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Sit Down & Prepare to Defend Yourself!

The Roswell, Georgia, Police Department teaches progressive firearms drills & exercises for ambush preparation

 


 

Lt. Michael Crowe, Officer Bill Lowe & Capt. Donald Moss | Thursday, July 5, 2012

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Sit Down & Prepare to Defend Yourself

Progressive firearms drills and exercises for ambush preparation.
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This article is dedicated in honor and memory of fallen Lakewood, Washington, police officers Sgt. Mark Renninger, Officer Ronald Owens, Officer Tina Griswold and Officer Greg Richards, and in admiration of Seattle, Washington, Police Officer Benjamin Kelly who used lethal force defending himself against Maurice Clemmons ending Clemmons’ rampage of violence.



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Officers on the firing line engage their threats. The cardboard stand directly in front of the officers represents a fellow officer who might be sitting across the table in a restaurant. The shooting distance was chosen to provide officers the earliest possible time/distance that they might detect a threat(s) and engage it at the farthest distance.


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The entire firing line engaging their threats by leaning left around their fellow officers. The drill is repeated multiple times with officers having to lean both to the left and to the right. The desire was to challenge offices to shoot from both their firing and support sides.


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This drill represents officers enjoying a beverage and then having to respond to a threat. One objective of the drill was to reinforce keeping the firing-side hand reserved for the firearm to ensure the fastest possible reaction time.


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Roswell police officers with sights aligned and engaging threats with multiple rounds to center mass.


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Roswell police officers on their feet, continuing to assess the threat and simulating moving off the line of attack or moving to cover.


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Color Code of Mental Awareness Condition Yellow: Attentive but relaxed.


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Color Code of Mental Awareness Condition Orange: Focused on the immediate potential threat. Condition Red: There's a definitive threat.


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Color Code of Mental Awareness Condition Black: Fighting to save yourself, your partner and innocent third parties.


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Simulating moving off the line of attack or moving to cover.


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Officers on the firing line simulating sitting in their patrol cars when a threat approaches from the driver’s side. One objective was to reinforce that officers should exit their patrol vehicles when anyone approaches time in conversation. Reaction time to draw, aim, and shoot is greatly extended and options to move off the line of attack or seek cover are very limited.


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Roswell police officer with sights aligned on multiple threats and engaging them with lethal force.


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Officers have to be conscious of drawing their weapons while not covering themselves or the officer sitting in front of them. Every training or real-life presentation of an officer’s pistol demands muzzle discipline at all times.


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Drill repeated representing an attack from the passenger side of the patrol vehicle. Simulating lethal force encounters from both sides of the patrol vehicle. Additionally, ensuring officers practiced firing side and support side engagements were reinforced.


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Example of a Roswell police officer’s shooting performance after completing the seated shooting drills.


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Roswell, Georgia, department patch.



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Lt. Michael Crowe, Officer Bill Lowe & Capt. Donald Moss Lt. Michael Crowe, Officer Bill Lowe and Capt. Donald Moss work for the Roswell, Georgia, Police Department. They're all Georgia POST firearms instructors.

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