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Fundamental Breaching Skills for SWAT Officers

Eugene Nielsen Swift execution plays a pivotal role in dynamic entries, highlighting the need for breaching techniques to combine speed and effectiveness. There are a variety of methods – mechanical, thermal, explosive, and ballistic – which may be employed depending on what is to be breached, the door’s opening direction (inward or outward) and the tactical situation. For example, residential doors generally swing inward, whereas doors in commercial buildings typically swing outward. Although entries may be made through windows, skylights…


Building Trust One Traffic Stop at a Time

Published by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), this article spotlights the Preventing Violence Against Law Enforcement and Ensuring Officer Resilience and Survivability (VALOR) Safer Together training program, an initiative aimed at building positive partnerships between police officers and the communities they serve to reduce crime and ensure safety and wellness for all. Community safety doesn’t start with a traffic stop – it begins with building trust. That’s just one of the lessons Lieutenant James Jefferson III of the Louisiana…


Equipping Your Team – Lessons Learned from Elite Units

Jon B. Becker What are the top four essentials for effectively equipping your team? For the past four decades, I have had the privilege of equipping many of the world’s premier tactical units. I have been fortunate enough to work with all of the US Special Operations/Special Mission Units, all branches of the US military, all of our major federal law enforcement agencies, and thousands of local law enforcement units from around the world. Throughout my career, I have noticed…


Busted! Real Stories of Genuine Absurdity January/February 2024

James L. McClinton, Ph.D. I bet the tow truck driver still charges him $500 to get his toy back… A 51-year-old Indiana man has been arrested after allegedly driving a Power Wheels Jeep® (a child’s electric powered toy) while impaired. An Indiana State Police trooper was patrolling in Vincennes when he saw the man driving the toy Jeep in the road. Authorities said the vehicle had no lights or reflectors and was hard to see. The Power Wheels Jeep was…


AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH January/February 2024

Ramesh Nyberg An Unredacted Story, aka “It’s a Small World” Back in the late 1980s, our government decided that military records and other government documents which become 50 years old can be “declassified.” In this spirit, I thought this New Year would be an appropriate time to tell you a story which has just turned 50 years old. It is a police story – and a rather typical one – which may be similar to many of the stories many…


Vehicular Pursuits – A Guide for Law Enforcement Executives on Managing Associated Risks

Published by the Office of Community-Oriented Policing Services (COPS) and the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), in collaboration with the Police Executive Research Forum, this publication aims to help law enforcement agencies manage the risks of conducting and not conducting vehicular pursuits. The guide uses findings from NHTSA research and other credible institutions on crashes and collisions involving police pursuits, as well as focusing group discussions and review of 48 agencies’ policies to provide safety information and model…


Report on Indicators of School Crime and Safety – 2022

Published by the Bureau of Justice Statistics and the National Center for Education Statistics, this report provides summary statistics to inform the nation about current aspects of crime and safety in schools. The report includes the most recent available data at the time of its development, compiled from a number of statistical data sources supported by the federal government. To read the full report, go to https://tinyurl.com/fyp8che4


Recruitment and Retention for the Modern Law Enforcement Agency

Earlier this year, at a convening hosted by the Office for Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) and the Bureau of Justice Assistance and funded by the US Attorney General, more than 35 participants met in Washington, DC, to review the current state of law enforcement recruitment and retention and explore ways these activities can be modernized to meet the needs of today’s agencies, communities and workforce. The group pinpointed practices which may be contributing to hiring and retention difficulties in…


Recruiting Women into Policing: Testing the Effectiveness of Recruiting Materials

With women only comprising 12 percent of officers in the field, and just three percent of leadership roles, law enforcement agencies are struggling to meet recruitment goals in terms of diversity and community representation.  Research shows women officers engage more frequently in de-escalation; are effective in responding to crimes involving violence against women; and foster the cooperation and trust required to implement community policing.  To address the need for more women in policing, NIJ funded researchers explored if women-focused recruiting strategies could improve engagement, perceptions and motivation to apply to law enforcement jobs. A copy of the findings can…


Why Your Agency Should Combine Virtual and Physical Training

Ron LaPedis Research conducted by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) has revealed that training specifically for de-escalation has resulted in a nearly 30% reduction in use-of-force incidents; an approximate 30% reduction in injuries to community members; and a 40% reduction in law enforcement officer injuries. With the villainization of law enforcement, training which is proven to lower injuries to community members is positive indeed.  However, even with thorough training, situations can still deteriorate. That’s why it’s essential…