Police training soft skills


Soft Skills2022-01-26T11:04:02-08:00

The Significance Of S.H.I.T.T.

Perhaps the most gratifying thing a police supervisor can hear is one of his officers telling another, “Yeah, the sarge really has his shit together,” or any of those other scatological allusions which convey the message that you are a master of your craft — and your troops recognize and respect it. How many times have you heard that statement applied to anyone during your career? Pretty rare, isn’t it? The best thing about wearing [...]

By |September 12th, 2023|

August is Shooting Sports Month

By |August 22nd, 2023|

Do you know what month it is? If you answered August, you are correct. However, you are not completely right. The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), has designated August as National Shooting Sports Month.   Why does that matter at American COP? In an era when law enforcement continues to [...]

Command Posts

By |August 16th, 2023|

Coordinating And Containment — Simplified “All that it takes for evil to win in the world is for enough good men to do nothing.” Henry David Thoreau might not have been referencing command posts when he said that, but he could have been. Depending on who’s in charge, their level [...]

The Walking Wounded

By |August 1st, 2023|

Stepping out of the car is the only viable option for drawing from a front pocket holster.   I’m going to put you in a boot for a month,” the doctor said with a frown when she took her first look at my swollen ankle. Thus began my [...]

Six Shots For Six Sergeants

By |July 25th, 2023|

This came out of a scratch gathering of sergeants, discussing the drumbeat of petty details, the constant “white noise” and perpetual distractions that plague the job, and their worst effect: distracting them from the core elements of their responsibilities. One of their suggestions was to write up a simple “bullet [...]

Teacher Or Instructor … Which Are You?

By |July 5th, 2023|

Look back to your youth and ponder your school days. Did you have teachers you admired, who made the learning process fun and exciting? Could you see their passion for the subject and did they pass it on you? I did. Now think of the teachers you didn’t like — [...]

Some Simple Sergeant’s Rules

By |May 24th, 2023|

I was asked if I had some “simple rules” for success as a sergeant; dealing with issues other than training, tactics or administrative stuff. Many years ago, after reading Benjamin Franklin’s personal rules, I came up with sets of “Always” and “Never” statements, kept them close at hand, and tried [...]

LEARN TO LOVE THAT RUSH | Inoculate Yourself From STRESS

By |May 9th, 2023|

Stress is stress, though people look at it and handle it very differently. For many, stress limits their ability to perform. How can a pro golfer, who never misses a 3-foot putt in practice, not sink the same shot while leading a major tournament in the final round? What happened? [...]

Good Enough

By |February 7th, 2023|

One of the most beneficial soft skills one can develop is to complete a task well enough that it may ensure mission success. Whether it’s finishing a work project, going to the gym, or even doing laundry, when it comes to completing a task, how much effort is too much, [...]

Training Rule #2 and Don’t Shoots

By |January 23rd, 2023|

Someone once said - know the rules well enough so that you can know when to break them. However, there are some rules we should not break. Gunsite's Four Safety Rules can be on signs like this all over the facility. With that said, let us discuss the [...]

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