All posts by Bill Blowers

Bill Blowers has been a police officer for over 20 years, prior to that he was in the US Army for six years. Bill is currently a Sergeant for a Municipal Agency in Washington State. He is assigned to his agencies training unit and is also a team leader on a large and active regional SWAT team. He has been assigned to SWAT since 1995 and has held positions such as Sniper, Ballistic Shield Carrier, Entry Team Member, and Assistant Team Leader. He has planned, or participated in, over 1000 missions and has in excess of 5000 documented training hours. https://primaryandsecondary.com/psal/tap-rack-tactical/

LE use of NVG for Warrant Service – One Cop’s opinion.

I have been a SWAT dude for over 20 years, during that time I have seen huge advances in tactics, techniques and procedures as well as gear and supporting equipment. Indeed, I tell new guys that I wish I was starting my SWAT career today versus being at the end of it. We have come a long way since Balaclavas, Command Jac vests with K30 plates and MP5’s. A big reason for this growth and increase in skill is directly related to the GWOT. America’s heroes in foreign lands have discovered that technology, when used correctly, is a force safety multiplier unlike anything else. This is particularly true of night vision capabilities and supporting gear. It is far past the time that domestic LE catch up. As I said earlier, I’ve been kicking in doors since 1995. Since NVG technology was nowhere near where it is today, and the cost was also extremely prohibitive, SWAT teams in America were simply conducting warrant service with flashlights when conditions were such that you had to see in the dark. Many different white light techniques and team tactics with white light have been developed and used over the years. During all that time,

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A Quick Guide To Fighting

As a cop there really are very few trained and disciplined crooks that can actually fight. All of them understand the street, talk shit while you move inside and then throw a haymaker followed up with monkey rage wild swings or kicks to the head if the haymaker connects. This has been my experience anyway, not just from personal fights but responding to people who have been beat up at the bus stop. So first order of business is don't let a dude get inside the range of his weapons. Maintain more range than normal cultural conversation distances. Two things are gonna happen, he's gonna throw that ugly ass overhand right or try to tackle you. So learn to see telegraphs and slip punches. Learn to stuff or sidestep the tackle. Both of these are best learned through a boxing program that includes sparring. I can fight orthodox or south paw, and I think feeling good from either is a force multiplier just like shooting support side. But get real good dominant side first, then incorporate the support side. Low line kicks are also something you want in the arsenal. Stop kicks and meat tenderizers to the knee and thigh

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Sergeant Mark Renninger

  By: Bill Blowers Mark was running training one day. I think we were rotating through single room, decision making type hits. There was a newer dude on the team with about nine months on the team. Dude is consistently fucking up the program. Big issue is lack of situational awareness and ability to see the room; angles and shapes. Mark is delivering the good news all day to dipshit. Dude finally has enough and says: Dude: What do you want from me?! Mark: I want you to see everything, process it at Pentium speed, come up with the solution, make ALL your fucking shots and be aware of everything going on around you at all fucking times. Dude: I don't think I can do that. Mark: Then quit, don't make your shortcomings this teams problems. Best counseling ever. Mark's legacy to my team and Pierce Metro was his dedication to pissing excellence. Perform or get the fuck out. Sergeant Mark Renninger was one of four officers murdered in Lakewood, WA  11/29/09.  
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Know your enemy – Law Enforcement Budget Pro-Tips

I am by no means an expert on police budgets. I have learned a thing or two that might be relevant to guys in my region only since most PD's seem to have the same general budgeting system. What follows is just some things that I have done to increase revenue so I can buy the men more training and better equipment. It is meant as a discussion so we can all improve on getting that salad. 1. If you dont know shit about how your Chief/Sheriff splits up the loot, learn it! You have to understand how the money is allocated if you are to be successful in getting it. A good way for this to happen is to ask command level officers to teach you about budget process so you can better prepare to be a LT/CPT/MAJ/Deputy Chief or whatever. You will be surprised how much you can garner and also make them your advocate. 2. Once you have a good grasp and you've made a new friend in the command ranks that is mentoring you to be just like them, ask them how THEY would go about getting money for the new Phase Plasma Rifles. They will

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