Be ready to act immediately (Video)

Submitted by:
Scott Buhrmaster, PoliceOne Managing Editor & In the Line of Duty


Video:  Broadband  Dialup
Duty Sheet and Lesson Plan

In the Line of Duty includes a number of training points related to this in-car video clip of the killing of Laurens Co. (GA) Deputy Kyle Dinkheller. All of these are detailed throughout the complete video and training guide Vol. 7, Program 2, "Murder of a Georgia Deputy."

Perhaps the most important point to keep in mind while viewing this video clip is to be prepared to take immediate and decisive action when faced with a threat, particularly if the threat is clearly deadly.  If based on your training, departmental policy and relevant state and federal laws you determine that the use of deadly force against a subject who is clearly threatening your life is justified, you must be prepared to deliver that force without hesitation. "When your life is threatened by an armed subject, do not feel it necessary to let the subject fire first," reads the In the Line of Duty training guide. "Determine when lethal force is justified; then use it if called for."

Hesitation and indecision can be extremely dangerous in situations such as the one shown in this video clip. As you train, remember to include mental preparation for prompt action in your regime. As instructor Gary Klugiewicz put it in a recent PoliceOne tactical tip, "Drastic situations require drastic measures. Be prepared for that."

The video footage and duty sheet/lesson plan are from the "In the Line of Duty" video Volume 7 Program 2 - "Murder of a Georgia Deputy"

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Scott Buhrmaster is a longtime contributor to, as well as former Publisher of Police Marksman magazine. He has also served as Contributing Editor for Law Officer magazine. Scott has been a member of the law enforcement training community since 1989, when he began work as Director of Research with Calibre Press, Inc., producers of The Street Survival Seminar.

Throughout his tenure at Calibre, Buhrmaster was involved with virtually every aspect of the company’s officer survival training efforts, from the planning, creation and marketing of the organization’s award-winning textbooks and videos to developing and securing training content for the Seminar. In 1995, he was named Director of the Calibre Press Street Survival Newsline®, an Internet-based officer survival training service he helped found. In less than five years, Newsline readership grew from 25 officers to more than 250,000 in 26 countries, making it one of the most popular training vehicles in law enforcement history. His efforts now focus on providing training and information to the nearly 400,000 officers worldwide who visit every month.

Prior to joining PoliceOne, Buhrmaster, who also serves on the National Advisory Board of the Force Science Research Center and stands as an active member of the American Society for Law Enforcement Training and the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association, was President of The Buhrmaster Consulting Group, an international consulting practice for the law enforcement training sector and the publishing industry.

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