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- A Systemic Concept for Operational Design: a Robust Tool Law Enforcement Should Use in Preparing for Chaotic Crisis
- How shift debriefings can improve officer safety Published at P1
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- Red Teaming The Workplace Violence Shooter and The "MR. Uncomfortable Factor"
- Top 30 Criminal Justice Blogs of 2012 : LESC is Number 5!
- Showing Up Is Overrated. Necessary But Not Nearly Sufficient. Can Taking An "Interest" In What You Do Enhance Performance?
- Handling Dynamic Encounters...Go Get Him, Or Set Him Up To Get Him...With An Adaptable Response
- Shift Debriefings: How Can We Be More Deliberate, More Disciplined, and More Thorough in our Approach to Learning?
- AOW Card Deck Lesson 6: Provoke Your Adversary’s Reaction
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- Police One Column: 13 questions to answer in 2013: What has 2012 taught you about officer safety and effectiveness?
- Take Small Steps, Towards, Lifelong Learning In 2013
- Positive Adaptive Leadership...Tools and Tips and Critical Questions To Explore in 2013 Inspired by Many Of Those I Follow
- AOW Card Deck Lesson 5: Sheath Your Sword
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- In Mastering Tactics Shouldn’t We Be Blending Policy and Procedures with People and Ideas?
- Ready, Aim, Ready?
- IMPLEMENTATION (OODA LOOP OR BOYD’S CYCLE) by Sid Heal
- AOW Card Deck Lesson 3: Engage Your Adversary From Many Directions
- AOW Card Deck Lesson 2: Lure The Tiger Out Of The Mountain
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- The Art of War: Sun Tzu Strategy Card Deck…Simple, Yet, Great Tool for Developing Strategic and Tactical Mindset
- "Certain men…come to be accepted guardians and transmitters, instructors, of established doctrines...
- On Vision
- Book Review: The Rite of Return: Coming Back From Duty Induced PTSD
- Restoring the Wounded Spirit
- Deciding Under Pressure…and Fast: You Need to Understand the Concept of “Coup d’oeil”
- How Do Adaptive Leaders Think?
- Capt Evan Bradley on Boyd, Adaptability and Understanding the Bigger Picture in Conflict
- Captain Lindsay Rodman On Boyd and Taking Ownership of What You Do!
- William McNulty-Team Rubicon: Boyd, Applied to Disaster Response
- Heroes Behind the Badge
- Chet Richards On Boyd...Is Your Orientation, Matched to Reality?
- Col GI Wilson on Boyd, Bureaucracy, Insight, Imagination, Intent and Implementation
- What hath Boyd wrought? With Remarks
- John Boyd, Conceptual Spiral, and the meaning of life
- Boyd and Beyond 2012, Quantico, VA — a quickie recap by Scott Shipman
- Finished Gung Ho! The Corps Most Progressive Tradition
- Dangerous Minds – The Relationship between Beliefs, Behaviors, and Tactics
- Guest Post: Super Cops - Can we create them??? “Yes you can!”
- "The importance of a proper command system...
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- Help staff practice thinking on their feet to prepare for emergencies
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- Latest P1 Column: The anatomy of victory (part two): Victory at minimal cost
- Chapter 1 Review of "Gung Ho! The Corps' Most Progressive Tradition
- Latest P1 Column: The anatomy of victory (part one): What does it take to win?
- Proper Police Action Requires...What?
- P1 Column: Patterns of behavior, officer safety, and 'the rule of opposites'
- Be agile and win:
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- Destruction & Creation: Are You Locked on One Way of Thinking or Are You Adaptable, Approaching Tactical Dilemmas?
- Book Review: Deadly Force: Firearms and American Law Enforcement, from the Wild West to the Streets of Today
- The power of a handshake!
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- Book Review: Police Instructor: Deliver Dynamic Presentations, Create Engaging Slides & Increase Active Learning
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- Column at Police One: Mental toughness and the power to adapt
- Mental Attitude Can Be Negative or Positive
- The Anatomy of Victory: What Does It Take To "Win"at Low Cost?
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- Counter-Ambush Tactics: Thinking Tactically and Doing What You Know How To Do On The Street
- Train To Make a Difference! A Decrease in Officer Fatalities in 1st Quarter of 2012
- "They prefer to achieve their results by...
- Part 2: Train the brain: Using decision making critiques to leverage lessons learned: Published at Police One
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- Chet Richards On: Boyd's Really Real OODA Loop
- Destruction and Creation
- A Video Biography of COL John Boyd
- Book Review: Imagine: How Creativity Works by Jonah Lehrer
- Book Review: Thinking Fast and Slow By Daniel Kahneman
- Train the brain: Using tactical decision games in training Published at POLICE ONE
- OODA Loops: The Explorer Mentality...And Recognizing Patterns of Behavior
- OODA Loop & Human Reaction Time
- The Leaders Ultimate Reward: 'I saw Someone Grow today, and I Helped'
- Where Have All the Warriors Gone? A Spot On Article, Every Cop Should Read
- Should Street Cops, Break Routines...and Think?
- Broken Windows...A Powerful Strategy, When Applied Robustly
- Lessons from SWAT the Street Cop Can Use on The Three Speeds of Operations
- Law enforcement interaction with the dangerously mentally ill
- Tip: Have an 'exit' strategy on vehicle stops
- What Those We Train Say About Us
- Mastering Tactics with Decision Making Exercises and Critiques
- The OODA loop, reaction time, and decision making
- Leaders share the faith...and promote heretics
- COL John Boyd: Building Snowmobiles and a Fine-tuned Situational Awareness
- Mindset and Winning is About Much More than Words, Isn't It?
- Interacting Tactfully and Tactically: Is This a Strategy, Law Enforcement Can Use?
- Emotion verses Strategy: Which Helps You Gain the Position of Advantage?
- "It Never Happens Here" So WHY Do We Train?
- Think 'FAST': A mnemonic to help keep you safe, by John Demand
- PoliceOne.Com Published: Are you prepared to adapt and win on the street?
- Understanding and Developing Adaptive Leadership During Pre-commissioning
- Book Review: If I Knew Then 2: Warrior Reflections
- A VISION AND THE MISSION FOR: THE FUTURE LAW ENFORCEMENT LEARNING ORGANIZATION
- Police Leaders as Educators and Trainers...Inspiring Cops to More Effective and Safe Policing
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- What has 2011 Taught You About Officer Safety and Effectiveness?
- Police One, column 'Staying Oriented' article #1: 'Red Teaming' the cop killer
- Mental Toughness and The Competitive Nature of Conflict
- Police Militarization, Professionalism, and the Balance of Persuasion and Force
- Mental Toughness and...The Power to Adapt
- Mental Toughness: Optimistic Enthusiasm as a Form of Realism
- Preparing for Crisis with Tactical Decision Games, After Action Reviews and Critical Question Mapping
- Great Recap of Boyd and Beyond 2011 By Scott Shipman
- Global Warrior Averting WWIII, John Poole's Latest Strategic and Tactical Insights to Protecting the Homeland
- Brain plasticity: A whole new idea for cops
- Boyd & Beyond is on for 14 & 15 October at Quantico.
- "SWARMING TACTICS" Published in the California Association of Tactical Officers official publication CATO NEWS
- Documentary: Massacre at Virginia Tech
- Book Review: TEMPO Timing, Tactics and Strategy in Narrative Driven Decision Making by Venkatesh Rao
- Fine Art, Fine Tuning Situation Awareness and Training Cops to See
- 15 Meters/11Seconds By C Flaherty and AR Green
- Too Focused? You Might Miss Something Important
- Dangerous Body Language: Digging Beyond What You See!
- Swarming & The Future of Conflict by John Arquilla and David Ronfeldt
- Swarming Tactics by Sid Heal
- More On Swarming Tactics...An Option For Law Enforcement
- Dangerous Body Language: Detecting Deception and Danger
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- Cops, Security, Citizens Need to Be Aware: Does the Climate & Environment Shift in the Wake of bin Laden's Death?
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- Should We Be Thinking Like the Bad Guys?
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- Dangerous Body Language,The Boyd Cycle and Winning on the Street
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- The 10% of Mindset
- The 3 P's in Extreme Close Quarters Training: Pre-Assault Indicators, Precognitive Programming and Proximity
- Tactical IQ: Using "SURPRISE" to Set the Tempo of Confrontation.
- Tactical IQ: "FRICTION" Why is the Simplest Thing, So Difficult?
- Dangerous Body Language: A Thousand Words...None Spoken! Darting Eyes
- Operation Bold Strike: Follow Me Training Support Package
- Follow Me!!! Creating and Nurturing Tactical Decision Makers With Combat Tested Methodologies
- Training the Whole Circle: Blending Boyd's Cycle and Cooper's Color Codes
- Dangerous Body Language: A Thousand Words...None Spoken! "Gaze Avoidance"
- From OODA to AAADA ― A cycle for surviving violent police encounters
- Dangerous Body Language: A Thousand Words...None Spoken! The Thousand Yard Stare
- Baltimore Police Sergeants Training Using Adaptive Leadership Methodology with Don Vandergriff's AAR
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- Intersecting Ideas from Cross Disciplines...and Taking Boyd's Theories Beyond
- Tactical IQ: Developing "Fingertip Feel" Shaping and Reshaping Dynamic Encounters and Gaining the Advantage
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- Can technology suck your brain dry?
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- Fighting Complacency Reminder: Nothing We Do is Routine, NOTHING!!!
- Street Level Red Teaming: The Cop Killer
- Street Level Red Teaming: Assessing The Situation From the Adversarial Point of View
- Take A.I.M. and Prepare To Win Dynamic Encounters
- Don't Charge Police for Mistakes
- What is a Threat?
- Benefits of Conditioning Our Decision Making...The Boyd Cycle
- Superior Situational Awareness and Decision Making...Attributes And Skills of Full Spectrum Officers
- Earning "The Right to Lead" With Character and Courage
- JUSTIFIED: Are You Serious? The Balancing Act of Persuasion, and Reasonable Force
- Adaptive Leader Methodology: An Alternative for Better Outcomes
- When Do We Teach the Basics?
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- Positive Leadership: Invest in People Building a Culture of Innovation
- Harnessing The Street Cops Wisdom: Taking Whole of Conflict...And Effective Full Spectrum Responses
- Beyond Active Response: An Operational Concept for Police Counterterrorism Response
- The Badge: Much More Than a Piece of Medal
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- Tactical IQ: Fast Transients Maneuvers and Manipulating the Tempo of Conflict
- Leadership By Wandering Around!
- Defeat into Victory: Battling a Tough Climate with Faith, Perseverance and Lessons Learned
- Evolving Threats and the Fourth Generation Warfare Problem Here at Home
- We were ready, they weren't...40 + Years after Newhall, Are We Applying Lessons Learned?
- When Violence Prevention Fails, Planning Must Enhance Strategy
- After Action Review: Is It a Tool Used to Learn and Become More Effective or a Tool Used to Punish?
- Maintaining Mental Calmness and Not Losing Our Cool
- Evolution of Strategy and Tactics to Ongoing Deadly Action "Active Shootings" and Operational Art
- Tactical IQ: Interaction, Insight and Imagination, and Initiative...The Building Blocks of Police Operational Art
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- "Sharpening Our Orientation" and Reducing Officers Killed in the Line of Duty
- Coffee and Conversation: Police Make Mistakes But Seldom Admit Them! What's Reasonable?
- The Tactical Decision Maker: The Devil's Definitely in the Details
- "Self Awareness" The Forgotten Attribute of Decision Making
- Coffee and Conversation: Issues that Affect Law Enforcement and Security: Walking our Talk to Officer Safety
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- Officer Created Jeopardy: Reduce it with a Strategic and Tactical Mind
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- Tactics: Applying Methods to Madness
- Dealing with Conflict, Violence and Crises: by Fred Leland
We have had the pleasure of having Fred Leland as an instructor as part of our annual in-service training for the past three years. Fred has challenged us to think and engage in discussions and exercises to help make us better problem solvers, decision makers and to better understand the dynamics of human behavior and encounters. As we are volunteer officers, we also have careers outside of Law Enforcement, and have found that principals we have learned are very applicable in the workplace as well.
Aux. Captain Marc Spigel
"Training was top-notch and professional. The enthusiasm Fred has for the subject, combined with his many years of relevant experience, is evident to the audience and adds tremendous weight and significance to his presentation. Fred was particularly adept at engaging the Marines in the discussion, which resulted in a positive learning experience for them. Multiple members of the audience were asking for his contact information at the conclusion of the 90 minute training session."
Major Ed Kinsella and the Marines of 1st Battalion, 25th Marines, Fort Devens Detachment
“As a law enforcement officer of over 22 years, I am quite impressed with the content of the LESC trainings and the knowledge and experience of Fred Leland (principle trainer). Fred is a dynamic speaker who incorporates many years of law enforcement experience with practical tips on how to deal with the smallest to the more complex situations that we as law enforcement officers deal with every day. The LESC trainings have been instrumental in preparing our law enforcement officers as well as members of our administrative and threat assessment teams. The information has proven to be invaluable in the area of threat assessment and response. With over 100 law enforcement trainings under my belt, it is sometimes difficult to find a speaker that holds my interest. Fred is one of those trainers that keeps you alert and interested throughout his presentation. The hardest decision I have to make is which LESC training to schedule every year. They are all so good. I highly recommend LESC’s training and trainer(s). “
Karen L. Kolimaga
Chief of Police
Mt. Wachusett Community College
“I had the pleasure of having Fred Leland conduct a training program for my department. I can say, without a doubt, that Fred is one of the most enthusiastic, knowledgeable and informative instructors that I have worked with in my 27 years in law enforcement. He is a visionary professional who brought new and fresh ideas to the table.
All of my officers praised Fred’s techniques and hands-on methods. Each scenario was presented to the group as a challenge. With Fred’s leadership and encouragement, the officers were empowered by their ability to resolve a real world critical incident. Fred facilitated the after action reviews in which each officer felt comfortable discussing their performance and refining their approach.
Our department consists of ten full-time officers. Fred custom designed his training to fit our specific needs and asset constraints. This allowed the officers to train in a manner that reflected reality.
I would highly recommend Fred Leland to any agency seeking to impart their officers with novel, innovative ideas that will allow them to have the confidence to bring a significant event to a successful conclusion.”
Sergeant Warren J. O'Brien
Boxborough Police Department
520 Massachusetts Avenue
Boxborough, MA 01719
The session was very applicable to the duties associated with the field Troopers of the Department of Public Safety, Division of Alaska State Troopers. The instructor, Fred Leland, being a career police officer provided credibility to the topic at hand. He provided realistic views of the mindset of law enforcement officers and applications being provided to the public from LEO’s and also of those from management down to field officers.
Many of the principles of the Boyd Cycle are ones being practiced by this group of attendees; however, it was beneficial to see the concept and a structured format which was provided by Lt. Leland. It reinforced concepts, provided additional insight, and provided the ability of our field troopers to seek out additional information in the future from the Boyd Cycle.
Lt. Leland’s website provides much additional resources to help in the growth of LEO’s in the profession and he is willing to share this information with all within the profession regardless if they attend a training session of his.
Our session was composed of a day and a half and seemed to be appropriate for the material being presented. It provided attendees opportunities to ask questions and have open discussion which was meaningful to the group. At no time did I feel we needed to rush on to the next block of instruction.
The most beneficial segment for me was the scenario based instruction, which involved an organized group of armed terrorist holding up in a Mall. Our group deployed the resources available to the scene to respond to the threat. During the session much was learned within the group, after the session some good input was provided by Lt. Leland on this event which provided my Troopers with some solid tools for future situational awareness.
Lt. Leland is a very good speaker, he stays engaged with his audience and the flow of information is well disseminated. His knowledge of the topic is oblivious, which puts him at ease as a presenter. He does not need to refer to power points or read from a typed text. He could teach these subjects off of recollection.
With regards to his ability to produce a product that is marketable and a fair value, I believe his services warrant what he asks in compensation. He was provided short notice to instruct and travel a great distance from the East Coast to Alaska. He was timely in all matters during this relationship, professional, and provided so much meaningful additional resources for all who attended. He followed up with all who attended and is truly interested in the success of the learning process with regards to these topics and the general well being of our law enforcement officers. It was a pleasurable event and would welcome a future session with Lt. Leland and the Law Enforcement & Security Consulting. I truly believe the Boyd Cycle is applicable to not only law enforcement but any profession.
Captain Steven Arlow
Alaska State Troopers
4500 West 50Th Ave.
Anchorage, AK 99502
"The skills, tactics, and insight that Fred Leland taught me while attending his classes proved to be some of the most valuable training and information I received in my career. To physically survive a critical incident as it unfolds and to cope psychologically and emotionally in the aftermath, Police Officers need the necessary tools and training. LESC trains officers on the street to deal with the most volatile situations we encounter. They combine tactical training, mental acuity and scene recognition to provide invaluable insight and preparation for dealing with a force situation as well as its aftermath. The next step in the evolution of modern policing must certainly include the insight LESC can provide."
Ronald A. Sellon Sergeant
Mansfield Police Dept.
Recipient, Massachusetts Coalition of Police 2008 Presidents award winner
“Fred is the type of leader our nation needs, not only in law enforcement, but in any organization that wants to evolve with its operating environment; which is changing at lightning speed. While Fred credits my work, it is easier to advise on the "how-to." Fred has actually had the strength of character to implement new ideas to make his policemen and women better at their difficult job.”
“Fred has been associated licensed to use our materials for some time and is a pioneer in bringing Sun Tzu's strategic principles to law enforcement.”
Founder and Co-Owner, Science of Strategy Institute
"…terrorism continues to be a huge problem and having the opportunity to attend this type of training is very helpful in both awareness and enforcement efforts. I would highly recommend this class to all law enforcement agencies.”
Lieutenant Mike Froio
Bridgewater State College Police
“The overall program was very professional due to the knowledge and expertise of the instructor, Fred Leland. He was able to create a relaxed and informal climate for the participants that allowed them to feel comfortable asking questions and making comments. The interruptions never interfered with the presentation and Fred was always able to answer questions, give examples and then transition effortlessly back into his material.
It was apparent throughout the two-day training that Fred has a passion for teaching the Boyd Cycle to law enforcement and security personnel. He fully understands the concepts and is able to convey their meaning to others. His sincerity and commitment was obvious to everyone in attendance. All participants remained engaged and never lost interest in the subject matter. Fred’s enthusiasm certainly attributed to their positive interaction and attentiveness.
Fred Leland is a dynamic presenter. He is thorough, knowledgeable, professional and committed to his subject matter. There was only one downside to his training for the Williams College Campus Safety and Security Department; simply stated, it should have lasted four days rather than just two.
One of the most impressive aspects of Fred Leland’s presentation is his ability to engage the audience. He possesses full knowledge of the subject matter and relates it to real life experiences so everyone can make the connection; concepts become reality for the audience.
Without any hesitation or doubts, Fred Leland will be invited back to Williams College to provide additional training for the CSS staff.”
Director of Campus Safety and Security
Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts
"I have taught and attended classes with Fred. He is an outstanding Instructor and has an uncanny knack at making his students understand the concepts he is teaching by including them in discussion and by providing real life examples. He truly cares about his work and it shows. He is a strong leader and commander both at his police agency and in his consulting business. His knowledge of tactics, and more importantly, the history and mechanics behind them, is top notch."
Sergeant James West
Franklin Police Department
“…Passionate, enthusiastic; unique perspective and experience was important to have exposure to; clearly an expert in this area lending to high credibility among the group.”
Dean of Students Babson College
“I manage the New England Contract for Security Consultants Group. I have done this for two years. This is a Federal Security Contract for the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Protective Service. During this time I have had several instructors to teach our security officers. I was fortunate enough to bring Fred Leland of Law Enforcement and Security Consulting Inc. on board a year and a half ago. I hire only the best qualified candidates for a position with SCG and now I have the best qualified instructor to conduct the month of training that is required for each candidate. I was a Command Police Officer for thirty years and I have two College Degrees and without a doubt Fred Leland is the very best instructor that I have ever seen. The training my Security Officers receive is more up to date than the training many Police Officers receive in matters of Homeland Security. Approval was given to me by the Federal Protective Service almost immediately when I proposed bringing in Fred Leland to teach on this Federal Contract. Fred has the highest respect and reputation with members of Federal Law Enforcement. Fred Leland conducts various training for me on a quarterly basis. This training consists of a 72 hour Basic Security Officer Course, 40 hours Firearms Course, Baton Training, Handcuffing Training, Chemical Spray Training, Firearms Qualifications, 40 Hour Refresher Training and Handling Dynamic Encounters.”
Security Consultants Group, Inc.
“The training that Fred provided to the company, I had previously managed was outstanding. He always brought real world scenarios and training ideas to my security officers. I was always asked for additional training from Fred as all of my officers enjoyed his enthusiasm and energy when teaching. His materials have been used several times by myself while deployed with the US Army National Guard in peace enforcement operations where the use of too much force could destabilize a whole region. I would whole heartedly recommend Fred for any training need you may have.”
Kevin Maloney Shift LT
Response Team Leader at Entergy Nuclear Corp
“Fred is a wealth of knowledge and an excellent resource on many topics impacting not only the law enforcement community but the private security industry. He gives excellent presentations and is a vibrant and energetic speaker.”
“I have had Fred address my staff as a security consultant. His presentation was professional and he spoke as the expert he is. I would highly recommend him as a consultant, trainer or speaker.”
Director of Security at Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers Greater Boston Area