If you take a moment to consider a police officer’s real world of work, they do not kill the enemy as the military does; they seek out lawbreakers and take them into custody. That’s a HUGE difference in tactics!
The military is constantly looking for ways to engage at greater distances (consider the dissatisfaction of the long-range kill- ing power of the 5.56mm in Afghanistan) while cops will always have to close in on those they confront to arrest and handcuff them. Even common citizen contacts will be within earshot as conversation with police is something most want to keep “low key.” Can you imagine the uproar if officers stood back ten or 15 yards and yelled their commands? “Sir! Give me your driver’s license! We have a report you are flashing yourself at children!” Yep, that would go over great – no controversy there.
Up Close and Personal
These days, I teach far more armed citizens than I do cops and, when I teach extreme close quarter shooting, I never fail to get one student who claims, “I don’t need this. I don’t let people get close to me.” Really? So, you never stand in line at a sport- ing event to get tickets; wait to place your order at a food counter; ride an escalator or elevator; wait on the sidewalk to cross a street with the light; board a plane or train, etc., etc. Everyone makes close contact with other humans, whether you like it or not, and law enforcement officers make more close contacts than most other professions. Thus, if you are a student of combative pistol craft and carry a gun daily, you had better learn how to deploy and shoot it at extreme close quarter distances – what I have come to call “critical space engagements.”