Armed Teachers: Prepare Now

Armed Teachers: Prepare Now

The recent Parkland, Fla., school murders have sparked a heated national discussion about school safety, particularly about arming teachers. Law enforcement, teachers, administrators, students and parents—everyone has an opinion on pistol-packing professors. Even President Trump has ...
Deconstructing Formations: Like an Amoeba

Deconstructing Formations: Like an Amoeba

The ideal tactical formation is like an amoeba: a group of moving organisms possessing the ability to alter its shape, assimilate and adapt to it’s ever changing environment; a single, flexible formation, as opposed to a series of different formations for every new situation. This ...
Picking a Combatives School

Picking a Combatives School

“I want to get better in a fight. Where do you think I should train?” At least one fellow officer asks me some variation of that question every week. I am flattered that they ask and happy that they are looking to train. Usually it’s from a recruit or newer officer, and when that ...
Cover Officer Tactics

Cover Officer Tactics

[Author’s Note: I recently became engaged in a lengthy discussion on the issues of contact and cover (C/C) with an officer from the Midwest. This officer had a pretty good grasp on the contact officers’ job, but didn’t quite understand the all important tactics and responsibilities ...
The Why? vs. The What?

The Why? vs. The What?

This post, unfortunately will likely produce two reactions. It all depends how you look at training. Therefore, my observations might appear judgmental and divisive to some of you. Most training is based on the technique model, where a complex motor skill is drilled over and over. ...