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High-Speed Pursuit and Citizen Safety: Protecting People from Themselves

Published on December 16, 2019

According to data from the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), roughly 12,000 people were killed in police chases between 1979 and 2013.  That’s roughly one death per day and is almost certainly an undercount (according to a 2015 investigative report, NHTSA’s figures for many specific states—including Kansas, Michigan, and Minnesota–showed fewer … Continued

The High Cost of Police Pursuit

Published on December 9, 2019

The High Cost of Police Pursuit
  We already know that police pursuits are extremely dangerous to both bystanders and officers, but they’re also extremely expensive. In Canton v. Harris (1989) the Supreme Court found that, under certain circumstances, inadequate training resulting in injury or death can be the basis for liability under U.S.C. Title 42, S. 1983.  Although that particular … Continued

Police Driver Training: De-escalate at Every Step

Published on December 2, 2019

Police Driver Training: De-escalate at Every Step
  Officers are expected to be on-the-spot social workers. That demands monumental presence of mind—which is completely at odds with the realities of the street, where a million things are happening at once. Chuck Deakins—FAAC Training Group lead subject matter specialist (SMS)—points out, “When I go into a physical training or martial arts environment, what’s … Continued

Police Scenario Training Instructor Development

Published on November 11, 2019

Police Scenario Training Instructor Development
Chuck Deakins has spent years helping law enforcement agencies integrate modern simulation-based police scenario training systems with their existing programs. At some point in every “train the trainer” session, he finds himself saying the same thing: “Stop talking, start training.” Deakins–a 30-year veteran of law enforcement often asks instructors to remember how they learned to … Continued

Law Enforcement Training Solutions & The Millennial Police Force

Published on October 22, 2019

There are nearly 76 million adult Millennials in the U.S. today. This makes them the single largest living generation, both increasingly culturally influential and a dominant player in the workforce. Any field that cannot attract and retain them will face a decreasing capacity to meet their mission, and increasing costs as their team’s age. All … Continued

Law Enforcement Training Solutions: Integrating Driving & Use of Force

Published on October 8, 2019

Law Enforcement Training Solutions: Integrating Driving & Use of Force
  In terms of officer safety and survival, driving and use-of-force are the two most critical skills. The threat of violence on the job is obvious, and given how much time officers spend in their cars, it’s no surprise that for most U.S. law enforcement officers, driving is a more consistent threat than firearms. But … Continued

Protecting Officers from High-Speed Pursuit

Published on October 1, 2019

Protecting Officers from High-Speed Pursuit
Over the last several decades, accidents of all types and especially driving accidents have become increasingly deadly for law enforcement.  Today, in much of the United States, an officer is nearly as likely to be killed or injured by a car than by a perp with a gun. Writing for a 2002 FBI Law Enforcement … Continued

Gregg County workers take crash course in better driving with FAAC simulator

Published on August 9, 2019

Gregg County workers take crash course in better driving with FAAC simulator
A consultant with the Texas Association of Counties instructed about 20 drivers over a two-day period at the Pct. 4 Barn in Kilgore. Pct. 4 Commissioner Shannon Brown invited the TAC after learning about the service, which has shown to practically eliminate driving incidents within the first six months of training, driving simulator consultant Don … Continued

Combining Multiple Approaches to Police Pursuit Training

Published on July 19, 2019

Let’s begin with identifying what a “traffic-related” situation really is and what liabilities we may actually be able to reduce through training. In some of the categorizing for LODD’s, a variety of situations are often grouped together such as “being run-over” or “assaulted” by an automobile. However, in real police work, we know that so … Continued

Complacency in Police Pursuit Training: Causes & Solutions

Published on June 20, 2019

What a tragic year 2016 was in law enforcement line of duty deaths involving ambush, violent assaults and firearms. Depending on the source that you use, LODDs due to firearms are up a staggering 61% to 83% over 2015, while overall LODDs are up 12% to 18% over 2015. It is a reminder that we … Continued
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