Officer Survival

  • What Do Our Families Need From Us?

    Friends on social media share ideas on how what they think would help police families.

    Article • December 17th, 2013

  • Off Duty Carry & Family: Officer Survival Tip

    Sgt. Betsy Brantner-Smith (ret) talks about carrying a firearm off-duty while you're out and about.

    Video • November 5th, 2013

  • Off-Duty Carry - Yes or No?

    If we look at this topic objectively, particularly, from a standpoint of risk and reward, I think most of us can agree that a police officer should carry their weapon while off duty.

    Article • November 4th, 2013

  • The Sad Incidence of Police Suicide

    More officers commit suicide each year than are killed by felons. We need to fix the problem and save our officers.

    Article • October 31st, 2013

  • Key Factors in PTSD

    What are generally normal human responses to trauma or tragedy become labeled a disorder and the person diagnosed now becomes a patient constantly reflecting on how they feel or should be feeling and reflecting over and over again the triggering event.

    Article • October 17th, 2013

  • Cops & Superstitions

    Cops generally don't come across as a particularly superstitious bunch. They are usually perceived as tough, dedicated, no nonsense, get ’er done kind of group. However, the police culture does indeed include plenty of superstitions.

    Article • October 9th, 2013

  • Edged Weapons Defense Revisited

    These days edged weapons defense only gets a passing mention in most of officer safety training. While we’re focusing on firearms ambushes, vehicle crashes, and traffic stops, the number of police officers and correctional officers stabbed to death in...

    Article • October 3rd, 2013

  • Vet Instructor Credentials

    Instructors and courses should be checked out and vetted prior to contracting and receiving any training.

    Article • October 2nd, 2013

  • Blue on Blue Shootings

    Every year, American law enforcement officers have thousands of successful use of force encounters where the officer(s) involved does it right. However, we still have too many cases where a legitimate good guy is shot and killed despite circumstances...

    Article • September 17th, 2013

  • Symptom = Complacency; Disease = ??

    Unfortunately, an analysis that makes learning possible from these terrible events requires a deeper understanding of the root causes of such things as complacency, improper positioning, missed body language, or the myriad other causes of harm to law...

    Article • September 9th, 2013

  • Russ’s Legacy: Ode to a Fallen Officer

    An officer confined to a wheelchair unable to speak – talks to you now

    Article • September 3rd, 2013

  • Memory’s Nasty Little Trick

    For the last twenty-plus years I have warning crime fighters about a nasty little set of tricks our memory plays on us after a critical incident. I have written and written about it and I am going to again today because this is a dirty little trick the...

    Article • August 22nd, 2013

  • Hard Body Armor for Patrol

    Active Shooter/Killer incidents seem to be increasing. Research indicates the need for increasing your armor capability.

    Article • July 31st, 2013

  • I've Been Shot!

    This is not a thought we like to deal with but denial is the true killer and preparation is the antidote that increases your odds exponentially!

    Article • July 9th, 2013

  • 30+ Years of Lessons Learned

    How you can learn lessons from the author's 30+ year police career

    Article • June 27th, 2013

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