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Terror, Violence, and The Modern Police Officer

The war on terror sparked on September 11th, 2001. When the U.S. was attacked on its own soil it opened eyes of police forces to upgrade equipment prior to becoming a liability to save lives of citizens and LE in an armed conflict.  The public expects law enforcement to intercede in armed conflicts and stop the threat. Typically, police are not the most popular of the public servants – except when needed to stop a violent threat.  Similarly to the military during peacetime, the public does not seem to think police departments need such equipment until a crisis occurs.  After the crisis is handled, the public quickly forgets the needs of the police.  Police are a part of government that is often criticized.  Civilian speculation plays a major part of criticism of the police.  An objective analysis of a police department is necessary to determine its needs. However, trusting the same public that does not have an understanding of use of force and realistic measures to neutralize a threat to determine the needs of a police department is a dangerous precedent.   Public expectation (that lack of understanding again) versus realistic results needs to be considered during an analysis. The terror

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Fun With Shockey At DARC Part 3

Once the class is done, it’s time for cleanup and it’s not a light clean up. We fired somewhere in the ballpark of 70,000 simuntion rounds during the week, both officers and OpFor, and yes ass hat, 70k not 6k, it wasn’t a typo. Being familiar with Force on Force orderings and usage, I can confidently say that is more rounds used than all of the Houston Area uses COMBINED in one year for standard training. Its impressive, even more impressive than that is the floor of the shoothouse after a week. Below I’m going to list in no particular order things I learned from a week with so many gun fights and seeing how humans act under stress: Tac Reloads ARE a thing. A lot of people say there is no such thing as a lull in the gunfight, but when you are fighting motivated individuals, there can and will be lulls. I was actively holding security against 3 or 4 opfor at time and doing Tac Reloads. With that being said, more times than not I did NOT retain the mag, I let it simply drop. I worked off my gut instinct on when to do them and

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Fun With Shockey At DARC Part 2

Day 2 of the course is a lot like the first night, except it’s not. They add more to your plate, namely the Porno. Unfortunately, that’s where my explanation of the Porno ends and you’ll just have to taste the rainbow for yourself when you attend. There is no free lunch in this course, but Rich also doesn’t put you in “no win” situations. Use the tactics correctly and things go pretty well, fall apart and you pay for it. It’s actually pretty simple. Following chronological order, Day 3 is next. This is where shit gets real interesting. You start to become comfortable, almost to the point of overly confident, at which point Rich introduces a reality check. It’s humbling and carries a great amount of learning points. You really begin to learn the importance of team work and utilizing the “system”. Furthermore, you learn that you have to look out for the team and not yourself. No bullshit, you can have a multi-cell team going in and if one dude fucks up, it can cause the team to fall apart……and when you fall apart, pain follows. Day 4 is next….I know, you’re surprised a Marine could count to 4,

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Fun With Shockey At DARC Part 1

 DARC LECTC LEVEL 1 Why you should shut the fuck up and attend if you carry a gun for a living….  Prelude So if you’re looking for a tell all AAR on DARC LECTC so you can come prepared, you’re not gonna find it here. This AAR in some aspects is going to be vague, on purpose, because there are many aspects of this course that need to be left out and be a mystery to you. The reason for this is because there are many surprises in the course that serve as learning points and would lose its training value if you knew what was up ahead. I’m going to share my experience while at DARC and also try to explain why you shouldn’t want to go to this course, but rather NEED to go to this course if you do professional level shit for a living. I will say, this course is more geared to the LE SWAT Officer, but regular street level non-tactical knuckle draggers could benefit greatly from this course. Also, Im a spazmatic ADHD mofo, so if I stray off on to rabbit trails or rapidly change thoughts, blame it on that. Lastly, I only

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