I recently had the opportunity to read the book Left of Bang by Patrick Van Horne and Jason A. Riley, and wanted to share some thoughts about this book, especially in light of recent incidents.
It might be helpful to start with an explanation of the term. Bang, is when an event happens. Right of bang is the reaction and response to the event. Left of bang is where observations are made and data is looked at, to try and prevent the event from happening. This data or information must be looked at to separate the important information from the unimportant, in order to make a knowledgeable and appropriate preventative decision. So how does one operate in left of bang mode? The following are a few steps discussed in the book:
While the techniques discussed were initially developed for the Marine Corps for use in combat situations, and were referred to as combat profiling throughout the book, there were many situations discussed where people in everyday life used their sense that something wasn’t normal to prevent events from occurring, from a potential bombing at LAX, to stopping a child’s abduction.
As a retired law enforcement officer, with over 35 years of investigative experience, I found Left of Bang to be a very insightful and informative book.