Pilots don’t have people actively trying to kill them, while crime fighters not only face all the variables of speed, weather, equipment, congestion, and human error that pilots do, we have literally an infinite combination of threats related to human interactions, and no creature is more unpredictable than a human! Did you book a 250 pound brute last week? Did he fight? No, well why not? You used good verbalization, command presence, and had three backups that look like the left side of the Denver Bronco’s offensive line? Back up is good, but so is verbalization and command presence. On the other hand, sometimes it is really nice to have that Taser placing a sweet little dot on a suspect reminding him how futile the confrontation would be. We have a ton of tools and each has its place and it is important to think, “That worked great!” when a tool does work, and think, “Next time I am trying that!” when a technique or tool doesn’t fit that situation. Reflect, be mindful, and learn!
In debriefing (or roll call) talk about your near wreck and what you did to avoid it; the arrest you made of that drunk last night and how you avoided the fight, or how you won the fight with no injury to the good guys. Talk about the building search you all did tonight and found that the burglar or burglars had already hauled ass, but what would you have done if they had been in the closet, the bathroom, under the display? If you hydroplane on the way to a crime scene, confess and teach others with you story, your feelings, your pucker! Who knows if your near miss may actually save a friends life because you shared the story? The great thing about being human is I don’t have to experience a hit or a near miss; I can hear about yours and learn and become safer. Remember that old saying, “He who teaches, learns!”