|Finger on the Trigger with 'Cruz:' How Irresponsible Can We Be?
Yes, I agree a pointed opening line. But the fact is, we are killing each other. Literally and figuratively.
A close friend was killed in a SWAT training exercise inside his department. Another professional was killed in a SWAT bus assault training. A civilian role player was killed when a .38 caliber wad cutter round was used instead of a blank. I could go on and on with more examples.
We all say we want it to stop. The question is, are we willing to do what is needed? We need to look at training in a whole new light. We need to think outside the box we've been in for the last few decades. We need to stop doing the same thing over and over again, and wondering why we are getting the same results: Increase in accidents, mishaps, accidental discharges, injuries, etc. etc. Training "the way we used to do it," or the way "we've always done it" does not work. (This was explored in a number of NMLEA White Papers and Webinars, including "Navigating the Changing Seascape of Maritime Public Safety", if you want to look deeper into the issue and causes.)
To do this, to get outside the box, we need to understand a few things from the start; Safety, accuracy and proficiently must be reintroduced and strongly integrated. Lip service will not suffice.
Let’s explore each of those three areas a little more closely.
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