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November 04, 2014
Your agency got a 1033 MRAP! How will you train to use it? Steve Rabinovich - Officer Aid Tactics in Modern Threat Environments

Your agency got a 1033 MRAP! How will you train to use it?

These trucks feel, drive, and act unlike anything most drivers and teams are used to — to simply put them to use without proper training is asking for people to get hurt or killed - Full Story
November 04, 2014
Answering the critics of MRAPs and the 1033 Program Steve Rabinovich - Officer Aid Tactics in Modern Threat Environments

Answering the critics of MRAPs and the 1033 Program

We must acknowledge that some agencies adding MRAPs to their inventories face criticisms from their communities.... - Full Story
November 04, 2014
Why SWAT cops need to be their own fitness instructors Sgt. Glenn French - SWAT Operator

Why SWAT cops need to be their own fitness instructors

Stress and fatigue are your two biggest enemies while trying to function in a tactical environment - Full Story
November 04, 2014
Dealing with dogs on SWAT operations: 10 tactical options Lt. Dan Marcou - Blue Knights

Dealing with dogs on SWAT operations: 10 tactical options

No matter how you feel about dogs, do not put your life — or the lives of your team — in jeopardy because of an aggressive dog - Full Story
October 30, 2014
Bounce Imaging unveils throwable 360 degree camera for situational awareness Loraine Burger - Perspectives on Policing

Bounce Imaging unveils throwable 360 degree camera for situational awareness

Panoramic views of dark or tight spaces can be viewed instantly by a synced device - Full Story
September 30, 2014
Through-the-wall sensors advance tactical awareness the Office of Justice Programs' National Institute of Justice (NIJ) - TechBeat

Through-the-wall sensors advance tactical awareness

Superman’s X-Ray vision remains the stuff of comic books, but the past few years have seen advances in through-the-wall sensor technology - Full Story
August 12, 2014
Why your newest SWAT team member is a drone Sgt. Glenn French - SWAT Operator

Why your newest SWAT team member is a drone

The requirement for SWAT teams to seek a warrant for the use of drones is smart and good policy - Full Story
August 12, 2014
Prepare your SWAT team for a crisis on a plane Lt. Dan Marcou - Blue Knights

Prepare your SWAT team for a crisis on a plane

Imagine the radio in your squad or on your belt suddenly squawks: “Respond to the airport — there is a man on board flight 111 who says he has a bomb.” - Full Story
July 30, 2014
6 arguments against the ACLU's flawed 'police militarization' report Lt. Dan Marcou - Blue Knights

6 arguments against the ACLU's flawed 'police militarization' report

The ACLU’s 98-page report “The War Comes Home” highlights SWAT calls with bad outcomes and totally ignores SWAT successes - Full Story
May 29, 2014
Project aims to improve planning and training for SWAT operations the Office of Justice Programs' National Institute of Justice (NIJ) - TechBeat

Project aims to improve planning and training for SWAT operations

Several years ago, the Tactical Operations Technology Working Group identified the need for an affordable and realistic training environment specifically focused on SWAT operations - Full Story



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