Watch, listen and learn as Sgt. Betsy Brantner-Smith (ret)
talks about carrying a firearm off-duty while you're out and about with your
family and what you need to communicate to them for everyone's (your AND their)
In-Hand Gun Retention Ground: Watch, listen and learn as
defensive tactics instructor Richard Nance discusses a dangerous but winnable
situation: Keeping control of your drawn
weapon while ground fighting.
the 12th anniversary of Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center. Amid the
chaos and catastrophe, many men and women struggled for their lives and many
lost. Among those who made the ultimate sacrifice were countless public safety
servants—police officers, firefighters and EMS—who were, at the time, “just
doing their jobs”.
country remembers. Last Friday in Battery Park City, New York City officials
honored law enforcement officers who died in the attacks at their annual
ceremony at the Police Memorial Wall.
In the past
twelve years law enforcement in particular has had to not shift focus, but
expand its training and intelligence to answer the need for increased homeland
security and counterterrorism efforts at federal, state and local levels.
The folks at
Rand Corp. recently conducted a study “Long-Term Effects of Law Enforcement’s
Post-9/11 Focus on Counterterrorism and Homeland Security” that tracked five
major U.S. law enforcement agencies and considered how their efforts had changed
in light of the attacks. In examining the long-term adjustments of these
departments, the study found a greater emphasis has been placed on information
sharing between units and the creation of specialized departments. Perhaps not
surprisingly, it noted a distinct difficulty in quantifying the benefits of
more CT and HS resources amid the recent economic downturn.
time flies. But in reality this country is still responding to 9-11 every day.
Every day men and women in this country are holding the course and moving
forward to prevent further assaults to our freedom and security.
take the time to thank all members of public safety for facing the daily
unknown, and for protecting the lives and the inalienable rights of all
American citizens, sometimes at a great price.