Training Category

Chief Kenny Miller discusses Polis’s T3 training.

Chief Kenny Miller, of the Petersburg Police Department (VA) discusses Polis’s “Tact, Tactics, and Trust” training as part of a broad intervention to lower violent crime in Petersburg. Watch his press conference with ABC8 news here. — Brian Lande

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Life on the FOB – Afghanistan Day 34 , The “PT Rebellion”

As I head out the door, 0728 hours,  to meet up with the Brits, a colleague of mine shouts out, “Osama is dead!” All I can say is “What?” “Yeah he is dead, I just got woken up by my cell ringing. My brother says he’s dead.” My colleague can’t tell me how or whether […]

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Life on the FOB – Afghanistan Days 23/24 “Objet inconnu touche a ton coeur!”

Dee Dee, the nick name of a French sniper instructor, grins as he puffs on a his cigarette, says, “Object inconnu touche a ton coeur!” “Que? Qu’est-ce que cela signifie?” I ask in very broken and awful french. Dee Dee says, “Its a French saying, that  means that sometimes a mysterious object touches your heart. […]

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Life on the FOB – Afghanistan Day 18 -“Better to let ’em do it tolerably than perfectly”

Morning – Contact Drills Standing on the ruins of a Soviet FOB from the 1980s, Simon, a Kiwi adviser, shakes his head at the conclusion of a group of ANA students conducting a contact drill. “Well, as T.E. Lawrence said, better to let’em do it tolerably than perfectly. That guy was a ahead of his […]

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Life on the FOB – Exiting the “Red Mist” – Afghanistan Day 17

“Cheeky, gabbie, bastards,”  C.SGT R. said and not knowing if I misheard the color sergeant because of his Scottish accent or unsure whether or not he was just making something up to mess with me, I said,  “What the fuck are are you talking about?” “Cheeky, gabbie, bastards, that’s what they are!” C.SGT R. reiterated, […]

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Life on the FOB – Afghanistan Days 14 and 15

Life on a FOB is, in many ways, like life in a cloister, jail, or military basic training in that it is totalizing. While the discipline may not be as strict, the fact of being attached to a FOB is inescapable. As one of the USMC LTs put it during our daily work out at […]

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Life on the FOB – Afghanistan Day 9: Viva La France

Yesterday was spent doing ambush training with Taff and Smudge, two IBS sergeants. Not much action as the ANA were only able to get through one ambush scenario before they and the IBS gave up. As much as the cultural differences between the ANA and the UK soldiers impede training, the conflicts between ANA officers […]

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Life on the FOB – Afghanistan Day 7 (end of week roundup)

I have spent the majority of the past week with the combat advisers of the Infantry Branch School. For the purposes of my trip, to study intercultural interactions in a military setting, the IBS has been a perfect laboratory. Not only do the advisers interact, daily, with the various peoples that make up the ANA […]

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Life on the FOB – Day 6 in Afghanistan

The Afghan weekend is over. Saturday is Monday here.  I woke up early and linked up with the Brit combat advisers. The Brits were, once again, fantastic, allowing me to embed with them, answering my questions, and indulging in my taking field notes. Moreover, they are excellent mentors and trainers. They have a lot of […]

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Training Police For Counterterrorism

Patrol officers should be wary of counter-terrorism training. The article “How We Train Our Cops to Fear Islam” from The Washington Monthly, provides insight into how poor training makes it through the cracks.

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