No more police/security contract classes for Active Response Training. I’ve decided not to conduct any more contract police/security classes in the future. To be honest, many of the cop classes I’ve taught over the last 18 years have been complete disappointments. Even though the cops I’m teaching have the potential to use the skills I am imparting on a daily basis, few take the class work seriously. The majority of officers are grumpy, they don’t want to work, and aren’t excited about learning the material. Security guards are even worse.
This ticks me off. Putting aside the judiciary responsibility that public employees have about any kind of misused tax money, the fact that cops would not care for life-saving training is maddening. I guess the stupid notion of “I have a badge know. I am at the pinnacle of gunfighting.” is unfortunately alive and well.
And I heard all the damned excuses: They don’t have the time, they have a hard job, they don’t see the family enough, etc. All bullshit, specially the family part since I am sure they would not be happier if you get killed because you could not outshoot a criminal because you wanted to sleep late the weekend you were supposed to take the training and did not.
Not saying that all cops are like this. If anything I am seeing more officers going outside their department and taking classes on their own dime. But it is disappointing that so many still remain nonchalant about it. I am sure the readers of this blog would go “Free training with Greg Ellifritz? Yes please! Where the hell do I sign? What do you mean it is the weekend of our wedding anniversary? It is FREE TRAINING!”
We never stop learning, we cannot afford to do so since lives are at stake, mainly ours.
Don’t be this guy: