Frontline Debriefs: Active Shooters

The active shooter is a relatively new phenomenon in the grand scheme of things. In the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s, this scenario did not occur with the frequency or violence of today. From Sandy Hook, Aurora and the very recent LAX shootings, one can clearly observe that this phenomenon is here to stay. Motivations for

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Frontline Debriefs: Excessive Shots

Excessive rounds in the field can be problematic. First and foremost is the fact that in most cases the more rounds fired, the less hits realized. This may be the result of flawed training. I am aware of certain courses of fire where instructors have taught students to empty magazines into targets. If you respond

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Frontline Debriefs: Has “A” Way Become “The” Way?

For many individuals, as well as for many agencies, “a” way to do something becomes “the” way to do it—the only way. Once we learn something and really adopt it as our own, it can be difficult to change. This is particularly true at law enforcement agencies. One generation of instructors selects the next generation

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Frontline Debriefs: Old West Gunfighters

Gunfighting is pretty much an American phenomenon. The trans-Mississippi West conjures up dust-blown streets, fixed gazes, and worn steel drawn from weathered leather. No other country has a gunfighting history equal to ours.

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Frontline Debriefs: Training in the Rain

This year I conducted nine consecutive weeks of training in the rain. And it wasn’t just rain—we also had cold temperatures, wind, fog and hail in concert with the rain, plus very liberal quantities of mud thrown in for good measure. In other words, it wasn’t the southern California weather I’m accustomed to—70 degrees with

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Frontline Debriefs: Long Distance Shooting

We have had thousands upon thousands of shooters come through our training both within International Tactical Training Seminars and while I was active on LAPD. Many shooters do in fact, enjoy shooting on different levels, and a common question posed is, “What is there left to explore within shooting?” Try long distance shooting. You do

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Frontline Debriefs: Acronymitis

I grew up in a Navy family. My father was a Naval Captain and my mother worked for the Naval Department in Washington D.C. My uncle was the Commander and Chief, Pacific Fleet; and my grandfather was a retired Naval submarine Captain. That’s a bit of Navy. One thing I learned early on was the

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Frontline Debriefs: Never Assume

In January of 2007, an LAPD Officer was shot. His partner, a probationer ten days out of the Academy, had conducted a search of a suspect in response to their investigation of an assault call. The probationer had brought the suspect, whom he had now handcuffed, out into the hallway of an apartment complex in

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Frontline Debriefs: Fighting When You’re Hit

In my previous column, I discussed what you might expect should you be struck by gunfire. Since the expectation can run the gamut due to all the variables present in gunfights, it is probably a wise move to steel yourself ahead of time should this become a reality. All of us are different. We have

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Frontline Debriefs: When You’re Hit

I’ve not yet been shot. Shot at? Yes. Hit? No. It’s not much of a party. On the first night of the L.A. riots in 1992, 11 other officers and I were engaged in a major gunfight with many suspects in the projects at 114th and Central. We were rescuing fire department personnel who had

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