Fighting in the hole

     Statistically, an officer is most likely to have to make a lethal force decision at contact distance more than any other moment. The problem is, there is often a training disconnect when it comes to preparing officers for these incidents...


     It is surprising how accuracy suffers the moment trainers put two people in a cauldron, then stir things up. The only solution is to train repeatedly. We believe that lasers give the officer a viable advantage.

Be a bad target

     Getting inside the OODA process of an aggressor also includes making use of the local landscape as cover. However, contrary to usual training, breaking and running to cover from contact distance puts the runner at a disadvantage.

     Being a bad target means staying in motion to make one harder to hit. This is passive. The better way to be a bad target is to aggress the aggressor.

     Above all, officers should train to prevail, not merely survive.

     Lindsey Bertomen is a retired police officer who teaches at Hartnell College in Salinas, California.

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