Officer-as-Hostage

Pulaski County, Ark. For nearly an hour, an in-custody suspect, 29-year-old Alonzo Gilliam, armed with a homemade knife, held a Pulaski County sheriff s deputy hostage in the basement of the courthouse. Gilliam was being held on numerous charges, including possession...
Rack  'Em Up

Rack 'Em Up

While I aim to offer valid information any officer or trainer can use, I have often directed this column toward the small-agency instructor or officer who doesn't have access to a multimillion-dollar training facility. I come from a department that had a...
Working Specialized Units

Working Specialized Units

During my 38 years in law enforcement I was able to work several specialized units. I found specialization offers both positive and negative aspects. An understanding of both of these perspectives will enable you to emphasize the positives and take practical steps to...
Active Shooters

Active Shooters

Active shooter incidents, although small in number, have had a terrible impact on the communities affected and the nation as a whole. In the early incidents, law enforcement responded to these disasters lacking suitable tactics and equipment, and we learned immediate...
Reality Based Training: Stop &Go

Reality Based Training: Stop &Go

At a recent 5 Day Reality Based Training Instructor school I ran in north Florida, one of the training groups was setting up a scenario in which a resistant motorist would refuse to exit the vehicle after learning there was a warrant for his arrest. Prior to starting...

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