I marvel and am saddened when other trainers and I make recommendations and are blown off by officers as being: paranoid, over-cautious, unrealistic, Tackleberry’s, on and on. It seems that officers want to reassure themselves that their skills, plan and mental preparedness are good to go when they’re not. Of course, it is not human nature to enjoy being told your skills are lacking and you’ve got your head up your tokus (Yiddish word meaning buttocks).
In the worst of moments when you’re in a fight for your life, don’t you want everything advantage and tool with which to save your life? Further, if a little awareness avoids disaster isn’t it well worth it?
Surviving and winning out over a violent murderous assault will be the proof that all your preparations, planning and mental edge were worth it. Losing your life is one heck of a cost for lack of attentiveness, disregard for threats and poor training.
The year is coming to a close and I pray that we suffer no more officer deaths or injuries but I know from personal experience and the experiences of many LE friends and associates that the mental edge couple with sound tactics employed by a highly skilled officer is the best way to prevent assaults. So for this coming New Year I would pray for a “Below 100” total and would join with my fellow trainers in pursuit of such an important goal. I also know that the way to get there is through sweat and toil with your head always in the game. I’ve lost track of the number of officers who, having survived and prevailed over a deadly threat looked me in the eye and said, “My training saved my life.”
- Advanced Tactical Concepts
- FBI Stats for 2010
- National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Fund Data
- Officer.com Ambushes Against Officers
- USA Today Coverage on Police Ambushes
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.