About the author : Brian Naillon

CEO ATP Asset Tradining Program • Vice President GTI Government Training Institute in Barnwell, South Carolina (USA)

Brian Naillon: Laws are being changed to humanize crime and its perpetrators while those that hold the line are being prosecuted for upholding the law.

How do you as a Training Officer press for tactical training for your people when you are no longer allowed to use force when taking on a criminal?

First responders‘ hands are tied by what can only be described as insane policies led by “mass delusion”.

This article was publish before in Tactical Industry Outlook 2020 (December 2019).

As we here at ATP Asset Trading Program look into the new year, there are a myriad of topics that are not only relevant but important and deserve attention.

I am going to dissect out a couple points that I feel are looming over our industry and worth further discussion.

As our world seems to be spiraling out of control and the absurd become commonplace.

First responders; and not just here in the States but around the globe are being ridiculed and dehumanized while being expected to perform miracles while their hands are tied by what can only be described as insane policies led by “mass delusion”.

Criminals are being cottled and are being heralded as the victims while our responders are being titled as “killers”.

Laws are being changed to humanize crime and its perpetrators while those that hold the line are being prosecuted for upholding the law.

This pandemic has spread worldwide and the further we go along, the more our officers are being put into no win situations and more and more into harm’s way.

The system they are protecting is often working against them and the sad reality is the trend seems to only be gaining speed.

The things that should be taken for granted as necessity as part of the job are being systematically removed; specifically, equipment or specialized training.

We have seen it over and over in recent years where something like active shooter training that has been a mainstream “must have” has had some of the most catastrophic failures.

Not because there weren’t capable personnel available but because the “check the box” and “everyone gets a trophy” mentality has led to a true void in capability.

True tactical training requires TIME!

Time, in the classroom followed by LOTs of hours of practical exercises.

Yet it has become less about getting a real value out of training and more of “everyone has had 8 hours of training for these situations.  We are good”. 

That is then followed by a mandatory 40 hours of sensitivity training because criminals feelings are more important than building true lifesaving capabilities. (I wish I was being facetious).

Funds are getting further and further away from those that need them and are getting coffered into lawsuit payouts

Agencies are being taxed to respond to more complex scenarios and situations but do it with less training and more restrictions and so getting access to proper training and equipment has become virtually impossible in many cases because it is deemed unnecessary.

How do you as a Training Officer press for tactical training for your people when you are no longer allowed to use force when taking on a criminal?

Even more so if you have to make sure your people consider how the perp might feel about being stopped from shooting anyone else.

Those funds are getting further and further away from those that need them and are getting coffered into lawsuit payouts to the family because you returned fire against “the good boy who would never do anything like that” who had just murdered your partner.

This stance may seem harsh, but I have watched funding fluctuate for one reason or another over the last 15 years but the trend we are seeing right now is just perplexing and wrong.

So how do we as an industry fix this?

I have had the pleasure to work with some incredible people over the years and I have watched as several have had their final watch way too soon.

This trend will only exacerbate that into becoming a commonplace reality and we should in no way accept that as an option.

So how do we as an industry fix this? That is the billion-dollar question and the reality is there is no simple answer.

If we cannot change the current psychosis, how do we make training and equipment accessible; attainable and affordable for agencies and personnel?

As we all know, good quality comes at a price.

I am not talking about those charging for arrogance nor is it all about “tacti-cool” that I am referring to.

I am talking about the true cost of quality training and equipment. Neither are cheap but there is a reason. 

Now as much as I have said about the struggles within the industry; there are some agencies, cities, counties, states, etc. that “get it” and support the hell out of their people and our hats are off to them as they protect and support their people.

A new line of home defense shields

The issue is the trend the other direction is gaining momentum but oddly enough the combination of the two has presented an opportunity

This void between “those with”; and “those without” has always existed but we have created a way for Training and Equipment providers to connect with agencies and their personnel and provide a solution to bridge the gap for all sides.

We created the Asset Trading Program (ATP) to fill that funding void.

Whether an agency has funding available or not, there is always a rub on getting necessities or training when you need it.

In most situations’ agencies have assets or equipment that they no longer need or use and could let go of without much issue.

This program was designed to take those assets and turn them into Training, Services or New Equipment.

We have teamed with some of the best companies in the industry to provide Equipment, Services and Training through this program and that list of participating companies continues to grow daily.

This program is free to use. That means it is free for agencies, manufacturers and vendors to use and all of it is to get the agencies and personnel what they need.

We have an opportunity and an obligation to fill the void and bridge the gap to get responders what they need to do their jobs and come home safely at night.

At the end of the day, we need to ensure our responders understand their lives matter.

Make sure they know they are important despite the turmoil and insanity that is becoming commonplace in their work life.

The fact is all of us are blessed to be part of such an amazing industry and have the honor of working with these brave men and women in uniform.

They are not just our customers but our family and friends and if we cannot change the face of insanity, then we as an industry must adapt to bring solutions that help save their lives.

God bless you all and we look forward to seeing you soon!

GTI Magazine

Read more articles written by Brian Naillon in our GTI Magazine May 2020.

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