Training & Education

Trends in Iron Sights for Handguns

Todd Fletcher  The traditional 3-dot green tritium night sight has come a long way since Trijicon® introduced their Bright and Tough® night sights back in 1985. Today, law enforcement has many manufacturers to choose from for their firearm night sight needs. And, they also have many choices as to color combinations, tritium configurations and heights. Leading manufacturers include Trijicon, TRUGLO®, Meprolight®, and AmeriGlo. The newest trend in LE handguns is adding a reflex sight to pistols and pairing said reflex…


Dragon Skin Duty Belt

Todd Fletcher When I first heard about the Dragon Skin Ergonomic Duty Belt System, I was told it was a “revolutionary” new duty belt that would change the way I looked at other duty belts.  Needless to say, I was dubious.  I’ve seen a lot of “revolutionary” products come and go.  Most are gimmicks dressed up in fancy packaging. I’ve been wearing a duty belt for over 30 years.  I’ve worked through the transition from all leather belts to nylon…


Training with Steel Targets: The Basics

Todd Fletcher Why are steel targets a great training tool? One reason is because they don’t need to be changed over like paper or cardboard targets, thus saving valuable time which can be used for training instead of range setup.  When using steel targets, there’s no need for staples, target backers, tape, spray adhesive, or any of the other range supplies we typically need when using paper or cardboard targets. A little bit of spray paint and you’re good to…


Threat Concerns to Religious Places of Worship

Brian P. Haughton August 20, 2019 – Indianapolis, Indiana  Thomas Matthew McVicker was arrested after issuing plausible threats to carry out a mass shooting and suicide at an unspecified church in Memphis, TN. McVicker, a truck driver, was apprehended before his plan could be carried out. The arrestee’s mother had revealed that McVicker possessed a handgun and was taking medication for schizophrenia. April 27, 2019 – Poway, California A gunman armed with an AR-15-style rifle opened fire inside the Chabad…


Shades of Gray: Color-blind Individuals May Prove Beneficial for Law Enforcement

Carley Swetz, Dr. Tod W. Burke, and Dr. Stephen S. Owen Individuals with color blindness can benefit law enforcement and other first response agencies in a number of different ways. Consider the following hypothetical scenario: An armored truck is robbed at gunpoint by a group of individuals who made their escape in a privately owned vehicle. The two uniformed officers are injured and unable to pursue the perpetrators who also elude local law enforcement. Footage of the robbery and parts…


The Police Leader’s Role

Gerald W. Garner There is nothing the law enforcement leader does which is more important than working to assure the well-being of his (or her) employees. Once they know that they have that backing from leadership, most will be willing to go out and do a job which may be more dangerous today than it has been in years. Policing has never been easy, but today’s challenges have further complicated an already convoluted public safety scenario. Leading a law enforcement…


Responding to Incidents Involving Persons with Autism

Barbara J. Morvay A first responder who is able to identify a person with autism can then respond in a way which best supports the individual. You are dispatched to a scene with gunshots fired. Upon arrival, you observe three men fleeing from the scene. You and your partner are able to apprehend two of the individuals. Another squad car has arrived on the scene and the officers are providing support to secure the scene and the situation starts calming…


Firearms Training Technologies

Rebecca Waters Simulated training systems can provide advantages to traditional firing ranges and live training scenarios.        Law enforcement training simulators continue to evolve and can now offer several advantages over traditional training in classrooms, shooting ranges and live training scenarios. Training simulators can mimic the experience of responding to real-life incidents with full-size projections on one screen or multiple screens; sound systems providing realistic sound stimuli; and, sometimes, other atmospheric effects including smoke, smell, fog, and scent. The officers…


2019 ILEETA Conference: Enhancing Training and Making Connections

An Inside Look at This Nation’s Premier Law Enforcement Training Event Todd Fletcher The 2019 International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA) Conference has wrapped up and instructors from all over the world have returned home to continue their mission of training law enforcement officers. After six solid days of instruction, everyone left exhausted, reinvigorated and ready to share new information and knowledge. The ILEETA Conference includes classes on leadership, supervision, use of force, defensive tactics, live fire firearms…


Seven Things Every Chief Should Know About the Use of Force

Ed Nowicki “What does reasonable law enforcement use of force and making sausage have in common?” The answer is logical. “You want to enjoy the final product, but you don’t want to see either one being made.” The part of law enforcement which tends to be the most controversial is the use of force which, at times, has been compared to making sausage. Today’s complex society requires that the professional law enforcement administrator deal with various issues involving the use…