Officer Survival

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  • Fight For Your Life

    The truth is most of us will be involved in more hand-to-hand battles than gun battles. Moreover, some of these fights may lead to the death of one of the combatants, occasionally, the police officer.

    Article • April 7th, 2014

  • 2014 Q1 LODD Review

    When any one of us hears about a fellow officer’s death we are forced to face our own mortality, and its human nature to try and avoid something as uncomfortable as another person’s demise. However, I’m going to ask each of you to put aside any...

    Article • April 3rd, 2014

  • The Misinformation Age

    The fact that you are reading this article on an Internet website means you probably get a lot of information and insight on the web. One of the first things you have to ask yourself about anything you read on the Internet is what is the agenda of the...

    Article • March 20th, 2014

  • Do You See Yourself As a Gunfighter?

    I meet women (and men) every week who are carrying an ill-fitting handgun (often in a poorly designed holster) who dread their quarterly firearms training because it’s not so much “training” as it is a test to see if they can muddle through and...

    Article • March 6th, 2014

  • Winter Still?

    Six of the ten officers killed this year have been traffic related and no doubt that is the most obvious threat we face as roadways turn to ice and snow often limits vision dramatically.

    Article • February 20th, 2014

  • RAGE

    Anger disorders describe pathologically aggressive, violent or self-destructive behaviors symptomatic of and driven by, an underlying and chronically repressed anger or rage. Anger disorders result primarily from the long-term mismanagement of anger, a...

    Article • February 12th, 2014

  • Gaining, Maintaining, Recovering Your Sense of Mission

    There are plenty of cops who have lost their sense of mission and just see police work as a means to an end; the “end” being a paycheck and maybe a pension. We get burned out, beat up and worn out, and sometimes we wonder why we put on a gun and badge...

    Article • February 6th, 2014

  • Politics and Force

    Don’t become a victim to the political winds that blow.

    Article • January 28th, 2014

  • Stuff Happens

    Okay, I don’t really mean “stuff” but since I want this posted on the board in squad rooms I am using a simple euphemism. I speak all over the country about the power of optimism...

    Article • January 28th, 2014

  • Real Resolutions to Keep

    No matter how experienced you are, just like a professional athlete, there is always room for improvement.

    Article • January 22nd, 2014

  • It's Preparation Not Paranoia

    Don’t believe in unicorns, the tooth fairy of somebody else giving you all the equipment and training you need.

    Article • January 3rd, 2014

  • Staying Safe and Staying Sane

    Let’s take a look at both officer safety and officer wellness to make your holidays a little bit brighter and a whole lot safer.

    Article • December 19th, 2013

  • Killer Habits

    Just because we are sensation seeking types certainly doesn’t mean we are injury or death seeking types. We like risk, and the activities that go with it, but we aren’t suicidal on the whole and (in a later article we will discuss suicide and the...

    Article • December 17th, 2013

  • Challenge Targets & Targets Online

    Improve your officer’s firearms training with excellent target products.

    Article • November 28th, 2013

  • Critical Incident Checklists

    We have high-risk threats all around us and a few simple checklists would be a marvelous antidote to the insidious effect that routine has on our performance.

    Article • November 21st, 2013

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