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On School Resource Officers

As I circulate through our profession, I have developed a general impression of the School Resource Officer (SRO) programs we as a community have developed and allowed to exist since 1999. First, some context. I am not an SRO expert. My specialization is not School policing; I am a tactical patrol officer, leadership and SWAT… read more »

Active Shooter, Law Enforcement, and Citizen

This is not a discussion of the tragic event in Texas. This is a generic overview discussion about active shooter incidents, the every day carry citizen, and how it relates to law enforcement response- a rational and non-emotional discussion from 10,000 feet. Hopefully this provides context to what people see and why it occurs. Public… read more »

A No Knock Editorial

No knock warrants are an interesting animal. In my opinion, they are valid and applicable in only extreme situations where people’s (citizens not responding cops) lives are potentially in danger. Rescuing dope is not a valid use of no knocks. Does this mean all prior no knocks have been good actions free of Constitutional violations?… read more »

The Police Pendulum

The Devolution of Law Enforcement in the 21st Century             Every thirty to fifty years, there’s a shift between public-favored lawlessness and an anti-criminal sentiment.  The phenomenon of anti-law enforcement / pro-criminal sentiments is often referred to as, “cyclical” or even analogized as, “the pendulum.”  Both assume that this is only temporary and sooner or… read more »

Instigating Change In Law Enforcement

                I have noticed some trends while watching media, the public, and fellow police officers react to events over the past 20+ years as a police officer. There are intersecting points which all share. They all converge on the idea that law enforcement’s purpose is to serve the public. In order for agencies and individual… read more »

Baselines #3

Once we have our first baselines as laid out (see parts one and two) there are a ton of other skills that need to be trained, practiced and tested. Having the ability to group, zero and fire at a stationary target from a few positions does not a gunslinger make. One needs to be able… read more »

Baselines

I am LE and I have a decent baseline of competency with a pistol. What would you say a good basic competency with a rifle would look like? This question was asked of me recently and I felt it would be a good time to do a series on it because I am sure many… read more »

Low Power Variable Optics: The Close and The Far

The world of Low Powered Variable Optics (LPVO) has bloomed in recent years with their increased use in both sporting and professional roles. Just about every optics company worth its glass has at least one LPVO and most have several to address either various price points or magnification ranges. This boom in optics has led to discussions over… read more »

“But it’s on the Internet! It Must Be True: Why Most ‘Ballistic Test’ Videos Fail to Accurately Show Body Armor Performance

We will now continue our discussion on Body Armor from an earlier article. Specifically, we addressed some common terms that are used in ballistic testing of body armor: V0, V50, and Back Face Signature (BFS for short). The purpose behind this was to inform our discussion for this week’s topic: Why body armor test protocols have been established, and why… read more »

Something About Shooting in the Dark

Up front I need to let you know that this isn’t going to be another article on how to hold your flashlight. There are probably around three thousand of those already. This article is a direct result of the shenanigans I see on the range when the sun goes down. This quarter is our annual… read more »

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