Throwback Article: Training GIGN in France (and Facing a Most Unique Challenge) By Scott Reitz

I want to share an article I wrote back in 2008 when I had the great pleasure of training with the highest caliber operators France has to offer. In addition to the training we provided, they had something very special (and challenging) in store for me! I hope you enjoy reading about my unique experience…

July 2008

Brett and I just returned from France where we combined training and vacation. This year we trained the members of G.I.G.N. We are the first trainers to have ever been brought in from the outside to do so and this only after considerable vetting.
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May 2017 Class Photos

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“The Mad Woman of Cimarroncita”

Not everything ‘Uncle Scotty’ has done in the past has anything to do with either police work, tactics, deadly force or other activities along such lines. The following is a case in point. The year, if I’m not mistaken, was 1974. It was the summer break from my sophomore year the University of New Mexico. Somehow and in some way (much to their chagrin) after many others at UNM were interviewed, I was chosen as a camp counselor for a very exclusive boys and girls camp way up in the northern area of Cimarron, New Mexico. The accompanying photo depicts my charges in the cabin known as ‘Coyote Cabin.’ Most of the young men were between the ages of 11 – 13.
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An Important Factor in Use of Forces Cases

For those of you either military, police or civilian, who have trained with us it is important to note that the decision to apply deadly force also entails those events preceding such application. In other words, what events transpired prior to the event itself, which led to that precise moment when deadly force was physically applied. This is not an insignificant matter. If it was found in the subsequent investigation that certain actions on the shooter’s behalf led to an unnecessary/unjustified shooting then you will be ‘held to answer.’
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October Class Photos!

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Looking Back: Things Aren’t Getting Any Easier for Officers

Police work has changed… dramatically! Options used to be fewer, weapons were simpler and procedures less complicated. Reports did not involve orbital mechanics or complex MIT equations. You had a revolver and 18 rounds, two sets of handcuffs and a wooden baton. No computers back then, a dictionary and a #2 graphite. Common sense was the rule. Supervisors had actual field experience.
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A Dangerous Line

According to the Los Angeles Police Protective League, a recommendation was made by the Los Angeles Police Commission, which stated that when confronting an armed suspect officers should either back up or run away from a potential threat.

Now, the many of the specific facts of the case are not known to me. But what has been made available is that a female armed with an 8” – 9” knife waving it at officers and despite repeated commands to cease, and from a distance of approximately 70 feet, closed the distance to five feet in under 10 seconds on officers positioned between vehicles while stating “shoot me.”
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September Class Photos

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August Class Photos!

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Rampart Division Grand Re-Opening

During my time in Metro, the Metropolitan Division was housed at 5th and Wall in downtown Los Angeles – second floor, Central Facilities. Metro dates back to 1933 and was originally housed in Parker Center in Room 114. It was a reserve unit hence the derivation of “R’ preceding a unit’s assignment. It was initially a mobile strike crime fighting unit which has expanded to present manpower of over 500 Officer’s (During my time, Metro held at about 240 Officer’s).
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Metro recently moved to the old Rampart (aka “Rampage”) Division on Temple Street just due west of the Music Center. The station was refurbished and painted (don’t know who chose the color but I digress) and re-equipped. I was invited to attend the grand opening and did so along with Jordan. So… some Martini trivia for you:

LAPD Rampart Division

LAPD Rampart Division


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