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    The Trends of Corrections Special Operations

    Progressive Training - that is, training centered on multiple threat operations - appears to be gaining traction in the CERT world. Thankfully, the days of "hats and bats" are over; nowadays teams are focusing their budgets and training time on becoming proficient with leaner, meaner and more flexible equipment. For traditional large teams, which are in most cases overloaded with obsolete ...
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    Combating Team Fatigue

    Intro Over the past few months, I've traveled a lot to and from Asia. US C-SOG is doing a lot of training in the Southeast Asia sphere of operations, and my trainers have commented about the challenge of providing tough, realistic, and safe training even as they are themselves worn out. I don't have to tell you that in its best ...
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    Always Armed/Always On Duty

    On January 28th 2000, the Providence Police Department received a call that would irreversibly change the lives of three officers forever. Officer Carlos Saraiva, a three-year veteran, and Officer Michael Solitro, a rookie who had completed his field training just days earlier, were riding as partners due to a shortage of police vehicles. Officer Saraiva and Solitro monitored a call of ...
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    High Risk Inmate Transport

    In the past several months, inmates have escaped custody during transportation. Because the escapes have been fatal to the transporting officers and dangerous to the public - and because they put the media spotlight squarely on the faces of administrators, corrections experts are taking a long, hard at inmate transportation. We're corrections experts, and in this article we look at transportation ...
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    Psychological First Aid

    Just as officers can administer physical first aid to someone who has been injured in an auto accident, they also can apply psychological first aid to those with acute emotional reactions to disasters. The officers' principal goal is to return the greatest number of people to effective functioning in the shortest time. In responding to stress or disaster situations, officers should ...
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    Correctional Hostage Rescue Units

    Intro 0600, the beginning of another day in Anywhere Correctional Institution. Breakfast is being served. Inmate 206 - with whom you have never had a problem - approaches a CO. In an instant, Inmate 206 and his well-trained accomplices pull the officer into a housing unit. Several COs respond; they are outnumbered as well. The housing unit door is barricaded and ...
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    Persons with Disabilities

    Each and everyday, law enforcement officers throughout the United States come into contact with persons who are suffering from some disability. Some of these persons are suffering from a disability that would make them eligible for protection under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). i Some of these individuals would not meet the criteria for protection under the ADA but do ...
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    Combating Inmate Disturbance Plans

    Combating Inmate Disturbance Plans
    High Risk Security Patrol Here's an exercise for all you corrections news junkies out there: Google search the news headlines for the past month. You'll quickly pick up on a theme that is alarming corrections professionals nationally and internationally: Increasing escapes, disturbances, and inmate on staff attacks. Don't think this stuff happens in a vacuum: The public knows what's happening (thankfully, ...
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    Types of Hostage Situations

    Hostage situations often present moral dilemmas to police administrators and commanders. For example, is a visit or phone call from the president, governor, or other important official in response to a hostage taker's demands a precedent to be avoided, or is it negotiable? After apprehension, should promises be honored that were made under duress in return for surrender? Should hostage takers ...
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    The High Speed CERT Equipment You Invest In Today Could Save Your Life Tomorrow

    Why You Need CTN-Certified Gear My lawyers tell me I should start this article with a disclaimer, but I don't think the serious operators who read this publication need a disclaimer. I think you'll agree with what I've written below, even though it's critical of our profession. Like you, I understand the challenges we face, because like you, I've been the ...
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    Model Policy For Law Enforcement On Communicating With People Who Are Deaf Or Hard Of Hearing

    Copied with permission from the US Department of Justice: Civil Rights Division (January 2006) Overview It is the policy of this law enforcement agency (Agency) to ensure that a consistently high level of service is provided to all community members, including those who are deaf or hard of hearing. This Agency has specific legal obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act ...
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    Commanders Section: Don’t Apologize for Excellence!

    Commanders Section: Don’t Apologize for Excellence!
    Who would you say are the top teams in the special operations community (regardless of law enforcement, military or corrections)? Delta, Navy Seals, British SAS, Singapore Ghurkas, LAPD D-Platoon, Dallas SWAT, NYPD ESU or the NYPD Hercules Unit, Alexandra SOT VA, Fairfax County, Chicago PD SWAT German GSG9… The list could go on and on, along with plenty of passionate arguments. ...
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    Behavioral Aspects of Crowd and Riot Control

    Having described the types of behaviors and techniques associated with riot behavior, both group and individual, it is now important to discuss those techniques that law enforcement must employ if it is to successfully contain and control this behavior. Like the individual and group activities that are a part of riot behavior, riot control involves actions both by the individual police ...
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    Ignoring Operators Can hurt your Team

    This section is strictly for Leadership – what I am about to say to you may not be kind or even politically correct. As I look back at the past decade of training Prison / Jail Special Operations Units I treasure the times that I spend with the countless commander. I look back now and see how many commanders I have ...
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    When to Challenge your Leadership and When to Shut Up!

    Often we feel that we can challenge the leadership of a team because the program is not going the way we want it to go. Before you challenge any leadership you must ask yourself: Is this a battle worth fighting because in the final analysis you want to win the war. Sometime your battle can divert the team’s focus. Sometimes your ...
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    Major Lesson Plan Dealing With Persons With Special Needs

    Target Audience: Law Enforcement personnel who may be faced with the task of dealing with persons of special needs. Objective: Provide officers with awareness of special needs issues relating to mental health, emotional disturbances and other disabilities for which law enforcement should utilize alternative tactics and response. Format: Roll-call/ supervisory training. Time: Five to ten minutes, but this may be expanded ...
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    Helpful Hints: Suicidal Behavior

    Establishing a relationship with the possible suicide attempter, identification and clarification of this person's focal problem, evaluation of suicide potential, assessment of the strengths and resources available to the individual, implementation of rescue operations if necessary, and referral to appropriate agencies are the critical aspects of suicide prevention that may occur in this or any other sequence or at the same ...
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    The Modern CERT Warrior and Self Audit

    You Can Get There from Here! In the April CERT e-letter, you saw a chart that broke down the equipment and operational capabilities of CERT units from levels one to four. We shared that chart with you because during the past two years, our trainers have identified a promising trend in CERT operations: Team self-audits. I am encouraged by the increasing ...
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    Helpful Hints: Psychotic Disorders

    Because of the psychotic's confusion, bizarre behavior, and capacity for violence, police officers are often the first to be called when a mentally disturbed person displays signs of psychosis. Officers' ability to handle the psychotic person appropriately is important not only for their own safety and the safety of others, but it is also important to the psychotic person, who is ...
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    Tactical Tip: Gas Mask is Not an SCBA Danger!

    Have you inspected your gas mask this year? ISI (now known as AVON) has developed a gas mask that integrates the Tactical SCBA System. Operators please note that in a fire or low oxygen environment your gas mask is useless without a SCBA (Self Contained Breathing Apparatus). The new AVON C-50 gas mask has incorporated a new model for 2007 that ...
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