Officer Survival

  • Tombstone Courage: Officer Survival Tip of the Week

    Sgt. Betsy Brantner-Smith (ret) reviews "Tombstone Courage," one of the Ten Deadly Errors that can get you killed when you could avoid or minimize the risk simply by waiting for back-up.

    Video • June 4th, 2013

  • Routine Traffic Stops

    11 officers lost their lives on "routine" traffic stops in 2011. What can we learn?

    Article • June 3rd, 2013

  • Maintaining a Winning Street Method

    What does it take to win on the mean streets? Here are some solid thoughts, areas and ideas

    Article • May 30th, 2013

  • Daily Checkup: Officer Survival Tip of the Week

    Daily Checkup: Officer Survival Tip of the Week

    Video • May 28th, 2013

  • First Responder: Taking Lives and Saving Lives

    "If it’s not attached to your body when you roll out of your cruiser you probably won’t have it when you need it most." I wish I could remember exactly which instructor it was who said that so I could offer him credit.

    Article • May 22nd, 2013

  • Combating Routine: Officer Survival Tip of the Week

    Dave "JD Buck Savage" Smith discusses the dangers of routine and the belief that anything we do on the street IS routine or that there are any "low risk" events.

    Video • May 21st, 2013

  • Putting Luck on Your Side

    This is a critical issue in the fortune of police officers since we have so much at stake. We must look at bad events as something to learn from, not worry about.

    Article • May 20th, 2013

  • Apathy: Officer Survival Tip of the Week

    Dave Smith, also known as JD "Buck" Savage, talks about apathy and complacency and how it can spell trouble for law enforcement officers.

    Video • May 14th, 2013

  • Preoccupation: Officer Survival Tip of the Week

    Dave Smith, also known as JD "Buck" Savage, talks about preoccupation and how it can be deadly on the street.

    Video • May 7th, 2013

  • Life's Not Fair; Being an Emotional Winner

    When I was sill in elementary school I decided that I’d become a cop. Certainly my strong sense of right and wrong, fair and unfair, good and evil would serve me well as a law enforcement professional.

    Article • April 18th, 2013

  • How to Survive a Heart Attack

    You have gone through thousands of worst case scenarios over and over in your mind. But do you know the symptoms of a heart attack? Do you know what to do if you are having one? What about if you are alone? Do you know your risk factors for heart disease...

    Article • April 12th, 2013

  • How Not to Respond on the Street

    Would that it could, that one shot from an officer’s sidearm could effectively stop a deadly suspect in his tracks. Oh, it can and has happened but the “Myth of the One Shot Stop” has been disproven many years ago.

    Article • March 4th, 2013

  • Our Role in the Active Killer Incident

    The threat of spree killers is real and you must be prepared to stop the threat.

    Article • January 29th, 2013

  • Officer Survival in 20/20 Hindsight

    Force incidents are to be judged “at the moment” not from an armchair on Monday morning

    Article • January 3rd, 2013

  • Cold Weather Myths My Mom Taught Me

    Do people always gain weight over the holidays? Do you lose body heat by not covering your head in cold weather?

    Article • December 3rd, 2012

  • Enhance your experience.

    Thank you for your regular readership of and visits to To continue viewing content on this site, please take a few moments to fill out the form below and register on this website.

    Registration is required to help ensure your access to featured content, and to maintain control of access to content that may be sensitive in nature to law enforcement.