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Author: Law Officer

One-Handed Shooting

Anyone who has fired a handgun knows the gun is twice as stable when using two hands than when using one. Recoil control, shot-to-shot recovery, presentation to the target, weapon stability and a host of other skills work better with two hands. The problem: The likelihood of law enforcement officers needing to shoot with one hand remains quite high. Your support hand may be injured and disabled, or you may need it to open a door, hold a non-hostile person or fend off an attacker. Or maybe an attack comes so closely and quickly, you can't bring the support hand into play.

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Leadership & Self-Control

Late one night, two of my men, officers of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), were shot and severely wounded. A young man had been running naked through the neighborhood firing shots with a rifle. The officers followed him to his home and tried to convince him to put down his weapon. As they talked to him through his bedroom door, he exited through another door, snuck up behind them and shot both of them in the back. He ran back to the streets of the neighborhood.

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Reality Based Training: Build a Program, Not a Project

Too many trainers tasked with the job of creating tactical simulations lack the underlying educational architecture needed to develop effective training scenarios. This is akin to trying to grow grass on concrete: You can spend a lot of money on expensive sod, but if you lay it on a surface that either lacks or will never support the development of a root structure, it's destined for failure.

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No Get Out Of Jail Free Card

The United States Supreme Court recently decided the exclusionary rule does not apply when police officers fail to properly "knock-and-announce" their presence during the execution of a search warrant. Writing for a 5-4 majority, Justice Antonin Scalia stated in Hudson v. Michigan that suppressing evidence under such circumstances would essentially give a get-out-of-jail-free card to criminal suspects arrested pursuant to a valid warrant. According to the Court, that penalty is simply too high.

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