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August 12, 2015
Why patrol K-9s and handlers belong on SWAT Brad Smith - K-9 Tactical Operator

Why patrol K-9s and handlers belong on SWAT

If selected properly, any patrol dog can be a SWAT dog, and a properly trained and motivated patrol dog handler can be a SWAT dog handler - Full Story
July 15, 2015
Where does EMS fit into active shooter response? Lessons from Aurora theater shooting Sgt. Glenn French - SWAT Operator

Where does EMS fit into active shooter response? Lessons from Aurora theater shooting

There are plenty of firefighters and EMS personnel willing to respond to these dangerous active shooter incidents when they know that they have the proper equipment, training, and police assistance - Full Story
June 19, 2015
P1 Photo of the Week: Hostage training PoliceOne Members - Photo of the Week

P1 Photo of the Week: Hostage training

(PoliceOne Image) This week's photo of the week comes from Sergeant Michael Parise of the Ramsey... - Full Story
June 16, 2015
7 keys to successfully policing a potentially unruly crowd Lt. Dan Marcou - Blue Knights

7 keys to successfully policing a potentially unruly crowd

A large disturbance is an opportunity for officers to look very good or very bad in front of millions; use the Madison Method to peacefully and successfully police a crowd - Full Story
June 16, 2015
Why SWAT teams need a 'hands-free' operator Lt. Dan Marcou - Blue Knights

Why SWAT teams need a 'hands-free' operator

It’s not only awkward, but dangerous to try to handcuff a suspect while carrying a long gun, a shield, or a baton — the officer trying to accomplish this is in a less than advantageous position - Full Story
June 16, 2015
Why every officer should be trained to SWAT standards Dan Danaher - Tactical Encounters

Why every officer should be trained to SWAT standards

Agencies across the country have adopted policies and procedures to train and equip line officers for situations that have customarily been reserved for SWAT teams - Full Story
June 05, 2015
P1 Photo of the Week: SWAT training in Chattanooga PoliceOne Members - Photo of the Week

P1 Photo of the Week: SWAT training in Chattanooga

(PoliceOne Image) This week's photo of the week comes from Sgt. Josh May with the Chattanooga Police... - Full Story
May 22, 2015
Why Obama’s advice to police to ‘abandon warrior mindset’ won’t work Lt. Dan Marcou - Blue Knights

Why Obama’s advice to police to ‘abandon warrior mindset’ won’t work

Every police officer is a guardian, but on the inside there must reside the beating heart of an honorable warrior ready to be summoned at a moment’s notice - Full Story
May 18, 2015
3 crucial points about Obama’s evisceration of the 1033 Program Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Editor in Chief - Be Advised...

3 crucial points about Obama’s evisceration of the 1033 Program

If cops are stripped of the safety equipment and less lethal devices used for crowd control and other enforcement efforts, the scene on the street can quickly become dangerous - Full Story
March 24, 2015
How visualization and contingency planning help SWAT operations Dan Danaher - Tactical Encounters

How visualization and contingency planning help SWAT operations

All SWAT officers should use pre-mission visualization and try to plan for every contingency — both as a team and as individual SWAT operators — because it can mean the difference between life and death - Full Story



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