Maybe There Should Be SOME Hestitation

No More Hesitation Targets were designed to give officers the experience of dealing with deadly force shooting scenarios with subjects that are not the norm during training.  No More Hesitation faded background enhances the isolation and is meant to help the transition for officers who are faced with these highly unusual targets for the first time.

Uh huh. Because you don’t want you officers thinking twice when staring down a pre-teen girl and her little sister.


Or a pregnant woman in her nursery


Although I’m sure that there may be occasions where law enforcement officers are facing real and immediate danger from unexpected people, is this really what we want? Wouldn’t it be better to train some finesse and negotiation skills for situations that look like this?


It’s this lack of hesitation that makes for situations like this.


Appropriate hesitation leaves time for thought. Certainly, I want the brave men and women that pin on that badge to be safe in their duties, but I want to be safe out there too.

Maybe if these officers in Maryland had hesitated, a young man with downs syndrome wouldn’t have been killed over a movie ticket. (Follow the link, read it, share it)

Obviously, I am outraged that these men did this.  That the only tool in their toolbox was force.  But beyond that, I absolutely hate that it makes the lives of the honest, hard-working officers so much harder, so much more dangerous.  Each one of these incidents erodes the trust we should be able to put in the men and women that answer the call to uphold the law.  Those who remember and live the Peelian principles.

I really do believe that the vast majority of police officers are good, honest, hard-working people. Their stories aren’t sensational so they don’t make the news. Yes, there are bad seeds just like in every other field. Unfortunately, they make the news.  And all too often, they are insulated from the consequences of their actions. Too often, they aren’t trained to hesitate.

(H/T The Smallest Minority–sorry, almost forgot to link back)

12 thoughts on “Maybe There Should Be SOME Hestitation”

  1. Pictures 1 and 3, especially, seem like they’re egregiously bad ideas. #1 has a child on the swings just behind the “target”, which goes against Rule Four: Know your target and what lies beyond it. #3, statistically speaking is probably a kid with a toy pistol, since he seems to be on a playground.

    Congratulations, Deputy Dawg. You just shot an innocent bystander and/or a kid with a cap gun.

  2. These are interesting times, in the Chinese sense. Just for the record, I retired after 28 years as a Peace Officer.

    Good officers do hesitate in questionable situations. And in the near future it is highly likely that officers are going to be sent to arrest people for matters that are not crimes, except in the political sense. And the people they are sent to arrest are going to look like the kind of people that they were protecting not long before, and those people are going to resist that arrest in the name of the Law and the Constitution.

    So the intent is to condition officers to shoot those people.

    Subotai Bahadur

    1. Agreed – pinned on my first badge in – well a long time ago. I was taught from the outset to NOT shoot unless there was absolutely no other choice. Period.
      ‘Conditioning’ (especially bad conditioning) or training coppers to simply ‘react’ – without thinking, fully evaluating the entire situation or properly identifying a legitimate ‘target’ – is a bad thing from the get go. Erin P. is right on when she brings in the rules for safe gun handling.
      While there may indeed be situations where the officer on the scene has to make the hard choice of whether to shoot or not, to train them to act solely on ‘reflex’ is just a bad situation waiting to happen.

  3. Interestingly enough, their site seems to be having issues with the large volume of traffic generated by blog posts like this one. Go figure.

    1. It’s been Alex Jones’d, Survival Blogged, and Tamalanched. If it’s not under an intentional DDoS attack, then it’s effectively under an accidental one, based on sheer volume.

      Couldn’t have happened to nicer folks, I tell you what.

  4. The crazy thing is by using these sort of targets they’re instilling in police officers the exact response the gun-grabbers claim as an excuse to deny personal defence to private citizens – that they will react hastily or without enough information.

    This is just wrong, any way you slice it. It just screams “police state”.

  5. Back when I was a teenager a OHP troop put on a demonstration of their ‘shoot/don’t shoot’ training with the class I was in(did it regularly). It used slides and cap guns. Some had guns, some nothing, some with something in their hands, and some with guns weren’t doing anything but standing there.

    Whole point was “You HAVE to look at things and decide ‘Is there a hazard/is it immediate/does this require shooting or not?’; you can’t just shoot.” Seems like these targets are intended to do the opposite: “If they have a gun/what looks like a gun, don’t hesitate!” Which is a Bad Thing for LE.

    We already hear the “Well, even though we were at the wrong house and broke in in the dark of night, they should have known we were cops!” shit; I really don’t like adding this into the mess.

    1. Screw Montana, try Belize. It’s a Democracy, it’s safer than the USA, and the gun control isn’t any worse than some places in the USA(slightly better than Massachusets, with the caveat that you can’t have handguns in calibres higher than 9mm/.38 and rifles higher than 7.62mm/.308, and they do allow both open and concealed carry for licenced individuals).

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