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

August is Shooting Sports Month

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 be under attack, one of the things that gets slashed quickly is training budgets. Meaning we aren't getting as much range time. At the same [...]

By |August 22nd, 2023|

STREET LEVEL | Morale Building: No Programs, Please!

By |January 3rd, 2023|

Somewhere in the basement there’s a cigar box contain-ing military medals and commendations. The only mementos of that period on display in my home are the lone surviving photo of my best friend, killed on the DMZ in 1966, and a wooden boat paddle bearing a small plaque from 1st [...]

Managing Expectations

By |January 3rd, 2023|

When learning any skill, it is incumbent upon you as an apprentice to also manage your expectations regarding how much and how long it will take to achieve the desired skill level. Before learning a new skill, whether a language, a musical instrument, sailing, golf, or tennis, one must first [...]

Is “Tactical” Overworked?

By |December 19th, 2022|

Is there anyone besides me who thinks we may have reached the point where “tactical” as a description of what we wear, carry and how we work is perhaps becoming just a bit overused? Or, in some cases, misused? Make no mistake of where I’m coming from. In addition to [...]


By |December 13th, 2022|

I don’t know about you, but I’m sick and tired of cops dying. I hate seeing updates via ODMP.com (Officer Down Memorial Page) every time a cop is killed. In the last decade, I’ve been to 22 funerals. The lion’s share of these has been in the last 7 years, [...]

Principles of Protection

By |November 29th, 2022|

Why reinvent the wheel when formal training in elite protective services began even before the introduction of the praetorian guard into the Roman Empire? The principles of protection are the same today as during the 2nd century, to prevent your protectee from harm by way of injury or death and [...]

STREET LEVEL | Looking Versus Seeing: The Art Of Perception

By |November 15th, 2022|

You’d never tag Amy Herman as a law enforcement trainer. Tall, chic and sophisticated, you might guess she’s an expert on fi ne art, working for a major gallery or perhaps a Manhattan corporate attorney. Actually, she’s all three. Ms. Herman has a master’s in art history and a law [...]

Hands On!

By |October 18th, 2022|

The consummate professional does everything possible to avoid a violent physical altercation. Adopting an appropriate mindset and applying good situational awareness are integral aspects of being prepared. However, applying even the most diligent of proactive measures does not guarantee that you will prevent or avoid an undesired event. Failing an [...]

Predictable Patterns

By |August 31st, 2022|

Kidnapping is big business overseas, both inside and outside the continental United States. As a result, predictability is one of the most dangerous behavior characteristics you can exhibit, especially abroad. Customarily, beginning their attack at the airport, dedicated kidnappers will run surveillance outside your hotel, motel, or homestay and along [...]

STREET LEVEL | Straight Talk On Supervision & Leadership

By |August 23rd, 2022|

Recap. “Punishment” is only one of several aspects of discipline — frequently and wrongfully employed. “Context” is important. A violation, appearing clear-cut, may deserve mitigation, exoneration or even commendation. “Ink” should never dictate the level of discipline imposed. “Bad press” or departmental embarrassment decides far too many disciplinary actions. The [...]

Grey Looks Great on You

By |August 17th, 2022|

So, what’s with this ‘greyman’ concept? Well, on the surface, it sounds pretty simple – just blend in.    When you look deeper and get more into the details, it gets interesting. Subscribing to the grey man/grey woman idea means a lot of different things, so let’s narrow it down [...]

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