Latest P1 Column: The anatomy of victory (part two): Victory at minimal cost

In part one of this two-part series, we asked and answered a lot of important questions about our preparedness to win. If you haven’t yet read part one, please do so before reading one, for it is the foundation on which that what follows is built.

In chapter one of H. John Poole’s outstanding book The Last Hundred Yards: The NCO’S Contribution to Warfare, he discusses the anatomy of small unit victory and asks some key questions of individual soldiers and marines.

To Americans, what constitutes a military victory? What does it take to defeat an enemy at any cost? What else does it take to defeat an enemy at minimal cost?

I feel these questions — rephrased just a bit to meet the law enforcement mission and intent of protect and serve — are relevant to law enforcement and how we police.

We're Not Soliders

It is important to keep in mind that law enforcement officers are not soldiers or Marines and although our mission and intent are similar (in that we both protect and serve and use similar tactics, obviously adapted to meet our law enforcement role as protectors of those we serve here at home, the American citizen.

Here at home we are a free society that for the most part works day to day in a peaceful and collaborative way abiding by the rules society as deemed necessary so the tactics and strategies we utilize must be in accord with the standards set by society.

Our law enforcement role is to ensure those standards are meant and adhered to on all sides...

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