One of the questions I have been asked is: how does this class differ from the FBI's Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA) training? This is a great question! Although I have great admiration for Chuck Miller and his work in LEOKA, my class has three key differences:
1. We will only be looking at 2011 firearms-related deaths.
2. We will be discussing the known and inferred facts of the shootings from both the officer and offender's perspective.
3. We will share specific training scenarios developed to prepare other officers to survive these same circumstances.
I think we err when we look to demonize cop-killers without attempting to understand their journeys. I have learned much about the circumstances that have led to the final, violent encounters in 2011. This includes: officer behavior, perceptions of the shooter, offender history, mental health information, use of alcohol/drugs, influence of family, and anecdotal evidence. It is my goal to share this information with as many officers as I can. I do not see my class as competition for LEOKA. I see the classes as potentially very synergistic, but with different perspectives and goals. I recommend this: take both!
I hope you can join us in August. The class is approved for 8 hours of in-service law enforcement education credit through MD and VA. Many thanks to Dave Gledhill for making this seminar possible!