Problematic police performance in critical shooting incidents: Evaluating an innovative reality-based firearm training approach to develop stress adaption

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Abstract

Firearm training across global police/law enforcement organisations has been
dominated historically by a traditional marksmanship orientated model, which has
been continuously criticised as failing to prepare police recruits for decision making and firearm operation in critical incidents. An ongoing doctoral study
outlined in this paper examines what is problematic with current training
approaches and evaluates an innovative reality-based firearm training program to
compare its effectiveness with the traditional model. The study, with a focus on
adapting the human threat response to stressful incidents, uses a range of
established stress theories to inform and guide a mixed methods approach that
examines program participants’ progress. Early study results show promise in
adapting participants’ threat responses and improving operational performance.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1
Pages (from-to)1-26
Number of pages26
JournalSalus Journal
Volume12
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2024

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