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"Of every 100 men you send to fight, 10 shouldn't even be there. Eighty are...

Heraclitus …nothing but targets. Nine are real fighters, we are lucky to have them, they the battle make.

Column at Police One: Mental toughness and the power to adapt

My latest Staying Oriented column “Mental toughness and the power to adapt” is up at www.policeone.com. Please take the time to check it out and leave your thoughts in the comments section.  I appreciate all your support in spreading the word on these important topics.

"Unhappy the general who comes on the field of battle with a system." — Napoleon Bonaparte

Train the brain: Using tactical decision games in training Published at POLICE ONE

On-the-job training and experience is often stated as “the way” to learn the job of policing. What does this mean to us cops? Does it mean with time on the job we’ll get better at what we do, automatically, or magically from working shift after shift and handling call after call? Every time we race to the scene and charge towards the sounds of danger and come out safe with suspect in custody, mean that we have somehow gotten better just by being there and participating in the dangerous encounter?

"It Never Happens Here" So WHY Do We Train?

“Nine-tenths of tactics are certain and taught in books: but the irrational tenth is like the kingfisher flashing across the pool, and that is the test of generals. It can only be ensured by instinct, sharpened by thought practicing the stroke so often that at the crisis it is as natural as a reflex.” ~T.E Lawrence

It Never Happens Here

PoliceOne.Com Published: Are you prepared to adapt and win on the street?

With cops being killed in the line of duty at a 60 percent higher rate than two years ago, and nine cops (as of this writing) already tragically lost in 2012, this ability to adapt and shift tactics in my view is a big missing factor in our training and in our thinking in the law enforcement profession. This “ace in the hole” concept conjures up thoughts of being agile, flexible and being prepared for the worst. In other words being adaptable, being prepared to adjust our responses to meet the changing conditions we encounter on the street.

Police One, column 'Staying Oriented' article #1: 'Red Teaming' the cop killer

Editor’s (Doug Wiley) Note: We’re pleased to introduce Fred Leland as the newest member in our roster of writers. I “met” Fred via the professional networking website LinkedIn, and just moments into our initial phone contact knew we had an opportunity to collaborate in the shared mission of helping police officers be safer and more successful on the street.

Police Militarization, Professionalism, and the Balance of Persuasion and Force

By Fred Leland and Alex Olesker

“The strategic success of the Byzantine empire was of a different order than any number of tactical victories or defeats: it was a sustained ability, century after century, to generate disproportionate power from whatever military strength could be mustered, by combining it with all the arts of persuasion, guided by superior information.” ~Edward Luttwak

"SWARMING TACTICS" Published in the California Association of Tactical Officers official publication CATO NEWS

I am privileged to have this article published in the current addition of the California Association of Tactical Officers official publication CATO NEWS.  I look forward to your feedback.

How TACTICAL JUGMENTS and CALCULATED RISKS factor into VIOLENT ENCOUNTERS

By Fred T. Leland Jr.

“In tactics, the most important thing is not whether you go left or right, but why you go left or right.” ~A. M. Gray

Massachusetts Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors & Armorers Association: The Case Head Spring 2011

The Massachusetts Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors' & Armorers' Association was formed to promote professionalism, continuing education, improvement in training methods and techniques of the proper law enforcement use of firearms in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

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