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Michael T. Rayburn

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Michael T. Rayburn has over 26 years of experience in the Law Enforcement and Security field and is currently a 17 year veteran of the Saratoga Springs Police Department (New York). He is also an Adjunct Instructor for Smith & Wesson at the Smith & Wesson Academy in Springfield Massachusetts where he teaches Instinctive Point Shooting, Vehicle Stops, Rapid Shotgun Deployment and Instinctive Point Shooting Instructor Certification.


Michael Rayburn has written a number of articles for various police magazines including Law & Order, The Police Marksman and Police magazine. He is the author of three books, Advanced Vehicle Stop Tactics, Advanced Patrol Tactics and Basic Gunfighting 101.


According to Sergeant Major Eric Haney, U.S. Army (Ret.) founding member of the elite, Delta Force and author of, Inside Delta Force, “Basic Gunfighting 101 is a work of common sense and hard-headed clarity. Officer Michael T. Rayburn has written the definitive book on the subject of the close quarters fight and how to prepare for such an event. Read this book, follow its principles, absorb its lessons, and your ability to prevail in a deadly confrontation increases with exponential power.”


His video, "Instinctive Point Shooting with Mike Rayburn" is a top seller in the Law Enforcement and Combat Shooting communities. According to former Calibre Press, Inc. Street Survival Seminar Senior Instructor Dave Grossi, "Mike Rayburn is a gifted writer, an experienced trainer with a wealth of real-world knowledge and experience to dispense."

According to the book description of Advanced Patrol Tactics: Skills for Today's Street Cop, “A wealth of training information that s proven, practical and straight from the street! Spans everything from tactics for shooting on the move, surviving low-light armed encounters, clearing a variety of buildings and safely handling domestic disputes to controlling the emotional elements of law enforcement work, mentally preparing for a life-and-death confrontation and surviving an unexpected off-duty encounter.”

According to the book description of Advanced Vehicle Stop Tactics: Skills for Today's Survival Conscious Officer, “Spans low to high-risk stops on a variety of vehicles including cars, trucks, campers, vans, buses & motorcycles. Learn to ID and leverage blind spots -use bluff call-outs to your advantage -understand vehicular angles of deflection -ensure maximum tactical safety on every stop -use the half stop approach to increase your effectiveness -perform at your best while staying alert for the worst! Crucial information for every officer & every stop!”

Michael T. Rayburn said of Combat Shotgun - The Ultimate CQB Weapon, “In this book I've taken my knowledge of point shooting and applied it to the shotgun. If there ever was a point and shoot weapon, it is the shotgun. From the coach guns of the Old West, to the trench guns of WW I, all the way up to today's law enforcement, military, and home defense applications, it is and always will be a point and shoot weapon.”

According to the book description of Combat Gunfighting, “This book takes a realistic look at firearms training, and gives you the skills you need to survive a deadly force confrontation.”

Advanced Patrol Tactics: Skills for Today's Street Cop
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Advanced Vehicle Stop Tactics: Skills for Today's Survival Conscious Officer
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Combat Shotgun - The Ultimate CQB Weapon
Michael T. Rayburn  More Info

Combat Gunfighting
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Basic Gunfighting 101
Rayburn Law Enforcement Training  More Info

About the Saratoga Springs Police Department

The earliest known policeman in Saratoga Springs was Joseph Bliven, a village constable in 1827. By 1887, Saratoga Springs had grown to a point where a Police Department was needed to ensure law and order. An act of the State Legislature created the Saratoga Springs Police Department on April 26, 1887. On June 1, 1887, eight men marked their first official work day in the new department. At that time, a Chief and two officers worked days and an Assistant Chief and four officers worked nights. During the summer the city population tripled, and the police force would increase to twenty-four officers.


Police headquarters was built in 1887 as a brick building that formed an annex to town hall. The department still resides in the same location, expanding out into other portions of the building as its staff grew in numbers.


Today, seventy sworn police officers make up the ranks of the police department. In support of the police officers are ten dispatchers, two prisoner transport officers, and civilian support staff. The police department is divided into three main components; the Patrol Division, Investigations Division, and Traffic Division.






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