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(Video) Tactics for Surviving an Ambush Attack

Don Alwes discusses how increased officer situational awareness, proper tactical response, and knowledge of John Boyd's OODA Loop can keep officers safer in the event of an ambush attack.

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Body Armor Protection Levels: What Do They Mean? Which One is Right for You?

What do the various levels of body armor protection mean? How do you choose which one is best for you?

11 Tips for Responding to Domestic Violence Calls

Here are some tips on staying safe on these types of calls for service, and ensuring the welfare of the individuals who have been victimized.

Why Schools Should Teach Students about Policing and Constitutional Law

I've long held the belief that a year-long civics class should be a requirement nationwide. Further, these classes should include more than just the basic structure of government. Curriculum should incorporate Constitutional Law and Supreme Court cases related to the Fourth and Eighth amendments, as well as police policies, procedures, and practices.

Is Contact and Cover Dead?

So what happened? Why does Contact and Cover seem to have faded into obscurity?

Officer Safety: Why or Why Not?

If you're asking "Why not," remind yourself about the risks you face every day.

Be a Jack of All Trades, Not a Master of One

Focusing on just one vehicle, penal, or narcotics code sub-specialty means that crooks are getting away with other stuff around you. You should strive to be both the Jack of All Trades and the Master of All of Them.

Control Tactics and Counter-Tactics

It's important that you know how to defeat an arrestee's response to your control techniques.

After Ferguson, Police Consider 'Tactical Retreat'

Chiefs of the St. Louis and St. Louis County police have said in recent interviews they are reviewing training with the principles of tactical retreat in mind.

Stopping Fatal Trends

According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, in the first half of 2014 officer fatalities increased 31% over the same time period in 2013. The only thing we can do is train for the unexpected, and prepare ourselves for that one day that may never happen.