Fear is an understandable human emotion when faced with danger. Of course there are different forms of danger out there. Unfortunately our bodies tend to be wired for the imminent danger of being gobbled up by a Sabertooth Tiger and biologically we are predisposed to the “Fight, Flight or Freeze” response. This flooding of chemicals and hormones into our system is great when we need to run away from a predator or fight off a fellow caveman for scarce resources. It isn’t great when this biological response causes us to literally become dumber. There is lots of research out there regarding the effects of stress hormones and adrenaline on cognitive functions. What does this mean for law enforcement? Continue reading “Fear, Anger & Animals Wearing People Costumes”
A few months ago, I read the article: What Ever Happened to the Police Baton? The author contends it is unreasonable for police officer’s to use lethal force against suspects armed with knives. Instead he feels when faced with a knife wielding suspect, law enforcement should instead attempt to subdue the suspect using nothing more than a baton. This is something I have a serious problem with and wrote a detailed reply to the post and copied it here: Continue reading “Responding to Police Use of Force Misinformation”
FTO can be an extremely stressful time in a young officer’s career. Most law enforcement academies could easily be twice as long as they are and still only begin to scratch the surface of what an officer should know. After the Academy the FNG is supposed to be able to seamlessly recite off the elements of a crime, know the best tactical way to handle a situation, have excellent radio traffic, know where you are at all times and be able to provide a detailed description of a suspect or vehicle. Continue reading “The commute game: A powerful tool for passing FTO”
Allegations of excessive force and “police brutality” are at an all time high in America right now. This leads many officers to fall into a trap that makes it MORE likely they will receive an excessive force complaint. As a Defensive Tactics and Use of Force instructor for my department, I see a lot of use of force reports. I feel there are three factors that will greatly affect the outcome of an officer’s use of force complaints. Continue reading “Three Tactics to Avoid Excessive Force Complaints”
Have you ever seen a cop performing a pat search of a suspect and heard them asking crazy or stupid questions about whether the person being searched has any rocket propelled grenades, nuclear submarines or kilos of crack cocaine? The term for it is a mouthful…the Transderivational search. The point is to basically dazzle the subject with your babbling bullshit, so they are too busy thinking about what you are saying and are NOT thinking about punching you in your favorite face. This is the story of one such time… Continue reading “Naked guy and the Transderivational, say what??”
I received a message from a reader stating, “What form of martial art would you recommend for Police? I go to the academy in about 6 months.“ Being a total DT Dork who has practiced martial arts off and on my entire life, this is a topic I LOVE to talk about! Over the years I have picked up FOUR very important facts as they relate to martial arts and Law Enforcement. Continue reading “Q&A: What is the best Martial Art for Law Enforcement?”
What does it take to be a cop? Lighting reflexes and the Kung-Fu moves of Bruce Lee? Or maybe an encyclopedia like memory and knowledge of every law and criminal procedure out there? Or is it what Hollywood would have you believe…shooting from moving vehicles and taking on international terrorists all while yelling Yippee Ki Yay? While some of those things help, what makes for a good law enforcement officer is actually much simpler. And more difficult at the same time.
What primarily makes up the core of a good cop (And therefore a good candidate) is character. It is the “soft skills” that make or break you in law enforcement. Continue reading “What does it take to be a cop?”