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“You have no idea what situation you’re going to be in. I never know if my training’s good enough for what that situation is going to be. And so I want to train the best I can, right? And I want to feel confident that I can handle myself in whatever situation presents itself to me or to the team that I’m working with. I want to feel confident in my teammates. So you have to train at a level where you believe that you’re going to be able to handle that, and you feel confident you’re going to be able to handle that. And you have to be honest with yourself, right? Hey, are we really ready to deal with this? Did I train enough? And you don’t want to be asking yourself that question when you’re at the front door of a house and you’re going to make forced entry on a hostage rescue; it’s the last time you want to ask that question. You should be done already. You should be able to focus on what you have to do.”  – Patrick Dougherty

Patrick Dougherty served in the Marines from 1992 – 1998 as a rifleman and squad leader with the 2nd BN 3rd MAR. He was also a sergeant assigned as Primary Marksmanship Instructor with WFTBN in Parris Island, SC.

Hired by the Long Beach Police Department in 2000, he has worked Patrol, Directed Enforcement, and was assigned to SWAT in 2005. His current assignment with SWAT is as an entry team member and explosive breacher. Lastly, Patrick has taught firearms and tactics to his department, and surrounding agencies, for the last 5 years as an advanced officer training instructor.

“You have no idea what situation you’re going to be in. I never know if my training’s good enough for what that situation is going to be. And so I want to train the best I can, right? And I want to feel confident that I can handle myself in whatever situation presents itself to me or to the team that I’m working with. I want to feel confident in my teammates. So you have to train at a level where you believe that you’re going to be able to handle that, and you feel confident you’re going to be able to handle that. And you have to be honest with yourself, right? Hey, are we really ready to deal with this? Did I train enough? And you don’t want to be asking yourself that question when you’re at the front door of a house and you’re going to make forced entry on a hostage rescue; it’s the last time you want to ask that question. You should be done already. You should be able to focus on what you have to do.”  – Patrick Dougherty

Patrick Dougherty served in the Marines from 1992 – 1998 as a rifleman and squad leader with the 2nd BN 3rd MAR. He was also a sergeant assigned as Primary Marksmanship Instructor with WFTBN in Parris Island, SC.

Hired by the Long Beach Police Department in 2000, he has worked Patrol, Directed Enforcement, and was assigned to SWAT in 2005. His current assignment with SWAT is as an entry team member and explosive breacher. Lastly, Patrick has taught firearms and tactics to his department, and surrounding agencies, for the last 5 years as an advanced officer training instructor.

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