Operational Art

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.

Safe Streets, Overruled By Heather McDonald of the City Journal

A judge’s appalling decision will endanger New York’s most vulnerable residents.

Tactical Philosophy 101 A Guest Post by Louis Hayes

When setting up my account, LinkedIn asked me to find a "headline"...one that adequately captured the essence of my professional life. Nothing seemed to fit. That was, until I recalled a moniker jokingly given during hostage rescue training. It was a perfect paradox, representing the two contrasting aspects of my job: Tactical Philosopher. In the words of a friend, it labels me "a shooter who's a thinker and a thinker who's a shooter!"

Force Science Research Study: The Influence of Officer Positioning on Movement During a Threatening Traffic Stop Scenario

"Officers spend a lot of their time in (and around) vehicles, so getting into gunfights near cars is pretty common.” ~Doug Wyllie

With that in mind, I want to call your attention to an excellent new study from Force Science Institute entitled “The Influence of Officer Positioning on Movement During a Threatening Traffic Stop Scenario.”

Watching Boston “Work Together” Made Me Proud to Be a Police Officer

People of Boston

“It’s a proud day to be a Boston police officer,” Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis told his force over the radio moments after the arrest. “Thank you all.”

P1 Column: Situational awareness, officer safety, and 'the explorer mentality'

Part Two: The exploring officer takes responsibility for the strategic choices of routes and objectives on his journey into the unknown

Destruction & Creation: Are You Locked on One Way of Thinking or Are You Adaptable, Approaching Tactical Dilemmas?

In crisis situations are you closed minded and locked into one specific way of handling situations or are you open minded and adapt tactics to meet the circumstances you find yourself in as you attempt to solve tactical dilemma’s?  Is your chosen method wrapped up in a sole technique you learned or, have you learned to artfully apply tactics based on the foundational principles in realization the the foundation or checklist alone may not help you in reaching sound decisions and the outcomes you seek?  The foundational principles are important but we all to often this is, where w

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