Minnesota Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors
As we officially enter into the 21st century, Law Enforcement Instructors must look to the future and what it will bring; both good and bad.
We will face many challenges from our brethren officers and the communities that we serve. School shootings, violence in the workplace, suicide by cop, and the ever-increasing use of violent force by criminals pushes us to our limits in the training realm. Even with these multifaceted operational and tactical hurdles, our job is quite simple; ensure that we provide the best, most current, and field proven techniques to all who wear the tin. This is quite an impressive task, and I feel now, at this time in our history, we must be ready to "think outside the box" to accomplish this task.
In the past, emphasis has only been placed on the use of Deadly Force Applications for Police Firearms; I question this practice's existence as we progress in our ever-changing business. Less lethal applications for the police firearm is not a passing fad, it is reality. In order to ensure that we do not fall behind the service curve; service to ourselves, and the citizens of Minnesota, we must embrace the less lethal arena and master it. I promise we will do just that.
We will also continue to hone the skills and tactics necessary to make the choice to, and deliver deadly force, when all other options fail or are not feasible.
As your new President I implore you, as teachers, to strive for excellence in all that you do these coming years. Open your ears and your minds to new ideas, and improvements on old methods, and pass those on to the men and women who face the dangers everyday. Remember that they look to you for guidance, and commitment, and they deserve it.
I leave you not with my words, but the words of Sun Tzu, Chinese Warrior / Philosopher…"Those who are victorious plan effectively and change decisively. They are like a great river that maintains its course but adjusts its flow… they have form, but are formless. They are skilled in both planning and adapting and need not fear the result of a thousand battles; for they win in advance, defeating those that have already lost."
Stay safe and train hard!