POLICE Magazine - April 2013

COVER STORY

Training Accidents

By David Griffith
No one keeps complete nationwide statistics on law enforcement training accidents, but they are a significant cause of death and serious injury in the line of duty. Most training accidents share one common trait: They could have been prevented.

Features:

Fox's 'Cops' Marks 25 Years on the Beat  

This granddaddy of all police reality shows debuted on what was then a struggling Fox TV network back in 1989. Now in its 25th season "Cops" is one of the most popular law enforcement shows with both the public and with actual law enforcement officers.

Training Sims Help Officers Use Appropriate Force  

Nothing is exactly the same as being in an incident on the street, but today’s use-of-force judgment training simulators are getting darn close. And the more experience law enforcement officers have with split-second decision-making in a realistic training setting, the better they’ll be at making the right call on duty.

A Full-Scale Faux City for Force-on-Force Training  

The College of DuPage had Cubic Corp. create the high-tech tactical village at the college's 66,000-square-foot Homeland Security Education Center in the western suburbs of Chicago.

The Next Generation Firing Range  

Created using Meggitt Training Systems’ products and design assistance, the Suwanee (Ga.) PD training center is complete with a four-lane indoor shooting range, an academic classroom, and a training room that also serves as a virtual firearms trainer.

Who Are the Oath Keepers?  

After witnessing what he saw as an unconstitutional outrage in the wake of Katrina, a constitutional law scholar founded the Oath Keepers, an organization for peace officers and soldiers who adhere strictly to the letter of the Constitution and swear not to obey any orders that they believe to be unconstitutional.

Columns:

The Tragedy of Training Accidents  

When an officer is shot and killed in a training session, odds are some other officer pulled the trigger. The result is devastating for the officers of the agency involved and for the friends and families of both officers.

Instilling Positive Expectations  

I have discovered that a trainer has an incredibly powerful role to play in imbuing the trainee with either positive or negative expectations. And our profession demands that we hone skills essential for victory in confrontations.

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