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‘Lethal Force’ by Tony Long

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

Some of SSDs readers, and those in the trade, may remember Tony from his time with Edgar Brothers but may not know that having retired in 2008 after 33 years service with the London Met and 25 years with the Met’s Specialist Firearms team, in 2014 he was charged with the death of an armed suspect who together with two others were on route to rob and kill rival drug dealers. Tony faced a murder trial in 2015 and was rightly acquitted. He has written the book ‘Lethal Force‘ to put the record straight and explain the difficulties of being an armed officer within a police service and a society that is predominately unarmed. I can’t wait to read it.

Spirit of Blue Foundation Awards Patrol Rifle Grant To Cicero (NY) Police Department

Monday, June 13th, 2016

Cicero Police Department Receives Patrol Rifle Grant From The Spirit of Blue Foundation.

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – June 13, 2016 – The Spirit of Blue Foundation announced that it has awarded a Safety Equipment Grant to the Cicero Police Department (CPD) for the acquisition of three AR-15 style rifles and essential accessories, valued at $9,065.43. The rifles constitute the creation of the CPD’s patrol rifle program, a capability they do not currently have, for the protection of its officers. CPD Officers will be trained in their use and the rifles and accessories will be staged in patrol cars for deployment.

Spirit of Blue presented the Cicero Police Department three LMT Defense rifles along with essential accessories to start their patrol rifle program. Receiving the grant was Town Councilor Mike Becallo; Town Supervisor Mark Venesky; Sergeant James Snell; and Chief Joseph Snell (left to right). The grant was presented by Spirit of Blue Executive Director Ryan T. Smith (center).

“These rifles will be a great asset to the Department and the community. It is important that we are prepared to respond to critical incidents with the proper equipment,” commented Chief Joseph Snell of the Cicero Police Department. “Having the proper equipment and resources provides a higher level of safety for our Officers and the residents of Cicero.”

The CQB16 rifles were generously donated by premier rifle manufacturer LMT Defense, which was founded in 1980 to provide the US Military, law enforcement and government agencies with precision engineered, high quality weapons. Since that time LMT Defense has gone on to distribute its product to militaries, national police agencies and VIP protection details in 43 nations around the world. Each rifle will come complete with an EOTech Holographic Weapon Sight, Magpul Back-Up Sights and five 30-round PMAG ammunition magazines, a Blue Force Gear Ten-Speed Chest Rig and VCAS weapon sling, all donated by their respective manufacturers.

“At the most basic level a rifle is a tool, and these are tools that any modern law enforcement agency must have to protect its officers and the residents they serve,” explained Ryan T. Smith, Executive Director of the Spirit of Blue Foundation. “We are pleased to be able provide these tools to the Cicero Police Department and we are grateful to our many safety grant sponsors who donated their great products to make this grant possible.”

Statistics preliminarily released by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund show that 44 law enforcement officers have already lost their lives in 2016, a decrease of 8% so far from the prior year. But 20 of those deaths were firearm related, a 25% increase over the same period in 2015. The reality of these statistics, and the increasing number of underfunded law enforcement agencies across the country, fuel the Spirit of Blue safety grant initiative.

The Spirit of Blue Foundation actively encourages the public at large to honor and appreciate law enforcement officers who serve to protect our communities. By supporting the Spirit of Blue Foundation, the public can make an impact in the lives of law enforcement officers every day. To learn more about the Spirit of Blue, or make a donation, visit www.spiritofblue.com.

Norwegian Police Adopt Arc’teryx Jacket System

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

Recently I started hearing about major interest in Arc’teryx clothing by Law Enforcement in Norway. Earlier today, Politiforum.no made an announcement about the purchase of a three jacket system for Norway’s Police. Police Director Odd Reidar Humlegård signed the agreement just after the noon hour.

I’d say “congratulations!” to Arc’teryx but the real winners for the Norwegians. These new jackets will replace the old model which is leather and has been in service since 1994. This selection is the culmination of almost three years and the participation of nine different suppliers with 135 officers testing the garments. It also puts all Norwegian Police, Corrections and Customs in a common uniform.

Although the deal is more expensive than other options (50-60 million Kroner), the General Police Services chose the system the Police liked best. Specifically, Norwegian Police will receive the Alpha Jacket, Drac and Atom LT and fielding will begin in 2017.

Screen caps all from Politiforum.no.

Action Target Opens Registration for 2016 Law Enforcement Training Camp

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

PROVO, Utah – June 7, 2016 – Action Target Inc., the leading manufacturer of shooting ranges, today announces the opening of registration for their highly anticipated annual Law Enforcement Training Camp (LETC), which will be held September 12–16, 2016.

Now in its 24th year, LETC brings world-class instructors and a superior training curriculum to over 140 firearms trainers at a week-long, fast paced, high volume shooting camp. LETC is designed to aid firearms instructors from across the country in their training effectiveness allowing them to pass those skills along to officers in their respective agencies. 

“LETC is a way for Action Target to give back to the LE community. It is extremely rewarding to hear the high praise and positive feedback from LETC attendees each year. LETC intensifies our commitment to continuously improve our training programs and products,” said Kevin Tomaszewski Action Target V.P. of Engineering and Marketing.

LETC instructors are some of the best in the industry. Instructors are hand picked from some of the most respected training institutions in the world and courses are chosen and developed to address the current needs of modern law enforcement agencies.

This year’s curriculum includes the following courses:

    Shoot Fast and Move with Kyle Schmidt
    Reactive Shooting with Todd Haller
    Rapid Deployment Patrol Rifle with Steve Horsman
    Master Pistol Instructor with Tony Caspers
    LE Bullets & Vehicles with Tony Caspers
    Low Light Tactics & Force on Force with Wes Doss
    Shoot House Instructor with Neil Honkala
    Ultimate Shotgun with Brian Hoffner
    LE Precision Rifle, instructor TBA

“What separates LETC from other schools and courses is the depth of skill, knowledge, and passion for learning and teaching that comes together each year at LETC” said Seth Ercanbrack, Marketing Communications Manager at Action Target.

With new and improved course curriculums and the introduction of vendor demonstrations, this year promises to be better than ever. The range at LETC is equipped with the latest advanced target systems by Action Target allowing participants to train on world class facilities including a shoot house, reactive steel bobber range, turning targets, runners, and the worlds best portable steel targets. LETC has built a long-standing reputation for great training, great people, great food, and the best value anywhere.

Participants will also have the opportunity to put their skills to the test in the annual Cory Wride Memorial Match for a chance to win prizes and bragging rights.

Agencies and trainers who would like to attend LETC are encouraged to register quickly to ensure space is available in desired courses. Attendance is capped at 140 participants and sells out quickly each year. Full course descriptions and registration information can be found at www.actiontarget.com/training/letc

Thyrm – Back The Blue Badge Campaign Raises Funds For NLEOMF

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

Thyrm has introduced a limited edition blue color for their popular SwitchBack and Cell Vault products. Their Back The Blue Badge Campaign raises awareness of the sacrifices of the law enforcement community and for each purchase, Thyrm will donate $5 to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.


Get Off The X: Lessons Learned From The Ambushed Orange County Deputies

Friday, May 13th, 2016

Last month, deputies from the Orange County Sherriff’s Department responded to a possible suicide call. One minute after arriving on scene, a man with an assault rifle ambushed the deputies.

Recognizing their tactical disadvantage, the deputies minimized their silhouette and maneuvered out of the kill zone. The deputies involved stated, “We did what we had to do to survive. Training just kicked in.”

Recently released dash-cam footage of this event is so powerful because it demonstrates why we must model flat range training after what actually happens in the real world. If the deputies involved had subscribed to the trendy and unproven methods being pushed on law enforcement (i.e. “stacking pillars”, and treating windshields as cover) disaster would have ensued.

Outstanding performance gentlemen.

Portions of this article appeared first at BehindTheBadgeOC.com.

Author Aaron Barruga is the founder of Guerrilla Approach LLC.

FirstSpear Friday Focus – Thin Blue Line T-Shirt

Friday, May 13th, 2016

In this week’s Friday Focus, FirstSpear recognizes the men and women of Law Enforcement with this Short Sleeve T-Shirt. In honor of National Police Week, May 15-21, FirstSpear will donate $10 to the National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Fund for every T-Shirt sold between the 15th and the 21st, including their new TBL shirt, available now.


Banshee QD Plate Carrier – Selected by the Long Beach Police Department

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016


Shellback Tactical is proud to announce that through a bid and selection process the Banshee QD (Quick Deployment) plate carrier has been selected by the Long Beach Police Department. The Banshee QD Plate Carrier will be apart of a kit that they are distributing to their patrol division. They will be issuing approx 600 Banshee QD’s and Kits that include a med kit and armor.

Shellback Tactical is proud to have been selected to be apart of this life saving equipment. We applaud the Long Beach Police Department for investing in their personnel.

If your agency is also interested in outfitting your agency with Plate Carriers, Hard Armor, med kits and commonly referred to as active shooter kits. Please contact mike@shellbacktactical.com for info, quotes (RFQS). We would be happy to help.

Shellback Tactical was founded in 2003 by a Police Officer. We have over 18 years of Law Enforcement experience and we have been designing gear and other life saving equipment for over 12 years. Trust in us and our experience to get your agency and officers protected.