is a former Chicago police officer and retired FBI agent. He is a freelance writer and award-winning author in a variety of genres, including novels, short stories and poetry. John also writes book reviews for the New York Journal of Books, and is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. His new book, John M. Wills , is available now. Visit John at: The Year Without Christmas www.johnmwills.com.
Joe Thug is firing at you from 20 feet away. Are you ready to return accurate fire? Should you try to acquire a sight picture?
Alternative Ballistics brings a new less lethal option to police work. Should your handgun be used for anything other than lethal?
Be ready to go beast mode in a moment’s notice.
With sleep disorders affecting about 40% of cops, how does lack of sleep affect your body and your performance at work?
How one officer lost over 150 pounds and decreased his survival risks with greater fitness.
FBI ANIMAL HOUSE - FBI training - is it the best, or the worst?
The officer mush not only subdue and control the suspect, but he must also safeguard his weapon.
It's a shame that so many people think what they see on television in police shows is reality.
Here are some things I’ve learned from my time on the job. Most of these truths stand the test of time.
Line of duty shootings affect the officer, the officer's family and so much more. Most people are unaware of how far the impact reaches and fewer still communicate it sufficiently.
No caliber or bullet is certain to incapacitate anyone unless specific areas of the central nervous system are hit.
In a gun battle, clearing a stoppage quickly can be a matter of life or death. If you or your agency has an instructor clearing shooter-induced stoppages, you are possibly setting that shooter up to fail should he have that problem occur on the street.
The truth is most of us will be involved in more hand-to-hand battles than gun battles. Moreover, some of these fights may lead to the death of one of the combatants, occasionally, the police officer.
Don’t rely on 9-1-1 or your own ears to direct you to gunfire. There's a better way.
Do we now have to be politically correct when referring to bad guys?
The hoildays are over. Your spare tire has grown. Now what?
LE spends approximately $2.5 billion annually on litigation.
If we look at this topic objectively, particularly, from a standpoint of risk and reward, I think most of us can agree that a police officer should carry their weapon while off duty.
Sometimes going for expediency is not the right thing to do.
How do I train when my department has cut training? You don’t need the latest and greatest technology.
Learn about other ways to boost energy levels naturally.
Do you know what to look for in an energy bar, or are you just buying a high-priced candy bar?
11 officers lost their lives on "routine" traffic stops in 2011. What can we learn?
There is no other calling like being a cop, nor any finer men and women.
Is breakfast really the most important meal of the day? And other common beliefs about how to lose excess pounds.