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CAR CAMS -- A KEY TO REDUCING POLICE SHOOTING CASUALTIES.


This article was written in 2010. What was true then, is still true in 2016.



In the last 10 years, hundreds of police officers were killed and thousands were wounded in close quarters shootings. In addition to the human costs of those tragedies, millions and millions of dollars were lost to them as well.

And you can expect more of the same unless there are changes in the means/methods used to deal with those life and death situations.

You can discuss, or argue at length about who or what is to blame for the casualties, but those exchanges usually end up being futile exercises of trying to assign or shift blame, or save face.

Nothing gets resolved, changed, or improved.

Silent observers are available who can be key to reducing police casualties. They have perfect recall of what they hear and see, and they do not take sides or have agendas. They give exact descriptions of what takes place in real shootings and on a frame by frame basis.

They are in-car cameras. And what they show and tell, can impact on the means and methods used to resolve shooting situations. Simply put, they can show what works and what does not.

For example, Darrell Mullroy (now deceased), reviewed hundreds of videos, and said that Sight Shooting is not used in real close quarters shootings.

As absurd as that may seem, there is no VIDEO evidence that I am aware of, of Sight Shooting having been used successfully in a real close quarters shooting.

Only Point and Blast shooting is seen to occur.

There is a growing body of scientific evidence dealing with fright/flight situations that provides rationales as to WHY Sight Shooting is not practical for use in real close quarters shootings.

However, even if one knew all the whys and wherefores, the essential fact that it is not used, would remain.

In-car cameras do not care why something happens, or who causes it to happen, they just show what happens, and they do it frame by frame.

Alternative shooting methods are available which require almost NO training for effective use.

They are simple, instinctive, cost little or nothing, and can be used with current guns as is. They deal only with the very narrow but critical area of aiming the gun and shooting.

They are known but not widely accepted for use in survival shooting situations.

They should be taught and put on field trial under the watchful eye of in-car cameras that will quickly tell if they are indeed practical for use in real life and death close quarter shooting situations.

Unless changes in shooting methods/means are made, the casualty rates of the last ten years, can be expected to continue unabated.

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