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November 15, 2013
How you can join the effort to help terminally ill children Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Editor in Chief - 10-43: Be Advised...

How you can join the effort to help terminally ill children

George Mark Children’s House is an outstanding care facility for children with life-threatening conditions — police officers anywhere can support this mission - Full Story
November 05, 2013
Take it from the vets: 10 pieces of advice for SWAT rookies P1 Community - The Question

Take it from the vets: 10 pieces of advice for SWAT rookies

If you're thinking about applying for your local SWAT unit because you just finished watching the movie... - Full Story
November 05, 2013
Cover and suppressive fire: Blind spot in training, gray area in policy Lt. Dan Marcou - Blue Knights

Cover and suppressive fire: Blind spot in training, gray area in policy

The military would have no qualms about laying down cover fire to rescue a downed soldier — does your PD address the option of cover and suppressive fire in both policy and training? - Full Story
November 05, 2013
The challenges of Urban Shield: Sharpened skills, broadened minds PoliceOne Special Contributors - P1 First Person

The challenges of Urban Shield: Sharpened skills, broadened minds

Urban Shield training in 2013 is designed to ensure our region remains better able to contend with the broad range of events we may face - Full Story
November 05, 2013
Urban Shield 2013: So much more than a 'SWAT thing' Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Editor in Chief - 10-43: Be Advised...

Urban Shield 2013: So much more than a 'SWAT thing'

Urban Shield is designed to strengthen preparedness— whether for a natural disaster, a terrorist attack, or a lone gunman in an elementary school - Full Story
October 28, 2013
Urban Shield 2013: Don’t forget the ‘victims’ Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Editor in Chief - 10-43: Be Advised...

Urban Shield 2013: Don’t forget the ‘victims’

Behind the scenes with the countless volunteers who make Urban Shield training so valuable — ‘victims’ will never fully know the good they did this weekend - Full Story
October 28, 2013
Urban Shield 2013: Embedding firefighters and EMTs into a SWAT response Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Editor in Chief - 10-43: Be Advised...

Urban Shield 2013: Embedding firefighters and EMTs into a SWAT response

Scenario #19 at Urban Shield 2013 challenged the competing SWAT teams to incorporate personnel from the Fremont (Calif.) Fire Department into their plans to deal with an active shooter - Full Story
October 28, 2013
Urban Shield 2013: First responders declare, ‘We have the watch!’ Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Editor in Chief - 10-43: Be Advised...

Urban Shield 2013: First responders declare, ‘We have the watch!’

35 elite SWAT teams from as far away as Brazil joined up with fire and EMS responders in the annual exercise organized and executed by Alameda County Sheriff Gregory Ahern and his team - Full Story
October 09, 2013
Are you ready to repel a Kenya-style mall attack? Sgt. Glenn French - SWAT Operator

Are you ready to repel a Kenya-style mall attack?

Taking on two squads of attackers who are likely to be trained in military tactics will be daunting for an unprepared police officer - Full Story
September 09, 2013
Urban Shield from the operator’s perspective PoliceOne Special Contributors - P1 First Person

Urban Shield from the operator’s perspective

By Ken Gemmel PoliceOne Special Contributor I feel lucky. There is no other way to describe the chain... - Full Story



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