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The Standoff Situations topic page offers a variety of tactical tips and strategic concepts to make sure the innocents are spared, the subject is secured, and the officers go home safely. When a suspect is barricaded in place, many things must happen for a successful resolution, such as setting up outer and inner perimeters, and making contact with the subject.
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November 17, 2010
Wisc. SWAT resolves standoff with armed man Lt. Dan Marcou - Blue Knights

Wisc. SWAT resolves standoff with armed man

Dane County SWAT did an excellent job of slowing things down, establishing a perimeter and communications with the suspect, whose actions demonstrated he was dangerous - Full Story
November 08, 2010
Book Excerpt: Building a Better Gunfighter Richard Fairburn - Law Enforcement Firearms

Book Excerpt: Building a Better Gunfighter

Improving Marksmanship, Mechanics, and Mindset - Full Story
November 02, 2010
10 tactical considerations for a bus assault Sgt. Glenn French - SWAT Operator

10 tactical considerations for a bus assault

Hostage rescue operations in a mobile environment is perhaps the toughest challenge any tactical team can encounter - Full Story
October 08, 2010
Lessons learned from the hostage incident at Discovery Channel Moe Greenberg - Detective's Notebook

Lessons learned from the hostage incident at Discovery Channel

The first words the hostage negotiators heard were, "I have a bomb strapped to my chest and I’m ready to die!" What would you do? - Full Story
September 01, 2010
A madman's manifesto: 'The planet does not need humans' Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Editor in Chief - Be Advised...

A madman's manifesto: 'The planet does not need humans'

James J. Lee reportedly wrote that 'Humans are the most destructive, filthy, pollutive creatures around and are wrecking what's left of the planet' - Full Story
September 01, 2010
No time for complacency on new deputy’s first day Charles Remsberg - 10-8: Life on the Line

No time for complacency on new deputy’s first day

“A lot of people view a rural sheriff’s office as a Mayberry, Andy Griffith place where nothing... - Full Story
August 30, 2010
Fatal Alaska ambush witnessed by one cop's family Lt. Dan Marcou - Blue Knights

Fatal Alaska ambush witnessed by one cop's family

Sgt. Tony Wallace and Officer Matt Tokuoka were ambushed by a 45-year-old Hoonah resident identified as John Marvin Jr. - Full Story
June 18, 2010
SWAT teams are golden in the Golden State Lt. Dan Marcou - Blue Knights

SWAT teams are golden in the Golden State

"Jackpot is good, suspect is down," was the transmission that announced the successful conclusion of a 56-hour standoff - Full Story
May 10, 2010
Calif. police snipers end deadly standoff Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Editor in Chief - Be Advised...

Calif. police snipers end deadly standoff

A 20-year-old suspect held his own mother at gunpoint for 30 hours - Full Story
March 17, 2010
Police negotiators are black belts in dialog Lt. Dan Marcou - Blue Knights

Police negotiators are black belts in dialog

Sometimes talk is cheap, but when a police negotiator is involved, talk can quickly become priceless - Full Story



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