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First Ever Great Lakes Law Enforcement Challenge Gets Ready to Kick-Off September 10-11, 2017

Friday, July 28th, 2017

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CENTRAL LAKE, MI, July 25, 2017 – A premier industry event, the Great Lakes Law Enforcement Challenge (GLLEC) will officially kick-off this coming September 10th through the 11th at the Shanty Creek Resort and Davis Shooting Range in northern Michigan. This two-day forum will bring together law enforcement officers and first responders from across the region including Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Wisconsin, and surrounding states in various educational workshops and exercises focused on real-world training and advancing 21st-century skills. GLLEC will include debriefs on major LE incidents, certified training conducted by highly respected leaders, live fire team skills challenges, a vendor showcase featuring latest industry technologies, and a product innovation center.

“The Great Lakes Law Enforcement Challenge, in partnership with the Great Lakes Tactical Associations, was established to foster the exchange of information between agencies and association members,” stated Chris Giolitti, Vice President of the Michigan Tactical Officers Association (MTOA). “This forum will help with the creation of vital standards for training and provide an affordable opportunity to the law enforcement community to gain top-notch instruction and up-to-date information on emerging trends and the latest innovative tools/resources available. At its core, this is an officer survival training event – focused on critical aspects such as active shooter incidents, vehicle assaults/ambush, officer rescue, effective police response and tactics, and the mission-critical equipment that support officer performance and protection. MTOA is thrilled to be a sponsor of this inaugural gathering and we look forward to collaborating with participants to ensure its success.”

This free event is open to active law enforcement officers and first responders only. Interested parties are invited to submit their request to be considered for participation in a single or team format by registering at the GLLEC Registration Page. Lively workshops, skills-development sessions and team challenges will be led by some of the LE industry’s most experienced experts. The line-up includes…

Keynote Speakers and Classes:
¬ Debrief with Officer Josh Comitale (Troy Police Dept., NY): Officer Survival while Under Fire
¬ Debrief with Sheriff Michael Kent Neal (Monroe County, AR): West Memphis Shootout with Cop-Killing Sovereign Citizens
¬ Class with Chief (ret.) Jeff Chudwin & Commander Edward Mohn: ITOA Tactical Patrol Officer Program
¬ Class with Officer Dustin Mowery (Ohio State University Police): Vehicle Assaults

Dynamic Training Events:
¬ Vehicle Ambush – Fighting to Win: Simulation of a single officer on patrol being ambushed by multiple adversaries.
¬ Officer Rescue: Focus on teamwork, communication skills, TC3 / Care under Fire skills, and accuracy with multiple weapon platforms.
¬ Traverse and Cover: Focus on teamwork, accuracy and positional shooting. A 4-5-person team will negotiate multiple barricades and firing positions.
¬ Active Shooter: Focus on the preparedness of the team in an all too common scenario that LEOs have to deal with in today’s world.
¬ Team vs. Team Challenge: Teams competing against the clock, barricades, and other teams as they contend for bragging rights and honor of being first ever GLLEC Team event winner.

In addition to support from regional agencies and associations, GLLEC has an impressive roster of vendor partners, including Platinum Sponsors – Armor Express, BUSCH PROtective, ClearArmor, and Teijin; Gold Sponsor – DSM Dyneema; Silver Sponsors – 556 Tactical and Martintek U.S.A; and Corporate Sponsors – Ray O’Herron and Super Quick Clean Guns. Interested in becoming a sponsor? Learn more at GLLEC Sponsors.

“The Ohio Tactical Officers Association (OTOA) is proud to sponsor officers who are attending this instrumental training and competitive event,” said Lt. Wade McQueen of Hamilton Police Dept. and Director of Competitive Events for OTOA. “While some may argue about the world being a scarier place, the facts show that violent crime is increasing and the brazen tactics of criminals are constantly changing. As officers, we must be able to respond effectively and the more prepared we are to recognize and address the threats, the better we can deal with them. When we get an opportunity like the Great Lakes Law Enforcement Challenge to help our members refine their skills, we’re excited to move full speed ahead. This two-day training event will challenge participants and help sharpen valuable skills that we all need. The amount of knowledge to be attained is unlike in any other environment, except actual mission deployment. This is as close as you will get to the real-world experience.”

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About the Great Lakes Law Enforcement Challenge
The Great Lakes Law Enforcement Challenge (GLLEC) combines real-world training with onsite skills application in a competitive, challenging and rewarding event. GLLEC features insightful debriefs and educational sessions on major law enforcement incidents, along with certified training workshops conducted by highly experienced and respected presenters. Packed into two intense days, the Challenge is located at the Shanty Creek Resort and on the Davis Shooting Range in northern Michigan. For more information on GLLEC, please visit www.gllec.com.

Blueridge Armor Releases Vengeance Series Hard Armor Shield Line

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

BlueRidge Armor announced the launch of the VENGEANCE™ series, a new hard armor tactical shield line. Introductory models of the new ballistic shields were displayed July 13th and 14th at the ADS Warrior Expo East in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

The VENGEANCE™ Series builds off BlueRidge Armors popular WMX1 Transporter Platform. Partnering with Dix Defense distribution and Elzetta Lighting, maker of the toughest flashlights on the planet, the new series introduces an exclusive patent pending viewport, and two available patent pending lighting systems. The VENGEANCE™ viewport offers the same side to side peripheral vision of a traditional rectangular viewport, while improving lower peripheral vision and maintaining a high degree of upper helmet coverage as the result of its unique Deep-V top.

Elzetta Lighting developed two new shield handle systems with integrated high output LED lights. A Horizontal handle system incorporates a proprietary single point, ambidextrous pressure switch eliminating exposed wiring. The revolutionary Tridextrous™ handle system offers three grip angles and greatly improves ergonomic three-point control of the shield. Three intuitive light activation points are easily accessible for both right and left handed users. Both systems feature high output 1000 lumen LED lights, incorporate distinct diamond textured grip surfaces and are proudly made in America.

BlueRidge Armor, LLC., Dix Defense and Elzetta Lighting are independent, privately held companies.

For further information please contact:

BlueRidge Armor LLC, Phone – 844-556-M855 – email – info@blueridgearmor.comblueridgearmor.com

Dix Defense, Phone – 336.558.9512 email – dixenterprises@dixdefense.comdixdefense.com

Elzetta Lighting, Phone – 859-707-7471 email – info@Elzetta.comelzetta.com

Propper 4PV Armor Records First Save

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

St. Charles, MO — Troup County (GA) Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Hockett, 24 years old and newly married, recently became the best kind of statistic – a survivor – thanks in part to his Propper 4PV concealable armor.

According to the sheriff’s office, Hockett was responding just before noon on January 9 to a welfare check call in the rural community when he was allegedly shot by Matthew Edmonson multiple times with a shotgun-type weapon, including in the side, where the 4PV he was wearing under his uniform stopped the projectiles from penetrating. Hockett returned fire, striking the suspect once in the shoulder, then retreated to his vehicle, where he called for backup as he drove to safety. In all, Hockett was struck in the forehead, side, hand, and elbow. The suspect was later taken into custody by the SWAT team after a long standoff.

The Sheriff’s Office released the following statement:

Around 11:55 [January 9th, 2017] a Deputy with the Troup County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a residence on Jackson St in Troup County regarding a welfare check on an individual. When the deputy arrived he exited his vehicle to go around a fence toward the house and heard what he described as a banging sound. As he looked in the direction of the noise he saw a white male firing a gun at him. The deputy then retreated at which time the individual got into a truck and began driving toward the deputy. At that point the individual exited his truck and began firing at the deputy who announced to the person that he was a deputy and the deputy returned fire striking the male who then got in the truck and went back to the house.
The deputy, Michael Hockett, was struck by gunfire and was able to retreat to his vehicle and call for further assistance and was transported to West Georgia Medical Center where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries and released a short time later.
At 6:25 PM the suspect, identified as 28 year old Matthew Edmondson, was arrested without further incident after coming out of the residence he had been held up in since the incident began. Edmondson was assessed on scene by emergency personnel and was transported to Columbus Medical Center for a gunshot wound to his shoulder.
The scene has been turned over to the GBI and charges are pending against Edmondson. Nothing further at this time.

“We are extremely grateful that the vest did its job and Deputy Hockett survived this potentially deadly encounter,” said Skip Church, Vice President of Armor Products for Propper. “The four-panel design of the 4PV placed the protection where he needed it. A typical two-piece vest would not have performed as well.”

The 4PV’s four-panel system includes separate side panels that bridge the gap between the front and back panels, filling in the vulnerable opening found in two-piece designs.

Hockett was presented with a brand new replacement vest courtesy of Propper at a ceremony honoring his bravery. This is the first recorded save by a Propper 4PV since the company began making armor in 2014.

Dashcam footage of the incident.

www.propper.com

Connecticut SWAT Challenge – August 22-24 2017

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

We are just over a month out from the Connecticut SWAT Challenge, which has become one of the best annual LE competitions here in the states. Held August 22-24, in West Hartford/Simsbury, Connecticut, the SWAT Challenge will include training as well as competitions for such categories as Top Cop, Top Sniper and pistol and rifle marksmanship.

For full details, visit www.ctswatchallenge.com.

Ops-Core Helmet Saves LAPD SWAT Officer’s Life

Monday, June 26th, 2017

During a recent callout, a suspect fired a .44 round at a LAPD SWAT officer from an elevated position 7-10 feet away.

The Ops-Core FAST XP Helmet he was wearing, saved his life.

If there’s a lesson in here, it’s wear good kit. If your life depends on it, don’t skimp.

LAPD Bans Use Of Blackhawk Serpa Holster

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

Earlier this week, we began to hear rumors that the Los Angeles Police Department had banned use of the Serpa Holster. We now have confirmation.

On June 8, 2017, LAPD issued a directive to its personnel disapproving use of the Blackhawk Serpa holster as well as all auto-locking trigger finger manipulated holsters. The memo goes on to add, “These holsters violate sound weapon manipulation practices and may increase the likelihood of a negligent discharge.”

The Official version of the memo seen above has been disseminated throughout the Department and was signed by the Officer In Charge of the Police Sciences and Training Bureau and countersigned by a representative from the Office of the Chief of Police.

The LAPD is one of the largest law enforcement agencies in the United States and a leader in the development of policies and procedures. They now join numerous federal agencies who have also banned use of the Serpa holster.

Spirit of Blue Foundation Receives $50,000 Gift From Law Enforcement United

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

ROCHESTER, NEW YORK – June 20, 2017 – The Spirit of Blue Foundation is excited to report that it has received a $50,000 cash donation from the National Board of Law Enforcement United (LEU). The gift was presented to the Spirit of Blue at LEU’s 8th Annual Road to Hope Memorial Ride arrival ceremony held this year at the World War II Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, DC on May 12, 2017. Nearly 1,000 active duty and retired law enforcement officers, along with a number of surviving family members of officers who were lost in the line of duty, rode over 250 miles to honor the sacrifices that fallen officers have made in service to their communities and the families they leave behind.


Law Enforcement United (LEU) awarded the Spirit of Blue Foundation $50,000 at their 8th Annual Road to Hope Memorial Ride arrival ceremony. Presenting the donation from LEU was (left to right) Asst. Executive Director Steve Callow, Director of Outreach Mark Faust, and Executive Director Wallace “Chad” Chadwick. Receiving the donation was Ryan T. Smith, Executive Director of the Spirit of Blue Foundation.

“Law Enforcement United Is proud to support the Spirit of Blue for a second year in a row. We are pleased with the efforts they are making in supporting the grants for equipment and training to departments that would otherwise not receive such funds,” commented Wallace “Chad” Chadwick, Executive Director of Law Enforcement United, who also serves as a Sergeant with the Chesapeake (VA) Police Department. “The efforts that our combined charities are making in the law enforcement community are potentially saving lives with this invaluable equipment. Law Enforcement United will continue to support Spirit of Blue and its programs as we truly believe in this cause as it is in line with our shared interest.”

Law Enforcement United consists of chapters in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and New Jersey along with riders who join from a host of other states across the country. Each rider raises $1,250 on their own to participate in the annual Road to Hope Memorial Ride, which covers the cost of their participation and generates the funds donated to select law enforcement causes. A subset of riders also participate in Project Active Armor, where riders wear ballistic vests along the entire route of the ride to demonstrate that with today’s body armor it is not only possible to bike 250 miles in their vests, but that there shouldn’t be any reason law enforcement officers can’t wear their armor while on duty. In addition to the gift made to Spirit of Blue, LEU also presented $100,000 to the Officer Down Memorial Page (ODMP) and $450,000 to the Concerns For Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) national organization. In total, LEU has raised over $5,000,000 since it was founded in 2009.

“We are still early in our relationship with LEU, but already they have exceeded our expectations,” commented Ryan T. Smith, Executive Director of the Spirit of Blue. “We will be able to do a lot with these funds through our Safety Grant Program, and each one of these dollars will be put to work protecting law enforcement officers across this country. We have already earmarked $15,000 of this gift toward our annual Tourniquet Project, which will grant 500 tourniquets to law enforcement officers across the country. That is something that we can all be proud of together.”

Since 2011, the Spirit of Blue Foundation has awarded 45 grants in 23 states valued at nearly $200,000. The grants have varied from patrol rifles, body armor, riot control gear, AED’s, K9’s, forensic software, flashlights, Police/Youth Dialogue training, night vision optics, LED flares, ballistic helmets and self-contained breathing apparatus. The Spirit of Blue Foundation deeply appreciates the generosity and support of the national LEU organization, its Board of Directors, their regional divisions and the riders who participate in the Road to Hope Memorial Ride each year.

Synergy Light 360

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

Some of the best products out there were created out of necessity. That’s the case with the Synergy Light 360 which was invented by a law enforcement officer.

In addition to 1000 lumens if white light, the Synergy also offers IR light for covert lighting.  


While the light can be used to offer 360 degrees of light to most any application, the concept of placing it on the windshield to illuminate the interior of a car during a traffic stop has great implications for officer safety.

Features:
Color: Black
Power Source: 4 x CR123A Lithium Batteries
Primary LEDs: 8 Cree XWE (White) Secondary LED Choices:
8 Oslon IR by Osram
8 Cree XQE – Blue / 8 Cree XQE – Red 8 Cree XQE – Green
White Light Lumen Output: 1000
Dimensions 3 3?4”x3 3?4”x1 3/16”
Weight: 148 grams (w/o batteries)

Run Times
Solid White Light: 120 minutes Distraction mode: 200 minutes Secondary illumination: 180 minutes Secondary Beacon: 360 minutes

synergylight360.com