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Defenders Memorialized During Police Week, DAF Expands Security Forces Training

Monday, May 22nd, 2023


The names of three Department of the Air Force defenders were among the 556 fallen officers read aloud during the 35th Annual Candlelight vigil May 13 as part of the many events that take place across the country during National Police Week, May 14-19.

The three defenders honored during the vigil were Tech. Sgt. Jason Norton, Staff Sgt. Brian McElroy and Senior Airman Jason Nathan.

“It is important to honor their memories and celebrate the achievements they made to the defense of our nation,” said Brig. Gen. Thomas Sherman, director of Security Forces. “National Police Week in general is a time to reflect on those we lost, as well as a time to come together as law enforcement professionals within the Security Forces career field.”

At this year’s vigil, Timothy Gerald, deputy director of Security Forces, attended the vigil to represent the Department of the Air Force defender family.

“Our Department of the Air Force civilian police officers have worked alongside uniformed defenders for more than a decade. Together, our active duty, Guard, Reserve, and civilian defenders conducting law enforcement make us a stronger fighting force,” said Gerald, who also serves as the senior Air Force civilian and functional manager overseeing all matters concerning the utilization, development and career field management of the 4,600-person DAF civilian security and police force. “Thank you to our Total Force defender family for their dedicated service.”

National Police Week is a time to reflect on the challenges that law enforcement officers face every day. The Security Forces Air Staff continues to support law enforcement officers by ensuring that they have adequate resources and training.

Law enforcement is an important aspect of Security Force’s larger mission of base defense. Defenders protect Airmen, Guardians and their families; defend resources, equipment and capability; and assure that air and space missions supporting the DAF are carried out successfully and securely.

Law enforcement is not only important for the safety and well-being of Airmen—it is also a key force-multiplying capability vested in base defense.

As the Air Staff recognizes law enforcement professionals during Police Week, it also reflects on the major efforts underway to support civilians within its law enforcement community. In 2022, the Security Forces enterprise launched an effort to build the law enforcement specialty directly within the civilian career field. This required selecting a subset of the 43,000 Total Force Security Forces population to be uniquely identified as law enforcement practitioners.

Building on that effort, the Air Staff expanded the Police Officer Training and Standards Accredited Academy to accept military students. This enables the Security Forces enterprise to establish a foundation of base defense training, creating base defense-focused defenders within the basic courses while later selecting Airmen for specialized law enforcement training at the academy.

The Air Force Security Forces Center facilitated funding to increase course availability to 500 students per year. All graduates are credentialed and badged federal law enforcement officers. Finally, to sustain officer skills, the AFSFC will introduce a 40-hour annual recertification course and additional instruction for field training officers, sergeant/supervisors and deputy directors.

Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs

2023 Connecticut SWAT Challenge, August 15-17

Friday, April 28th, 2023

Our Hero’s Fund has announced the dates of the 2023 Connecticut SWAT Challenge to be held August 5-17 at the Hartford Gun Club.

They are currently soliciting sponsors. Interested companies can register here.

Speer Ammunition Awarded Contract to Provide Ammunition to the New York Police Department

Monday, April 17th, 2023

LEWISTON, Idaho – April 17, 2023 – Speer Ammunition was recently awarded the New York Police Department (NYPD) 9mm duty and training handgun ammunition contract for Speer 124-grain Gold Dot. The duty handgun contract with the largest law enforcement agency in the United States will supply this agency for up to five years with an expected quantity of several million rounds.

“We are excited to report the NYPD once again chose Speer Gold Dot 9mm 124-grain +P as their ammunition of choice,” said Speer’s Senior Director of Law Enforcement Ammunition Sales, Hal Price. “The approximate 36,000 officers will use this ammunition exclusively for duty and training. We are proud of this contract win, and we are excited to have the opportunity to continue to work with the NYPD.”  The partnership with Speer and NYPD, one of the country’s most recognizable, oldest, and prestigious law enforcement agencies, began in 2001. 

Speer Gold Dot has set an industry benchmark for both self-defense and duty use, earning the trust of consumers and law enforcement world-wide. The bullet features a pressure-formed lead core that is bonded to an extremely uniform jacket a single atom at a time that virtually eliminates separation on impact for more retained weight and consistent penetration depths. The Gold Dot hollow-point design expands consistently through a full range of barriers. Reliable ignition and cycling are delivered thanks to sealed primers and nickel-plated brass.

“The use of Gold Dot technology in this contract ammunition ensures the highest performance threshold and absolute confidence in performance,” continued Price. “We are extremely pleased with this prestigious contract award. It validates the high level of trust that our national law enforcement agencies have with our extremely reliable and innovative ammunition.”

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U.S. Army Reserve Soldier Recognized for Top Honors During Police Department Swearing-in Ceremony

Monday, March 20th, 2023


U.S. Army Reserve Sgt. Maria Henderson, assigned to the 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, recognized as the valedictorian and earned the “top shot” title in her Atlanta police academy class during an Atlanta Police Department private swearing-in ceremony on the Atlanta Metropolitan State College campus.

Henderson, the first female recruit in APD history to earn both titles for best performance, hopes to be an inspiration for other recruits, particularly women, and encourages others to consider a life of service.

“I wanted to become a police officer to help people,” Henderson said. “When I would see police officers in my community, I could always see myself doing that job. I knew it would be something that would really fulfill me, give me purpose… to go out and help the community and touch lives every day.”

She, along with 20 of her peers from Atlanta Police Academy Class 276, were issued their badges following the ceremony and will now begin six weeks of field training working alongside experienced partners in the force, and a formal graduation ceremony will be held in the spring.

Henderson, who has served in the U.S. Army Reserve for eight years, is no stranger to rigorous training. She credits her success at the academy in large part to her military experience and the discipline she learned from being a Soldier.

“I’m incredibly honored,” said Henderson. “I’ve always wanted to serve, and this is incredibly fulfilling for me.”

She added that she is proud to now serve both her local community and her country.

The Atlanta Police Academy program tests recruits both mentally and physically during 900 classroom hours and 12 weeks of fieldwork prior to graduation.

City of Atlanta Police Department Recruit Unit Supervisor Sgt. Courtney Murphy praised Henderson’s talent and work ethic.

“She is determined, she always wants to achieve and be the best at everything,” said Murphy. “She is very nice; she is very kind– and she is a leader among the recruits in her class.”

Murphy said Henderson’s military training paid off at the academy.

“It’s definitely a good foundation to have when you are coming into a paramilitary environment like the police academy,” Murphy said. “It gave her an outlook a lot of other recruits didn’t have. She understood our structure, our ranking… and she understood what we needed her to do often before we told her.”

“She is a really hard worker. She stays late, she comes early… she keeps everybody together,” Murphy added. “She is amazing.”

Murphy, a female officer herself, said being a woman on the force would be a challenging but a worthwhile opportunity.

“You always feel like you have to prove yourself more, you have to show that you can do the job,” said Murphy. “I have no doubt Henderson will move up.

“I am very confident in her abilities,” Murphy added. “I hope that she always remembers her foundations— and the women that came before her.”

Henderson will soon be out in the community serving as what she called part of a “new generation of police officers.”

“Now that I am a sworn police officer I would like to go out in my community and help change people’s perspectives,” explained Henderson. “We are people, too, and we really do want to be the change we want to see out there. That is what I want to put out into the world.”

-By SSG Elizabeth Bryson 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

Beretta USA Delivers Sako TRG M10 Rifles to NYPD Emergency Service Unit

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2023

Accokeek, MD (February 21, 2023) – Beretta USA, a member of the BDT – Beretta Defense Technologies alliance, announced the delivery to NYPD of several Sako TRG M10 multi-caliber sniper systems to support the mission of its Emergency Service Unit (ESU). Beretta USA will also provide armorer training.

“It has been a privilege to work with such an outstanding team of professionals to develop the best configuration for their needs”, said Stefano Itri, Vice President of International Sales & BDT USA, “Beretta USA is honored to support the NYPD in its critical mission to guarantee the daily safety of the New York City community for the coming years.”

“We are honored that the NYPD, the world renowned law enforcement agency, has selected our rifle to meet its exacting requirements”, said Raimo Karjalainen, CEO of Sako Ltd., manufacturer of the rifles, “the US market is extremely demanding, and we are proud that our products continue to excel in the service of its professionals”.

Born from the needs of US special operation forces, the M10 is Sako’s latest iteration of its legendary TRG family, offering mission specific configurability and true multi-role capability in a single weapon system. It is a bolt-action, manually operated, magazine-fed, sniper weapon that can be set-up in hundreds of configurations due to it modular design and integrability with after-market components. Providing sub-MOA out-of-the-box accuracy from its cold hammer forged stainless steel barrel, the rifle features a precise yet robust two stage trigger, completely adjustable in both pull-weight and position.

For more information on the Sako TRG M10 and the complete line of Sako defense products, visit DEFENCE & LAW ENFORCEMENT | SAKO

Justice and Commerce Departments Announce Creation of Disruptive Technology Strike Force

Tuesday, February 21st, 2023

Joint Venture in More Than 10 Cities Will Enforce U.S. Laws Protecting U.S. Advanced Technologies from Illegal Acquisition and Use by Nation-State Adversaries

Today, the Department of Justice and the Department of Commerce are launching the Disruptive Technology Strike Force. Under the leadership of the Justice Department’s National Security Division and the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), the strike force will bring together experts throughout government – including the FBI, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and 14 U.S. Attorneys’ Offices in 12 metropolitan regions across the country – to target illicit actors, strengthen supply chains and protect critical technological assets from being acquired or used by nation-state adversaries.

“Today, autocrats seek tactical advantage through the acquisition, use, and abuse of America’s most innovative technology. They use it to enhance their military capabilities, support mass surveillance programs that enable human rights abuses and all together undermine our values,” said Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco. “Using real-time intelligence and 21st century data analytics, the Disruptive Technology Strike Force will bring together the Justice and Commerce Departments’ expertise to strike back against adversaries trying to siphon off our most advanced technology, and to attack tomorrow’s national security threats today.”

“The Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security remains steadfast in our coordination with our federal partners at the Department of Justice and vigilant in our enforcement of our export controls,” said U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves. “This interagency strike force will further strengthen this shared national security priority.”

“Illegally exporting sensitive technology is not an abstract economic concern — it is a crime with a direct impact on the safety of the American people,” said FBI Deputy Director Paul Abbate. “To be clear, adversaries are directly threatening our national security. These crimes have the potential to de-stabilize American economic security, negatively impact American businesses, and affect employment. The FBI looks forward to amplifying our collective capability to combat the threat through the DIS-TECH Strike Force — a partnership that will serve as a force multiplier to the work involving each participating agency.”

The strike force will be co-led by Assistant Attorney General Matthew G. Olsen of the Justice Department’s National Security Division and Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement Matthew Axelrod of the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security.

When acquired by nation-state adversaries such as the People’s Republic of China, Iran, Russia, and North Korea, advanced technologies can be used in new or novel ways to enhance their military capabilities or support mass surveillance programs that enable human rights abuses. End users of national security concern seek technologies, including those related to supercomputing and exascale computing, artificial intelligence, advanced manufacturing equipment and materials, quantum computing, and biosciences. Although they have important commercial uses, technologies in these fields can threaten U.S. national security when used by adversaries for disruptive purposes, such as improving calculations in weapons design and testing; improving the speed and accuracy of military or intelligence decision-making; and breaking or developing unbreakable encryption algorithms that protect sensitive communications and classified information.

“The Disruptive Technology Strike Force takes aim at those who imperil our national security and the rule of law by illegally transferring sensitive technologies to foreign adversaries,” said Assistant Attorney General Matthew G. Olsen. “We must remain vigilant in enforcing export control laws, which defend military readiness, preserve our technological superiority over our adversaries, and help to protect human rights and democratic values.” 

“Advances in technology have the potential to alter the world’s balance of power,” said Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement Matthew S. Axelrod. “This strike force is designed to protect U.S. national security by preventing those sensitive technologies from being used for malign purposes.”

The strike force’s work will focus on investigating and prosecuting criminal violations of export laws; enhancing administrative enforcement of U.S. export controls; fostering partnerships with the private sector; leveraging international partnerships to coordinate law enforcement actions and disruption strategies; utilizing advanced data analytics and all-source intelligence to develop and build investigations; conducting regular trainings for field offices; and strengthening connectivity between the strike force and the Intelligence Community.

In addition to the National Security Division and the Bureau of Industry and Security, this strike force will be comprised of officials from designated U.S. Attorneys’ Offices throughout the country, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

“HSI remains committed to our interagency partners and will continue to work tirelessly on behalf of the American people to ensure sensitive technologies and proprietary information do not fall into the hands of our adversaries,” said Acting Executive Associate Director Steve Francis of Homeland Security Investigations.

The strike force will operate in 12 metropolitan regions across the United States, with oversight and support from the local U.S. Attorneys’ Offices in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City (Southern and Eastern Districts of New York), San Jose, California, Phoenix, Portland, Oregon, and the Washington, D.C. region (District of Columbia and the Eastern District of Virginia).

The Other Side of the Bullet

Friday, December 23rd, 2022

Who picks your duty ammunition? The short answer is YOU. You should at least have a say in what your department or range staff chooses. You will be the one carrying the ammunition for either self-defense or in defense of others. This article will highlight the major components of the right ammunition and what you should look for when choosing your duty ammo.  

There’s a lot that goes into selecting duty ammunition: performance, penetration, accuracy, wound cavity, cost, and even politics. To be honest, most officers probably don’t pay attention to all of them, I know I didn’t when I first started. My goal is to give you the details you need to make an informed decision so you can have the confidence that if the trigger must be pulled, you can be damn sure the ammunition coming out of the muzzle is going to do its job.

After sitting on the other side of the rounds for 25 years as a Police Officer in California, I think I’ve earned a seat at the table for this discussion. Now I offer my expertise as a member of the G9 Defense team where we develop, test and manufacture very specialized ammunition specifically engineered to provide lethal and accurate defense for highly concentrated human environments. Pull up a chair and let’s get into it. Don’t take your department or range staff’s word for it—here’s your due diligence.  

I may be dating myself here, but when I began my law enforcement career back in 1992, I only had one choice for duty ammunition. Upon graduating from the academy, the police department issued .38 caliber Smith and Wesson revolvers plus 18 rounds to new recruits—I know, crazy right? The department was always budget conscious if you know what I mean. Semi-automatics were just starting to become popular with our department, but they were costly to purchase. If you wanted to carry a semi-auto, you had to buy your own duty weapon and ammunition, then take an eight-hour transition course to get signed off by the range staff. After taking the course, I picked my duty ammunition from the pre-approved list provided by management and loaded up my magazines. I never really gave too much thought about the projectile’s performance, ballistics, or cost. I trusted the range staff that tested and evaluated the ammunition we were going to use. I had to put into practice what I learned from the academy and use that knowledge in real world scenarios as a police officer where every trigger pull could save or take a life.

As I moved through my law enforcement career, going from Field Training Officer (seven years), Tactical Flight Officer and Pilot (four years) and then a K-9 Officer (fourteen years), I still never really investigated ammunition performance. Thinking back now I tell myself, shame on me. I should have pushed back a little to influence arguably the most important equipment in my daily carry. Simply, I always trusted the range staff that was doing the testing and evaluating of duty ammunition to have the best ammunition selected. At that time, the industry standard was using hollow points. All the big manufacturers were making them and for the most part, they worked. One thing you need to remember is that ammunition has not drastically changed since WWII. The design and concept have remained pretty much the same. Kind of like that adage “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” So why consider new or different ammunition? Well, just like with most things, technology changes, new ideas come out, and maybe those advancements can have a substantial impact on your job and safety.

So, what should you consider when evaluating your choice of ammunition?


One of the first things I’d encourage you to consider when evaluating which ammunition to use is performance. How does your ammunition actually work? G9 Defense is a fairly new ammunition company with an innovative design in bullet technology and have most duty calibers readily available with the EHP (External Hollow Point) design. Let’s look at the G9 Defense 9 mm 80 grain EHP for example:

• muzzle velocity of 1480 fps

• design has a controlled penetration based on fluid dynamics

• the projectile is made of solid copper with three angled parabolic flutes

• projectile will stop at approximately 18 inches of depth in 10% ordnance gel with or without barriers

• EHP projectile does not need to expand for terminal effect like traditional hollow points

• 100% reliability in contrast to traditional hollow points

With G9’s improved barrier penetration, high velocity, and the low frontal surface area allows the projectile to penetrate barriers, such as windshields, with very limited deflection or deformation while remaining on target, which leads me to the next topic, penetration.


G9’s 9 mm EHP design will not over penetrate on the target like a traditional hollow point if the round fails to deform or open. Traditional hollow points need to expand or “open up” for maximum effect. If the hollow point gets clogged with some sort of barrier or clothing, it basically becomes a Full Metal Jacket (FMJ), and over penetrates. In most reports I’ve read, traditional hollow points fail to deform or open 30% of the time and over 50% of the time when encountering domestic, soft, or hard armor. Don’t take my word for it, there are several third-party reports and tests for you to review and decide for yourself.

G9 Defense’s Website

Defensive Handgun Ammunition Characteristics and Bullet Types 2022 report conducted by Viper Weapons

.308 APX Steel Tip Through Windshield

136 gr 308 Armor Penetrating Round

9mm 77 gr Armor Penetrating Cavitator in Level 3-A Armor

Kimble County, Texas Sheriff’s Office

Wound Cavity

The design of the G9 Defense EHP enables maximum wound cavities. With the shape of the parabolic flutes, it uses Solid Metal Fluid Transfer (SMFT) to move blood, tissue, and organs out away from the projectiles path at a high velocity. Think about a boat propeller in the water, as the propeller spins it pushes the water out away from physical propeller and uses that force to move the boat. In short, it takes the kinetic energy from the projectile and transfers it to the target causing a wider wound channel. If you could stop a threat with less rounds, would you? Being more effective with your ammunition is better than overcompensation for poor performance. View our gel block photos here. In the photos you can see that the G9 projectiles all stop around eighteen inches of penetration and don’t deviate through armor or other mediums while wreaking havoc on its acquired threat.


This comes down to practice, practice, practice. I can’t over state this enough. You need to keep up on your training and drills with your weapon system. Train with the ammunition that you are going to carry. I know some of you are going to say, “Why would I use duty ammunition when I can just use ball ammunition and get the same training? It will cost me too much money to train all the time.” You need to train like you fight. Make sure the ammunition you use will feed and cycle through your handgun. Trust in your ammunition comes with time and that time covers hundreds of trigger pulls. You need to be accurate with the duty ammunition that you carry. Create that muscle memory so when or if you get into that situation when you need to fire your weapon, it becomes a natural movement. Train on failures with your weapon so you know what they feel like and how to clear them quickly. Enhance your time on the range and don’t be afraid to ask someone for pointers if you’re not proficient with your handgun or rifle skills. Get with someone who can teach enhanced shooting techniques.


You’ve probably heard it said before, but you can’t put a price on your life. If your department is unwilling to accommodate higher quality ammunition for the sake of your safety and effectiveness, it may be worth investing in yourself. You can find more information on the cost of our patented ammunition on our website.


Lastly, there are a few questions that need to be looked at from a management perspective. If you are in management or plan to present this information to your management, numbers are the most important thing. The more numbers the better.

• How many Officer Involved Shootings are my officers getting involved in on average in a year?

• What is the hit vs. miss percentage?

• Are the suspects starting to wear body armor?

If you knew your standard hollow point ammunition has up to a 50% failure rate when passing through a hardened media, why are you still issuing it? This is something the range staff and management should have a conversation about at least a couple of times a year. Police work has a very fluid dynamic to it that constantly evolves and changes. The evolution is something we have all seen over the last few years. Police work is not the same as it was when I was working. Over the last several years, you can see how the political environment has played a major part in police work, and likely duty ammunition selection. I could probably write another article on the political impact of modern policing, but I am not sure my blood pressure could handle it.

Like I said at the beginning, it is up to you to decide or at least have input into what you carry on duty. The next time you go to the range, talk to the range staff about their selection process for duty ammunition. Do they evaluate performance, penetration, and wound cavity? See if there is a committee made up of different ranks within the department. Ask to be a part of how ammunition is selected for duty. Do your research and have information in your back pocket to back up your opinion. Look at third party reports and videos. If you’re able get a few buddies together and buy some different ammunition, go test it yourself. It doesn’t have to be a huge scientific experiment but look at those points I mentioned above. How does your ammunition stack up when it comes to performance, penetration, wound cavity, and accuracy. Shoot some different types of mediums, like clothing, lightweight and heavy jackets, drywall, and plywood. Ask the range staff about how they test through automobile glass. Your life is on the line—help select the best ammunition available to keep you in the fight another day.

Written by Retired Police Officer, Michael Wooldridge

Long Beach Police Department, Long Beach, CA

RCMP Seeks New Sidearm

Thursday, December 22nd, 2022

This week the Royal Canadian Mounted Police issued an RFI for Pistol Modernization to industry regarding a new sidearm to replace the currently issued Smith & Wesson 5946.

General Requirements

Determining that the current weapon has exceeded its life expectancy, they are looking for a modern design offering reduced trigger pull weight, various frame sizes, and a reduction in overall weight as well as the ability mount both a weapon light and Red Dot Sight (RDS).

While they are sticking with 9mm, the RCMP desires a mechanically locked, recoil-operated, striker-fired semi-automatic pistol with polymer frame which can accommodate at least three grip sizes. The pistol must also be matte black, corrosion resistant, and equipped with iron backup sights in addition to the RDS.

While the pistol must have no external manual safety levers, grip safeties, and push-button safeties, it must fireable without a magazine installed.

This requirement is fairly unique, each pistol must come with a ceremonial lanyard loop that can be attached to the pistol magazine’s base plate. Additionally, the slide must be steel.


a) Red Dot Sight (RDS)

b) Weapon Light

c) Carrying Case

d) Holsters (Regular and Plain Clothes)

e) Three magazines per pistol


Dimension requirements are a maximum length of 190.5 mm and a maximum overall height of 140 mm with the magazine and any MRDS removed along with a maximum length of 190.5 mm (7.50 inches) when measured from the muzzle to the rear of the beavertail. The pistol barrel must have a minimum length of 99 mm (3.9 inches) and a maximum length of 108 mm (4.25 inches). It must not weigh more than a maximum of 808 grams (28.5 oz) when the magazine is empty, and no accessories are attached.


As far as accuracy goes, the requirement stipulates that the pistol must be capable of shooting a 15.25 cm (6 inch) grouping from 25 m (27.34 yards) away.


The service life on major components (i.e. frame, slide and barrel) that exceeds 20,000 rounds and the RDS must have a minimum warranty period of two (2) years. Additionally, the LED weapon light must have a minimum warranty period of two (2) years on switches and electronic components and the holster must have a minimum warranty period of five (5) years.