Overview of the Tactical Research Unit
What is tactical research? Investigation into the performance, health, safety, and wellbeing of individuals involved in military, law enforcement, fire and rescue, and other public safety and security activities
The Tactical Research Unit (TRU) of Bond University was established in 2015 by Dr Rod Pope and Dr Rob Orr, and is a multidisciplinary, international team researching ways to enhance the protection and performance of tactical personnel in military, law enforcement and fire fighter/first responder organisations. Research and uniformed experience informs education and consultancy services provided by the TRU to tactical groups and organisations.
The mission of the Tactical Research Unit is to enhance the protection and performance of tactical personnel through pragmatic research, education and advice.
Excellence in research that will lead to improvements in the health, wellbeing and occupational performance of tactical personnel.
Our researchers and research activities
Browse the Tactical Research Unit collection of publications and conference papers available now on the Bond University research repository.
View a list of our Higher Degree by Research candidates and Doctor of Physiotherapy research projects.
Recent collaborations and collaborative projects
- Profiling injuries in Army Reserve personnel (funded by the Australian Defence Health Foundation)
- Profiling a unit specific fitness assessment in an Infantry Unit
- Collaborations with Defence Health Foundation, Defence Science and Technology Organisation/Group and the United States Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine
- Profiling the daily callout tasks of police officers (with Mr Ben Hinton)
- Predicting injury during police academy training (with DR Jay Dawes – University of Colorado: Colorado Springs (USA))
- Comparing two different training programs on police recruit fitness outcomes (with DR Jay Dawes – University of Colorado: Colorado Springs (USA))
- The impact of load carriage on the leg strength and power in SWAT Police (with SGT Michael Stierli)
- The importance of leg strength in police academy training (with SGT Michael Stierli)
- Profiling the general health of a state police department (with SGT Michael Stierli)
- Metabolic fitness as a predicting of injury during police academy training (with SGT Michael Stierli and Mr Ben Hinton)
- Musculoskeletal fitness as a predicting of injury and performance during police academy training (with SGT Michael Stierli and Mr Ben Hinton)
- The importance of hand grip strength in injury prevention and occupational performance (with SGT Michael Stierli and Mr Ben Hinton)
- The impact of load carriage on the mobility and lethality of tactical operations police (with SGT Michael Stierli)
- Collaborations with various international, national and state law enforcement agencies
- Impact of structural fires on hydration and psychological markers (with Dr Katie Sell – Hofstra University (USA): Inspector Richard Gorey (QLD Fire and Emergency Service and CAPT Scott Gayton)
- Collaborations with various fire and rescue agencies