Beat To Beat
November 2019
Training, Resistance, and a Self-Inventory
Brian D Boling

There comes a time in a career when an officer encounters a situation that we don't believe will, and most likely hoped would never come. I have, and some of my closest friends as well have, experienced such an incident. The result; a shooting incident, some intermediate weapon usage, some empty hand control. The difference maker is that in all of these cases they chose to act. Situations that started as a disturbance or a simple arrest turned into a shootout or a confrontation with multiple subjects. When this occurs, we are usually so blown away at the lack of cooperation we say to ourselves "What is happening?" We just cannot believe that anyone would be more than verbally non-compliant or, at the most, a defensive resistor only trying to escape. When the fight-or-flight syndrome kicks, in it may be too late for the flight option. This calls for us to use our knowledge and training to overcome, but a lot of us do not train any more than required by the department, and only at the minimum required level.
Courage simply put is: "acting in the presence of fear." It is not that we lack courage, but we may lack the knowledge and/or confidence to use our training in our defense. At what point in our life do we decide that we will not become a victim, or that we are responsible for what happens to us? Will we learn from another officer's situation, or will it take a significant event of your own to drive home the importance of your training? As the holidays arrive, I hope you will enjoy every moment you can with your family. I hope you will consider how their life would be without you being there during those times. And if anyone should be able to take those moments away from you or your family? Ask yourself the following questions;
q  Is my physical condition good enough to handle a personal attack?
q  Is my comfort level or proficiency with empty hand control where it should be?
q  Is my knowledge and abilities with my intermediate weapons (O.C. Baton, Taser, etc.) where I can control those levels of resistance?
q  If confronted with a deadly force encounter or multiple offenders, would I be able to come out on top? Alive?
If you honestly answered these questions and the answer to any of them was no, what will it take to get you to change your answers? Will you continue to rely on good luck instead of good tactics? Will you finally make a decision to prepare yourself for the worst? Remember "chance favors the prepared." Think about yourself, think about your family, think about your friends and co-workers, and think about making a change for the better. A new year brings new beginnings, and no one is beyond being able to improve. The training staff at the USDSA offer our help in assisting you to achieve your fitness, self-defense, or other training goals through any of our training programs.

Brian Boling
USDSA National Trainer
Survival  Training
USDSA Presented at the South Carolina Training Officers Association Conference

On October 16th, United States Deputy Sheriff's Association trainers presented our Training Officer Considerations course at the South Carolina Training Officers Association Conference. October 14th - 16th, USDSA trainers were also able to hold breakout training sessions in Virtual Firearms Training utilizing Smart Firearms / Laser Ammo System. In addition, USDSA donated equipment to 59 Law Enforcement agencies during the conference.

USDSA Hosted by Lawrence County Sheriff's Office, Pennsylvania for Training

On October 19th, 2019 Trainers from the United States Deputy Sheriff's Association were hosted by the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office in Pennsylvania for our Tactical Entry / Active Shooter training course. This free course consists of close quarters combat training, tactical thinking, and teamwork drills.

One participant said: "Excellent information, and it's great being able to run multiple scenarios. It was good being able to jump straight into the scenarios."

Safety Tip of the Month: Holiday Shopping

The holidays are around the corner, and for many that means it's time to shop for holiday gifts. Here are some safety considerations to keep in mind during this crime fueled time.
  • Consider shopping in the daytime, or if you must shop at night, don't shop alone
  • Stay alert to your surroundings, be wary of strangers approaching you
  • Don't leave gifts visible in your vehicle, and make sure to always lock your vehicle
  • Don't carry large sums of cash and notify your credit card company right away if you notice your card is missing
Equipment  Donations
USDSA's equipment donation program provides safety equipment, free of charge, to under-funded departments.  Below, are a few thank you letters we have received this past month.  To see the complete listing of the many departments we have supported through this program, CLICK HERE.
Cherokee County Sheriff's Office, Kansas

On August 13, 2019 I received an email from you stating the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office had been approved to receive kick shields, strike pads, training gloves, and training mats. We received the equipment within two days and were able to immediately put it to use during defensive tactics training at the end of the week.

The equipment we received from the US Deputy Sheriff's Association has opened up entirely new avenues for our training curriculums. The addition of the new equipment has allowed us to focus on the rising threats in our profession, such as sudden ambushes, and give our Deputies realistic training experiences. 

Most importantly, this is an investment in the lives of law enforcement officers. Our daily lives include dangerous and potentially deadly situations. To survive these encounters, law enforcement officers need quality training programs. The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office can now ensure its Deputy Sheriff's are receiving the necessary skills. 

Thank you, for giving our agency the tools necessary to ensure our people go home to their families.

Sergeant Stephen Harper
Port Allen Police Department, Louisiana

On behalf of the Chief of the Port Allen Police Department, I would like to thank you for the Trauma Kits that were donated to our department. We issued them after some much needed First Responder medical training. The team was excited to receive the kits and the accompanying training on how to deploy.

Thank You to the United States Deputy Sheriff's Association for this donation of these kits and their investment in our community!

Det. Briant Landry
Grant County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma

On behalf of the Grant County Sheriff's Office, I would like to thank you and your organization for the donation of two PBT's, eight vehicle first aid kits, and the defensive tactics equipment. We are very thankful to have received these tools, so that we can be prepared to help those in need and to keep our skills sharpened so that when the time comes we can use them. Without help from organizations like yours, small departments have trouble getting equipment and we are thankful for you and others like you.

Thank you,
Deputy James Lindell
Polk County Police Department, Georgia

I along with the entire Polk County Police Department want to thank you and your organization for generous donation of the flashlights and Ballistic Shield. These items will help our patrol division with each call and help protect our officers. I am pleased to know that there are hardworking and wonderful organizations like yours that are able to help agencies. 

Thank you again from everyone here in our agency,

Officer Andy Anderson
End  Of  Watch
When a law enforcement officer dies in the line of duty, the loss is a tragedy for the family and the community they serve. The USDSA honors all law enforcement officers who  make the ultimate sacrifice to ensure the safety of our communities. We urge everyone to take a moment to reflect on the sacrifices that have been made. 

USDSA provides a cash donation to the primary beneficiary or memorial fund of any law enforcement officer in the United States, who perishes in the line of duty.  If you would like to contribute to this memorial fund, you may donate here.

Remembering those we lost, our thoughts and prayers are with their families and communities.
Investigator Dornell Cousette
Tuscaloosa Police Department, Alabama
Captain Vincent Liberto Jr
Mandeville Police Department, Louisiana
Deputy Chris Hulsey
Meade County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky
Sergeant Tracy Vickers
Florida Highway Patrol, Florida
Deputy Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal
Harris County Sheriff's Office, Texas
Detective Brian Charles Mulkeen
New York City Police Department, New York

Click here to visit our website for more End Of Watch Tributes
Other  News
Scholarships Awarded for the Dependent Children of Law Enforcement

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, USDSA is pleased to announce that scholarships have been awarded to the dependent children of Law Enforcement Officers across the United States of America. 

Emilee Sheaffer (left) is attending Towson University with her scholarship and is currently working towards obtaining a business bachelor's degree.

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