Training & Education

Training for Off-Duty and Plainclothes Carry

Todd Fletcher After recognizing a training deficiency about eight years ago, I began teaching a class called, “Off-Duty & Concealed Carry Tactics for Law Enforcement.”  The class covered equipment selection, marksmanship and live-fire exercises specific to the types of situations law enforcement officers could face. To this day, I am still amazed by the number of officers who tell me this was the first time they had ever trained using everyday clothing and concealed carry equipment. While frustrating, this is…


Online Education: How to Make It Work for You

Dr. Stephenie Slahor Management of your time is critical to your success if you decide to obtain your higher education through an online distance learning program. Way back when, there were “correspondence courses” in which a course curriculum was set by a university and a faculty member directed a student, by mail, in study, readings, assignments, and exams. The idea worked well for people who lived far from a university, but who wanted to study a particular course. It also…


The Basics of Higher Education

Dr. Stephenie Slahor Your reasons for higher education may be connected to the opportunity for promotion, advancement or better salary. Or higher education may be a long held desire to acquire knowledge in your career or your specialization. So, whether your goal is “earn,” “learn” or a combination of both, decide the degree and subject area which will be your focus and which colleges or universities offer the better, or best, programs in that field. Degree Programs An associate two…


Sexting: Are You Training to Prevent It?

John G. Peters, Jr., Ph.D., CTC, CLS By now, you have heard about the 21 month jail sentence given to former New York Congressman, Anthony Weiner, for sexting a 15-year-old girl. Sentenced on September 25, 2017, he will begin his incarceration in early November. Sexting, or textual harassment, generally involves the sending or receiving of sexually explicit text messages, photos, video, social network messages, E-mails, etc., which can lead to a sexually charged workplace, cyberbullying, embarrassment, and almost always gets…


Target Selection for Effective Firearms Training

Todd Fletcher It’s time to go to the range. You pack up your range bag; you make sure you have your eye and ear protection; you grab your favorite blaster and holster; and then, after checking to ensure you have the rounds to feed it, off to the range you go. After you arrive, you get everything set up and loaded, throw on your eye and ear protection and start hammering away at the same old boring targets you always…


The Best Cop Movies of All Time

 Ed Nowicki The results may be surprising to some. Hollywood has been churning out cop movies from the days of the humorous Keystone Kops silent movies of the 1920s to the “bang bang, shoot ’em up” movies of today.  So, what are the best cop movies? Why not go to the inspiration – real or imagined – and ask the cops? After all, you don’t ask football players for the best baseball movies. “The Ten Best Cop Movies” were determined…


Eleven Firearms-related Skills Which Most Cops Don’t Practice (but Really Should)

Ralph Mroz “There’s more to shooting than shooting” is how I often make the point that there’s much more to armed self-defense for cops – both on- and off-duty – than knowing how to shoot. I will often get nods of agreement in return, but, regrettably, most people continue to think that, if they can hit an eight inch target from five yards in two seconds (without concealment), they are good to go. And, don’t even get me started about…


Grant Resources and Guidance for Law Enforcement

Stephenie Slahor You have a project or need, but not enough money to fund it. Does that sound familiar?  A federal, state, local, corporate, private or foundation grant might finance training, equipment, a project, or a process. To follow are ideas for researching grant applications and sources. It is strongly advised that you do your “homework” because you likely won’t be the only one applying for that grant money. Your application must stand out from the crowd and that’s where…


Capture! Not Combat

Lt. John Domingo and John G. Peters, Jr., Ph.D., CTC, CLS ©2017, the authors. A.R.R. When confronting a wildly out of control suspect who is high on drugs or is afflicted with mental illness, the “gold standard” progression for Law Enforcement Officers (LEOs) has been to capture, control, restrain, and transport. It is undeniable that the raging person must first be captured, usually by one or more LEOs, before the other phases can take place. However, for decades, LEOs have…


Building Combative Speed and Accuracy

Todd Fletcher Due to the short duration and quick time frames of law enforcement gunfights, officers should train to fight quickly and effectively in condensed time frames. Placing quick, threat stopping hits on target is the core of all gunfighting skills. In order to accomplish this goal, we must train to develop fundamental and practical skills in new officers while continuing to improve the skills of more veteran officers. Once these skills are developed, these officers must be challenged to…