Officer Down Book Testimonials

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"There is no other person who can evaluate a deadly force encounter by police officers any better than Brian McKenna.  His experience and reputation as a comprehensive writer concerning deadly force is legendary, and his credibility is such that officers value his critiques. So do I.  Trainers of any use of force discipline will find even greater value as a text after reading the last chapter on how to use the book for training purposes.  There is no doubt in my mind that this book will keep officers alive. Definitely a must read!"

Ed Nowicki
Executive Director, International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association
Noted law enforcement trainer and author

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Brian McKenna is a powerful warrior-wordsmith who has assembled a volume of truly awe-inspiring examples of the warrior spirit.  These are lessons learned in blood and pain, lessons that can inspire and teach, lessons that will stir your soul.  This book should be read by every police officer, by every warrior, and by any reader who is interested in the reality of combat.

Lt. Col. Grossman
Author of On Killing and On Combat
Noted law enforcement trainer and author

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"I followed Brian McKenna's “Officer Down” series in Police Marksman from the beginning. His insightful learning points, gained from exhaustive debriefing of those involved in both the shootings and the investigations that followed, have done much to keep todays generation and future generations of police officers safe. Strongly recommended!"

Massad Ayoob
Director, Lethal Force Institute
Noted law enforcement trainer and author

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For over 20 years, Brian McKenna’s column, “Officer Down” was published in The Police Marksman magazine to rave reviews. This book is a once-in-a-lifetime compilation of the best of his accounts of real incidents, and what we can learn from them. Whether you are new to law enforcement or a seasoned veteran, the stories in this book could save your life.

Connie Bond

Editor

Police Marksman Magazine

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For more than 20 years, Brain McKenna has contributed to officer safety training through his incisive “Officer Down” articles. A “must read” book for all law enforcement personnel and the trainers who train them. The poignant, hard-hitting stories in this book catch your attention, and the lessons they teach are bound to save lives. Officers will learn the mental and tactical skills they need to win against all odds, and police trainers will learn how to instill those skills in their trainees.

John Bostain
Senior Instructor
Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Enforcement Operations Division, Glynco, GA

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Brian McKenna has been training me and other police officers for decades through his “Officer Down” column, first in The Police Marksman and now in Law Officer Magazine. Now, Brian has combined the “Lessons Learned” from decades of research into a book that brings the reader into each incident and offers the reader vital contemporary Do’s and Don'ts. A must read for trainers and all ranks of law enforcement personnel.

Ed Deuel, Lieutenant (Retired)
Huntington Beach Police Department
Co-director, Peace Officer Safety Institute LLC.
Center for the Study of Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted

 

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The stories in this book are tactfully broken down and carefully critiqued in a respectful way that addresses not only the officers’ decisions but what influenced them, as well as other options to consider for handling similar situations in the future. This book is a great training tool for law enforcement officers at all levels of experience.

Ken Impellizeri.
Sergeant, San Diego Police Department
Member, California POST Commission

 

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Brian’s tactful analysis of critical incidents offers life-saving insights that better prepare us to win in the face of the most daunting circumstances.

Tom Cline
President, International Association of Ethics Trainers

 

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Brian McKenna’s Officer Down book is the scholarly work of a police expert that has dedicated over twenty years studying the “lessons learned” the hard way. It is a culmination of Brian’s sympathetic critical analysis of the lessons of the men and women in blue that have given so much so that others may live.

Guy Rossi
Special Projects Coordinator, Irondequoit Police Department, NY
Noted law enforcement trainer and author

 

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"Brian McKenna brings a wealth of law enforcement experience and years of researching critical incidents to this powerful book. More importantly he brings a true passion for training officers to win violent encounters to this project. Officer Down: Lessons from the Streets is an invaluable resource for every law enforcement officer and trainer. "

Brian Willis
Sergeant (retired)
Calgary Police Service
President, Winning Mind Training Inc.
Noted law enforcement trainer and author

 

 

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