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Week 328
Volume 3
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Officer Mark Hickman (left), talks to Sgt. Rick Windham, who role-plays having a gun to his head during crisis intervention training in Albany, Ga. Hickman was using techniques taught to de-escalate the suicidal situation. (AP Photo/Elliott Minor)

The Suicidal Officer: Confronting our brothers and sisters

By Rachel Fretz, PoliceOne Editor

On April 4th, an armed and suicidal New Jersey off-duty officer, Jason Peltack, 27, was arrested driving in the vicinity of his former high school with a 12-gauge shotgun in the cab of his truck.

The school waited in lockdown mode for an hour. Students sat in the dark while authorities acted on a countywide alert to track the despondent officer. Authorities believed he may have been headed to the high school ... Full Story

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Depressed cops on meds: No cause to be ashamed

Visit the P1 Health - Physical and Mental Fitness section

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A SWAT member races across a highway during a hostage stand-off Thursday in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

10-hour Fla. hostage stand-off
ends in suicide

TAMPA, Fla. - A gunman barricaded himself in an indoor Florida shooting range, taking hostages during a 10-hour siege that ended when he shot himself to death early Friday, authorities said. None of the hostages was hurt.

Jeffrey Lane Dudney, 43, of Tampa, was facing attempted murder charges when he went to the shooting range Thursday afternoon intending to steal a firearm and flee the area ... Full Story

Related Stories:
Time vs. opportunity in hostage rescue (Secured- LE only)

Use the "L" to gain the edge in hostage rescues (Secured- LE only)

Visit the P1 Stand-Off Situations section

PoliceOne Training Tip:
The Virtual Blade

In this week's PoliceOne Video Tactical Tip, P1 Trainer Gary Klugiewicz explains the benefits of using a "Virtual Blade" during edged weapons training and explores strategies for ensuring that your training prepares you for navigating a realistic variety of edged weapon attack scenarios and results. Full Tip (Secure- LE only)

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N.Y. officer shot to death during traffic stop
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LAPD officer fatally shoots motorist in scuffle after pedestrian hit
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Off-duty Mich. deputy shot
[Pontiac, MI]

Conn. police use Taser to subdue man with knife
[Guilford, CT]

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Raids targeting Los Angeles drug gang lead to 22 arrests
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11 New York corrections officers charged with beating 2 inmates
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Slain FBI agent is mourned in Pa.
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W.Va. police flush out suspect hiding in Port-A-Potty
[Moundsville, WV]

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