Sat 20-Jul-13 02:50 AM | edited Sat 20-Jul-13 02:52 AM by dm1dave
A good guess is that this term is the civilian law enforcement version of combat photography.
The US Navy for example has several Combat Camera Units. They shoot a lot of training missions to help combat units prepare for the real thing. They also shoot during and after real world combat missions in support of the operational commanders and intelligence units.
Sun 21-Jul-13 10:31 PM | edited Sun 21-Jul-13 10:38 PM by jrp
Documenting combat techniques for training manuals is interesting and demanding. I did some of this when it was a novelty, in the 60s. CQB (Close Quarters Battle) tactical photography must illustrate what is meant by each term, like "Dynamic Entry", and what are the common mistakes and consequences of not doing it right. The same goes for EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) and most other specialties.
It is indeed cool, although it can also be grueling, specially when in actual combat, documenting missions. These guys not only have the stamina and nerves of steel, they are also incredible photographers. Check for example the site of Air Force Master Sgt. Jeremy T. Lock who just bagged the Military Photography of the Year Award for the 7th consecutive year!