Coup d’oeil Concept (The Tactical Edge, Fall 1995, p. 82) Commander Training

The success of a tactical operation often hinges on the commander’s ability to quickly determine and exploit a weakness in the suspect’s position.  This weakness can be related to position, as when a suspect is vulnerable from an avenue of approach, or it can be in...

Window of Opportunity (The Tactical Edge, Summer 2007. pp. 46-48)

Even the most fledgling tactician quickly comes to understand and appreciate the significance of controlling certain types of terrain.  Terrain can provide advantages like affording observation or concealment, preventing the escape of a suspect or even protection from...

Logistics (1-4) (The Tactical Edge, Summer 2004, pp. 78-80)

There is an old ditty that goes: For want of a nail the shoe was lost, for want of a shoe the horse was lost, for want of a horse the general was lost, for want of a general the battle was lost, for want of a battle the war was lost. It clearly identifies and...

Doctrine of Necessity (The Tactical Edge, Fall, 2013, pp. 82-84) Police Strategy

When making recommendations on a tactical intervention it is common to be asked for the chances of success.  This identifies the feasibility of the venture.  Because certainty is never possible in any tactical situation feasibility is most often expressed as a...

Camouflage (The Tactical Edge, Fall 2010, pp. 50-52)

Camouflage is the term used to describe the obscuration of an object by changing the appearance to disguise its true nature or make it indistinguishable from its surroundings.  The value of camouflage in the animal kingdom is undisputed.  Camouflage works in either...

Reactions vs. Decisions (The Tactical Edge, Spring 2004, pp. 56-58)

One of the amazing things about the human brain is that it is “multi-tasking,” that is, capable of simultaneously doing more than one thing.  Take driving for example.  It has been estimated that when you drive you are consciously and unconsciously making as many as...

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Because each transaction is accompanied with separate handling charges, we can pass on additional savings by bundling them in sets.  This complete set includes all six guides (At the Scene, Battlespace, Fundamental Concepts, Planning, Plans and Staff Functions) and...

Bond Relationship Targeting (The Tactical Edge, Summer 2005, p. 82)

One of the most difficult aspects in implementing an asymmetric strategy[1] is identifying a weakness that can be exploited.  A prepared adversary presents few weaknesses and a cunning one guards even those.  One of the most overlooked weaknesses is the relationship...

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Field Command is a company founded by retired police officers with a desire to pass on the lessons learned from years of practical experience in handling tactical operations and disaster responses.Likewise, they have extensive military backgrounds and are not only...

Swarming Tactics (The Tactical Edge, Spring, 2011, pp. 54-58)

Of all the situations that require an intervention by law enforcement, conflicts, are by far, the most dangerous and complex.  This is because conflicts involve one or more adversaries who are in active opposition of the efforts to restrain them.[1]  Some types of...

About Field Command

Field Command is a company founded by retired police officers with a desire to pass on the lessons learned from years of practical experience in handling tactical operations and disaster responses.Likewise, they have extensive military backgrounds and are not only experienced but thoroughly grounded in the doctrinal science that supports sound planning and decision making. Using the military metaphor, they all have “muddy boots” from being in the trenches and can personally explain what worked and what didn’t. Even more importantly, however, they can explain why. This single word has become a mantra for explaining the reason such a focus is needed.

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Law enforcement has become a highly specialized and complex function and teaching the multitude of essential skills is both costly and time-consuming. Accordingly, nearly all law enforcement training is focused on what to do and how to do it rather than why it is necessary. While these boilerplate responses will suffice for repetitive situations, they leave decision makers with no other options when they do not understand why something is important (or not). This can easily lead to disaster when a commander applies a solution designed for one set of circumstances but which is woefully inadequate for the current one. As Abraham Maslow noted, “If the only tool you have is a hammer, you have to think of every problem as a nail.”

Incident commanders, planners, and decision makers involved in handling crises of all sorts are far better able to recognize and understand the factors and influences in play if they have first mastered the science that identifies them and explains their significance. Understandably, they are also more capable of adapting and improvising when conditions change. We don’t make any claims on knowing “the” way to do these things but we can tell you a 100 ways on how not to do them. Hence, if you just avoid the things that we know that don’t work you’ll start where we left off!

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