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Dave Spaulding, Law Officer’s Firearms columnist, will conduct two seminars geared toward law enforcement next month at the SHOT Show in Orlando, Fla. Titled “Developing the Combative Mind,” each seminar will cover what it means to have a combative mind and how it fits into a personal defense plan. Some of the key elements discussed will include preparing mentally, minimizing reaction time, scanning properly, controlling fear and mastering other survival techniques.


Spaulding is a 28-year law-enforcement veteran, retiring at the rank of lieutenant. He currently works for a federal security contractor. He’s worked in all facets of law enforcement—corrections, communications, patrol, evidence collection, investigations, undercover operations, training and SWAT, and has authored more than 600 articles for various firearm and law enforcement periodicals. He is also the author of the best-selling books Defensive Living and Handgun Combatives.

Spaulding will present “Developing the Combative Mind” on Friday, Jan. 12 in Room 307C from 0930 hrs–1100 hrs, and on Saturday, Jan. 13, in Room 308D from 1030 hrs–1130 hrs.


“Hiring Top Cops—Strategies for Success,” a public Webcast and satellite broadcast sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), aired on Oct. 26, 2006. A panel of law enforcement and city leaders discussed best practices for attracting and retaining quality officers. Topics addressed included competitive salary, workplace incentives, community partnerships, accelerating the recruitment process and the changing profile of today’s police recruit. Access archived video and text transcripts of the Webcast at 


The first annual 1 Inch to 100 Yards Reality Based Training Symposium & Vendor Show, a new reality-based training and vendor conference produced by Khyber Interactive Associates for law enforcement, military and security professionals, takes place May 21–23, 2007, at the River Palms Resort in Laughlin, Nev. Designed to address the full spectrum of conflict preparation and mitigation, attendees will train in the latest tactics and techniques during hands-on combative programs and traditional lecture classes. Registration costs $185 (before March 15) or $225 (after March 15/before May 1), and includes conference attendance, a vendor/attendee hospitality event, access to all training and a banquet ticket. To apply to be a trainer or speaker, send proposals (before Jan. 15) to For more information and to register, visit, or call 877/884-0909.


Las Vegas Metropolitan Police lieutenant Randy Sutton, who produced True Blue: Police Stories by Those Who Have Lived Them, has announced plans for a new edition of the acclaimed book. True Blue II: More Police Stories by Those Who Have Lived Them will raise funds for building the proposed National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund Museum in Washington, D.C.

“The purpose of the book is twofold,” says Sutton, who also authored the critically acclaimed book A Cop’s Life. “Raising funds is an important aspect, but giving a voice to our nation’s law officers is equally important.” The first volume of True Blue, which raised more than $30,000 for the families of the law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the World Trade Center attacks, contained 55 stories written by active-duty and retired law enforcement officers from around the United States. Many of the short stories dealt with the often hidden emotional aspects of policing.

Sutton seeks submissions for True Blue II through Jan. 2007. Submit your stories electronically at, or send them to Sutton at 2250 E. Tropicana Ave., PMB 19-735, Las Vegas, NV 89119. Include biographical and contact information.



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