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Training for Close-Quarter Combat

Law enforcement is a profession of close contact with the public at large. To do their job, police officers must constantly come within double-arm's length of other people, an area I call The Hole. In this region, officers face their greatest peril, but there's just no way for them to avoid coming in close contact with citizens and suspects. Imagine the outrage that would result from officers standing back 30-40 feet and yelling to a citizen, "Sir! Please remove your identification and throw it over here to me.

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Technology Decisions

When I was director of operations for the Los Angeles Police Department, I found it extremely helpful to occasionally partner with a field officer. One evening I showed up for roll call at our Foothill Area Station in my field uniform. The lieutenant watch commander, anticipating my arrival, had teamed me up with a venerable, somewhat salty, street cop. He’d chosen well. My partner was well experienced and not intimidated by “brass.” He was prepared to give me his candid opinions and suggestions.

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Reality Based Training: Big Scenarios, Big Danger

In the Southeast three years ago an emergency management director decided to spring a simulated terrorist attack during a county commission meeting. At a predetermined time, four people dressed as terrorists and carrying a simulated explosive device burst into the council chambers and waved weapons. One fired a shot (a blank), and they took the members hostage, threatening to detonate the explosives. The sheriff and a few commissioners were told about the drill a scant few minutes before the meeting but didn t know the details.

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Moonlighting & Civil Liability

A job in law enforcement can offer various opportunities to earn extra income outside the routine of responding to citizens calls or working patrol. Police agencies often allow officers to work outside their normal hours as security officers for venues ranging from banking institutions, retail establishments, concert and sporting events to local flea markets. For some officers, these extra hours can mean the difference between living week to week and having the extra cash to pay down their debts.

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Emergency Communications

Who can forget the images out of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast during and following Hurricane Katrina? The havoc caused by the costliest Atlantic hurricane in history was awesome and terrible, stretching for scores of miles, costing billions in damages.

The law enforcement community responded to the call for help by sending personnel, vehicles, materials and equipment. Some officers spent weeks in Louisiana and Mississippi, backing up and relieving the exhausted local officers.

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Training At The Next Level

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