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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (20 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0323280668
  • ISBN-13: 978-0323280662
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,711,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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J. Pete Blair is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at Texas State University. He is also the Director of Research for the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) center at Texas State. Dr. Blair has published research on a variety of police related topics including a book about active shooter events and response. He has also presented his research on active shooter events and police tactics to diverse audiences across the country including the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and Texas Association of School Boards (TASB).

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Police Tactics Finally Based on Empirical Research 6 Mar. 2014
By TAN101 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is the first I have seen that not only argues specific tactics for police and SWAT units, but backs up the tactics with research. Most books and articles in this area push specific tactics but fall short on why certain tactics are recommended. These books are often written by some former or retired police officer, trainer, SWAT operator or military member who prefers a certain tactic over another. This may be all they have ever known and they were never exposed to counter arguments or ways of doing business.

This book actually dissects one of the most common police tactics that draws constant discussion among the tactical circles - room entries. SWAT operators seem to always debate which way is best to enter a room and everyone has safety as the primary concern. The authors in this case take a position of testing several different room entry tactics (the most common typically argued and taught to police officers) and test each one. The results are very interesting and challenge some very long-argued beliefs of many SWAT trainers. If the findings are followed, this research may actually save lives of front-line police officers and SWAT operators.

The policing profession needs more books like this one. Officers need to stop guessing what works and relying on the old adage "this is the way we have always done it" and start reading books like this. This book should be issued to every police officer in the academy as well as every SWAT team member and police tactical trainer.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Tactics 2 Oct. 2014
By Future P-Officer - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent book. If you are going into law enforcement, military or a Shoot house, CQB training. This is the book to get! This book gives you the history and the different fundamentals of room clearing.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Informative and research based 5 May 2014
By Coast_fishing - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The authors do a brilliant job tying the science of research with the everyday tactics used by police. The intention is clearly to improve the safety of police as they go about their daily jobs, and I believe this purpose was achieved.

The findings are written in a manner where a layperson, such as myself, can easily follow what the authors found. These findings are prefaced with a thorough evaluation of the concepts and prior research to justify the benefit of the what is being researched. All around, this is an excellent book. It isn't too long to be daunting and can be easily read in a couple hours.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Buy the book, simple as that. 30 April 2014
By Door kicker - Published on Amazon.com
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As described, a very good evaluation of two highly used, and intensely debated, entry techniques with some surprising results such as the innocents shot statistics. Tactics are tactics, and in an environment where a life may depend on it I don't think anyone can afford to not keep up to date with credible research. Yes, the innocents shot statistic may depend on the individuals experience, however, I hope this information provides all the evidence necessary for more range time for all personnel this subject applies to as no incident is ever "for highly experienced officers only", especially with the changes to active shooter response procedures.

I have read reviews of other books that complain about diagrams, writing style, number of pages, etc. which are probably written by arm chair experts. I have rated this book based on the information contained within, including all diagrams.
a great step 15 Feb. 2015
By rnw94030 - Published on Amazon.com
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"Experts" in the firearms and especially in the tactical world are constantly basing their conclusion on nothing more than anecdote, supposition and old wives tale.

This book goes a long way in dispelling all the smoke and mirrors.

Blair and Martindale exposed various entry techniques to empirical testing and the conclusions are startling. But more important than their conclusions are their methodology and basis for their experiments.

This book is a great step in establishing what works when lives are on the line.
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