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47: Risky Business - Doing dangerous work, safely.

Tactical Tangents

Release Date: 08/15/2019

73: The Newhall Massacre: The day CHP lost 4 officers over 50 years ago. show art 73: The Newhall Massacre: The day CHP lost 4 officers over 50 years ago.

Tactical Tangents

In April 1970,  4 California Highway Patrolmen were killed by two men after an armed road rage incident. This incident had a ripple effect for police agencies across the country that led to significant progress in the realm of firearms proficiency and officer safety. There are several lessons learned that remain relevant today. Mike gives us a synopsis of the shooting and provides some analysis for police officers today. 

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72: FIGHT OR FIGHT, FEAR, AND MUSCLE MEMORY, WITH NEURO SCIENTIST DR. VIVIAN show art 72: FIGHT OR FIGHT, FEAR, AND MUSCLE MEMORY, WITH NEURO SCIENTIST DR. VIVIAN

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Vivian has a PhD in neuroscience and explains the realities of a sympathetic nervous response. While you don't need to deep dive all of the science here, you do need to understand the tactical implications of a fight or flight response as it relates to training, perception, memory, and attention. Mike and Vivian discuss muscle memory, building good habits, perceptual distortions, and ways to enhance our performance under stress. 

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71: Principles of Warfare show art 71: Principles of Warfare

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Jim breaks down some fundamentals for how to turn Sun Tzu into operational reality with the handy acronym MOSSMOUSE. This is useful in any sort of fight or conflict in which you want to use tactics and strategy instead of just brute force or power to fight your way through it. How can you apply it to your situation? 

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70: Officer Isaac has an announcement to make... From LE to ?  show art 70: Officer Isaac has an announcement to make... From LE to ?

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We have been following our buddy Isaac's career into law enforcement and it turns out, he's got big news about where his career is headed. Hear what his plans are, what his favorite stories as a cop has been, and what advice he would give to someone new to the profession. 

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69: Killing Grossman: Understanding On Combat and On Killing show art 69: Killing Grossman: Understanding On Combat and On Killing

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LTC Dave Grossman's books On Combat and On Killing were some of the first attempts to help people understand the psychological experience of killing from the perspective the armed forces and survival-oriented crowds, but because they were such early works some of his theories don't hold up long-term. We discuss these issues and how the tactical telephone game and caricature views of violence through things like Sheep, Wolves, and Sheepdogs can be problematic. 

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68: It's Your Platoon: US Army Combat Engineering Lt. Dave show art 68: It's Your Platoon: US Army Combat Engineering Lt. Dave

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Jim interviews Lt Dave from the US Army about his experiences as a young officer and what it means to lead troops and face off the Russians in Eastern Europe in the "new" Cold War. He talks about his relationship with senior NCOs, the differences between different commissioning sources, and how his job as a Combat Engineering Officer fits into the big picture for large scale combat operations.  

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67: How to think like a Tactician show art 67: How to think like a Tactician

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The point of this podcast is to help you, the "tactician," apply critical thinking and problem solving to things like shooting, driving, fighting, and other skills so you can overcome any survival situation you find yourself in. Whatever the situation, your job needs to be focused around these core principles so you can fight effectively and win. 

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66: You can't handle the truth! What Police Officers Need To Know About Going to Court, and How Police and Prosecutors Can Restore Public Trust show art 66: You can't handle the truth! What Police Officers Need To Know About Going to Court, and How Police and Prosecutors Can Restore Public Trust

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Chief Criminal Deputy County Attorney Jonathan Mosher (Pima County, Arizona) and Homicide Detective Josh Cheek share their lessons learned from taking serious violent offenders to trial and how police officers can be better witnesses. We also discuss the importance of establishing and retaining public trust by the way we investigate and prosecute crimes. Other Tangents include some commentary on the War on Drugs, the CSI effect, and considerations for arrest and charging decisions for law enforcement.

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65: First Steps In Fitness, For Those Who Don't Fitness Good show art 65: First Steps In Fitness, For Those Who Don't Fitness Good

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This episode isn’t for hardcore fitness gurus, it’s for people who realize they need to get off the couch, watch what they eat, and take those first steps toward getting in shape. We address fitness from the beginning for those who don’t fitness good. These are the first things you need to know about losing weight and getting in shape. It starts with getting over the mental hurdles you put in your own way, and then setting manageable goals and expectations.

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64: 64: "911, What's Your Emergency?" Calling for help: Dos and Don'ts

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Mike explains how the 911 systems work in a way that is helpful to both first responders and those who need help. There are a lot of ways we lose information in the call taking process so make sure your emergency call renders the response you need. We also talk about when to call and ways to communicate covertly with a dispatcher. 

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