Training & Education

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…


Please Retire These Range Sayings!

Todd Fletcher  There are a number of catchphrases which firearms instructors have been repeating over and over for what seems like an eternity. Regardless of the instructor’s home base, these phrases are generally accepted and repeated throughout the country without a great deal of critical thought. Instead of offering help to our students, the use of these phrases oftentimes contributes to a lack of improvement. From this point forward, I suggest we stop using the following phrases and truly focus…


5 Effective Ways to Reconnect with Your Community

Kathryn Loving People have stopped talking to each other, and it didn’t happen overnight. Technology has grown so fast that most of us can’t keep up. Suddenly, it’s easier to text, tweet or “like” than talk, yet the absence of human contact and interpersonal relationships leave out a basic psychological need – the need to communicate face-to-face. Police are not immune to this reality and, in fact, law enforcement has had to adapt their methods of communication in order to…


Developing the Next Generation of Police Leadership

Christa M. Miller What are some of the best practices which commanders can utilize to foster millennial officers’ educational aspirations? It may be an understatement to say that American policing has become exponentially more complex in the decade and a half since 9/11. A greater emphasis on local level homeland security has gone hand in hand with higher demand for better response tactics toward the mentally ill, minority communities and other groups. Agencies need officers who can think their way…


Lethal Encounter Firearms Training

George Petronis Training exercises which utilize realistic scenarios coupled with realistic weaponry provide great potential for positive learning through stress inoculation. The last issue of P&SN called attention to the limitations of traditional “on the line” firearms training in preparing an officer for a lethal encounter. On the line training is irreplaceable for teaching basic gun handling, but it will not prepare you for the physical and emotional stresses of coming under fire. Over the decades, there have been numerous…


How to Advance Your 21st Century Policing Career Through Higher Education Part 1

Christa Miller Whether you’re a high school graduate seeking a two year or four year degree, or you’ve begun to seek a graduate or postgraduate degree, it’s likely you’re doing so because you’ve committed to law enforcement as more than just a job. However, it’s also likely that, as a Millennial or Generation X officer, your commitment looks a little different than your older colleagues’.  Effectively demonstrating the value of a different path requires a good plan for your career,…


Adding P.E.P. to Your Use of Force Training

Lt. John Domingo & John G. Peters, Jr., Ph.D., CLS, CT © 2017. A.R.R. For those resistive suspects who are mentally ill or under the influence, the P.E.P. method favors the use of procedures to restrict and restrain physical movement which renders the suspect immobile, as opposed to utilizing pain compliance, wrist lock or arm bar techniques. When I got to the scene, the suspect was poking his arms and legs with a hypodermic needle and yelling that he had…


How to Bring Firearm Combatives to the Street

In recent years, we’ve seen a dramatic change in how law enforcement officers are trained, with some firearms training evolving to more closely reflect the reality of actual street encounters. In the not so distant past, firearms training was mostly conducted “on the line” under strict control and command of the range master and his “range safety rules.” Unfortunately, in some places, this is how training still occurs. The addition of these highly controlling “range safety rules” to the Firearms…


How to Raise the Bar in Your Firearms Training

Why have a great many officers grown indifferent to firearms training? Many law enforcement officers regard firearms training as one of life’s many inconveniences, much like a dental checkup or filing a tax return. They know it’s not the end of the world, but there are many other ways they would rather be spending their time. Unfortunately, many officers fail to make the connection between the range and the street. Trainers not only have an obligation to provide the “how…


Is Non-agency Training Worth Your While?

The answer to this question is, “Of course.”  That is unless you have such stellar, world-class training from your agency that you don’t need to consider anything else. We are in the golden age of training – there are more firearms trainers, with more knowledge and more experience and more data to draw on than ever before in history. This would be the case now even if we didn’t have droves of highly trained and experienced military personnel returning from…