Item description for Sound Doctrine: A Tactical Primer by Charles Heal...
In recent years, law enforcement has suffered a number of tactical fiascoes. Besides the loss of life and deterioration in public confidence, officers and agencies have been the subject of both civil and criminal sanctions.
Unlike most tactical books, which teach tactics as a "skill set", this book emphasizes an intuitive application of funamental principles. These principles have evolved over centuries of tactical operations and form a body of "sound doctrine".
Heal not only presents a distillation of the more than ninety tactical texts, but provides an insightful and compelling call for rethinking tactics of law enforcement. Assuming no prior experience or understanding of tactical matters, Heal draws from everyday life such as competitive games, driving, or planning a vacation to show how to reconceptualize a difficult situation. Because the fundamental concepts Heal explores apply to all types of emergenices, Sound Doctrine is suitable for not only law enforcement, but firefighters, private security, and other emergency responders.
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Good book Jun 22, 2008
The book was good and if you haven't served in the Military it would probably be a must read. If you do like this book, Sid Heal has another book on tactical diagramming that I thought was a much better read.
Great book Jun 22, 2008
This book is an excellent guide to principle based tactics. It is an easy read, but full of useful information. If you work in any type of tactical based setting, this book is a must read. I highly recommend this book.
Sound Doctrine is a sound read Nov 18, 2006
Nothing ground breaking, but the author clearly knows what he is talking about. The book is put together very well. Any law enforcement officer should read this book.
Excellent workbook for law enforcement personnel. Oct 25, 2004
I assign Sound Doctrine: A Tactical Primer as the workbook for a Law Enforcement Intelligence course. Law enforcement commanders worry about the seeming disunity in strategic and operational policy and its political ramifications. Tactical officers are concerned with handling the more pragmatic issues, such as the insurgencies of drug trafficking, illicit immigration, terrorist activities, and civil disturbances. Reading Sound Doctrine will help.
Charles Heal clearly defines the problems and limitations associated with current policies for the execution of critical incident missions. In fact, the only thing that is known about these new types of operations is that not much is known in advance. Few principals or rules are in place before a crises occurs, so officers and officials who are strangers are forced to cobble together operating procedures in the midst of a crisis. And because each operation tends to be unique in important ways, these same officials are often forced to define a position and response in haste. Those tasked with the responsibility of crisis management and confronting low intensity conflicts, which are the future of state and local law enforcement, have frequently complained about the inadequacy of the machinery of government in these circumstances. Critically examining Sound Doctrine will help.
The traditional departmental division of responsibility for strategic, operational, and tactical missions, while perhaps sufficient for generating policy and building coalitions, is incompatible with and inhibits the development of a department/agency responsible for coordinating, and directing continuous operations. Implementing Sound Doctrine will help.
One to buy Oct 18, 2000
"Sound Doctrine" is a text to read over and over. Sid Heal is in an excellent position to balance and compare civilian law enforcement and military tactical thought. Not only does he provide the "how to" of conducting tactical operations but he provides a clear excellent review of the fundamental concepts behind action. The title is accurate. The book covers the basic doctrines necessary to conduct operations against potenital armed adversaries. Each chapter is well organized and direct. It would make an excellent textbook for a basic understanding of tactical operations. I recommend this book not only to law enforcement personnel, but to anyone who also needs a solid grounding in tactical doctrine for employing force.