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New Books Offer Guidance On Career Survival, Deadly Force

Two more new books that hit our desk recently focus on survival, but against life threats of a very different nature. One offers strategies for prevailing against the “hidden” dangers of a law enforcement career, the “true killers” of cops. The other concerns using deadly force to win out against a violent attacker. Read…learn…live! 1....
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What Locations Are Riskiest For You? New Study IDs Worst Sites

Working with data from the nation’s second largest municipal police department, researchers have constructed a “risk terrain model” that links an officer’s relative danger of felonious injury to the presence of certain environmental factors. “All places may pose risk of battery to officers” on service calls, writes the lead author of the new study, Dr....
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Human Touch And The Wounded Warrior

During a special debriefing at the ILEETA training conference this year, Sgt. Joseph Ferrera of the Southfield (MI) PD showed surveillance video of an elderly man who walked into the lobby of that city’s police station on a quiet Sunday afternoon and started shooting a .380-cal. pistol. Dramatic action dominates the 10-minute clip, as officers...
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How Cops Die: 15-Year Recap Important For Training

Knowing how cops die is the foundation for teaching them how to survive. So a recently published, 15-year analysis of the ways and means by which U.S. LEOs are feloniously slain is worth close study by every trainer and every officer. A team from the Center for Injury Research and Policy at the Johns Hopkins...
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What The “Bad Guy” Saw During FSI’s Vehicle Stop Study

Anyone who has ever played a bad guy with murder on his mind in well-crafted scenario training says it’s an incomparable learning experience. Scott Buhrmaster, vice president of operations for the Force Science Institute, is no exception. “Having the opportunity to observe a traffic stop from the “other side” of the approach over and over...
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New Survey: Vest Wear Up, But Care Problems A Potential Threat

More agencies are mandating body armor and more officers are wearing it, but certain deficiencies in vest training may still be hampering the best possible ballistic protection, according to a new survey by the Police Executive Research Forum. PERF polled a representative national sample of 1,000 sworn officers and found that more than 92% are...
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Important New Reaction-Time Study Addresses What’s “Reasonable” In Armed-Suspect Encounters

You are confronting an armed suspect, no cover available. He faces you, with his gun at his side, pointed at the ground. Your gun is aimed at him and you’re ready to shoot. He ignores your commands to drop his weapon. Are you justified in pulling the trigger before he makes any move to point...
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First Results From Ongoing Survey Of Officers Who Survive Wounds

The first small sample of “near-miss” reports about officers who survived potentially fatal injuries has been reviewed by the VALOR Project—with some surprises emerging. VALOR (Violence Against Law Officer Research) is the umbrella name for a variety of ongoing studies by Dr. Matt Sztajnkrycer, seeking to improve on-scene casualty care for wounded LEOs. Sztajnkrycer is...
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New Force Science Study Results: Prone Suspects With Hidden Hands More Dangerous Than Imagined

The latest study by the Force Science Institute has produced 2 surprising findings of importance to trainers, street officers, and police attorneys: Some suspects lying flat with hands hidden under chest or waist can produce and fire a gun at an approaching officer faster than any human being on earth can react to defend himself;The...
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Wounded But Alive? You Can Help With New Effort To Save Cops’ Lives

When you or fellow officers survive a “near-miss” incident—one that could have been fatal—Dr. Matt Sztajnkrycer wants to hear from you. You can reach him through a unique website he has just launched: www.valorproject.org. There, regardless of where you live in the world, you can contribute confidentially to an ambitious, ongoing research study designed to...
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