Studying the Cop Killers

Greg Ellifretz over at Active Response Training had a great post today analyzing the 2011 FBI Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA) report. The LEOKA report, which I was not previously aware of, compiles stats and case studies of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty, as well as stats about assaults on cops.

Greg’s post does a great job of breaking down the statistics, so I strongly encourage you to read his post. I wanted to talk about one specific case study from the piece of the report which summarizes the circumstances of each officer who was killed, and about some lessons we can learn from it.

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The Bad Guys Train. Do You?

Have you ever said to yourself the words “I can’t afford to get training”? How about “Why do I need to train – I shoot well enough?” Are you the sort of gun owner who puts 50 rounds downrange once in a while and calls it good?

If any of this sounds like you, I have a news flash for you: You’re betting your life on your opponent (ie, the violent criminals) being less well trained than you are. And that is a bet you will almost certainly lose.

I came across a fascinating, but terrifying, piece of literature today. It’s a report, published biannually by the FBI’s National Gang Intelligence Center. The most recent version of the National Gang Threat Assessment (NGTA), prepared in 2011, comes in a freely downloadable PDF file of some 100 pages. If you take to heart the lesson that you should “know your enemy”, this is probably some of the best intel you can get your hands on.

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