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NMMI cadets learn ‘OODA-loop’ and other defense tactics

New Mexico Military Institute cadets studying criminal justice participate Friday in drills to learn about responses to armed attackers. Roswell Police Sgt. Michael Fry, at right in background, runs the drills. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

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Maybe being a law enforcement officer isn’t exactly what it looks like on television or in the movies.

On Thursday and Friday, some training occurred in what real-life challenges could be for New Mexico Military Institute high school and junior college students enrolled in “Introduction to Criminal Justice” as Roswell Police Sgt. Michael Fry led students in the Tueller Drill, which teaches self-defense tactics in dealing with an armed attacker.

Fry said that the Tueller Drill, named for the police officer who created it, is based on the idea that a person armed with a knife or other dangerous weapon can reach a law enforcement officer standing 21 feet away before he or she has time to unholster and fire a gun.

The drill taught such tactics as drawing the weapon at the first sign of approach, stepping out of line of the person and using objects or movements to distract the attacker. Students also learned about “OODA-loop,” observe, orient, decide, act analysis and decision-making process.

“We teach them how to extend their success,” Fry said.

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Lt. Col. Eddy Lynton, associate professor, said that NMMI regularly works with the Roswell Police Department to provide training to criminal justice students, many of whom want to be police officers, military police, federal agents, game wardens or other types of law enforcement or security personnel.

Cadets said they learned about self-defense, the value of life, how life can change in an instant, the difficulties of being a police officer, how quick reactions need to be when dealing with an attacker and how perceptions about cops’ actions can be wrong.

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