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Tactical Philosophy 101

When setting up my account, LinkedIn asked me to find a "headline" that adequately captured the essence of my professional life. Nothing seemed to fit. That was, until I recalled a moniker jokingly given during hostage rescue training. It was a perfect paradox, representing the two contrasting aspects of my job: Tactical Philosopher.  In the words of a friend, it labels me "a shooter who's a thinker and a thinker who's a shooter!"

The words tactics and philosophy are divergent. Their ideas travel in completely opposite directions.  Tactics refers to the planning and implementation of a strategy. Philosophy gets to the underlying theory, concepts, and ethics of the situation. In short:
Tactics asks How?Philosophy asks Why? And these are two critical, but wholly antagonistic questions.
(Read Tactics' Most Important Questions:  Why? and How? for background on this theory.)
So who and what got me started with the idea of tactical philosophy?
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The Traits of a Universal Policing System - Applicable, Scalable, Adaptable.

What is a universal policing system? Well, nothing really exists of that nature outside our imagination. We have a vision of a Law Enforcement Operations System (shortened to LEOpSys, lee-OP-sis).  It takes into account the Before, During, and After aspects of any police incident:
BEFORE: Policy, Training, Case Law.DURING: Intent, Decisions, Actions.AFTER: Reporting, Testimony, Evaluation.

But there are several more aspects to this consistency of policing operations. This model must have wide application, scalability for size and scope, and fluidly adaptable.