Officer Survival

  • Illusions and Delusions in Training

    Let’s quit reassuring our students and deluding ourselves that we’re ready when we are not.

    Article • June 4th, 2012

  • Are You Ready for Summer?

    For most people, getting ready for summer means sprucing up the back yard, planning a family vacation, firing up the grill, and getting ready for some outdoor fun! But for the average crimefighter summer means so much more than fun in the sun. Right now...

    Article • May 30th, 2012

  • ILEETA “The Best Game in Town”

    The author was one of over 750 attendees and 150 instructors in Wheeling, Illinois last week for the ILEETA Conference. Where were you?

    Article • April 24th, 2012

  • From Cynicism to Depression

    Cynicism has a shielding effect against disappointment and being taken in by those who would mean you harm. Take it too far, however, and any benefits reaped will be overshadowed by potential peril.

    Article • April 20th, 2012

  • The Great Gun Debate

    Nothing gets the blood pumping faster than a good old fashion debate over the Second Amendment. Considering we are on the verge of entering into that every four year cycle of political craziness called “election season” you can bet that someone...

    Article • March 29th, 2012

  • Listen to Learn

    Listening is not a passive part of learning and improving but an active and integral part of improving and staying alive

    Article • March 26th, 2012

  • Beyond the Band-Aid: Making Holes, Plugging Holes

    With all the emphasis on making holes, how often do we consider plugging holes; not just in victims and perps recently ventilated, but our partners and ourselves?

    Article • March 21st, 2012

  • The Confident Female Crimefighter, Part One

    I once read that “confidence is learned, not inherited.” I believe that to be true. How confident are you? What kind of impression do you make when you walk into a training class, into the roll call room, into a domestic dispute?

    Article • March 19th, 2012

  • Police vs. Protestors

    Today, the similarities between the riots, occupy movements and protests we see across America are reflective of what we saw in the late ‘60s.

    Article • March 1st, 2012

  • Police Unions & Officer Survival

    More and more police labor unions are taking the lead in protecting their members' safety as they battle the politicians who would compromise it.

    Article • March 1st, 2012

  • Get Back to Basics

    Remember, the average age of an officer killed in the line of duty is now forty. How did your last shift go? Your last arrest? Your last search? Did you make any mistakes? Did you see anyone else make mistakes?

    Article • February 16th, 2012

  • Bath Salts, The Fear Factor and Handcuffing

    Last year I encountered a young man who was under the influence of bath salts and at the time my state did not outlaw them for illicit use and neither did the DEA. Since that time both have done so.

    Article • February 9th, 2012

  • 173 Cops Killed

    Do whatever it takes to win and go home to your loved ones each day.

    Article • February 9th, 2012

  • 2012 SHOT Show Tactical Review

    Guns are everywhere at SHOT but so are improvements in tactical armor and uniforms

    Article • January 25th, 2012

  • A Violent Year

    Sadly 2011 has been a very violent year for law enforcement. How can we prevent further officer deaths?

    Article • December 28th, 2011

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