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Back to Basics…Again.

May 08, 2020 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival
By: Richard Hough

Proximity to or partial cause of societal challenges is not new for American policing. In fact, this aspect of law enforcement is a foundational reason citizens formed such forces. Early law enforcement in Colonial America was based on the concept of “kin” policing where people were literally responsible for looking out for their relatives. This was followed by the “watch”system where men volunteered to be responsible for community cri... Full Article »

Law Enforcement: The Original Social Distancers

Mar 20, 2020 in Education & Law Enforcement Today
By: Richard Hough

Some public servants are uniquely positioned to understand the immediate risk of bad things. Soldiers deployed to active zones, firefighters entering burning structures, corrections officers on the block, and yes, law enforcement officers on so many of their calls for service. These professionals increase their margin of safety through training, the proper use of proper equipment, and by surrounding themselves with a tactically sound team they... Full Article »

Sucker Punched

Nov 13, 2018 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By: Richard Hough

On the street, in jails and prisons, in the home, at work, occasionally even on an airplane, one person assaults another. This seems to be an inevitable part of the human condition, most often performed by males of the species. What sometimes is surprising is that even with the presence of what most people would consider a deterrent, many people will engage in the fight or simply strike another person. People, it would seem, often don’t conside... Full Article »

The Future of Defensive Tactics

Apr 26, 2017 in Defensive Tactics & Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
By: Richard Hough

In the last two months I’ve travelled to Baltimore to sit with fellow law enforcement trainers for the presentation of the Police Executive Research Forum’s (PERF) recently developed Integrating Communications Assessment and Tactics (ICAT) program; from there on to St. Louis for the annual conference of the International Law Enforcement Education and Training (ILEETA), where I presented seminars on the future of physical defensive tactics; an... Full Article »