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Book excerpt: K9 Tactical Operations for Patrol and SWAT

36 min 49 sec ago

By Brad Smith

The Integration of SWAT and K9

When the public needs help, they call the police. When the police need help, they call SWAT. When SWAT needs help, they call for K9s.

K9s have proven to be a valuable tool in law enforcement. The key word is tool. Dogs are not perfect. They can make fundamental mistakes, based largely on their training. Their performance can sometimes be hampered by the environment in which they are deployed, causing them to not find people from time to time. But by far, the most common denominator in unsuccessful deployments is the K9 handler who simply misreads, or fails to recognize, a slight change in behavior in the dog while it is actively engaged in a search.

Handlers train the dog to give a good guard-and-bark to pinpoint where the suspect is hiding, whether that’s behind a door, in a cabinet, or inside a vehicle. But in the real world, we do not always get the strong bark and full commitment by the dog to stay with its alert. We may only get a change of behavior in the dog, and if the handler doesn’t read the dog correctly, then correct information can’t be given to the search team.

Not everyone is convinced that K9s have a place in SWAT operations. When SWAT tries to incorporate dogs into an operation without proper training and exposure, failure is guaranteed. All it takes is one negative experience to create the attitude that K9s are more trouble than they’re worth.

Reasons for failure

There are three reasons why K9s fail during SWAT operations. The first and most significant reason is inadequate education and training. SWAT teams generally know very little about how K9s work, and basic handlers typically don’t have an in-depth SWAT background. The lack of education and training on both sides can paralyze the components of the group, creating frustration and lack of confidence.

Police dogs are like any other tool in law enforcement’s bag of tricks: you need to train with them. I’m not aware of any agency that allows officers to deploy with tools such as pepper spray, batons, bean bags, or Tasers without first receiving proper training in using those tools. However, at some departments, K9s are deployed in SWAT operations with no prior training and, as expected, failures and accidents are frequently reported.

The second reason problems occur during a SWAT operation is the equipment the SWAT team wears versus what patrol officers wear during a high-risk patrol operation. Dogs are used to seeing standard patrol uniforms, but when dogs are suddenly thrown into a tactical situation in which SWAT officers are dressed quite differently, some dogs become confused. Dogs are pack animals and they are used to their pack looking a certain way. Suddenly, members of the pack are dressed in large bulky tactical vests, helmets, shoulder and arm protection, and they look just like a decoy wearing bite equipment. It doesn’t take long to accustom the dog to his new SWAT pack, but when that is not done in training ahead of time, problems will occur.

Another reason K9s often fail to perform adequately in a SWAT operation is because there is a historical difference between SWAT and patrol searches and movement. In basic K9 school, the dog and handler are always in front of the search team. The dog is allowed to roam free and search wherever it wants to. Regular patrol officers simply don’t receive the advanced tactical training SWAT operators do, and therefore the search techniques will be less proficient and can be more dangerous. Most patrol officers have a tendency to simply walk through a building or an open area and not search in a slow, methodical manner. During a K9 search, most patrol dogs become accustomed to seeing officers walking behind the handler, using little or no cover – unlike SWAT operators, who have been intensively trained to use cover and concealment.

Lastly, in a patrol operation the handler normally is in charge of the search; conversely, in a SWAT operation, the SWAT team is in charge of the search and the handler is there to assist. Some handlers have a difficult time relinquishing their leadership position and working in a structured group while deploying. My hope is that this book will help both K9 handlers and SWAT team members understand the benefits of cooperative effort.

Early challenges incorporating K9s and SWAT

In 1981, my department decided to get into the K9 business. We purchased our first police dog and within a few years we had three police dogs that would respond to critical situations within our city and surrounding jurisdictions.

Like most departments, we did not understand how K9s could benefit a SWAT team. Initially, dogs were put on the perimeter or made part of an arrest team in case the suspect fled on foot from the location. Now don’t get me wrong – those are legitimate uses for a dog in a SWAT operation, but there are many more uses for a dog.

In many K9 SWAT deployments in the early 1980s – and even today – dogs have been thrown into the mix at the last minute without any formalized training. During the planning stages of a SWAT operation or just prior to deployment, someone on the SWAT team remembers that there’s a dog on the perimeter. As an afterthought, they call the dog and handler over to the SWAT team and incorporate them into the search. We can, and should, do better then that.

In the early years, the few times we used a dog to search with the SWAT team, we had mixed results. Back then, K9 SWAT deployments and K9 patrol deployments were thought to be two different operations and the tactics were very different. In most cases, during a patrol operation, handlers were taught to be out front with their dogs and have the search team behind them. However, as I mentioned earlier, that is contrary to how SWAT operates during a slow and deliberate search. The freelance search pattern creates a problem for SWAT, because if the dog finds someone hiding deep in the search area, more than likely it has not searched the rooms closest to the entry point. SWAT must then decide whether to recall the dog from a known suspect or leave it in place and quickly move up to the dog’s location, risking the possibility that other suspects might be hidden nearby.

The goal of this book is to help remove some of the misconceptions about working with K9s and to assist you in integrating K9 and SWAT in a manner that enhances both your safety and your effectiveness – whether you are a SWAT team member or a handler.

However, I’d like to make one point perfectly clear: K9 SWAT deployment tactics should also be used in a patrol environment. That way the dog is searching the same way, every single time. K9 teams need not transition from one search style to another, and the search method becomes more effective, efficient and tactically sound. Consistency in search deployment will save lives.

Categories: Law Enforcement

NYPD will start using summonses, not arrests, for marijuana

3 hours 47 min ago

Associated Press

NEW YORK — The New York Police Department will issue criminal summonses to most people caught smoking marijuana in public instead of arresting them starting Sept. 1.

Officers will still arrest people with prior arrests for violent crimes, parolees, drivers and some others under the policy Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner James O'Neill announced Tuesday.

People with summonses will have to go to court and pay a $100 fine.

Manhattan's district attorney had already announced his office will stop prosecuting most low-level marijuana cases Aug. 1.

The state's top health official said Monday that a report on marijuana will recommend legalization.

Lawmakers are scheduled to adjourn for the year this week, suggesting it'll be 2019 at the earliest before the issue is considered.

Categories: Law Enforcement

Apple’s new iOS will share location of 911 calls

3 hours 52 min ago

By PoliceOne Staff

CUPERTINO, Calif. — An upcoming Apple operating system will include a feature that automatically relays the location of 911 callers to dispatchers.

The iOS 12 will relay location information to dispatchers in an effort to provide “faster and more accurate information to help reduce emergency response times,” according to according to a news release.

Apple is partnering with RapidSOS for the update and will use its Hybridized Emergency Location feature, or HELO, which was designed in 2015, to pinpoint locations using more than 6,000 call centers around the U.S.

“[Emergency response] infrastructure in the United States dates back to the 1960s and 1970s,” RapidSOS CEO Michael Martin said. “It’s a voice-only system that is designed around landline phone calls.”

Call centers will be able to pinpoint a caller’s precise location by using nearby cell towers, the phone’s own GPS signal and Wi-Fi access points.

“The device is recognizing that as an emergency call, and it is calculating a very accurate location, and it is transmitting it via us,” Martin said.

Categories: Law Enforcement

Democratic AG candidate criticized for anti-cop poster

3 hours 55 min ago

Associated Press

LAWRENCE, Kan. — The Kansas Democratic Party is calling for its lone candidate for state attorney general to drop out of the race because of a poster in her law office showing the superhero Wonder Woman pulling a lasso around a police officer's neck.

Lawrence attorney Sarah Swain apologized amid the resignation call from her party. The Kansas State Troopers Association and other police groups also criticized her, saying the poster promotes violence against police officers.

Swain said she had hung in her law office for years and was not meant to encourage violence against law officers or anyone else, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported.

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"I understand that this picture has been misconstrued by many as advocating for violence against the police, and for that I apologize," Swain said. "I am not anti-law enforcement. I am pro-truth. And I do not condone violence in any form."

The state Democratic Party said the poster disqualifies Swain from becoming the state's top law enforcement officer.

"We strongly condemn and reject any depiction of violence against law enforcement, including the image from Swain's law firm," the party said in a statement. "We did not recruit or encourage Swain to run for attorney general, nor have we had any contact with her since she filed."

The Kansas State Troopers Association noted the controversy erupted just days after two Wyandotte County sheriff's deputies were shot and killed while transporting an inmate.

"At a time when funeral arrangements are being made for two heroes that gave their lives in service to our community ... this cannot be tolerated," the organization said.

Swain said the poster shows Wonder Woman using her "lasso of truth" to force the truth from a police officer, which she said is a metaphor for cross-examination and a zealous defense. Her platform calls for criminal justice reform, including the decriminalization of marijuana, ending the war on drugs and increased transparency for police shootings.

"As a criminal defense attorney for nearly 17 years, I have seen firsthand the injustice that can be doled out at the hands of less-than-honest police officers," Swain said. "I have been involved in many cases where the truth was ignored and people's lives were destroyed. These are just some of the experiences that eventually led me to run for attorney general."

If Swain withdraws from the race, incumbent Republican Attorney General Derek Schmidt will run unopposed in November.

Clint Blaes, a spokesman for the attorney general, said Schmidt "respects and admires the selfless service of more than 8,000 law enforcement officers who put themselves at risk to protect and serve Kansans each and every day."

Categories: Law Enforcement

How to master armored vehicle response

5 hours 9 min ago

Author: Lt. Dan Marcou

An armored vehicle is not just a form of transport – it is a tactical tool that is part of a tactical solution.

One path toward becoming a team that masters its armored vehicle is to attend a class like the one offered by George Creamer, a 29-year veteran with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office and 15-year member of the Special Weapons Team. Creamer is the armored vehicle trainer for Integrated Tactical Concepts and will travel to train in your area upon request.

Classroom session outlines features, capabilities of armored vehicles

Creamer’s highly regarded three-day course begins in the classroom during which he introduces nomenclature, and explains the design features and capabilities of armored vehicles. He shares how to navigate through the public relations, administrative and mutual-aid obstacles that accompany acquiring an armored vehicle.

Creamer teaches the use of vehicle rams in the breaching of windows, doors and walls, as well as the capabilities and limitations of ram cams. (A ram with a mounted camera was used to unwrap the tarp covering the boat the Boston bomber was hiding in the night he was apprehended. A ram was also used in the assault that ended the carnage at the Pulse night club in Orlando, Florida.)

Creamer trains in additional methods of breaching, including a rope and hook system, along with the choreography to ensure safe breaches.

Hands-on training reviews armored vehicle positioning, safety

After the lecture, attendees climb into their vehicles and are encouraged to familiarize themselves with every detail of the truck, due to the fact it WILL come into play during practical application scenarios.

Creamer reviews items like which of the rear doors close first to ensure a secure latching, and why the rear doors, when open, protrude past the side of the armor truck.

Teams will be forced to implement a protocol of how the doors are to be secured PRIOR to the truck moving In order to prevent injuries to officers.

Creamer says, “I have seen and heard of injuries occurring to officers due to a lack of training and protocols.”

On day one, all will drive their department’s vehicle through a course, as well as learn how to safely ride in, mount and dismount through every door. Creamer also begins training the “angle” in which the vehicle is positioned on call outs, such as barricaded subjects, vehicle barricades, high risk warrants, citizen or officer rescues, and hostage rescues. Utilizing angles of the vehicle allows more protection from the threat side of the problem.

Armored vehicle deployment considerations

On day two, operators learn how to read houses for deployment considerations and how to properly position the vehicle when a threat exists. They will apply what they have learned in “surround and call out” exercises.

A tactic for calling out and receiving the suspect is demonstrated and practiced. The specific jobs of the ARREST TEAM have to be assigned and implemented. These jobs include the communicator, the hands-on officer, the less lethal officer, the lethal officers (which Creamer demands you always have two of due to how each person perceives a deadly threat) and, of course, the utilization of K-9. If the situation is a hostage rescue, Creamer emphasizes the need for the ARREST team to deal with the suspect and a crisis team to deal with the hostage(s).

Throughout the day, officers will practice repetitions utilizing the vehicle for:

High-risk warrants; Man-down rescues; Barricaded subjects; Barricaded subjects in vehicles; Hostage rescues; Hostage rescues in vehicles; Chemical agent deployment; Breaching.

During the man-down exercises, the team is introduced to “a way” to rescue, not “the way.” Throughout the training Creamer emphasizes there is no ONE way to do things. He constantly reminds students to remain flexible and to be a thinker. During the exercises, the rescue driver will assume a block position between the victim and the threat exposing only the opaque side of the armored vehicle to the threat. These vehicles can stop repeated hits with 50 caliber rounds, leaving little more than pock marks on the armor; however, if windows exposed to the threat are hit they will stop the rounds, but multiple hits will cause them to fracture and will threaten the integrity of the glass.

On the afternoon of the second day officers conduct live fire from the turret, outside and inside the vehicle. Some operators quickly discover their weapon set-up prevents them from firing safely through the gun ports. There is an absolute safety requirement that the muzzle extend at least one inch outside the gun-port when fired. Add-ons to weapons such as lights, lasers, sights and slings may prevent this. Creamer explains that any round that impacts on the armor inside the vehicle, “will bounce until it hits something soft.” Equipment is adjusted to accommodate firing through the gun ports. Operators wear body armor and helmets at all times in the vehicle.

After three rotations – to include shooting from the turret, ports and outside the vehicle – trainees do a fourth with gas masks on.

All attendees are required to fire from both their strong and support side. Creamer explains it defeats the purpose of an armored vehicle if tactical officers, not utilizing their support-side shooting position, expose a third of their body to fire strong-side from a support-side cover position.

During this training, many operators find that their shoulder weapon slings can become cumbersome and tangled on equipment or even the operator’s arms and neck. Creamer instructs all students on the importance of a functional shoulder weapon retention system to assist the operators in breaching, climbing walls to containment spots, rescues and any other activity that requires the weapon to be secured. Creamer says, “You can buy a retention system for 50 bucks or, I can show you a quick, inexpensive fix.” After a short “crafts class,” the operators are back in action.

SWAT response scenario training, officer debriefing

On the final day there is a quiz and then officers armed with Simunitions utilize their armored vehicle to handle these real-world scenarios:

Suspect barricaded in a vehicle; Vehicle hostage rescues; Man down; Suicide stand-off; High-risk warrant service; Operation including K-9, TASER and flashbangs; Barricaded suspect with gas delivery.

A critical part of learning takes place when the class debriefs its own performance after every completed exercise. This also prepares teams to carry on their training back at their agencies.


Officers nationwide face a variety of armed threats. It is reasonable to expect that officers sent to bring dangerous individuals to justice not only have access to armor on wheels, but also master the use of these life-protecting/saving armored rescue vehicles.

Police officers no longer ride to meet their adversaries mounted on horses wearing armor like the knights of old. Instead modern knights are mounted inside their armored transportation in the timeless pursuit of peace and justice.

Categories: Law Enforcement

6 reasons your department should implement online learning

5 hours 49 min ago

Author: Lt. Dan Marcou

Sponsored by PoliceOne Academy

By PoliceOne BrandFocus Staff

Many people associate online learning with college courses but are unfamiliar with its applications outside of attaining a college degree. While online learning is a fast-growing training and organizational tool for a variety of businesses, it is particularly well-suited for law enforcement given the nature of the job – which includes a heavy training requirement, regular policy updates and officers working varied schedules around the clock.

Online learning management systems are highly flexible, accessible anywhere, offer a wide variety of content, and can streamline processes for the entire police department. Here are six reasons why you should consider implementing an online learning platform at your department.

1. Reduce training costs

Online learning can replace or reduce in-person training costs by allowing training administrators to assign pre-course work before a classroom session. Officers can read policies or memos, as well as watch lecture videos before arriving to class lectures which can help improve the effectiveness of hands-on training. For example, before bringing officers into a firearms simulation system have them watch a video, assigned to them for completion in the learning management system, that introduces how the simulator works and read a training bulletin about the learning objectives for the simulation session. When officers arrive, they can immediately receive the scenario briefing and begin the hands-on training experience, foregoing a lengthy lecture. Further, online training is ideal for annual training updates, such as a bloodborne pathogens refresher, that often require hiring an outside trainer or assigning an employee to deliver bloodborne pathogens training throughout the organization. Either route is time and budget consuming. A bloodborne pathogens course, loaded into the online training system, can be used for several annual training cycles and completed by officers without bringing them to a classroom or an instructor to them. Additionally, by decreasing the amount of off-site training required, departments can cut down overtime costs as well as costs for travel and shift coverage during off-site training.

2. Access courses with ease and flexibility

For most departments, training is a burden because it’s not always accessible; LEOs need to travel to training, or a department needs to coordinate with an in-person trainer. And apart from expenses, it’s often inconvenient. With online learning, training is available anytime, anywhere on the following devices:

iPhone and Android powered smartphones Desktop computers iPads, Kindle Fires, and Android powered tablets

This 24/7 accessibility means that officers can access the online training system - a knowledge base of courses, policies, and resources - to complete training while on shift, during downtime or even during their off time if allowed by their agency. Off-duty training is especially well-suited to part-time officers, reserve officers or personnel who work at more than one department. Online learning also opens the doors to a newer concept called microlearning. Training doesn’t need to happen in only 1-hour, 4-hour or 8-hour increments. Fifteen minutes during roll call might be enough time to quickly update officers on a policy revision or to view a short video on a feature update to the eCitations software.

Unlike in-person training, online learning can be broken into smaller sessions that can be paused and restarted over multiple sittings.

3. Provide the learning opportunities millennials expect

According to Pew research, millennials are the largest cohort in the U.S. labor force. If your department’s ratio of young officers to veteran personnel hasn’t shifted yet, it soon will. And millennials have different expectations from their employees than generations past. Harvard Business Review released a study in 2017 about what millennials want in a work environment. The study spanned multiple industries, but the results were strongly focused on generation versus occupation. One of the primary outcomes was the millennials look for the opportunity to learn and grow within their occupation more than any previous generation. Appealing to millennials’ desire for educational opportunities, through cutting-edge technology, is a great tool for recruitment and retention.

In addition to assigned courses, leverage the learning management system (LMS) vendor’s course library to offer optional or elective courses to all personnel. Promote the availability of these courses, especially to millennials, who want to continue learning on the job and broadening their skill set.

4. Improve tracking of training

A combination of online training features like ease of use and high volumes of courses helps officers with retraining and recertification. Officers have access to accredited courses that can be utilized more frequently than off-site or in-person training schedules allow. Digital time tracking means more training hours are counted, too. An online training system makes it easy to earn and document training hours for:

Attending roll call shift briefing Completing pre-course work before a hands-on training event Documenting participation in an inter-agency training exercise like an active shooter response drill

How does your department currently track these hours and apply it toward annual mandates?

Can you make the process stronger? When the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department starting tracking their training with more efficiency and increased their volume of content through online learning, they noticed a 25 percent increase in operations training time last year. That equaled about eight extra hours per officer, for 1100 officers by using PoliceOne Academy’s online learning platform.

5. Increase accountability for required certification

With online learning, training is tracked and progress is easily monitored by administrators, which means credentials are less likely to expire and compliance requirements are more easily adhered to. In the event that a lawsuit arises, training records are subpoenaed or a regulatory audit occurs a training management system provides tracked, centralized documentation to report officers department-required credentials. This ability to track and grant credentials reduces liability.

6. Elevate officer safety

The Department of Justice’s most recent data on police academy training shows that during academy, major training areas, on average, include:

Operations (213 hours) Firearms (168 hours) Self-defense (168 hours) Use of force (168 hours) Self-improvement (89 hours) Legal education (86 hours)

As any chief knows, academy training is a sound foundation for a law enforcement career, but continuing education beyond minimum requirements for these topics — and addressing a wider-breadth of issues — is imperative for an officer’s overall effectiveness and on-the-job safety. Finding an online solution provides your officers access to these critical training topics, as well as topics more specifically related to your community and jurisdiction.

For example, if the opioid epidemic is currently plaguing your jurisdiction, online learning tools can provide your department continuous access and up-to-date education to help keep your officers safe and effectively responding to overdoses and investigating narcotics trafficking. When Topeka PD implemented a better training program, it not only helped retain their officers because they felt more equipped to handle their job, but three officers described how improved training about safer traffic stops saved their lives. Learn how PoliceOneAcademy can help your department.

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5 ways online training improves police officer retention

6 hours 11 min ago

Author: Lt. Dan Marcou

Sponsored by PoliceOne Academy

By PoliceOne BrandFocus Staff

Turnover rates for law enforcement officers are not regularly evaluated, but data collected in 2003 and 2008 suggest the industry average is around 10.8 percent. And, data collected this year shows in some corrections facilities the turnover rate can be 34 percent or higher. While there is debate over where turnover is highest — certain data points to smaller agencies, municipal agencies, southern regions of the U.S., and rural areas — it’s important to note that larger departments have high vacancies, too.

In other words, the problem of officer retention is widespread.

How law enforcement turnover compares to other industries

If we use 10.8 percent turnover as a point of reference for law enforcement and compare it to the national quit rate — or voluntary exits from jobs in all industries — you will see a striking difference. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average, national quit rate is only 2.2 percent.

For jobs specifically in state and local government, the quit rate is even lower — measured at only 0.8 percent.

The cost of replacing law enforcement officers

Clearly, turnover is an issue in law enforcement. As one solution, departments like the one in Asheville, North Carolina began over-hiring to cover turnover. However, this is not the most cost-effective method.

Studies from the 1990s estimate the cost to replace an officer at around $4,500. More recent research shows that it can cost between $15,000 and $20,000 to recruit, onboard and train new officers. Over hiring can be incredibly expensive if there is no strategy for retention in place.

The costs are deeper than dollars and cents, too. The true cost of turnover also takes into consideration loss of:

Experience Productivity Effectiveness

The best way to protect your department’s budget and culture is to retain your LEOs.

Why does turnover occur?

The first step in retaining LEOs is understanding why turnover occurs in the first place. Evidence suggests there is a relationship between performance and turnover. The more successful an officer is on the job, the less likely they will quit.

Research also shows dissatisfaction from the job often stems from:

Lack of benefits Desire for a better salary Interest in advancement opportunities Need for a challenge How to retain your officers with training

Understanding why officers quit helps us realize that offering better training opportunities promotes retention. Training is a solution for many frustrations that trigger turnover. In today’s technology-driven society, online learning is one of the most effective ways to train your department effectively. Here are five ways training can improve police officer retention:

1. Training improves confidence and safety

Online learning helps you customize content to meet your community’s or officer’s immediate needs to build skills, teach safety behaviors and reduce injury risk.

Online content can be made by a third-party vendor, or in-house trainers, who can cater to challenges specific to your service area, department protocols, and the equipment you access each day.

The ability to streamline and easily create content helps build confidence in your officers each time they hit the streets. When Topeka (Kan.) Police Department implemented a better training program, it not only helped retain their officers, but three officers described how it helped save their lives.

Digitized content is also easy to access, so if an officer feels they haven’t mastered a particular training area, they can easily repeat the process for continued learning.

2. Training provides opportunities for career progression

As mentioned above, some officers are leaving because they are seeking more challenging opportunities and the ability to advance in their profession.

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), a national research firm, recently conducted a survey about workforces in the future. One of the questions PwC asks squarely relates to training in the workforce. Of the 10,000 people polled in their survey (across all industries), 87 percent said that opportunities for career progression and excellent training or development programs were the most compelling reasons to stay in an organization. This statistic relates to your officers and the importance of moving up through the ranks. Because online learning can be self-directed training or completed as an elective, it can help officers stand out in promotional processes. Online learning also offers specialized and customized content for additional training geared toward career progression.

Training documentation provided by online learning platforms creates a documented record of perseverance and accomplishment which can validate the progress of your LEOs training, an important piece of the promotional processes.

3. Training creates a better work environment

When everyone in the department feels confident in their abilities, it improves morale and trust within the department. Improved department culture encourages officers to stay with the department longer.

Training that is perceived as a waste of time can affect your crew’s willingness to learn. And untrained or unhappy LEOs, who feel that they are being underutilized or are insecure in their roles, are more apt to become frustrated, less loyal, and more likely to quit.

4. Training sends a consistent message

A shift commander or supervisor who pencil whips training attendance records puts unprepared officers into the field and creates animosity between shifts.

Signing training records for officers who don’t complete training trends everyone towards the bare minimum of knowledge and preparedness. If the day shift can get away with pencil whipping, then the night-shift wants in on it as well.

Online training ensures that all content is assigned and completed to the same requirements. A consistent message to officers on every shift and at every station improves the perception of fairness.

5. Training matches workforce expectations

The millennial generation, which is now the largest in the workforce, requires a different approach to training. Millennials are:

Appreciative of immediate feedback Eager to develop their strengths Experienced with online training

Training reinforces the value you see in your employees. By offering regular, high-quality training, you are creating a real understanding of how each LEO plays a role in meeting department goals and showing officers how the organization is investing in them.

Online learning has a multitude of benefits apart from retention. Learn about other ways an online learning solution can help your department. From decreasing liability to improving current procedures.

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Chicago cops investigating how suspect got loaded handgun into police lockup

6 hours 29 min ago

By William Lee Chicago Tribune

CHICAGO — Chicago police are investigating how a Humboldt Park man with a long criminal history got a loaded handgun past officers and into the police station lockup over the weekend.

The .22-caliber handgun was discovered by a cleaner while tidying the holding cell at the police station at 2452 W. Belmont Ave., according to police and Cook County prosecutors.

Authorities said Miguel Acevedo, 38, was picked up by police early Saturday when they discovered him and another man, a documented gang member, “using narcotics” inside a car on the Northwest Side.

Acevedo, who was on parole for a 2017 drug conviction, told officers his name was "Luis Rodriguez" and then "Angel Gonzalez." Police later determined Acevedo's true identity and his status as a parolee. He was arrested and charged with obstructing his identity and a parole violation, authorities said.

Acevedo was processed at the police station on Belmont known as “019 West” and brought to a cell where he was alone, authorities said. Surveillance video caught him hiding the gun, loaded with five rounds, underneath a mattress.

On Sunday, a judge denied bail for Acevedo during a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court Building. Acevedo, of the 1200 block of North California Avenue, was charged with being an armed habitual criminal, a Class X felony punishable with up to 30 years in prison.

State prison officials also lodged a hold on his release, claiming a possible parole violation that will be determined at a later date.

Acevedo's criminal background includes dozens of arrests since 2000 and six felony convictions, mostly for drug offenses, and eight misdemeanor convictions.

In a statement to the Tribune, a spokesman for police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said the department has opened an internal investigation into how three officers and a civilian aide apparently missed the gun. They could face suspension.

“CPD takes the safety and security of police officers and individuals in police custody extremely seriously,” spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in the statement.

The Police Department’s Internal Affairs Division will conduct the review, including interviews with officers and detainees, he said.

People taken into police custody are subjected to a "protective pat down,” where officers search a person’s outer clothing for weapons or drugs. Arrestees are not required to undergo strip searches.

Smuggling weapons past authorities at police stations and county jails are considered rare, though a number of notable cases have cropped up around the country in recent years.

Last year, a man arrested for battery and violating an order of protection was accused of bringing a loaded .32-caliber Kel-Tec handgun into Cook County Jail and tossing it into a garbage can. The incident sparked an investigation by Chicago police Internal Affairs.

In February 2011, two Chicago police officers were wounded inside their squad car by a handcuffed panhandler who pulled a handgun the officers failed to find during a pat-down. Both officers shot and killed the man.

In 2012, a man managed to smuggle a .38-caliber revolver with a 6-inch barrel inside the Onslow County Jail in North Carolina after concealing it inside a body cavity, according to published reports.

©2018 the Chicago Tribune

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Texas officer recovering after multiple dogs attack her

6 hours 33 min ago

By Mark D. Wilson Austin American-Statesman

BURNET, Texas — A Burnet police officer shot two dogs last week after an attack that left her and another man injured.

Burnet police said the officer was sent to the 700 block of South Vanderveer around 11:40 a.m. on Thursday after someone called 911 to report that a man was being attacked by three large dogs.

When the officer, identified by the department as Cpl. Alex Fidler, arrived, she found the man and began checking for wounds on his body.

As she did, the dogs came back and began to attack her too, biting both of her arms.

Authorities said Fidler’s body-worn camera captured the attack.

“The video footage shows Cpl. Fidler trying to get away from the dogs and in the process; Cpl. Fidler had to protect the citizen and herself. Cpl. Fidler unfortunately had to discharge her duty weapon twice, striking and killing one dog, striking and injuring a second dog; the third was not shot and ran away from the scene,” police said.

Fidler was taken to Seton-Highland Lakes Hospital, and the man who was first attacked declined to be taken to a hospital. Police said he had minor injuries.

All three dogs were accounted for after the attack, and their owners have been notified of the situation, police said.

©2018 Austin American-Statesman, Texas

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2nd arrest in deadly shooting at NJ arts festival

6 hours 39 min ago

Associated Press

TRENTON, N.J. — Authorities have made a second arrest stemming from a deadly shooting at a 24-hour arts and music festival in New Jersey.

Mercer County prosecutors say Davone White is facing three weapons charges. The 26-year-old Trenton resident was among nearly two dozen people wounded in the shooting, and he remained hospitalized Tuesday.

About 1,000 people were attending the Art All Night Trenton festival that showcases local art, music, food and films when shots rang out early Sunday. Authorities have said several neighborhood gangs had a dispute, and multiple suspects began shooting at each other, with police returning fire.

One suspect, 33-year-old Tahaij Wells was killed. White and 23-year-old Amir Armstrong, who also faces weapons charges, were among the 22 people injured.

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MOVE member freed after 1978 shootout that killed LEO

6 hours 48 min ago

Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA — A member of the radical group MOVE has been released from prison nearly 40 years after the group engaged in a shootout that killed a Philadelphia police officer.

Debbie Africa is the first of the so-called "MOVE 9" to be released on parole. She left a state prison on Saturday.

Nine MOVE members were convicted of third-degree murder in the August 1978 death of officer James Ramp, and each got 30 to 100 years in prison.

The fatal confrontation came after police tried to evict the group from its rat-infested Philadelphia headquarters. MOVE claimed Ramp was killed by friendly fire.

Africa, who was pregnant at the time and gave birth in prison, said in a statement issued by her lawyers that "she's happy to finally be home." She called for the release of the six other surviving defendants, including the father of her son, all of whom remain behind bars.

Two other MOVE members appeared before the state parole board on the same day as Debbie Africa but were denied parole, according to defense lawyers.

Police and MOVE — an anti-establishment, back-to-nature group — remained in conflict for years after the shootout, culminating in the 1985 police bombing of MOVE headquarters that killed 11 people and destroyed dozens of row homes.

The 19-week trial over Ramp's slaying was marked by MOVE members' frequent tirades against the court and society, and, at the time, was the longest and most expensive trial in Pennsylvania history.

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Spotlight: VirTra, the leader in innovative training solutions

6 hours 51 min ago

Author: PoliceOne Sponsors

Company Name: VirTra Headquarters: Tempe, AZ Signature Product: The V-300™ LE Website: https://www.virtra.com/

1. Where did your company name originate from?

The name originated from our focus on creating the most effective virtual training products for police and military. Our company name is a portmanteau derived from the first three letters of Virtual and the first three letters of Training.

2. What was the inspiration behind starting your company?

The inspiration behind starting the company was the desire to make highly effective simulation products, meaning that every minute in a VirTra simulator translates to the greatest improvements possible for skills that can help in the real world.

3. What is your signature product and how does it work?

Our signature product is the one we pioneered. It is the world’s most realistic simulator for recreating police situations, includes 300-degrees of wrap-around screens and is called the V – 300. Our product line also includes the world’s most realistic scenarios, training weapons (including less lethal options) and an electronic stress inoculation simulator called the Threat-Fire™. This simulation package is effective because it closely replicates the real-world situations so officers can learn and grow their skills.

4. Why do you believe your products are essential to your vertical (Police, Fire, EMS, Corrections, Government) community?

Our products are essential because they help those entrusted with use of force and public safety to refine their decision-making skills and practice various situations before they encounter them in the real world. We provide the environment where psycho-motor skills can be used in real world contextual environments. This is essential to great performance in high stress environments.

5. What has been the biggest challenge your company has faced?

The largest challenge that we faced was the process of paying off the debt incurred by the millions we had to invest in creating the world’s most effective simulation products. It took us several years but we finally paid off all our debts and now have money in the bank. On top of this, we think we continue to lead the industry with ongoing investments into creating new and improved simulation training products.

6. What makes your company unique?

Our staff of dedicated and talented professionals who are the top 5 percent in the field and who are passionately devoted to ensuring our customers receive the most effective simulation training products possible to help improve and save lives.

7. What do your customers like best about you and your products?

Customers love how our staff genuinely cares about their needs and how we go the extra mile to provide quality simulators that feature remarkable realism and exceptional educational and training value.

8. What is the most rewarding part of serving the first responder/local government community?

One of the most rewarding moments is when an officer lets us know that our training simulator helped prepare them to make the right choice in a stressful situation!

9. Do you support any charitable organizations within public safety/community? Tell us more.

VirTra is excited to have been chosen as the first for-profit company allowed to sponsor the Force Science Institute classes. Force Science respected our meticulous attention to detail based on their research and findings and understands our mission to have every officer better trained. VirTra paid for half of the tuition to make the courses more affordable and has given out over 100 free scholarships to line- level officers to attend the courses for free. Helping all officers to understand their own human performance limits means they can train more effectively and adjust their tactics to what is really possible under dynamic and unpredictable settings. We believe that Force Science and VirTra have parallel missions.

10. Is there any fun fact or trivia that you’d like to share with our users about you or your company?

When we released our first high-quality simulator product in 2004, we were told by some people that our simulator was “too good” and that police departments would never spend the money to properly train their officers even if it might save the lives of the officers and of the public. The belief was that “These things have to only be good enough, they don’t have to be that real.” We’repleased to report that hundreds of agencies use our simulators today with many agencies adding top-of-the-line use of force training simulators in the near future.

11. What’s next for your company? Any upcoming new projects or initiatives?

We’re working on interactive coursework and curriculum written by law enforcement SME’s that a department can quickly, easily and at no additional cost to the department incorporate into its training program.

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Product review: Top replacement AR triggers

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 16:45
Author: Sean Curtis

Eugene Stoner’s masterpiece AR-15 was blessed with a functional trigger. Often referred to as gritty, heavy and possibly possessed of slack or overtravel, while the original mil-spec worked, it left something to be desired. Things are much better now because we have options. The main interaction between a shooter and the AR-15 takes place at the trigger, everything else is preparation or servicing. This makes the trigger a critical component in every shot.

Single Versus Two Stage

There are two kinds of trigger on the market: single stage and two stage. Single-stage triggers are pretty straightforward – you pull back on the trigger and it doesn’t move until you reach the required amount of pressure. Once there, the trigger “breaks” and the shot is fired. Two-stage triggers are different because you can apply pressure to them and they will move back to a certain point. There, they will resist further until you reach the required pressure to complete the shot.

While preference often dictates which of the two you might select, there is logic behind both. Bill Geissele of Geissele Automatics says of a two-stage trigger: “It breaks like a carrot, not an icicle. It’s designed this way because fine motor skills degrade in a stressful situation.” This accurately describes the two trigger types. A single-stage trigger snaps like an icicle, just breaking with enough pressure, while a two-stage trigger breaks like a carrot, there is some resistance, then it snaps.

Many feel single-stage triggers allow people to shoot, reset, then shoot again quickly. Others feel the two-stage trigger allows folks better control under stressful situations, forgiving that first bit of pressure before you start slinging lead. For precision shots, the two stage allows the shooter to take up slack, settle in the target, then commit. The triggers covered here were all represented at SHOT Show 2018, and I installed and tested each one.


In 1946, Allen Timney started making easy-to-install, single-stage triggers for shooting enthusiasts.

The Timney I installed was a single-stage, “drop-in” trigger for an AR-15, rated at 4.5 pounds. The installation was straightforward and would have been easy but for one snag: One of the tension screws on the bottom was pushed out and caused my holes to not align. This was an easy fix and, once the screw was backed down, it was a snap to install. I simply dropped the aluminum frame in, aligned the holes and pushed the pins through. I then tensioned the screws to secure everything.

The trigger was crisp and actually tested as advertised, coming in at 4.5 pounds of pressure before it broke. The trigger reset was impressively quick, with perhaps 1mm or less of travel before it was ready to fire again. It felt like simply letting off the trigger allowed it to reset.

I found the Timney AR-15 Trigger Module (Model 669S) on Brownells for $190.32.

CMC Triggers

CMC Triggers proudly supports military, law enforcement and first responders with its Blue Line Program. The trigger I received was also a drop-in, single-stage variety, though this one had a few bonuses. First, the trigger was a flat blade with a bottom “shoe” for finger retention. It was also decorated with a thin blue line.

Installation was a piece of cake. The CMC is also an aluminum-housed, drop-in trigger. One difference is that the stock pins are replaced with sleeved bolts that lock everything into place.

During testing, the CMC broke cleanly at 3.8 pounds with about a 1mm trigger reset. The flat blade of the trigger made it interesting from a physics standpoint. I found my finger resting at the base of the trigger, on the shoe. This curb at the end of the trigger helped me index my finger at the bottom. This just happens to be the position of most leverage, which makes the pull feel even lighter.

Similar products were found for $167.99 on Brownells. Check with CMC for blue line pricing.

Geissele Automatics

Geissele not only makes outstanding triggers, but a plethora of AR parts and tools for uppers, lowers and everything in between.

Bill Geissele kicked off the search for a better trigger when he entered the competitive shooting world and didn’t like what was available.

The company sent me its gold standard, the SSA or Super Semi-Auto, a two-stage trigger the company believes is the best application for military and law enforcement because it is more forgiving.

The upgrade comes in two pieces, the trigger and hammer are separate, unlike the drop-ins. It was an easy install though, and the quality was outstanding. The first stage was approximately three pounds of pull before it hit the wall of about another two pounds, then the trigger broke. Reset was quick. The extra travel in the first couple stages means a little more forgiveness. It also means you can line up your shot while applying pressure, then wait until the optimal point to send it.

Brownells lists the SSA at $240.00.

Franklin Armory

Franklin Armory makes a variety of firearms and accessories including the Binary Firing System (BFS) the company created a few years ago. The BFS has evolved a couple of iterations since, improving all the while. A binary trigger means it fires when you pull the trigger, and when you release. What’s the advantage here? With a fast finger, you can lay down some fire pretty quickly with this trigger. In addition, in more controlled bursts, you can shoot double-taps in controlled succession.

This was clearly the most difficult trigger to install from the batch, but it was not too onerous. Shouldered guide caps and slave pins ensure everything is secure as you tap this multi-featured trigger into place.

The unit comes with a sticker that is a recommend install on the outside of the lower near the fire selector. This lets shooters know there is a third option beyond safe and semi-auto. Noteworthy to the function of this trigger – you are not committed to fire every shot on binary. You can shoot, then select single-action, and release the trigger without firing. The trigger in semi-auto was right around 4 pounds without travel. It reset with a millimeter release.

I know this topic makes police administration quiver and it is serious because we are held accountable for all our rounds. Whether you call it “directed fire” or suppressive, it is a tool worth considering in certain circumstances, and the BFS III can give you a controlled option toward this end.

This trigger was listed on Brownells for $386.99.

Final Thoughts

All these companies make superior products. Some applications may work better for you depending on your shooting scenario. Remember, your department may have policies about issued rifles so you’ll want to make sure you are clear for these upgrades. Also, refer to your department armorer if you have one.

Whether it’s a single or two-stage trigger, upgrading this seemingly small feature on your rifle can make a huge difference in how the two of you perform together. Check out the companies above and see how you can improve your speed and accuracy with these trigger upgrades.

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Ind. trooper wins praise for stopping slow driver

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 15:55
Author: Sean Curtis

Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana State Police trooper who tweeted a photo of a vehicle he stopped for driving too slowly in the left lane says he's overwhelmed by the widespread praise he's receiving online.

Sgt. Stephen Wheeles stopped the driver Saturday on Interstate 65 about 35 miles south of Indianapolis after about 20 vehicles had slowed behind her. Wheeles says she was traveling under the 70 mph speed limit. Indiana law requires drivers to move to the right lane to allow faster traffic to pass.

I stopped this vehicle today for a left lane violation on I-65. The driver had approximately 20 cars slowed behind her because she would not move back to the right lane. Again...if there are vehicles behind you, you must move to the right lane to allow them to pass. pic.twitter.com/tePjJ1Xigy

— Sgt. Stephen Wheeles (@ISPVersailles) June 16, 2018

The post has been retweeted by IndyCar driver Graham Rahal, who said, "This guy is my hero," and Fox NFL announcer and Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman. Others suggested he win a Nobel Prize or asked him to relocate to their states.

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City to pay $2M to family of Iowa woman mistakenly killed by officer

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 14:07

Associated Press

BURLINGTON, Iowa — A city in southeastern Iowa has agreed to pay $2 million to the family of a woman who was mistakenly killed by a police officer.

An attorney for the estate of Autumn Steele announced the dollar figure of the settlement with the city of Burlington on Monday. A federal court was notified this month that the settlement was reached in the wrongful death lawsuit. The deal is still being finalized.

The settlement doesn't include the release of additional video of the incident, which the family sought.

"We certainly hope it gets released," said Dave O'Brien, the lead attorney for the Steele estate. "We think it should be part of the public record. We don't think cities should be allowed to keep stuff confidential because they find it embarrassing."

Officer Jesse Hill fatally shot Steele while responding to a call about a domestic dispute between her and her husband outside of their home in January of 2015.

Hill said he opened fire to protect himself from an attacking family dog. Police released a short segment of body camera video that shows Hill fire his service weapon after a dog is seen jumping and growling. Hill mistakenly shot Steele in the chest and killed her as one of her two young sons was feet away.

O'Brien argued in court last month that the full video gives no indication that Hill had been bitten or injured before he opened fire, as he claimed in his police report. The lawsuit alleged that Hill acted recklessly when he killed Steele and that he tried to cover it up by falsely claiming that he was trying to defend himself from an attacking dog.

Attorneys for the city and Hill did not immediately reply to requests for comment. Hill faced no criminal charges or discipline for the shooting.

The video, and other records associated with the case, are being sought by the Iowa Freedom of Information Council, which filed a request with the federal court to participate in the case. The Associated Press is a member of the council.

Randy Evans, the council's executive director, said many of the filings in the case have been shielded from public scrutiny. A case before the Iowa Public Information Board, filed separately by the family and the Burlington Hawk Eye newspaper, also seeks the release of the video as a public record.

"We believe that the public deserves to be able to see what has occurred and what was being argued by the city and the family," Evans said.

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SUV fleeing border patrol crashes in Texas, killing 5

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 13:44

By Cliff Pinckard Advance Ohio Media

BIG WELLS, Texas — An SUV packed with undocumented immigrants crashed Sunday during a high-speed chase with border-control agents and a sheriff's deputy, killing five people and injuring several others.

Dimmit County Sheriff Marion Boyd says 12 people were ejected from the SUV when it flipped during the chase, CNN reports. There were 14 people in the vehicle.

Four people were pronounced dead at the scene near Highway 85 about 100 miles southwest of San Antonio, ABC News reports. A fifth person died at a hospital.

The driver, a suspected smuggler and also believed to be a U.S. citizen, survived the crash, according to NBC News.

The crash occurred at about noon during a chase that reached speeds of 100 mph, reports say.

The chase started when a border control agent spotted three vehicles traveling together and became suspicious of smuggling. Two of the vehicles stopped for authorities, but the third vehicle tried to escape from authorities.

"This is not unusual, absolutely not," Boyd says, according to ABC News. "We've seen this many many times, not only in this county but in other counties along the border. It's a problem. This is, I think, a perfect example of why our borders need to be secure. It endangers American lives as well as those people from Mexico and other countries coming here for whatever reasons they are coming."

©2018 Advance Ohio Media, Cleveland

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Bystander fatally shoots gunman who wounded 2 at Walmart store

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 11:44

Associated Press

TUMWATER, Wash. — A gunman injured a teen and shot a man in a pair of carjacking attempts Sunday, before being killed by a bystander outside a Washington state Walmart store.

The incident at the Walmart in Tumwater happened about 5 p.m.

A witness told KOMO-TV that people were in line when they heard gunfire in the store. Witnesses told other media that they were inside the store and heard shots.

Tumwater Police Department spokeswoman Laura Wohl said it is unclear whether the gunman was ever inside the store or if shots were fired inside, The Olympian reported.

Wohl said a man was shot when the gunman tried to carjack his vehicle.

Two bystanders outside the store drew their weapons and at least one of them fatally shot the gunman, Wohl told the Olympian.

The carjacking victim was flown by helicopter to a hospital, she said.

Police are investigating four scenes connected with the shooting.

The chain of events began with a report of a drunken driver but none was found. Police then responded to reports of shots nearby, Wohl said, and learned that a man had tried to carjack two vehicles. A 16-year-old girl was injured in the carjacking attempt.

The gunman then went to Walmart, Wohl said.

Tumwater is in Thurston County and near Olympia.

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Kan. deputies killed by inmate to have joint funeral service

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 11:34

Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Two Kansas deputies killed in the line of duty will be laid to rest Thursday following a joint funeral service.

Wyandotte County deputies Theresa King and Patrick Rohrer were fatally shot Friday. Authorities say they were killed by an inmate as they were preparing to leave the courthouse to return to jail after a hearing. King was 44 and had three children. Rohrer was 35 and was the father of two.

The funeral service is at 9 a.m. Thursday at Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas.

Authorities have not identified the suspect, who was shot several times and is hospitalized in stable condition.

Authorities say the inmate apparently overpowered the deputies in a gated area behind the courthouse and shot them — possibly with one of their own guns.

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Mechanical offset review for optics

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 10:14

Author: Sean Curtis

By Warren Wilson, P1 Contributor

During patrol rifle qualification season, it's easy to tell who has been practicing with their rifle and who hasn't when scoring the targets. The rusty rifle packer’s intended head shots will usually impact in the lower chin and neck due to mechanical offset and the shooter’s lack of compensation for this pesky phenomenon.

Why mechanical offset is important

By definition, mechanical offset is the distance between the sights and the bore and has an effect on the relationship between point of aim (POA) and point of impact (POI). With the common AR-15 rifle, that distance is about 2.5 inches.

Some argue that a high level of precision isn't necessary in a close-up defensive scenario, but rarely are armed assailants as cooperative and static as range targets. Most often, the target is small and highly mobile. Also, three-dimensional felons don’t usually have generous scoring rings to compensate for marginal hits. With all that considered and the fact that we are responsible for each round fired until it reaches its final resting place, precision is mandatory.

How training can combat mechanical offset deficiencies

How do carbine toters stay sharp on the topic and how can firearms instructors help them to do so?

One way to combat this deficiency is to actually train and not just qualify once per year. Keep in mind, qualification is a test; it is not training. If our officers only shoot a few times a year during qualification, they are receiving no continuing education in firearms usage. If your department already trains regularly, kudos are in order. You’re ahead of most. Unfortunately, that isn’t a practical solution for many departments since ammunition budgets aren’t generally decided by the lowly firearms instructor or even the rangemaster.

That said, if a department requires two qualifications or even one practice round and one qualification round per year, training ammunition allotments can be split into two sessions several weeks or months apart. Also, departments can offer voluntary sessions where officers are allowed to participate in drills with their own ammunition. This costs the organization nothing more than targets and range maintenance. Adding a few rounds of training to each qualification can also help. I always end my carbine practice sessions with five slow fire rounds at three yards on a one-inch circle. That really cements the relationship between POA/POI between practice sessions. That exercise costs only a few more minutes and a fraction more ammunition and could easily be squeezed between qualifications.

Include firearms refreshers during roll call training

Not all training must be live fire, though. Continuing education is required for all sworn officers anyway. Why not make a firearms refresher course on this or other gun-related topics like trigger-finger discipline part of that classroom training? Most departments already conduct roll call/muster training at the beginning of the shift. Firearms instructors could put together a quick slide show or video that demonstrates the correct sight picture for closer distances and document who attends the training.

Visual training aids like the photographs with this article can be helpful in reminding officers about mechanical offset when they’re not at the range. They can be displayed at the range, briefing room or even in the break room. There would only be a one-time cost of printing the posters.

Initial police officer training is key

Of course, the most effective way to stop a problem is to attack it before begins. An officer’s initial training sets the tone for his or her entire career. Prior to live-fire training, have the student measure the bore to sight plane and record it in his or her notes. Early in the range portion of the class, have the student aim directly at a small circle on a target at about two or three yards. Have them fire a few rounds and measure the distance between the target and the point of impact. Then, they will fire at the same circle while compensating for mechanical offset. Have the student record the distance between POA and POI in their notes. They can even keep the target for future reference.

The above are just some examples. With a little imagination, officers and instructors can come up with inexpensive and efficient ways to combat the negative effects of mechanical offset and improve any of the myriad skills and knowledge for which we are responsible.

About the author Warren Wilson is a lieutenant with the Enid Police Department in Oklahoma. He is a former SWAT team leader, current firearms instructor and writer. He has been a full-time law enforcement officer since 1996.

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Police catch convicted killer who fled ND halfway house

Sun, 06/17/2018 - 13:33

Associated Press

FARGO, N.D. — A convicted killer in North Dakota who walked away from a halfway house where he had been temporarily transferred for a psychiatric evaluation is back in custody.

Police say 29-year-old Sean Schroeder was apprehended Friday evening in Fargo after officers responded to a report of an intoxicated man.

Schroeder pleaded guilty in the May 2017 beating death of Chad Warren on the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation. He had been transferred to Centre Inc. on June 1 for a two-week furlough. He left there Wednesday.

Fargo Police Chief Dave Todd said Schroeder is "dangerous and violent" and should not have been released to an unsecure facility.

U.S. Attorney Chris Myers, whose office did not object to the furlough, said earlier that Schroeder "will wish" he had not left the halfway house.

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