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Real Change

Real Change

Obtaining tacit knowledge is considered our most important and powerful learning activity, but too often the folks with the tacit knowledge are left out of the decision-making process, in favor of the most institutionally educated folks; the ones with explicit knowledge only.

July 10, 2017

Military Vets Joining Law Enforcement

Military Vets Joining Law Enforcement

Men and women leaving active-duty military jobs would seem to be a perfect fit for police careers. But there are many obstacles in their way and hurdles they must overcome before pinning on their badges and joining the thin blue line.

January 30, 2014

Movement to Contact

Movement to Contact

For us, the purpose of MTC is stop the threat, deny the suspect movement, deny an advantageous tactical position, or collect information to be used in critical next-step decision-making.

November 14, 2013

Cyalume's VisiPad Chemical Marker

Cyalume's VisiPad Chemical Marker

From its name, the VisiPad sounds like it might be an accessory for Apple's ubiquitous iPad tablet computer, but it's actually a chemical illumination marker. Like a lightstick, the VisiPad is a chemically activated illumination tool.

July 17, 2013

Rethinking SWAT Training

Rethinking SWAT Training

What SWAT fitness experts are discovering is that some of this wear and tear and incapacitation can be avoided with "smart" training instead of "hard" training. Smart training is real-world oriented and job applicable. It's not just training for the sake of training.

June 13, 2013

Who Are the Oath Keepers?

Who Are the Oath Keepers?

After witnessing what he saw as an unconstitutional outrage in the wake of Katrina, a constitutional law scholar founded the Oath Keepers, an organization for peace officers and soldiers who adhere strictly to the letter of the Constitution and swear not to obey any orders that they believe to be unconstitutional.

April 4, 2013

Chris Dorner: The Injustice Collector

Chris Dorner: The Injustice Collector

Southern California cop killer Christopher Dorner was an injustice collector. If you read his lengthy and rambling manifesto, you will see that he filed away every little slight, real or imagined, and compiled an enemies list of people he wanted to pay back.

March 5, 2013

10 Actions for Responding to a Veteran in Crisis

10 Actions for Responding to a Veteran in Crisis

Tens of thousands of combat-weary warriors are now being discharged out of the military, often without a game plan as to what they will do next. Many of them entered the military right out of high school, so being a warrior is the only job they've ever had.

January 24, 2013

Military Surplus Gear: Abuse It and Lose It

Military Surplus Gear: Abuse It and Lose It

Last month the Defense Department cut off a very valuable resource for many of the nation's 17,000 law enforcement agencies. The Pentagon's 1033 program provides cash-strapped police and sheriff's departments with free military surplus.

July 10, 2012

Surveillance Technology

Surveillance Technology

Cops still sit in cars watching houses and businesses, but they are just as likely to be using clandestine tactics to see inside buildings and over fences, scan faces in a crowd, and review security camera footage. The newest and most innovative surveillance tools work without the bad guys ever knowing they are being watched until it's too late.

December 22, 2011

POLICE-TREXPO 2011: Iraq War Vet's Memoir

POLICE-TREXPO 2011: Iraq War Vet's Memoir

Staff Sgt. David Bellavia, author of "House to House: An Epic Memoir of War," gave the keynote presentation at this year's POLICE-TREXPO East. He gave a stirring presentation on close-quarter battle in the Battle of Fallujah.

October 27, 2011

POLICE-TREXPO 2011: Grossman on Media Violence
Can You Show Feelings and Stay Strong?

Can You Show Feelings and Stay Strong?

I have always been touched by certain images, sounds, and words, and the older I get the more things trigger my emotional reflexes. At the same time I find I am less and less embarrassed by my tears. Now I know the tears are not from weakness but from respect, from the heart.

July 21, 2011

Reinventing the Shotgun

Reinventing the Shotgun

People who've witnessed Metal Storm's stacked munitions technology have a tendency to walk away with a look on their faces like they've just seen the future of tactical firearms. The concept is really that innovative and revolutionary.

May 20, 2010

The Peter Principle

The Peter Principle

It's critical that only the best warriors get promoted up the ranks in law enforcement. Wearing sergeant's stripes or lieutenant's bars on your uniform has to be about more than just time served or passing a test.

February 12, 2010