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Training Our Cops For Combat

Training Our Cops For Combat

SWAT Digest

If any police academy or criminal justice institute… if any police or sheriff’s agency has developed training and policy that knowingly and willingly risks a law enforcement professional’s life or health merely for the purpose of reducing liability risk some infinitesimal amount, you should be ashamed of yourself. The men and women who wear the badge today deserve every bit of training and support we can give them. If we’re not adequately and properly preparing them for combat against terrorists who have invaded our land, then we’re doing them – and all of the communities they serve – an injustice.

It’s an unfortunate reality that “protect and defend” might mean having to commit acts of violence. Personally, I’d be happy if everyone could just get along. I’m a Christian and I’m not offended in the least bit by cartoons about Jesus or the fact that someone else thinks Jesus is a lesser prophet. That’s their belief and they’re entitled to it. However, when anyone comes along attempting to alter my beliefs to agree with theirs, and they do so by committing acts of war, then I believe in fighting back; in full unfettered resistance with violence sufficient to overcome the violence being targeted at me / us.

Our law enforcement professionals today need to be taught small unit tactics; fire and maneuver; overwatch and bounding. They need to have training on the most common weapons of today’s terrorists; how to recognize them; what the weapon’s capabilities are; how to make the weapon safe; and maybe most important, how to use the weapon effectively if circumstances mandate it. Our law enforcement professionals need to NOT be lied to. They need to be given an honest and realistic appraisal of the risk of terrorist attacks in our country today and what the high-risk targets are. Certainly, terrorists would love to infiltrate and sabotage a nuclear power plant. What are the chances? It’d be tough. Nuke plants are well guarded. Terrorists would be just as happy to infiltrate and take over elementary schools in our country and enjoy the media lime light while we scramble around trying to appease them to save the children we should have been protecting in the first place.

I know that there are those who read my material and believe that I’ve got a few loose bolts (heck, my friends think I’ve got a few screws loose). And maybe I am a bit too paranoid about terrorists and their desire to come to the United States and do us harm. Then again, maybe I’m not. And we really shouldn’t be preparing for what we estimate the terrorist might be capable of in the next decade… we should be preparing for what the terrorist has already proven he is capable of; willing and eager to do; because he’s done it in the past.

Here in the United States, if any kind of terrorist attack occurs, there are two sets of front line soldiers: citizens and cops. Thanks to the military service veterans in both groups, the terrorists will get a nasty surprise. Unfortunately, if we haven’t adequately and properly prepared our “front line troops”, the terrorists will cause much more damage and loss of life than they would if we were adequately and properly preparing our forces.

Cops… all law enforcement professionals in the United States today are contemporary warriors. If we don’t train them fully and completely as such then we are committing an injustice not just to them, but to those they serve.

BE SAFE!

Originally published at SWAT Digest.


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    CBPD607

    about 3 years ago

    264 Comments

    Great article.

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    wiyemb

    over 3 years ago

    86 Comments

    The genetics in some individuals allow them to be better soldiers and officers, both requiring individuals to make important decisions under strenuous situations

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    inspectorgadget7389

    over 3 years ago

    108 Comments

    I guess America will always be the number one terrorist target because I don't see a time that our civilian peace officers will ever become the so-called warriors the authors wants them to be. The 9/11 attacks were horrific but terrorism is less frequent an act than people think.I would guess that probably 98 to 99% of cops will never respond to a terrorist incident in their careers. if we train them to react like soldiers we risk them overreacting to regular crimes which they will face on a continuous basis. Wasn't this why S.W.A.T. and ESU was created in the first place? Everybody seems stuck on the terror attacks in Beslan. There is always the possibility of a Beslan style attack on a school in America, but training our officers to rush right in and engage the bad guys while accepting that they may have to kill some kids for the greater good won't go over well with officers or the public.

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    Recondo99

    over 3 years ago

    2578 Comments

    Terrorists are not well-trained soldiers, they are minimally trained . But I agree that they attempt to fight as soldiers. Therefore they must, when the situation calls for it, be faught by Military small unit tactics. I totally agree with the Author that standard Police methods are the inappropriate response in certain situations. Great Article. LTC Tom Nugent

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    jdemandjr

    over 3 years ago

    4 Comments

    As Albert Einstein prophetically said, "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result." The author correctly points out that staying ahead of your opponents OODA Loop is the way to defeat your enemy. Many of the fears I am hearing in these posts about over reacting or being overly aggressive will be correct if law enforcement training does not focus training on developing critical thinking skills, namely observation and orientation. These are the key to making good and accurate decisions and taking action. It is an area that has been overlooked in law enforcement and I believe the key to success in dealing with the challenges of terrorism and violence in our society. In other words, if you can't perceive it correctly and be situationally aware through recognizing pre assault indicators, understanding behavioral assessment (yes profiling - not stereotyping) and pattern recognition law enforcement cannot be effective. This is the difficult part and requires training, the easy part is getting more powerful weapons. We need to quit dumping millions of dollars into technology such as useless scanning equipment and put it toward training our law enforcement officers and increasing their skill sets.

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    MarineMPSpecReac

    over 3 years ago

    230 Comments

    I disagree that our military will not be tasked. Both law enforcement departments and our military will be tasked if it ever gets to the point of what it is in other countries.

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    jhall41

    over 3 years ago

    70 Comments

    Looks like these guys must have missed their class on the use of force/deadly force. Maybe their dealing with some anger management issues and could use an eval and treatment. The public is supposed to respect these guys as warriors? They have a little problem with recognizing a terrorist from a common crook. Warrior talk is irresponsible and fosters this type of behavior.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJkMuEMqjL4

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    popoeric

    over 3 years ago

    14 Comments

    I'll likely receive hostility for disagreeing with fellow readers, but I believe the training should focus more on the peacekeeping tactics. There's plenty of attention directed towards using force as it is, yet peacekeeping is a daily routine for officers, while battling terrorists certainly is not. Police need to be taught skills that they will actually be using on a regular basis, and emphasizing "war" simply results in officers using excessive force.

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    patrickalders1

    over 3 years ago

    244 Comments

    I agree with you Chief!

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    gau8a

    over 3 years ago

    34 Comments

    absloutely... training is essential, we should always be training and improving

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    chiefkcr

    over 3 years ago

    3614 Comments

    Police Officer training needs to be stepped up to meet the time. All Officers should be trained in SWAT/TAC .

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    jhall41

    over 3 years ago

    70 Comments

    Ppupatrol you have once again missed my point. You can try to discredit me personally all you want but it doesn’t change the facts. I do not just sit around and dig up negative articles about police for the sole purpose of bashing them as you project. As a trainer I am interested using these examples to help keep everyone safe. You say nothing about the link to Plano, TX incident that I recently posted. I ask that you review it with an open mind and let’s discuss it. Lots of good examples to talk about and learn from. As you are aware, after every incident there is an investigation (military or police) and training is developed from the lessons learned in an effort to not repeat those mistakes. When people with guns make mistakes people die or suffer great pain and disfigurement. It doesn’t matter if they are civilians, military or fellow police officers. With class III or high powered weapons being placed in the wrong hands casualties multiply. As far as keeping me safe, well if the people that are supposed to be protecting expose me to additional danger then that’s a real problem and I would rather take my chances with just one threat at a time. From my experiences, arrogant and/or insubordinate individuals be they military or Leos multiply the chances of injury or death to everyone. Coming from one who has looked down the barrel of a loaded weapon in a weapons restricted police academy training class I can say that I’m qualified to address the subject.

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    cakdep1

    over 3 years ago

    3194 Comments

    We are the Local city township village county state bourough or troopers state police and constables and are not the military however many are veterans! We are the local problem solvers and cat and animal and people rescuers! we deal with the domestics thefts dope Growers meth labs civi l matters drunks and hundreds of other issues and problems ! We develop the communications in our citys towns and villages that allow major and minor crimes to be solved because of trust in the Local officer! The Local officers that stopped Tim Mcvey or Shane and ChevY Kehoe on Traffic stopS or whackos in Phoenix WE ARE THE FIRST AND LAST LINE OF DEFENSE who follow some of the most strict standards usualley using the oldest equipment!!

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    patrickalders1

    over 3 years ago

    244 Comments

    Last I knew my state supposedly had a QRF:Quick Reaction Force team from the Army National Guard for things like this too. I think most National Guard in other states do too.

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    patrickalders1

    over 3 years ago

    244 Comments

    I cant believe i just read in this article they think that there are probably no terrorist in the US but just a few years ago only a few hours from me the FBI discovered a terrorist training camp right here in Oregon! I haven't looked at who wrote this article cause its not adding up but brings up the valid point that not all cops have the training they may need to face this initially.

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