Strategic Game of Interaction

All Police Actions Take Place in an Atmosphere of Uncertainty

"Certainty, risk, and uncertainty. In everyday language, we make a distinction between “certainty” and “risk,” but the terms “risk” and “uncertainty” are mostly used as synonyms. They aren’t. In a world of known risks, everything, including the probabilities, is known for certain. Here, statistical thinking and logic are sufficient to make good decisions. In an uncertain world, not everything is known, and one cannot calculate the best option. Here, good rules of thumb and intuition are also required." ~Gerd Gigerenzer, Risk Savy

Smart Tactics Takes Thinking Police Leaders...Leading Thinking Cops

Chet Richards as another timely piece up on his Slightly East of New blog. The title of the piece is Smart Tactics in which he discusses how the United States Marine Corps took 15 years to evolve from attrition warfare and centralized control methods to maneuver warfare and decentralized control (Mission Command).

The Art of Police Training is the Ability to Move Officers Through the Fog and Complexity of Human Interaction

The purpose of all police training is to develop officers that can solve societies complex problems. The fundamental objectives of policing (also referred to as the mission of the police or the core functions of policing) are the ultimate purposes for which police agencies have been created. Herman Goldstein was one of a number of scholars who recognized and articulated the breadth and complexity of the police mission.

Vehicle Stops Strategies and Tactics: Being Safe and Effective Is About Options, Not Best Practices

“Direct experience is inherently too limited to form an adequate foundation either for theory or for application.  At the best it produces an atmosphere that is of value in drying and hardening of thought. The greater value of indirect experience lies in its greater variety and extent. History is universal experience, the experience not of another, but of many others under manifold conditions.” ~B. H. Liddell Hart

Complacency and False Sense of Urgency: Why We Fail to Take Advantage of The Last Hundred Yards?

The problem is complacency. We have all seen it. Yet we underestimate its power and its prevalence. Highly destructive complacency is, in fact, all around us, including in places where people would deny it, deny it, and deny it still more.

Hand in Hand Project, a new initiative promoting dialogue and interaction between local police officers and young people

My Chief sent this Hand To Hand Program out to everyone tonight in our department. This video is so cool and moving. Perfect in my mind for Thanksgiving!

NYPD’s New Strategy for Dealing with Stressful Interactions, Absurd or Realistic?

I have been reading up on the new retraining program for the NYPD. It advices “Cops should take a deep breath’’ — and close their eyes — when dealing with angry people. If you feel like cursing…take a breath mint. It just might help you from using foul language.

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