Using force-on-force drills to improve officer performance

While FOF training is not new, I continually look for new ways to use the technology to increase performance in lethal force encounters


Many trainers use force-on-force (FOF) training in scenario-based training. This type of training is necessary for the decision-making process of lethal force situations.

I use FOF for bolstering the development of technical skills within a tactical environment. These drills are easy to do in terms of time, but give a very good boost to officer performance as well as build confidence. I also use technical skills training with FOF in conjunction with qualification training, as a way to increase the effectiveness of the qualification.

Prior to doing qualification training at 3, 5 and 7 yards with live fire, try the following exercises at those distances with FOF. As with any FOF training, ensure proper safety precautions are adhered to at all times. You can do these drills with Airsoft or other markers.

Task Focus Drill: 3, 5 and 7 yards
Task focus is part of mindset. In its simplest form, it is the ability to stay focused on a task while under duress of some form. This drill allows the officer to acclimate to the stress of a close-range shooting incident and make the important mental shift from a general situational focus to task focus on visual processing and making fast, precise hits.

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