Frontline Debriefs: The Minefield of Social Media Sharing

In the beginning, there was word of mouth, which gave way to clay tablets, which in turn progressed into papyrus, which then led to pen and ink, and finally culminated in binary numbers floating about the ethernet zone of space. Discovery within the judicial system applies to anything evidentiary in value that may be argued

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Frontline Debriefs: Righteous Debriefs

In “D” Platoon of the LAPD in the old days, we conducted what I would term “righteous debriefs.” I’m sure they do it today. It was a process that allowed us to learn from our mistakes and not repeat them. Every single member of an operation was given the chance to weigh in on mistakes

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Frontline Debriefs: “Master” Gunfighters

Are there “master” gunfighters? The simple answer is no. The explanation is a bit more complicated. There is no such thing as a master gunfighter that I know of. Not a single one of the hundreds of individuals I have known who have been in actual shootings would lay claim to such a title. Not

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Frontline Debriefs: Why Train?

Imagine all those who have wished they had trained harder just before everything was taken from them. When the moment of truth comes, it will probably be unexpected, fast, and with little or no warning. Police work is dangerous. This is precisely why it is police work. It exists to deal with those who are

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Frontline Debriefs: Cheap Gear Failures

I have a dozen or more pieces of ill-fated equipment that have failed students in the past. This includes scopes, reloading devices, firearms and supposedly “magical” items of equipment (read: bells and whistles) guaranteed to make you a better shooter, along with firearms sights of various and dubious origins. The latest was (as the slick

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Frontline Debriefs: Witness Interviews

Individuals who are neither police nor military have their own unique perception and interpretation of events. This is especially true when such individuals have witnessed an officer-involved shooting (OIS). Bear in mind that these individuals have never been exposed to deadly force events save those depicted on the big or small screen. The following are

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Frontline Debriefs: Back-Ups

The rationale behind a recent growing trend simply escapes me. On a number of OIS cases I’ve worked over the past few years, officers were not carrying back-up guns. I’ve seen this multiple times, not just once or twice. The excuses may run the gamut: It’s too bulky, too heavy, too uncomfortable, too bothersome, too

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Frontline Debriefs: Bad Advice

Bad advice is replete throughout the shooting industry. I caution individuals not to adhere to advice rendered by those not qualified to do so. This would seem to follow along the lines of common sense in just about any profession one could envision. Yet it does not seem to be the case when it comes

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Frontline Debriefs: The Cost of Training

Not too long ago, I conducted training for a police group while a different police group trained on an adjacent range. Several officers from the other group watched our training for a period of time. “Hey, can we do that too?” they queried. “Absolutely,” I responded. When I explained that they would have to contact

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Frontline Debriefs: The Low Ready Position

I was taken to task on the internet some time ago for advocating the low ready position. To paraphrase: “I would not listen to anyone who advocates the low ready position…” Wow! I love these guys. First, this was posted under a pseudonym. On the internet you are cloaked in anonymity, which is pretty much

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