Street Tactics2022-01-26T11:05:50-08:00

Shooting in Virtual Reality

Scenario-based training in my academy class involved role players – often more than one - and evaluators spread out across the grounds of the academy. In addition to those people were the scenario coordinators, a dispatcher or two, and additional support staff. All that starts to get intensive human resource-wise. Never mind the safety issues involving that many people, several of them inexperienced. As a community, during my time in police work, we have gone [...]

By |March 21st, 2023|


By |March 1st, 2023|

The term "self-defense" means different things to different people. To a police officer, self-defense differs significantly from defensive tactics or DT, as it is known in the law enforcement training community.  From a civilian perspective, "self-defense" may be synonymous with martial arts. While others may believe self-defense means using a [...]

Like a box of chocolates – vehicle stops and approaches

By |September 27th, 2022|

“Life is like a box of chocolate; you never know what you’ll get until you bite into one.”   Whether pro-active policing is still a thing or not, working street cops will make traffic stops. Most of the time, the officer has no idea who is in the vehicle and [...]


By |July 26th, 2022|

Civilian who uses deadly force may suffer post-shooting trauma and civil litigation, and will most certainly be subjected to widespread, mostly unqualified second-guessing. The civilian usually has no standing legal immunity, and no agency, union or other support network in place. It behooves police not to needlessly add to those [...]

Roka Arms’ Downrange Tab and Training for Off-body Carry

By |May 30th, 2022|

Most of us carry concealed firearms in or on our beltline, whether with a strong side hip holster, inside the waistband, or “appendix-ish” carry. At least one American Cop writer advocates for carrying smaller revolvers in pocket holsters. All those options are great until you can’t carry them that way [...]

REALITY CHECK II | Plastic Practice

By |May 19th, 2022|

Probably one of the biggest shortcomings of law enforcement is the lack of training or time in the area of firearms. Mainly, it’s due to budgets, manpower and lack of range facilities. Here, I won’t address the lack of interest from management or officers’ reticence for training on their own [...]

The Behavior Management Psychology Of Patrol

By |May 3rd, 2022|

The vast majority of what we do as police officers is to interact with people. So it’s safe to say our inter-personal and communication skills will dictate our effectiveness. Any of us who’ve been on the job for any length of time know an officer who can come into almost [...]


By |March 22nd, 2022|

Low light. It seems either you enjoy working in that environment or you don't. I did, and I still miss the challenges. Anyway. Back when the world was flat and pterodactyls were our air support, flashlights were talked about in terms of candlepower. Then the SureFire 6P handheld, running on [...]

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