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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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    Using the Tactical Combat Fighting Stance

    Using the Tactical Combat Fighting Stance
    What is the best stance for officers in the field to work from that gives the most options in the most situations they may face while on duty? Debated and discussed often and especially during firearms training, it comes down to what they were taught and its compatibility to basic body functions under stress. Deciding what to present to students can ...
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    Movement in the Firearms Training Theater

    Movement in the Firearms Training Theater
    Many firearms instructors cringe over the fact that they need to incorporate movement into their firearms semiannual qualification program. This should not be anything out of the ordinary which they teach on a regular basis even though it is spelled out in “Popow vs. Margate.” Instructors need not forget the basics. First and foremost, they need to understand the concept of ...
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    Establishing SWAT Teams and Importance of “Real Time” Training

    Through the history of law enforcement and establishment of Special Weapons and Tactics Units, there have been so many changes in the world of SWAT and how we perform each operation but when all is said and done, one of the most important aspects of the SWAT unit is serious training. Throughout my law enforcement career I have spent many years ...
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    Low Light Tactics for Military Law Enforcement

    Low Light Tactics for Military Law Enforcement
    It's instinctive to fear what you can't see. It's the unknown that we fear; where are they, do they have a gun? These are all thoughts that race through your mind as you search for a target in the dark. By the same token, we can feel secured by the darkness. We’re safer if they cannot see us. Over the years ...
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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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    Training Our Cops For Combat

    Training Our Cops For Combat
    If you read the world news headlines it's easy to find articles about terrorist acts being committed in other countries and how the specific country's military responded. This is a common theme all around the world. Terrorist group commits act - country's selected military unit responds. Why is that? Because terrorists commit acts of violence that are, for all intents and ...
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    Selections vs. Qualifications Training

    Selections vs. Qualifications Training
    Back in 1985, when I was a not-so-young U.S. Army 2nd Lieutenant, I found myself attending a grueling two week school called the “Army Air Loader” course. As I originally understood it, this course would teach me all about loading my battalion’s equipment on to an airplane for deployment somewhere overseas. To this day, I am still trying to figure out ...
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    Deputy's Observations: Defining "Tactical" and Other Terms

    Deputy's Observations: Defining  "Tactical" and Other Terms
    About 20 years ago everyone who marketed items for sale to law enforcement officers began calling their items "tactical." Everything from boots and key chains to holsters and uniforms became known as "tactical gear." I was confused, but I’m confused a lot. Did I have to replace every piece of equipment and uniform item that I owned and purchase new "tactical" ...
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    A Date with Destiny - Part I

    Once Upon a Time in America: Picture yourself attending a lecture in an auditorium of a local College, where you are taking classes to complete your master’s degree. You are an off duty police officer seated in the audience listening to a presentation on community policing by a highly esteemed professor, when suddenly a heavily armed man dressed in black bursts ...
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    A Date with Destiny - Part II

    Five Phases of the Active Shooter A simple view of the active shooter was developed and is being trained by Lt. Dan Marcou retired from the La Crosse, Wisconsin Police Department. He developed the program while working for the La Crosse Police Department and was able to apply the philosophy with real world success. One of the successes earned Officer Bob ...
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    A Date with Destiny - Part III

    On Duty Tactics Officers responding to a call of an active shooter must realize they have been thrust into a position that calls for decisive action and what they decide to do can save lives and minimize casualties. Training can help prepare the first responding officers for the moment they arrive at the scene of such an incident. This is a ...
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    Defensive Tactics Versus Combative Tactics

    Defensive Tactics Versus Combative Tactics
    I really think it’s time that we in the police community need to stop sugar coating hand to hand combat. We create all of these politically correct terms and phrases that really lead officers away from what is really going on out there on the street. What is defensive tactics? When I am attacked as a police officer I am trained ...
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    Smoke On The Water

    Smoke On The Water
    It is easy to relax and enjoy the sea or a beautiful waterway. The sound of waves crashing. Children digging sand castles or a day of fishing in a clear lake with a cold beer in hand. I’m sure we all have some fond memories involving the water. It is easy to forget that the waterways and shores of our homeland ...
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    SWAT—Not Sit, Wait, and Talk

    SWAT—Not Sit, Wait, and Talk
    “Hurry up and wait” is one sure thing that can be counted on in almost every tactical operation. Knowing when to wait and how to best utilize that time will help secure success and, most importantly, keep team members and the innocent safe. Aside from that, there are a few things every operator would like his administration to know… (Don’t worry; ...
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    Active Shooter: Considerations After VT

    In the wake of the Virginia Tech shooting, departments across the country are reviewing their approach to active shooter situations. This has been the first major tweaking of the Move to Contact scenario since they were devised after law enforcement’s Columbine High School experience. After Columbine, most tacticians in the business reassessed the "sit and wait for SWAT" approach and eschewed ...
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    Counseling and Support for S.W.A.T. Personnel

    In Fort Lauderdale, FL, one member of the Broward County Sheriff's Department SWAT team underwent an ordeal extreme even by special weapons and tactics standards. Within only a few years, this deputy sheriff was involved in four deadly shooting incidents. Although he was completely exonerated in all cases, the local media caused additional stress in an already psychologically debilitating episode by ...
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    Hostage Negotiator Certification. Necessary or Not?

    Presently the law enforcement community is very concerned about certifications. Agencies must insure that their officers maintain certification in everything from defensive driving to use of deadly physical force. Yet, these same agencies do not require certification for their hostage/crisis negotiating teams. Or perhaps they are under the mistaken belief that a certificate of attendance at an FBI Basic Negotiation Course ...
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    Types of Hostage Situations

    Hostage situations may occur under the following conditions: 1.Criminals may plan from the outset to use hostages as part of their criminal act to ensure their escape, gain ransom money, or for some other purpose. 2.Criminals may not plan to take hostages but become trapped inside an establishment they intended to rob. A quick response precludes escape, and they seize hostages ...
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    Combat Ground Fighting, Not a Sport

    Combat Ground Fighting, Not a Sport
    First things first, let us all recognize the difference between Sport Ground Fighting and Combat Ground Fighting, that being said we will be able to fully understand the urgency of this article on combative ground fighting. When I first heard and was introduced to ground fighting it was 1991, initially it was introduced to me as a sport and an art, ...
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