Sid Heal, Commander

Charles “Sid” Heal is a retired Commander from the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department with nearly 33 years of service in law enforcement, nearly half of which has been spent in units charged with handling law enforcement special and emergency operations. Sid has earned three college degrees and is a graduate of the California Peace Officer’s Standards and Training, Center for Leadership Development, Command College, and the FBI National Academy. He is the author of Sound Doctrine: A Tactical Primer, and An Illustrated Guide to Tactical Diagramming, as well as more than 120 articles on law enforcement issues and has appeared on numerous television newscasts and documentaries and been quoted in many periodicals and newspapers. Additionally, he has been a featured speaker at numerous conferences in Canada, Germany, England, Scotland, Ireland, Israel, Brazil and Argentina, as well as throughout the United States.

Justice Academy Blog/OpEd
Police Special Operations and Enforcement

Justice Academy Journal Article
Hostage Survival Probability Model – Final Report

Recent Articles About Tactical Science and Special Operations
Ancient Campfires
Bumper Sticker Tactics
Communication Basics
Communications Systems
Crisis Decision Making
Determining Centers of Gravity-Critical Vulnerabilities
End State
Hostile Intent and Present Ability
Near-Miss Paradox
Situational Awareness-Understanding
Sizing Up
Tactical Science-Origins
Tactics, Techniques-Procedures

Original Library Collection
Adaptive Decision-Making
Bond Relationship Targeting
Center of Gravity and Critical Vunerabilities
Characteristics of Crises and Conflicts
Command and Control Architecture
Command Relationships
Command vs. Control
Commander’s Intent-Tactical Edge
Convergence-bluring of war and crime
Crisis Decision Making Under Stress
Debriefings and After Action Reviews
Decision Points and Trip Wires
Drifting Standards and Creeping Missions
Envisioning an End State
Expressed and Implied Threats
Failure Analysis
Fighting in Five Dimensions
Fog and Friction
Force Continuum
Force Multipliers
Function-Command and Control
Good Decisions
Insubordination v. Command Responsibility
Intelligence-Gathering and using
Intuitive Decision Making for Police
Junctures and Leverage Points
Maneuvering in Time
Mission Tasking
Perspectives on Planning
Planning and Implementing
Priority of Life
Reactions vs. Decisions
Rules of Engagement
Sectors of Fire vs. Fields of Fire
Shaping Operations
Sharp mind-Warrior’s Edge
Situational Awareness and a Common Operational Picture
SOPs and MOUs
Strategies Tactics and Techniques
Tactical Science-A Lesson in
Tactical Trio
Task Saturation
Tempo and Initiative
Terrain Analysis
Terrain Appreciation
Trends, Potentials, Capabilities and Intentions
Windows of Opportunity