Officer Survival

  • Impediments to Your Survival

    How officers are their own worst enemies in their own survival

    Article • October 22nd, 2012

  • Understanding the Nature of Panic

    The other night, I woke up about three o’clock in the morning in what I would consider a state of “panic.” I was sweating profusely, my breathing my shallow and fast, my heart was racing, I was disoriented. As I got control of myself, I realized...

    Article • October 18th, 2012

  • Training To Win Gunfights

    Firearms training can no longer be simply a nice outing - a day to get together with buddies, shoot a couple boxes of ammo, and then go play golf or retire to the nearest gin mill for a few drinks.

    Article • October 10th, 2012

  • Officer Survival and Attention to Detail

    Little things add up and can seriously affect your survival. Just this week several (at least three) officers showed up at carbine qualifications with personally owned carbines topped with red-dot sight which had dead batteries. It can happen. Batteries...

    Article • October 8th, 2012

  • One-Man Go Bag: Kit up now

    Far too often the good guys and the innocent citizen are found on the ground leaking. If you are out on the road, it’s more often than not going to be you who show up first on the scene. I won’t upset your stomach any further by recounting the...

    Article • August 21st, 2012

  • 2012 Line Of Duty Deaths

    Line of duty police deaths are down significantly this year. According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, automobile deaths are down 26%, gunfire deaths are down 55%, and overall line of duty fatalities are down by nearly half. This is great news for...

    Article • August 17th, 2012

  • Psychopathy: Manipulation, Deception, and Evil

    The best definition I have found for a psychopath is “a morally depraved individual who represent the ‘monsters’ in our society; an unstoppable and untreatable predator whose violence is planned, purposeful and emotionless”. Psychopaths make the...

    Article • August 16th, 2012

  • Aurora Shooting Dispatch Recording Analysis

    An examination of the dispatch recording for the July 20, 2012, Aurora, CO theater mass shooting event.

    Article • July 27th, 2012

  • D.I.R.G.A.F. Will Get You Killed

    Maintain your interest and concern in your job and ensure your own survival

    Article • July 23rd, 2012

  • Vacation Safety and Survival

    Simple steps and trips to have a safer vacation this summer

    Article • July 9th, 2012

  • Blue Force Gear Trauma Kit NOW Review

    US law enforcement has taken note and you are beginning to see more and more IFAK’s. For the most part you’ll see them being worn by tactical teams or other high risk units but, you’re seeing them on active shooter rigs on a more frequent basis.

    Article • June 11th, 2012

  • 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

  • Go Bag: Officer Survival Tip of the Week

    Sgt. Betsy Brantner-Smith (ret) discusses why you should have a go-bag and what should be in it.

    Video • August 6th, 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

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