Train now for the day will come!
We at the Sykes Group LLC salute the
personnel of SEAL Team Six, the Naval Special Warfare Development Group,
the U.S. Special Operations Command and the C.I.A. for their successful
mission against Osama Bin Laden
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During a scene in the movie Enter the Dragon an
obnoxious bully is terrorizing the young crew members of a boat that's
transporting contestants to a martial arts tournament. The bully accosts
Bruce Lee on the deck and antagonistically interrogates, What's your
You can call it the art of fighting without fighting says Bruce.
The bully aggressively and relentlessly demands to see a
demonstration of Bruces skills. Bruce convinces him there's not enough
room on the boat to fight, and that they should get on the lifeboat and
go to the nearby beach.
The bully agrees, and Bruce has him get on the lifeboat first. At
which point Bruce immediately unties it, and allows the lifeboat to be
towed far behind the main vessel, providing the bully a well-deserved
dose of humiliation and seawater.
The point:...read more
See Through Enemy Eyes
The husband-and-wife team watched Sidney Reso for almost
thirty days before they attacked. Sitting in a van parked down the
street from Reso's suburban New Jersey house, the couple documented the
Exxon executive's daily routine, learning his habits and identifying his
vulnerabilities. Then, one morning, the couple abducted Reso in his
driveway as he retrieved his newspaper, something they had seen him do
every morning at the same time. He was shot in the struggle and died
several days later in captivity a victim of a kidnap-for-ransom scheme
gone tragically awry.
Whether the 1992 incident could have been prevented will never be
known with certainty, but security might have detected the warning signs
of the attack had the company instituted a counter surveillance program
as part of its executive protection measures.
A counter surveillance operation is....read more
Major Special Events Planning
Police officers around the world share many common
issues; they deal with organized crime, inefficient bureaucracies, a
lack of manpower, and a diverse list of threats against their
communities. As if these issues were not enough, most agencies must
facilitate crowd control and provide security for several major special
events throughout the year. These may include anything from a
presidential visit to a rival high school football game.
If you've worked one of these events, you know that the plan is only
good up to the point of execution. Once the event starts, anything can
happen. In other words, don't fight Murphy's Law but instead, embrace it
as your credo; anything that can go wrong, will. The best time to
handle a problem is before it ever starts, so incorporating contingency
planning is critical to a successful event.
A Place to Start
If you are tasked with handling crowd control and all of the other
issues related to a major special event in your community, first review
how the event was handled in the past and use it as your starting point.
Hopefully, your predecessor had....read more
News from ILEETA 2011: Preparing for a Mumbai - or Beslan style attack in the United States of America
It went like this...
The November 2008 terrorist attack on the city of Mumbai that killed
more than 170 and wounded more than 300 others two-and-a-half years ago
was a game-changer for American law enforcement. Few overseas events if any have had such an impact on police training and tactics as
Mumbai. Perhaps one other, the three-day hostage siege in the town of
Beslan that claimed the lives of more than 300 hostages, most of whom
were children has had a similar effect, but in my humble estimation,
probably not at least not yet but I'll get into that later.
During an afternoon session at ILEETA 2011, Chief Jeff Chudwin of the
Olympia Fields (Ill.) Police Department discussed patrol-level response
to Mumbai, Beslan, and other types of terror attacks when not if! they occur here in the United States. Chief Chudwin was as dynamic
and energetic in his presentation of materials as ever. If you've ever
seen Chief Chudwin speak, then you know what I'm talking about when I
say that he's one of the best speakers I've ever had the pleasure of
Chudwin, who also serves as the President of Illinois Tactical
Officers Association, began by saying that that we have both the means
and the capability to defeat an attack on our cities and towns. The only
question is, Do we have...read more
The Kaspersky Kidnapping - Lessons Learned
On April 24, officers from the anti-kidnapping unit of
Moscows Criminal Investigation Department and the Russian Federal
Security Service (FSB) rescued 20-year-old Ivan Kaspersky from a dacha
in Sergiev Posad, a small town about 40 miles northeast of Moscow.
Kaspersky, the son of Russian computer software services billionaire
Eugene Kaspersky (founder of Kaspersky Lab), was kidnapped on April 19
as he was walking to work from his Moscow apartment. A fourth-year
computer student at Moscow State University, Kaspersky was working as an
intern at a software company located near Moscows Strogino metro
Following the abduction, Kaspersky was reportedly forced to call his
father and relay his captors demands for a ransom of 3 million euros
($4.4 million). After receiving the ransom call, the elder Kaspersky
turned to Russian law enforcement for assistance. On April 21, news of
the abduction hit the Russian and international press, placing pressure
on the kidnappers and potentially placing Kasperskys life in jeopardy.
In order to defuse the situation, disinformation was leaked to the press
that a ransom had been paid, that Kaspersky had been released unharmed
and that the family did not want the authorities involved. Kasperskys
father also contacted the kidnappers and agreed to pay the ransom.
Responding to the ruse, four of the five members of the kidnapping gang
left the dacha where Kaspersky was being held to retrieve the ransom and
were intercepted by Russian authorities as they left. The authorities
then stormed the dacha, arrested the remaining captor and released
Kaspersky. The five kidnappers remain in custody and are awaiting trial.
According to Russias RT television network, Russian officials indicated that the kidnapping was orchestrated by...read more
Suspect Wore Explosives During AK-47 Police Attack
COLUMBIA, SC - Police found homemade explosives on the
body of a 22-year-old Columbia man who died Wednesday after charging
police with an AK-47 in Shandon.
Blakely Hilton Jernigan had built the homemade explosives out of a
powder, but they were no more sophisticated than high-powered
firecrackers, Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott said. Investigators also
found more weapons, cocaine and marijuana in Jernigans apartment after
the hour-long standoff ended in a hail of gunfire, Scott said.
More details emerged Thursday about the standoff that resulted in
police SWAT members shooting and killing Jernigan outside a rental house
in the Shandon neighborhood. Police continued their investigation as
they tried to piece together events that led Jernigan, a former Eagle
Scout, A.C. Flora High soccer player and Clemson University student,
VEHICLE DYNAMICS BASICS
Vehicle dynamics, two words you tend to hear often,
unfortunately most people don't quite understand what the words mean and
how it affects their day to day driving. As an example I recently
reviewed a solicitation for driver training from a military entity. They
asked the bidders to include a vehicle dynamics exercises. Well
driving to the shopping mall, parking your car, parallel parking are all
exercises in vehicle dynamics.
Vehicle Dynamics is the application of the laws of physics to a
vehicle in motion. That vehicle can be a fighter jet, train, or a horse
draw cart. In our case it is a vehicle with four rubber tires or two or
18 rubber tires as I have done in some training. The basic principals
are the same no matter how many tires are attached to the vehicles.
Hence when driving down the highway, around corners, or trying to drive
out of a potentially dangerous scenario, the vehicle driver combination
must operate within the laws of physics and specifically within Sir
Isaac Newtons three laws of motion.
If driving is a big part of your life personally or professionally
having an understanding of vehicle dynamics will make for a more
enjoyable driving experience. For driver trainers, at any level of
instruction, in depth knowledge of vehicle dynamics is a must. It
transforms an average instructor into a professional instructor. Yet
most people shy away...read more
Visual Screening for Concealed Handguns, Firearms and Weapons
Bail enforcement agents often face dangerous situations
in the performance of their work; there is no doubt that the greatest
risk comes from concealed weapons and firearms in the possession of
those who would do us harm. The reality of our work is that there are
evil people out there who will kill us if given the opportunity and
situational awareness is the greatest tool (an) investigator may employ
to identify danger before it is too late. Visual weapons screening is an
easily learned and valuable skill that helps bail agents during an
apprehension (or others with security concerns) spot individuals who
deserve closer attention and, when appropriate and lawful, a physical
The U.S. Secret Service, backed up by three studies over a period of
15 years and published in the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin (3/06),
identified the following visual cues indicating a person may be carrying
a concealed weapon:
Behavioral Traits In all three aforementioned studies, none of the criminal offenders interviewed used...read more