is a full-time officer assigned to the training bureau where he specializes in use of force, firearms and tactical training. With over 23 years in law enforcement, his previous experience includes patrol, corrections, narcotics and he is a former team leader and lead instructor for his agency's SWAT team with over 500 call-outs in tactical operations. Kevin Davis
A good use of force oftentimes can look violent or bad. How do police agencies correctly train for, review and document a taped incident?
By learning and using sound tactical strategies and concepts, you can reduce the likelihood of an attack as well as reduce allegations that you created the jeopardy which led to the force application.
Not since the 1970’s have law enforcement officers been the target of vitriol and hatred by a portion of our populace.
In tough times it is important to give proper thanks for all your blessings. Our officer survival columnist gives his this holiday.
Yours or Theirs – The Realities of Policing on Tape. How to win in a cellphone video encounter.
Is everyone against us? (as it sometimes feels.) Has the tide of support turned against the police as a result of mainstream media information manipulation?
What are the facts and force factors in the Ferguson, Missouri shooting?
It is incumbent on agencies to train their officers to win. Don’t complain about the outcome, if you’ve engineered the process.
Let's be honest, most basic and in-service driving programs stink and LE could do a lot better job of properly preparing our officers behind the wheel. If you're fortunate to work for a progressive agency which has the facilities and allocates the funds...
Don’t take pat-downs, Terry Frisks and suspect searches for granted.
Based on the current threat against officers this short list of attributes, gear, tactics and training areas can improve your survival
The wolf is at the door; is our house made of straw and easily destroyed or solid brick and able to withstand the assault?
Often thrown around, the concept of team should focus on a symbiotic relationship between players and coaches; not just be dependent on the players making the coach look good.
Don’t become a victim to the political winds that blow.
Don’t believe in unicorns, the tooth fairy of somebody else giving you all the equipment and training you need.
Improve your officer’s firearms training with excellent target products.
More officers commit suicide each year than are killed by felons. We need to fix the problem and save our officers.
Instructors and courses should be checked out and vetted prior to contracting and receiving any training.
An officer confined to a wheelchair unable to speak – talks to you now
Active Shooter/Killer incidents seem to be increasing. Research indicates the need for increasing your armor capability.
How you can learn lessons from the author's 30+ year police career
What does it take to win on the mean streets? Here are some solid thoughts, areas and ideas
The best law enforcement training took place in Wheeling, Illinois in April. Where were you?
Here are some of the smaller but extremely worthy products I saw at SHOT and have subsequently tested.
Would that it could, that one shot from an officer’s sidearm could effectively stop a deadly suspect in his tracks. Oh, it can and has happened but the “Myth of the One Shot Stop” has been disproven many years ago.