Winning The Battle

An incomprehensible 19,298 names are engraved on the walls of the National Law Enforcement Memorial, each representing an act of heroism and sacrifice.

Make matters worse by answering every feeble complaint that comes in by Joe Public who’s ticked off because he got stopped by the cops and got a ticket, and you’re slowly turning into a public relations department, rather than a police department. While you’re at it, listen to every lib that has a cell phone camera and filmed a cop who had to twist an arm to make a non-compliant citizen compliant, and you’ve got a force whose priorities are upside down.

Police work is not a game, and it’s not a job for anyone who doesn’t think their life is on the line 24/7. That’s right; the job doesn’t end when you walk out of the station anymore. You find yourself in line at the burger joint and Frankie Felon walks in and wants to stick up the joint—you’re it—you’re expected to do something. You’re a cop. You need to win, not just survive.

How do you win? It begins with your own perception of who you are and what your skills and abilities are. Honestly assess them. Have you trained sufficiently, do you practice proper tactics? Are you fit? What about defensive tactics, are you familiar with and skilled at ground fighting?

It means trusting your gut and acting quickly. It means picking up danger signs and reacting properly to them.  Have you and your colleagues discussed contingency plans for the “what ifs?” You should be familiar with each other’s strengths and weaknesses. All of you should be instinctively familiar with your equipment, meaning knowing how to get to and use your gear without having to look at it.

Being prepared to win includes a desire to continue learning. Constantly seeking new techniques and learning from those who have been there and done that. Winning means excluding the word, “routine” from your vocabulary. Nothing is routine in police work, if it becomes that way you’re placing yourself and your partner at risk.

Lastly, think about the way you project yourself to the public. Are you a hard target? Does your appearance command respect? Are you confident in your conditioning, skills, abilities and mentality? Are you a Warrior? Have you learned from your mistakes?

If you do become a statistic, make sure it’s on the winning side of the equation. Winning the Battle means more than surviving on the street. It becomes a way of life and strengthens your resolve to continue to come out on top. Stay safe, Brothers and Sisters!


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About The Author:

John M. Wills spent 33 years in law enforcement as a Chicago Police Officer and FBI Special Agent (Ret). He is a Freelance Writer and Speaker whose third book, TARGETED, is now available online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Contact John through his website:

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