Train like your life depends on it

LEEP sessions at SHOT Show 2020 focused on how officers learn best and the techniques that will keep them safe on the street


There is no question that law enforcement personnel are under attack from all sides. Too many officers have been injured or killed in the line of duty; some died in car accidents, some were ambushed, some were killed with their own firearm and tragically, some were killed during training activities.

In 2019, 38 officers were shot and killed in the line of duty. In December 2019, a volunteer with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue team fell to his death. Government officials and activists are examining every use of force incident under a microscope. As this Police1 article discusses, extensive training and impeccable records to back it up are a must to defend your department from censure or lawsuit. To dig deeper, the foundation case on failure to train is City of Canton v Harris.

Now more than ever, you need to train like your life depends on it. Cheating might help you pass qualifications but could get you killed on or off duty. This article is based on information from two SHOT Show LEEP sessions – Deliberate Practice: If It Doesn't Challenge You, It Doesn't Change You and Weapon Retention and Presentation from Close Quarter Combat – which focused on key areas police officers should address during training. 

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