Steve Albrecht a retired police officer from the
San Diego Police Department founded Albrecht Training & Development. His firm provides training and consulting on workplace
violence prevention and threat management. Steve’s book, “Surviving Street Patrol: The Officer's Guide to Safe and Effective Policing,”
advises fellow officers of measures they can take on a routine basis to improve their odds of going home. Whatever the challenge
at hand - handcuffing noncompliant suspects; preventing suspect escapes; surviving group attacks; fighting on the ground;
dodging bullets; protecting homicide scenes; or, dealing with the media - Albrecht has time-tested advice for handling it
safely and effectively. Steve’s book serves as a valuable learning tool
for those street cops, regardless of the size of their beat, agency, county or city.
Steve Albrecht has a doctorate in Business Administration
and a master degree Security Management. He is an adjunct professor of criminal
justice at Chapman University and Grossmont College. Steve has written four additional
books: “Service, Service, Service,”
“Added Value Negotiating,”
“Tough Training Topics: The Presenter’s
Survival Guide” and “Fear
and Violence on the Job.”
Phil L. Duran has been in law enforcement for over
19 years. He has been a member of the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department
(New Mexico) for the past 18 years. Currently, Deputy Phil Duran is the Advanced
Training Coordinator for his department. His is author of Developing the Survival Attitude and co-author of Tactical Attitude. One
reader/reviewer of Tactical Attitude
said, “this book is about surviving a deadly encounter, mainly at the mental perspective. The book covers such topics
as command presence, mental rehearsal, off-duty survival, sudden stress syndrome, and many others. Almost half of the text
is real-life stories told by cops. This makes the book an interesting read.” According
to the book description of Developing a Survival
Attitude, “this book provides you with the knowledge needed to develop the proper attitude necessary for survival
on patrol, or in any other law enforcement assignment.” Phil Duran is working
on a third book on role-play training.
Gerald W. Garner is Chief of Police of the Greeley
Police Department (Colorado). He is a 36-year veteran of law enforcement, having
commenced his policing career as a patrolman at the Victoria, Texas Police Department in 1969.
He spent 30 years with the nationally acknowledged Lakewood, Colorado Police Department, retiring at the rank of division
chief in 2003. He then went on to become the Chief of Police for the Fort Lupton
Police Department (Colorado), and now, the Chief of Police for the Greeley Police Department.
Chief Gerald Garner has amassed extensive experience
in grass-roots policing. In addition to his work as a patrol officer, he has
served as a patrol sergeant, detective supervisor, patrol watch commander, crime prevention and public information specialist,
academy director internal affairs commander, and patrol division chief.
Chief Gerald Garner is the author of over 200 magazine
and journal articles on law enforcement topics. Many of the articles address
officer safety subjects. He has also authored six books on policing. He instructs widely and has served as a guest lecturer at the Federal Bureau of Investigation's National
Academy at Quantico, Virginia and for the International Association for Chiefs of Police.
Chief Gerald Garner is the author of Surviving the Street: Officer Safety and Survival Techniques; Common Sense
Police Supervision: Practical Tips for the First-Line Leader; Chief, the Reporters Are Here: The Police Executive's Personal
Guide to Press Relations; High Risk Patrol: Reducing the Danger to You; Police Role in Alcohol-Related Crises; and, Police
supervision: A common sense approach.
Special Agent Ronald J. Adams, Riverside Police Department (California), retired,
is a 28 year veteran, of law enforcement and a widely known and recognized as an expert in police officer safety and survival. He is the co-author of Street Survival: Tactics for Armed Encounters.
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."
A former lieutenant
with the Santa Ana Police Department (California) and professor emeritus from Santa Ana College, Thomas F. Adams is the author
of five books: Introduction to the Administration
of Criminal Justice; Training Officers' Handbook; Harden the Target : A Guide to Defense of Life, Limb, and Loved Ones; Law
Enforcement - An Introduction To The Police Role In The Community; and Police Field Operations. He is the co-author
of a sixth: Crime Scene Investigation.
According to the book
description, Police Field Operations
“is written from the perspective of a working police officer, presenting real-life scenarios an officer is likely to
encounter while on-duty. With its focus on community policing, it describes how and why certain procedures are used, and gives
informative techniques from leading police academies from around the country. It provides readers with the widest range of
up-to-date information: Use-of-force issues; guidelines for shaping and enforcing policy; officer survival and stress Reduction.
Police Field Operations helps readers develop the necessary skills of observations,
perceptions, interviewing techniques, and crowd and riot control. Great resource material for those involved in police patrol
procedures and police and field operations.”
According to one reader
of Police Field Operations, “I
had to read this book for a promotional examination and found it to be a good refresher of the very basic points that we all
learned at the beginning of our police careers. When I am approached by someone who is not yet in police work and wants to
read a good, simply written and understandable book on law enforcement, I always recommend this one. It may seem to be too
basic for those of us in this field for the years I have served, but many areas are still very relevant”
By 1960, Rod Sanford
was studying the martial arts. Through his years of study he became a preeminent
practitioner and Sensei of traditional martial arts. In 1968, Rod Sanford joined
the Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Office. He spent most of his 25 year career with
the Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Office as a patrol sergeant. However, he was a
member of several specialized units such as the search and rescue team, dive team, mounted unit and the SWAT team. In 1969, he began to teach defensive tactics to his fellow police officers.
For the next twenty-five years, Rod Sanford would teach firearms and officer safety tactics as well as defensive tactics.
In 1983, Rod Sanford
left the Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Office and founded the Pacific Institute of Defensive Tactics in order to teach law enforcement
tactics full-time. According to the Pacific Institute of Defensive Tactics, their
method, “integrated use of force training, arrest and control, self defense, tactical communications, altercation patterns,
baton tactics, officer safety, crimes-in-progress, car stops, firearms, crowd control and civil disobedience, passive demonstrator
tactics, emergency response team, defensive tactics for corrections and other related tactical training. These courses are taught on a basic, in-service and instructor level. Rod Sanford is the author of Law Enforcement: Reasonable Force Options; Basic Arrest Tactics & Self-Defense
for Law Enforcement; and, Arrest Control Techniques & Baton Tactic.
According to the book
description of Law Enforcement: Reasonable
Force Options, “This book is for all law enforcement officers, students and instructors. No matter what your
background or system you will find, tactics and techniques that will help you enjoy a successful career and keep you going
home safely at the end of each shift. Rod Sanford has drawn from over 30 years of law enforcement and training experience
to bring you the essence of use of force, defensive tactics and officer training in a complete text with over 1,600 step-by-step
During his career with the Costa Mesa
Police Department, Jim Wagner earned a place on the SWAT team. It was through this conduit that Jim learned about logistics,
command post operations, hostage negotiations, entry team tactics, and sniping. On the job training included courses with
LAPD SWAT, the U.S. Army Special Forces, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Tactical Training Center, and from U.S.
Marines Division Schools Camp Pendleton (Advanced Sniper Course, Military Operations Urban Terrain, Helicopter Rope Suspension
Training, and Range Safety Officer). Jim Wagner’s second book, Defensive Tactics for Special Operations, was recently released.
According to the book description
of Defensive Tactics for Special Operations,
“The techniques and methods that form the basis of military and combat defensive training are detailed in this insightful
guide from a personal protection expert. Chapters provide instruction on knife defense, unarmed fighting, weapon retention,
and arrest and control techniques. Police and military personnel as well as self-defense instructors and students at all levels
will benefit from simple instructions and step-by-step exercises.”