Tactics

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

How Does The Last Hundred Yards, Enhance Tactical Responses to Crises?

The strategic and tactical mind takes into consideration all the key factors of a dynamic and competitive encounter. While we converge on the scene of a crises, we know from training we are supposed to set up tactically and make observations to get a feel for what's going on (orientation). Once we make a judgment about what we believe is going on we make decisions that help us gain the advantage before we take action. Hell we are taught the importance of tactical set ups and perimeter in the police academy.

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.

Recommended Reading List From The California Association of Tactical Officers

Sid Heal, acting in his capacity as California Association of Tactical Officers president, recently solicited input from numerous tactical science experts to compile a reading list for SWAT team commanders. After numerous edits and revisions, the following 12 have books were identified. Sid was clear to state that this is a living list. Many fine books did not make the cut as it was being edited down to a manageable number. The number 12 was selected because that would equate to one book a month.

The Art of Manliness Discusses...The Tao of Boyd: How to Master the OODA Loop

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John Boyd is described by some as the greatest military strategist in history that no one knows. He began his military career as a fighter pilot in the Korean War, but he slowly transformed himself into one of the greatest philosopher-warriors to ever live.

Have You Stopped a Car Today? Improving Patrols Tactical Effectiveness with Vehicle Stops

Conducting traffic stops is a patrol duty of police officers. Not only does it help us keep the roads and the people traveling them, safe, it also proactively help us cops identify crimes and those committing them. The combination of traffic safety, crime prevention, investigating crimes and apprehension of criminals come from an initiative driven proactive approach. Car stops are one of the tactical approaches we use for solving a host of police problems. Quite frankly car stops are a big part of our jobs as cops.

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