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A must read for SWAT team members and commanders alike. It will cause many to rethink their operational processes. -- Steve Ijames, Major, Springfield Missouri Police Department

Heal has taken his experience and training and put it all together ... belongs on every tactical leader's bookshelf. -- Craig Roberts, Author, Police Sniper and One Shot—One Kill

Required reading for all law enforcement supervisors as well as those aspiring to enter their ranks. -- Colonel John B. Alexander, Ph.D., author, Future War

About the Author

Charles "Sid" Heal is a lieutenant at the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. He holds three college degrees, two lifetime California teaching credentials, and is a recipient of more than 90 commendations from law enforcement, military, and governmental agencies. His assingments have included patrol, investigations, SWAT and emergency operations.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 154 pages
  • Publisher: Lantern Books; 1st edition (June 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1930051115
  • ISBN-13: 978-1930051119
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Conrad Hunter on October 25, 2004
Format: Paperback
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.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Larry Doherty on October 7, 2000
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Sid Heal, a recognized expert in our occupation, has managed to combine the lessons of the military's past into our present occupation-law enforcement. Don't just read the book once, read it several times to grasp the basic principles presented so that they become second nature to you when called upon to act or to command at a crisis or critical incident. Then, have your troops read the book so they, too, will have an understanding of their role in these situations. The book shows the relationship between decision making, the preparation of a mission, and the actions taken to accomplish one's objective and/or goal to resolve the problem encountered. Whether the objective is to handle a crisis or a critical incident, the principles are here. "Sound Doctrine: A Tactical Primer" is a must read, for anyone involved in the decision making process for any crisis and/or critical incident, as it provides a means to accomplish a measured resolution based on "sound doctrine". Click on the order button... Larry Doherty, SWAT Team Commander, Sonoma County Sheriff's Dept.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Mutt VINE VOICE on December 4, 2011
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I'm not sure how I stumbled across this book, but here I am with a dog-eared, dirty copy that I've had for years, reading it for about the thirtieth time. I am not in law enforcement or the military, but I learn something practical and immediately usable every time I read it.

This book is very John Boyd, filled with information on organization structuring, rapid learning, and tactical scenarios that show you how to THINK as opposed to what to do. This is the key advantage of this book and the reason why anyone who has to function in the increasingly chaotic modern world should read this and apply whatever they can to their own lives, professionally and otherwise.

If you're a fan of Sound Doctrine, get your hands on Science, Strategy and War by Frans Osinga as it is the 10,000 foot version of the same subject, and by that I mean 10,000 feet high AND deep, as it's the essential primer on John Boyd's work and its usage.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Captain Thos. Pinney on October 18, 2000
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"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.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Captain Thos. Pinney on October 18, 2000
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"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.
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