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

BUILDING A BETTER MOUSETRAP | Handgun Sitting Positions

Long-range handgunning rarely receives much training effort. Consequently shooter’s ability at distance is often pretty erratic. The standard training approach, often thrown in quickly if time allows, is to have the shooter take a knee [...]

THE GOD SQUAD | Protecting Houses of Worship

Americans are fast learning that churches are particularly vulnerable to the actions of murderous criminal actors. Motivations for those actors may vary, and include robbery, domestic spillover, personal conflict, mental illness, political differences, and religious [...]

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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 [...]

CIVIL UNREST AND RIOTS

  When people think of prisons, one of the images that often first comes to mind is a riot. To be honest, this is not an unrealistic line of thinking because unrest does tend to [...]

ADRENALINE DUMP | Flight Or Fight

Those who work in law enforcement and emergency services deal with the almost mystical substance that is known as adrenaline. A lot. Of course, all humans have some experience with this bodily-produced drug, some more [...]

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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 [...]

Trauma Care

In the middle of nowhere. How long will it take you to get an ambulance? What if the ambulance was for you? Most of you probably keep some sort of medical bag in your patrol [...]

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WEAPONS

INTERMEDIATE SNIPER WEAPONS FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT

  Comparisons are often drawn between law enforcement (LE) and military snipers. Law enforcement snipers are dealing with significantly shorter ranges compared to their military counterparts. Although trained to do rural operations, most law enforcement [...]

BALLISTIC BREACHING WITH A SHOTGUN

Speed is essential in any dynamic entry. Breaching must be both rapid and effective. There are a variety of methods mechanical, thermal, explosive and ballistic that may be employed depending on what is to be [...]

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