' actions on video without seeming to know anything about the investigation and analysis that necessarily includes policy, training, and the laws that govern police use of force.

January 28, 2016

Reasonable Force

Reasonable Force

In the age of ubiquitous video and mushrooming oversight, how can you ensure that your use of force does not bring unwanted discredit upon you, your department, and the entire profession? The same as always: Know the law, and comply with it.

November 3, 2015

Viewing Video: Just Press Play

Denying officers access to the video records of incidents before they write their reports serves only one purpose: It's a trap. The goal here is to play "gotcha" with the officers and try to catch them in a lie.

August 6, 2015

Do Police Have to be Perfect?

If we start punishing officers for every mistake, just because an encounter ended in the justified shooting of a suspect, then officers will surely minimize their contact with suspects.

July 16, 2015

Cops are Not Ninjas

Cops are Not Ninjas

Understand that the law throughout this country is that officers are permitted to use objectively reasonable force under the totality of the circumstances, and that means they do not have to use deadly force only if nothing else would work.

July 16, 2015

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