OFFICER SURVIVAL

Survival After A Shooting

Ron Barber’s In the Line of Duty training videos have been a tremendous asset to law enforcement for many years. One of his latest is, I submit, a “must see” for working cops. On September [...]

Phazzer Enforcer

By Ben Douglas Phiscally-Phriendly Conductive Electrical Weapons. Aagh!” was all I could get out as I seized up and fell to the mat. I had “enthusiastically” volunteered to experience a full 5-second TASER cycle back [...]

Lock It Up!

By Ben Douglas Responding to tragedies is a huge part of being in law enforcement, and our job is to handle the situation no matter how benign or catastrophic. At first we often ask “Why?” [...]

Project Triage

By Ben Douglas Life-Saving Tourniquets. On August 18, 2012, St. Croix Police Chief, Christopher Howell and his partner, Officer Elsworth Jones, an experienced SWAT officer, were working a recent armed robbery series when they responded [...]

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SOFT SKILLS

LIFE SKILLS | Allay Concerns

According to a recent study, during the 2020 pandemic, we Americans changed our spending habits. Throughout the lockdowns we spent more money on groceries, self-care, and takeout while curbing spending on entertainment, luxury items and [...]

LIFE SKILLS | Pathway to Violence

  We as Americans are predominantly a reactive nation. Unlike other cultures we do not plan for our long-term goals as a community at either the federal or local level ten, seven or even four [...]

LIFE SKILLS | Choose Wisely

  Where should we go for lunch? Which shoes should I wear? When should I schedule that? What’s for dinner? On the daily, we are tasked with making decisions almost every waking moment of every [...]

LIFE SKILLS | Perishable Skills

  Whether you are learning how to speak a new language, or play a musical instrument, the more you train the greater your familiarity. The same applies to learning any hard skills such as martial [...]

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STREET TACTICS

BOOTLEG TURNS | Escaping The Kill Zone

  It’s not common for us to think of a vehicle as a defensive tool; at least it is far removed from mainstream thinking. We view our vehicles in many different ways, some utilitarian and [...]

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TAC-MED

SEAL THE BOX | Treating Sucking Chest Wounds

  With an open chest wound, the victim may develop tension pneumothorax. Tension pneumothorax is the second leading cause of preventable trauma deaths on the battlefield. It is the progressive build-up of air within the [...]

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WEAPONS

AMERICAN COP | Through The Centuries

My first trip to the American Pistol Institute (now known as Gunsite) was in 1976, shortly after it was founded by Jeff Cooper. When asked how many times I have been there I honestly answer, [...]

DESIGNATED MARKSMEN | The Need And The Training

The Designated Marksman (DM) concept is nothing new. “Sharpshooters” were used as far back as the American Revolution, with better shots assigned to target officers. My father jumped on D-Day with the 101st Airborne. One [...]

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