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    Bringing the Fight Back to the Pistol: Part III

    Bringing the Fight Back to the Pistol: Part III
    Within a few days of my first precinct assignment, I had an enlightenment in my lack of real training. I realized very quickly I was not sufficiently trained to deal with the complex tactical situations in the South Bronx. Since that time I have always been openminded to continuing education. I felt like a school kid who forgot his books when ...
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    Bringing the Fight Back to the Pistol: Part IV

    *Mindset* - No matter who you train with or how you train, take it seriously. When I train, I try to make it as real in my mind as I can. The targets are not paper. They are the bad guys. Never give up the fight. Weapons break, malfunction or just don’t work sometimes. If it happens to you, think about ...
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    Model Policy: Off-Duty Action

    I. Purpose: The purpose of this order is to adopt safety directives and guidelines for dealing with the carrying of firearms while in an off-duty status for dealing with an officer’s duty and responsibility to take action in response to criminal activity while in an off-duty status. II. Policy: The following changes to this department’s policy of carrying firearms while ...
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    Updated Glock 23: A New Generation Of Perfection

    Updated Glock 23: A New Generation Of Perfection
    The Glock 23 and its larger sibling, the Glock 22, are by far the most popular pistols with today’s local state and federal law enforcement agencies. The compact G23 version generally sees the majority of service as a plainclothes or undercover pistol, while the G22 is a uniform duty gun. Quite naturally, the Glock 23 Gen4 version shares many attributes and ...
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    Clean Your Weapon!

    Clean Your Weapon!
    Ask any good, seasoned patrol officer the importance of maintaining your everyday equipment and you might get a response like "Do cars need gas to run? Or, does a marathon runner need shoes to run in?" Having clean, up-to-date equipment such as a charged Taser or a full can of OC spray is important, but not nearly as important as maintaining ...
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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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    Intentional Shooting that Fails to Hit Target: Not a Seizure under the 4th Amendment

    In accordance with United States Supreme Court rulings, a physical seizure occurs when a person’s movement is stopped by force delivered by a “means intentionally applied. Thus, if an officer shoots at a person but misses, there can be no physical seizure. A show of authority seizure occurs when an officer shows authority and the person complies with that show of ...
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    Policy Considerations: Shooting at or from Moving Vehicles

    Through agency policy many departments have considered restrictions on officers with respect to shooting at or from moving vehicles. The recent revisions of the IACP Model Policy on Use of Force (2001), indicates increased dangers of shooting at or from a moving vehicle. IACP model policy does not prohibit such uses of force per se, but would prohibit their uses where ...
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    Beanbag Rounds

    Another area being carved out through lawsuits is the use of less-lethal weapons. Although the widespread use of beanbag rounds is fairly new to policing, cases contemplating the propriety of their use have been popping up in the media and in the courts. The common theme with less-lethal weapons as with all uses of force is reasonableness. Was it reasonable to ...
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    Major Lesson Plan: TASER® Applications for Learning

    Major Lesson Plan: Target Audience: Law Enforcement personnel who may be faced with the task of using an electronic control device Objective: Provide officers with essential knowledge with respect to some of the current issues surrounding electronic control devices Format: Roll-call/ supervisory training. Time: Five to ten minutes, but this may be expanded where agency resources allow. Materials: Law Enforcement Risk ...
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    Deputy's Observations: Selecting the Right Weapon

    Deputy's Observations: Selecting the Right Weapon
    A few years ago I stayed up late one night to watch a bad Arnold movie on TV. It didn’t finish until midnight. I closed up the house and put the dog out in the garage prior to going to bed. While I was in the garage I heard sounds coming from outside. I could have opened the garage door but ...
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    Battle of the Secondaries: Glock versus 1911

    Battle of the Secondaries: Glock versus 1911
    These two side arms are said to be the most argued in the self-defense world, law enforcement and military included. Let’s focus for now at these pistols in the back-up role. The most important quality of a secondary weapon is reliability. This quite simply means functioning 100% of the time, no matter what. This being said, the Glock pistols are known ...
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    5 Reminders About Carrying Your Gun on Vacation

    5 Reminders About Carrying Your Gun on Vacation
    Let’s face it, cops love vacation. We work our rear ends off all year so we can go fishing, boating, camping or take the family to the beach, to a historical site, or to one of the big theme parks. However, summer vacation often poses a problem for us when it comes to off duty survival. It’s easy to carry a ...
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    Ten Tips for On Target Academy Firearms Training

    Ten Tips for On Target Academy Firearms Training
    The prospect of firearms training in the pressure-filled law enforcement academy setting is either loved or hated by cadets. Few blocks of instruction, save for physical training and defensive tactics, conjures up such extremes in emotion. As a certified firearms instructor and an executive over basic police academies, I have seen first hand the issues that trip up aspiring gun-toting law ...
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    Firearms Training: Train like You Play

    As a firearms instructor, I have noticed a vast difference between veteran police officers and deputy sheriffs who take range qualifications and training time seriously and those who merely view it as a chore to get done with and move on. While the shooting techniques themselves may be okay and get them through yet another re-qualification stint, it seems that some ...
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    Firearms Training: Train Like You Play

    Firearms Training: Train Like You Play
    As a firearms instructor, I have noticed a vast difference between veteran police officers and deputy sheriffs who take range qualifications and training time seriously and those who merely view it as a chore to get done with and move on. While the shooting techniques themselves may be okay and get them through yet another re-qualification stint, it seems that some ...
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    The Fastest 2x2x2 Drill on the Planet

    Well, it might not be…but it sure is one of the fastest bits of shooting I’ve ever seen. [gate] I ran across this video this weekend to pick up some tips on shooting drills and was blown away at how fast Kyle Lamb can push lead through these targets. Kit Up! readers might remember my attempt at this drill last year ...
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    Cops and Armed Citizens

    Cops and Armed Citizens
    I grew up around guns. My dad, a farmer by trade, was also an auxiliary deputy with the local sheriff’s department so he owned a pistol or two. My cousins were hunters, and we always had a shotgun in the house that my father could get to if he needed to eliminate an errant raccoon in the garden or a family ...
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    Bringing the Fight Back to the Pistol

    Bringing the Fight Back to the Pistol
    I had no idea it could get so hot in Maine. It has to be near 100 degrees. The sun is beating down hard on my salty back and red neck as I stare at my target. I’m rubbing my blistered finger tips together listening to the monkeys in my head My back is sore as hell and I can feel ...
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    Bringing the Fight Back to the Pistol: Part II

    Bringing the Fight Back to the Pistol: Part II
    I need to step back and explain why I’m writing this. I’m not proud to admit I let my pistol skills drop off. The last year or so I’ve been concentrating on my long guns skills. This is just one of my many excuses for not training like I should, as I’m sure many of you have. For many years Law ...
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