Fundamentals of Patrol Survival

A recent stint on patrol has the author contemplating the “forever” fundamentals

There are more such as reading body language, maintaining a safe reactionary zone, searching like your life depends on it (you know it does don’t you?), contact/cover, proper handcuffing and so much more.

Don’t let your performance on the street jeopardize your own survival by ignoring the fundamentals.  Operating like one suspect related in the study, “He showed very little, if any, enthusiasm that I recall, very little vigor.  Like I said, it was just plodding along.  I don’t remember that he was alert in any way.  He, it appeared to me that he approached the vehicle like, ‘There’s no way this guy’s going to do anything other than exactly what I tell him to do.  Not because I’m in control of the situation but because it’s just the way it is.”

Focus on your fundamentals of your survival.  I still have to.  No one is immune.


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About The Author:

Kevin Davis is a full-time officer assigned to the training bureau where he specializes in use of force, firearms and tactical training. With over 23 years in law enforcement, his previous experience includes patrol, corrections, narcotics and he is a former team leader and lead instructor for his agency's SWAT team with over 500 call-outs in tactical operations.


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