Guest Post

Want to get better and be safer? Debrief!

Several months back I discussed in a blog post the importance of debriefing or after action review (AAR) and how we must become more deliberate, more disciplined, and more thorough in our approach to learning and teaching.

As cops, we often cry loudly about the lack of training in our profession. I am guilty of it myself.


Being a leader takes action and self-motivation. A leader isn’t born over night and it may take someone months, years, or a life time to find what type of leader they should be. For those of us who have the motivation and drive to be a leader or those who want to be a leader, we must find what works for us. There are those lucky ones out there who just do what comes natural and it works for them, but for others we need to research and find what has worked and try to adapt a few of those tools to find out which ones work for us.

Growing Leaders Who Practice Mission Command and Win the Peace, Lt. Col. Douglas A. Pryer, U.S. Army


“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” ~F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

A Philosophy’s German Birth and American Adoption

Incident Command: the big picture by Louis Hayes

Over the past few weeks, I have been re-engineering Police Incident Command according to The Illinois Model law enforcement operations system (LEOpSys). Most of the ideas aren't earth-shattering, but they suggest some small adjustments to the nationally-mandated program. The first several posts lay some foundation into our vision of what IC should be.

Understanding the OODA Loop by Derek Stephens

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The key to acting more quickly than your adversary is to make it an unconscious response.

The Cops Amaze Me by Bob Lonsberry

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The cops amaze me.

Some days I honestly don’t know how they do it.

Like yesterday, at the Navy Yard.

We know about the bad guy, we know about his military record and his criminal record. And we know what he did.

But we don’t know much about how he came to stop doing what he was doing.

We don’t know much about how they took him down.

Mike Rayburn Asks...What Makes A Good Street Cop?

Mike Rayburn has a very good piece over on Police One that asks the important question "What makes a good street cop? I think Mikes insights are spot one! Take a look and sound off with your thoughts. Stay Oriented! Fred

I’m sure we could come up with a hundred other traits that make a good street cop, but for now, take these few words of wisdom and be safe out there

Fighting the good fight with moral clarity by Lt. Dan Marcou

A great piece by LT Dan Marcou over at Police One on what it means to win on the moral dimension of conflict and hence win at low cost. Stay oriented! Fred

You can sell your honor for a penny or a punch, but once it’s gone, you can’t buy it back for a million bucks

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