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September 10, 2015
3 underlying benefits SWAT cops get from SWAT training Dan Danaher - Tactical Encounters

3 underlying benefits SWAT cops get from SWAT training

SWAT officers realize that their experience on a SWAT team makes them a better overall police officer - Full Story
September 10, 2015
How an effective SWAT firearms instructor tailors training Paul Gregory - The Firearms Instructor

How an effective SWAT firearms instructor tailors training

Certain training tenets tend to work very well for training academy cadets — or even seasoned patrol officers — but they don’t necessarily work quite as well when training SWAT officers - Full Story
September 10, 2015
Police History: How SWAT got its start Lt. Dan Marcou - Blue Knights

Police History: How SWAT got its start

SWAT has no mother and no born-on date, but Daryl Gates has rightly been given the sobriquet “The Father of SWAT” for his forward-thinking about problem solving and saving lives in high-risk incidents - Full Story
September 02, 2015
Why patrol must train to SWAT-level threat recognition Sgt. Glenn French - SWAT Operator

Why patrol must train to SWAT-level threat recognition

Cops face the threat of anti-cop factions who not only encourage hate and bias against police, but encourage violent attacks against officers — recognizing which is which is critical in today’s age - Full Story
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



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