Fred Leland

Tactics Are They More High Diddle, Diddle Straight Up the Middle the Devil Be Damned or Maneuver and Boyd Cycling an Adversary?

Police training, too often has focused its tactical training on developing the physical skills of police. This has them learning tactics as a series of formulas, starting in recruit training. Tactics are defined as the how to of things for example; response to domestic violence calls, car stop tactics (unknown and high risk), robberies, school shooting response, gang violence, etc.

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.

What Affect Does the Human Dimension and Human Bias Have on Policing?

There remains an awful lot of negative perceptions of police here in America. Since the summer of 2014, the issue of policing exploded in the national consciousness, etched there by video of one person after another dying at the hands of police.

Devising Solutions to Complex Police Problems: How Can We Get Better?

Over the years of facilitating scenario based learning with police, I have continually evolved programs of instruction in a way that I feel based on input from, the students in class and other sources that focus their efforts on the development of people I know are using the techniques and reaching the outcomes they seek, when handling crisis situations.

Understanding Problems Range in Complexity and Designing Police Operations

“There are at least two kinds of games. One could be called finite, the other infinite. A finite game is played for the purpose of winning, an infinite game for the purpose of continuing to play.” ~James Carse, Finite and Infinite Games

When it comes to Police Training, When is Good Enough, Not Good Enough?

I read a candid and thoughtful article Have a Great Training Program? I want to know about it! By Jim Glennon  Most reading this will know Jim but I get a lot of non-cop followers as well so here a snippet of his background: Lt. Jim Glennon (ret.) is the owner and lead instructor for Calibre Press. He is a third-generation LEO, retired from the Lombard, Ill.

Police Officer Discretion…and Focusing Our Efforts on Better Outcomes

“While improvements in policing have usually resulted from revelations of wrongdoing or the documentation of inadequacies, it does not follow that public dissatisfaction has always produced change. With monotonous regularity, peaks of interest in the police have been followed at both national and local levels by the appointment of a group of citizens to examine the specific problem that has surfaced and to make recommendations for dealing with it. In the heat of the moment the appointment of such a group has often, by itself, been sufficient to reduce public anxiety.

Strength of Character: The Foundation of Working Together and Getting Things Done

“Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson.

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