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Sykes Group Protective Services Bulletin
April 2012
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Injury Survival Part 1

Tactics to help a fellow officer or yourself survive serious injury

The gunfight is over. The attacking suspect lies dead on the pavement, but your partner is badly wounded, leaking blood profusely. Until EMTs arrive, what can you do, besides administer first aid, to help this desperate officer survive?

Realizing your response could make a life-or-death difference, PoliceOne asked five prominent trainers of survival psychology their advice. And, what would they suggest if you were the injured party, lying there alone or perhaps surrounded by others who don't know what's best to do or say?

In this three-part series, these experts offer practical tactics you can use more

Leadership in Executive Protection

What is leadership today? What has happened to the so called leaders of the industry? Who really makes the decisions that affects the lives of the people that we protect? Has the profession sold out?

As a former Recon Marine, I make all decisions pertaining to the daily operations of any protection detail predicated upon two principles:

1. Accomplish the mission.

2. Look out for the welfare of my men.

Seems pretty easy to me, how do I keep the principal from getting hurt or embarrassed and how do I keep my team from getting hurt? So far, my track record is pretty good. I’ve had zero casualties for VIP’s and zero for my team. I’ve done protection operations in 46 countries. Some extremely high threat, some nearly zero threat. I have taught protection in another dozen extremely high threat countries. None of the people that I have taught have ever had a VIP injured. There have, however, been more

Study Says Police More Forgetful After Chases or Altercations

Police officers who engage in at least 60 seconds of intense physical energy while involved in a combative encounter may suffer memory loss, according to a newly published study in the journal Psychological Science.

Researchers found that officers chasing down a suspect or engaging in a physical altercation with someone can often forget details of the incident, including being unable to identify the suspect from a lineup.

The study’s lead author, Dr. Lorraine Hope, University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom, said the study’s findings are a “warning” to officers, police chiefs and even the court system.

“Police officers are often expected to remember in detail who said what and how many blows were received in the midst of physical struggle or shortly afterwards,” said Hope. “The results of our tests indicate it may be very difficult for them to do this.”

The study followed 52 police officers – 42 men and 10 women – in Winnipeg, Canada, who had been on the job about 8 years. All exercised regularly and were considered fit and healthy.

The officers were split into two groups; both groups more

Focus on Training

Training for Deadly Force Encounters

For firearms instructors, it does not suffice to simply teach fellow law enforcement officers how to shoot. Each officer must master important fundamentals of marksmanship, such as grip, stance, sight picture, sight alignment, and trigger control. The duties of instructors include more than teaching students to hit a bull’s-eye. Instructors must prepare them to survive deadly force encounters, or, in other words, to win a gunfight.

It is widely recognized that firearms qualification courses do not fully represent a real-world gunfight. Qualification courses measure officers’ ability to apply the fundamentals of marksmanship, but with no one shooting back. Traditional flat-range drills help officers develop basic weapon handling skills, such as the draw and reloads, some of which also are tested during qualification courses. Mailboxes, automobiles, and other props can be positioned on the range to teach officers to seek and shoot from positions of cover and concealment. Reactive steel targets, especially dueling trees, can create safe, simulated “gunfights” in which two officers shoot against each other. These head-to-head competitions create stress by pushing the officers to shoot quickly and accurately.

Even more so than these tactics, shoot houses provide one of the best instruction tools to prepare officers for the threats they will encounter on duty. A shoot house allows instructors to teach law enforcement techniques, such as how more

Command and control in tactical environments

The lack of command and control we saw in Mumbai is a classic example what can happen without a clear mission with objectives to achieve.

Automatic weapons, armored vests, 148,000 rounds of ammunition, small squad military tactics and a plot to assault and kill Americans. What foreign terrorist organization could have this type of resolve to harm Americans? This terrorist cell is currently in Federal court in downtown Detroit facing charges of plotting to kill Michigan Law enforcement officers and their not a foreign terrorist organization. This group is from Michigan and they call themselves the “Hutaree” which they claim, means Christian warriors.

The plan was to murder a local police officer in an ambush. Then at the officers funeral they were to attack the police procession in more

Rolling the Dice – Train-the-Trainer

When you instruct, you are responsible for passing along wisdom – not just information. Engaged cops and cadets are enthusiastic to learn and become active participants in their own training. To create productive, memorable, and vibrant classes, an instructor must continually work on increasing audience participation. A good format will include group discussions, lectures, guest speakers, case studies, review games, and other activities. Active learning and audience participation may require more more

When do unarmed encounters become deadly force?

In teaching officers to control violent individuals, we need to make some philosophical decisions. First is that an officer’s life is more important than political correctness or potential liability. I was in a class recently where the instructor was teaching the use of an eye gouge when the situation reached the level of deadly force. He called the technique “ocular displacement,” which sounds more politically correct than “eye gouge.”

This political correctness has become a joke. If you are in a fight for your life and cannot get to your weapons, you may be forced to use an eye gouge. When your life is in jeopardy, are you more likely to remember the term “eye gouge” or “ocular displacement” — silly question, yes, but it makes the point. Furthermore, by even calling the technique “ocular displacement” it could unnecessarily — and incorrectly — lead a jury and/or the public to believe we’re hiding something.

Secondly, when does an unarmed encounter become deadly force? Most states and jurisdictions define deadly force more

Beyond the Band-Aid: Making Holes, Plugging Holes

With all the emphasis on making holes, how often do we consider plugging holes; not just in victims and perps recently ventilated, but our partners and ourselves?

Many of us pride ourselves on our ability to make holes. They give out trophies and plaques in the academy for the cadet most adept at making holes and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Conscientious readers out there will practice regularly and maintain a high level of skill so that if and when the time comes, they can make holes straighter and faster than the bad guy who’s trying to put holes in them.

With all the emphasis on making holes, how often do we consider plugging holes; not just in victims and perps recently ventilated, but our partners and ourselves? It’s been fifteen years since the North Hollywood Bank Robbery, a scene that left dozens of victims lying about with multiple injuries. As the gun battle raged on, paramedics and EMT’s were unable more

P1 First Person: The illusion of seeing

Your shift has been quiet to the point of being boring. You’re driving around, thinking about what you want to do on your days off, and watching the minutes tick by, one at a time.

The alert tone snaps you out of your driving trance. “Accident with injuries,” is broadcast, and you realize the address is only a few blocks away, so you answer up to take the call. You pull up to a stop sign along the way. You stop; look left, right, and then left once again. All clear, you start to pull out into the intersection. The sound of a motorcycle slamming broadside into your patrol car sounds like an explosion.

You drive a car every day, both on the job and in your personal life. You know the rules of the road, and you know there is a need to yield to oncoming traffic. How could you not more

FBI 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment – Emerging Trends 

The gang estimates presented in the 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment (NGTA) represent the collection of data provided by the National Drug Intelligence Center (NDIC) through the National Drug Threat Survey, Bureau of Prisons, State Correctional Facilities, and National Gang Intelligence Center (NGIC) law enforcement partners. An overview of how these numbers were collected more

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