Category Archives: Articles Written by Scott Reitz

Hostage Resolution – By Scott Reitz

This past month we’ve received numerous requests from major news outlets to comment on the LAPD Van Nuys Division hostage shooting. The shooting was captured on body cameras worn by the Officers. The suspect had taken a hostage in the… Continue reading →

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Training in Lava-Lavas

We recently came across some old LAPD SWAT training photos circa 1984. Now these photos do not demonstrate the equipment utilized to effectuate actual SWAT call-ups or hostage rescue etc. We were simply having a blast in attempting to run… Continue reading →

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Why CCW Is Not For Everyone

Simply because you can – doesn’t mean you should. The advent of CCW (Carrying a Concealed Weapon) permits should give one pause upon reflection. First and foremost is a comprehension of deadly force application laws. When, and when one should… Continue reading →

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Looking Back: SWAT Camaraderie

The other day I ran the knife attack for members of ‘D’ Platoon Metro, commonly referred to as SWAT. Over the years the faces and names have changed but the attitudes (thank God) have not. There is absolutely no mercy… Continue reading →

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The ITTS “Hostage Rack”

– Video of Scott Reitz discussing a hostage shot – Those of you who have advanced to advanced level classes with us have experienced the Hostage Rack. We designed this approximately 20 plus years ago. It was born out of… Continue reading →

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Sound Bites

In past years I have been interviewed across local and national radio, TV news, various newspapers and such. These venues of modern communications are constantly searching for the one ubiquitous sound bite that will sum up a lifetime of experience… Continue reading →

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Looking Back: Simpler Times

Since my father was a U.S. Navy Captain for 27 years I’ve moved around quite a bit in my life. From Washington D.C. to Hospital Point, Hawaii to Levittown, New Jersey to Naples, Italy to Chelsea, Massachusetts to Bowie, Maryland… Continue reading →

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Breaching – Training for any Obstacle

Not everyone willingly opens their doors for the police…especially those given towards a bent of the entrepreneurial persuasion when purveying in goods which are not entirely “above board.” This leads us to the subject of “breaching,” which essentially is gaining… Continue reading →

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Perception Matters

Juries are not always sympathetic to an officer’s actions in the field. In some cases this is justified and in others it is not. One should be circumspect in what one says and the manner in which one comports themselves… Continue reading →

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The ITTS Family!

Brett and I never realized some of the ancillary results of ITTS when we started some 27 plus years ago. The best one is, of course, saving lives and keeping you out of bad situations. One side effect we are… Continue reading →

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