Captain John A. Kolman, Los Angeles
County Sheriff’s Department (ret.), is the founder and first director of the National Tactical Officer’s Association. John A. Kolman is the author of The Trials And Tribulations Of Becoming A Swat Commander, Patrol Response
to Contemporary Problems: Enhancing Performance of First Responders Through Knowledge And Experience and Guide to the Development
of Special Weapons and Tactics Teams.
According to Commander Sid Heal,
The Trials And Tribulations Of Becoming A Swat
Commander, “is clearly modeled after "Duffer's Drift" and fills a gap in those texts that deal with essential
material and the more interesting fiction by combining an interesting scenario with an abundance of lessons learned. Consequently,
it should be considered a "must read" for law enforcement SWAT personnel, but especially entry-level and first-line supervisors.
The lessons are durable, reliable and relevant for all domestic law enforcement but are focused on that critical first-line
supervisor. Especially poignant is the overall theme that doing nothing to prepare yourself to handle these types of situations
is a recipe for disaster.”
Ronald M. McCarthy served as a
Los Angeles police officer for over twenty-four. He was assigned to the department's tactical unit, Metro Division, for 20
years and retired from Special Weapons and Tactics as the senior supervisor and assistant commander in 1984. Ronald McCarthy
was the chief of Tactical Operations for the U.S. Department of Energy from 1984 through 1986. He was the director of the
Deadly Force Training Grants for the U.S. Department of Justice and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)
from 1986 through 1988. Ronald McCarthy served as manager for IACP's Center for Advanced Police Studies from 1985 through
Since 1992, Ronald McCarthy has
been the owner of R.M. McCarthy & Associates, a training, consulting, and marketing resource for law enforcement. He has
trained police officers from Europe, South America, the Middle East, and more than 30,000 police officers and military here
in the United States.
Ronald McCarthy was awarded the
Los Angeles Police Department Medal of Valor for action against the Symbionese Liberation Army in 1975, and the Police Star
for the rescue of hostages in 1983. He was presented with the National Tactical Officers Association Award for Excellence
in 1990. In 1995 the City of Erie, Pa., presented him with the All American Hero Award for his service to law enforcement
throughout the United States. In October of 1996, Ronald McCarthy was awarded the National Tactical Officers Association's
Lifetime Achievement Award.
Ronald McCarthy is the co-author
of The Management of Police Specialized Tactical
Units. According to the book description, “Managerial responsibility
of a SWAT team requires continuous research in the material area of long-term criminal trends as well as keeping abreast of
new developments in relevant tactics, technology, and techniques of law enforcement and the legal issues covering their use.
The Management of Police Specialized Tactical Units explains the steps for developing and maintaining a realistic, effective
response to increasing levels of violent crime. The book makes extensive use of actual field examples such as the North Hollywood
Bank of America Shootout, the Mogadishu Airport Incident, the Springle Street Incident, and the confrontation between police
and the Symbionese Liberation Army. Chapter Six discusses the various types and sources of equipment designed to give tactical
units more effective technological choices and includes examples of practical application, and the advantages and disadvantages
of use. It answers questions of law regarding when and under what circumstances the equipment may be used. Chapter Ten focuses
on the partnership needed between law enforcement and the media. The importance of cooperation is stressed to ensure safety
of police officers, hostages, news personnel, and bystanders during a hostage situation. Suggestions for establishing trust
and credibility are presented. The final chapter explores tactical operations of the future when dealing with increasingly
violent encounters with juvenile offenders, the phenomenon of “suicide-by-cop,” and the likelihood of terrorist
use of weapons of mass destruction.”
In 1969, Charles “Sid”
Heal joined the United States Marine Corps. After serving a combat tour in Vietnam,
he returned home, joined the Marine Corps reserve and attended college. Commander Charles “Sid” Heal began his
law enforcement career in 1975 as an investigator for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. In 1977, he joined the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department as a deputy sheriff. During his law
enforcement career, he has worked various assignments within the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, including
Men’s Central Jail, Firestone Station and Industry Station.
Upon being promoted to Sergeant
in 1983, Commander Heal worked at Crescenta Valley Station and the Special Enforcement Bureau. After being promoted to Lieutenant
in 1989, Commander Heal worked Central Property and Evidence, Firestone Station, Lennox Station, Hall of Justice Jail, Transit
Services Bureau, Walnut Station, Emergency Operations Bureau, Special Projects Unit, and Field Operations Region III Headquarters.
In January 2000, he was promoted to Captain and selected to command the Special Enforcement Bureau.
During his 35 years in the Marine
Corps he has served in over 20 countries including military operations in Vietnam, Desert Storm, Somalia and Iraqi Freedom. Charles “Sid” Heal retired from the United States Marine Corps at the
rank of Chief Warrant Officer (CWO5).
Commander Heal holds an Associate
of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Pasadena City College, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Police Science and Administration
from California State University, Los Angeles, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern
California, and a Master’s Degree in Management from California Polytechnic University, Pomona. He is also a graduate
of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy. Commander Charles
“Sid” Heal is the author of Sound
Doctrine: A Tactical Primer and An
Illustrated Guide to Tactical Diagramming.
According to the book description
of Sound Doctrine: A Tactical Primer,
“In recent years, law enforcement has suffered a number of tactical fiascoes.
Besides the loss of life and deterioration in public confidence, officers and agencies have been the subject of both
civil and criminal actions. Unlike most tactical books, which reach tactics as
a “skill set,” this book emphasizes an intuitive application of fundamental principles. These principles have evolved over the centuries of tactical operations and form a body of sound doctrine.” Colonel John B. Alexander, Ph.D. the author of Future War commented on Sound Doctrine: A Tactical Primer, “Required reading for all
law enforcement supervisors as well as those aspiring to enter their ranks.” Steve
Ijames, Major, Springfield Missouri Police Department, remarked, “A must read for SWAT team members and commanders alike.
It will cause many to rethink their operational processes.”
According to the book description
of An Illustrated Guide to Tactical Diagramming,
“This book is not about construction, although you will learn about building codes and practices. It is not
about tactics, although the information gained by knowing a floor plan will undoubtedly affect them. Instead, this book is
designed to provide a quick and simple method of confidently determining floor plans by using outside architectural features.
It assumes no knowledge of construction or tactics and is designed to be useful whether it is read cover to cover or occasionally
referred to as a reference. It provides time-tested, tried and true principles that any tactician can use to determine avenues
of approach, observation and fields of fire, obstacles, and cover or concealment, not to mention where a suspect might be
most vulnerable. Using this essential tool for quick and clear comprehension of tactical diagramming, even a novice tactical
planner will learn to use windows, doors, vents and other clues to confidently determine interior features. After reading
this book, it will be clear that the proverbial “glass house” is in the mind’s eye!”
With 40 years of practice, and almost 25 years as
a police officer James L. Greenstone, Ed.D., has expertise as a police psychologist, a therapist, a teacher, an author, a
police officer, a mediator and negotiator, and as a consultant. The field of Crisis Intervention has been his focus. For the better part of his career as a police officer, he has worked extensively in
the field of hostage and crisis negotiations. As a mental health professional and consultant, and as a trainer of negotiators,
as well as a member of hostage negotiations teams, he is knowledgeable about negotiator training, current practices in this
area, dealing with suicidal and barricaded subjects, negotiations techniques, team development, and team and negotiator interactions
with police tactical units. He has participated in numerous hostage, barricaded and suicidal situations, and has practical
experience in all aspects of hostage and crisis negotiations team functioning.
Dr. James L. Greenstone’s book, The Elements of Police Hostage and Crisis Negotiations, “is designed
for day-to-day, on-the-scene use. It is a practical handbook for experienced professionals and novices that can also be used
as a supplementary textbook for criminal justice, crisis intervention, and psychology coursework. Each chapter contains useful
checklists, procedural notes, tables, strategy worksheets, and forms, and the book includes special indices for quick reference
in addition to a traditional index. The book examines the negotiation process from start to finish, including pre-incident
preparations, first response responsibilities, responding to the call-out, arriving at the scene, preparing to negotiate,
making contact, preparing for the surrender, post-incident tasks, preparing equipment, and more.”
According to the book description of, The Elements of Disaster Psychology: Managing Psychosocial Trauma-an Integrated Approach
to Force Protection and Acute Care, “This book is design to aid in practical, day-to-day, on-the-scene disaster
response and crisis intervention. The elements are basics of any discipline and
knowledge of them is critical to achieving success. The Elements of Disaster Psychology focuses on those basics that are
needed by crisis and disaster responders in the field by providing an integrated approach to force protection and acute care. The presentation is ordered in such a way as to provide quick and easy access to the
information needed from the initial deployment, to final debriefing.”
June has been a Police Officer, U.S. Secret Service Agent, U.S. Customs Intelligence Specialist, Private Investigator, Executive
Protection and Security Specialist, and University Instructor. He began his protective service career as an eighteen-year-old
soldier assigned to an elite military police unit in Germany responsible for the protection of the Commanding General.
military service, Dale June settled in California where he worked as a Shasta County Deputy Sheriff, a Redding and Sacramento
Police Department (California) police officer while attending college. Graduating with a BS degree from Sacramento State University
in Public Administration, he joined the U.S. Secret Service in the Sacramento field office. Dale L. June was assigned to the
White House for five years during the Nixon and Ford Administrations. He also was involved with protecting many other high-ranking
American and foreign dignitaries, including Presidents Carter and Reagan. During his tenure with the Secret Service, he participated
in many trip advances, worked closely with the White House Press Corps, and was a presidential driver for nearly two years.
While assigned to the Presidential Protective Division he obtained a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice from George Washington
Service duties included a two-year assignment as a protective intelligence agent responsible for investigating threats against
those protected by the service, interviewing those responsible for the threats, and determining the degree of potential danger
the Secret Service, Dale L. June started his own executive protection company, providing security to European and Middle Eastern
royalty, celebrities, including many well-known television and movie personalities, VIPs, corporate executives, and an occasional
foreign tourist. Later, he returned to government service as a U.S. Customs Intelligence Research Specialist assigned to working
terrorism and organized crime. Dale L. June is the author of two books: Introduction to Executive Protection and Protection, Security, and Safeguards:
Practical Approaches and Perspectives. He is also the co-author of Undercover.
to An Introduction to Executive Protection,
it “provides beginners in the occupation of executive protection with the tools they need to know and appreciate the
profession; to enable them to realize what is expected when they are placed in positions of confidence and trust; and to understand
the implications of being responsible for the safety and lives of others. This guide emphasizes the basic elements of executive
protection which are often neglected or overlooked in practical application, even by professional schools of executive protection
instruction which sometimes mistakenly assume all enrollees are practiced journeymen. In addition to practical and technical
considerations of the profession, "executive protection" means working with people on a personal level. The author draws on
his extensive and varied experience in the field to share events that inform and enlighten students of executive protection
and teach them how to best avoid endangering those they protect.”
D. Bartlett is a sniper and trainer on the Fort Lauderdale Police Department SWAT Team. He has been a police officer for over
twenty-five years. Twenty-two of those years he has been assigned to special operations teams. He is also the Managing Director
of Snipercraft, Inc., which is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the education and enhancement to police sniper skills.
He has held sniper seminars and schools for more than 500 police agencies nationwide.
Derrick Bartlett is the author of Snipercraft:
The Art of Police Sniping and Staring
at the Crosshairs.
of the US Army said of Starting at the Crosshairs,
“Derrick Bartlett has made possibly the single greatest contribution to sniping that could have been made; he started
us talking. In addition to being an accomplished sniper himself, he has served
as a teacher, author, and leader. He cares deeply about sniping, and snipers.
Our job is to save lives. By encouraging snipers to share information, and prepare ourselves for what may come, he has helped
save careers, families, and lives. He is also an honorable man, and a good friend to snipers everywhere. Now he has raised
the bar again.:
Morey, Coordinator, Law Enforcement Programs, SFCC Criminal Justice Academy said of Staring at the Crosshairs, “Derrick’s contributions prove how one
person can make a difference. He has made a difference, and, perhaps more importantly, he has instilled in others the desire
to make a difference. He is passionate about training, and it shows in his teaching, and through his guidance. Today, snipers
are a stronger community because of people like Derrick Bartlett. Derrick has
put the word “sniper” back in our job description, and we can be proud.”
Michael H. Corcoran has been in the law enforcement field since 1968 and the threat assessment field since 1970 when he entered
the United States Secret Service. While in the Protective Intelligence Squad, he assessed the dangerousness of those threatening
the President and Vice President of the United States. From 1979 to 2002, he served with the Huntington Beach Police Department
(California) as a police officer, sergeant, station commander and chief hostage negotiator.
Michael Corcoran has a BA in Law Enforcement and
Business Administration, a Masters in psychology and, in 1979 he completed his doctorate studies in behavioral science. Michael
Corcoran does threat assessments, determination of true potentials of dangerousness and criminal profiling for governmental
agencies, law enforcement, Fortune 1000 companies, school districts and private individuals across the country. Dr Corcoran
teaches classes in how to recognize, deal with and control suicidal, mentally ill, substance abusers and/or combative individuals.
He has established guidelines and protocols for evaluating and handling personnel, either pre or post hiring, to avoid conflicts,
to assess potentials of violence and to determine truthfulness. He has also assisted in designing, implementing and advising
hostage/crisis negotiation teams for local law enforcement and private concerns since 1981. Michael Corcoran
is the co-author of Violence Assessment and Intervention: The Practitioner's Handbook.
According to the description of
Violence Assessment and Intervention: The Practitioner's Handbook, “If you are responsible for people,
they want and expect you to keep them safe on a regular basis. Violence Assessment and Intervention: The Practitioners Handbook
shows you the most effective way to take the initial data and make quick decisions about whether the situation requires an
immediate response with full resources or a less intense response. It gives you easy access to the information you need not
only to handle emergency situations, but also to prevent them.
The principle focus of this book is not sociological theory, or even clinical assessment,
but practical intervention, monitoring, and control of violence. It presents techniques for use in any situation, whether
you are a mental health professional doing phone intake from a victim of domestic violence, a corporate human resource or
security person getting a call about an incident that just occurred, or a law enforcement officer encountering a potential
suicide. Using flow charts and step-by-step instructions developed while handling thousands of cases, the authors give practical
advice on how to recognize the signals of potential violence by individuals, identify probable victims, and assess escalation
of the threat.
Written specifically for the
practitioner, this book provides practical, effective methods of violence assessment and intervention. During this time of
increasing concern about security, threat assessment, and profiling for violence prediction, Violence Assessment and Intervention:
The Practitioner's Handbook gives you the tools to decrease the chances of violence and increase safety in your organization.”