Tactical Science

Smart Tactics Takes Thinking Police Leaders...Leading Thinking Cops

Chet Richards as another timely piece up on his Slightly East of New blog. The title of the piece is Smart Tactics in which he discusses how the United States Marine Corps took 15 years to evolve from attrition warfare and centralized control methods to maneuver warfare and decentralized control (Mission Command).

Wrestling With Delayed and Immediate Entry, Solo and Team Tactics...Are We Really Expecting All to Go as Rehersed?

I was out in the western part of Massachusetts teaching an in-service training class to a group of about 50 police officers. These cops are from small towns and often work their towns alone. No back-up immediately available! A conversation during class took place that sparked some debate on immediate versus delayed, solo versus team entry tactics and which is the best practice for dealing with ongoing threats such as, an active shooter, terrorist attack, or ambushes. Is immediate entry and a solo response always the way to go, or do 2, 3 and 4-man techniques still apply?

Making It Safer: A Study of Law Enforement Fatalities Between 2010-2016

I received and email on a Study of Law Enforcement Fatalities: Making It Safer from both Retired Chief Jeff Chudwin, a well known law enforcement trainer who has served as the president of the Illinois Tactical Officers Association and, G.I. Wilson who served 37 years in the United States Marine Corps (1969-2006), is currently part of the Adjunct Faculty Palomar College (Administration of Justice) and is the current Commissioner, North San Diego County Gang Commission and has been since 2011.

Proper Mindset, Situational Awareness, Skill Proficiency and Physical Fitness: Force Multipliers of Great Value to Police

In the introduction to their book Law Enforcement Close Quarter Battle: Urban Tactics For Individuals, Teams and Tactical Units, Special Tactics, defines The Four Pillars of Survival as proper mindset, situational awareness, skill proficiency and physical fitness. They go on to say, these pillars form the basis for mission success and improve split second decision-making in direct combat situations.

What Are Mission-Type Orders and How Do They Influence a More Effective Crisis Response?

If I heard it said once, I have heard it said a thousand times. “Maneuver and Mission Command sound like you want cops responding to crisis to have free reign. You want them to come as they are and do as they please. We would have nothing but a “cluster F*&#$” (Charley Foxtrot) on our hands. We have plans (usually 6 inches thick plans) for schools and workplaces and we need to follow them! I cannot trust my people without my direction and guiding their actions in crisis. So why allow this type of response?”

There Are No School Solutions, Formulas or Recipes to School Shootings, so How Can We Develop Better Courses of Action?

When someone commits an act of violence, and especially when our most valuable assets “our kids” are killed senselessly, we look for answers. Answers to why it happened and how the threats, the signs and signals and opportunities to prevent the act were missed?

The Biggest Obstacle to Tactical Progress… and How to Beat It

Special Tactics has a great piece up on their site The Biggest Obstacle to Tactical Progress… and How to Beat It which gets into how a lot of wasted time on training days gets lost in the time spent arguing over tactics.

Conflict and Crisis are Full of Friction: The Force That Makes the Apparently Easy so Difficult

Friction in decision making s its often portrayed in conflict as a simple concept to understand. Viewing a video tape over and over and 20/20 hindsight, seem to have this impact on those watching media reports or nowadays, officer patrol car or body cameras.  But in practice, because of the countless factors that impinge on it, dealing with conflict becomes extremely difficult.

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