The Stopping-Power Conundrum

Co-nun-drum:1. a riddle whose answer contains a pun; 2. any puzzling problem. I have long been fascinated with the topic of handgun stopping power. For almost 25 years, I read everything I could on the topic. I went to autopsies, spoke with coroners and emergency-room...

Providing Feedback

A traffic sergeant brought me a completed traffic citation book of one of his squad members. Lieutenant, take a look at this, he said. This guy is cherry picking. Eight of the 10 citations are at the same intersection. And there hasn't been a collision at that...

Shooting at Moving Vehicles

The Waukesha, Wisc., Armed Robbery & Shootout The Wales Bank in Waukesha, Wisc., was robbed by two gunmen wearing body armor and carrying .30-caliber rifles. During the ensuing pursuit, the father-son duo ambushed and murdered Waukesha Police Captain James Lutz....

Reality Based Training: Building Blocks

I often get asked, Where do I begin when starting a reality based training (RBT) program? It's a daunting task, to be sure. Of course, the best place to begin is in learning the mechanics of how to set up and conduct safe and effective RBT. As I've discussed...

Shooting an Unarmed Suspect

Civilians and police officers pose similar questions about police shootings of unarmed suspects: Can police shoot an unarmed suspect? Is it ethical? Is it legal? Civilians often add these questions: Why couldn t the police just hit him with their baton or pepper...

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