Officer Survival


Officer Survival2022-01-26T11:01:38-08:00

POOR POLICY CAN KILL | Is It Just Stupidity Or Cost Savings?

On March 2005, in Atlanta, Georgia, a rape suspect being escorted to a courtroom in the Fulton County court-house overpowers a deputy, takes the service weapon from the deputy and then shoots and kills a judge, clerk and a sheriff’s deputy before escaping. Because of this incident, prisoner transport policy is reviewed and stringent changes are made. October 31, 2007, a 25-year veteran police officer in Philadelphia, is on patrol alone, assigned to check businesses [...]

By |May 10th, 2022|

The Behavior Management Psychology Of Patrol

By |May 3rd, 2022|

The vast majority of what we do as police officers is to interact with people. So it’s safe to say our inter-personal and communication skills will dictate our effectiveness. Any of us who’ve been on the job for any length of time know an officer who can come into almost [...]

REALITY CHECK II | The 13th Letter

By |April 27th, 2022|

The number 13 is often considered unlucky, as in Friday the 13th, or then again, it could promote something tasty like in the extra doughnut in a baker’s dozen. The 13th letter is “M” and I use Ms already in training in the “M&M” mode and have for years. Following [...]


By |April 19th, 2022|

If you need the gun just draw it. This sounds simple enough — except for the trouble we get into while just drawing it or just putting it away. Yeah I know; simple — yes — except, I can think of a whole bunch of times cops have shot themselves [...]

GET A LIFE | Living Large Away From The Job

By |March 9th, 2022|

As cops, we deal with a variety of very scary people in our jobs. Although most of these individuals cross our paths during the course of our duties, sometimes the most frightening individuals we have to deal with are sitting right beside us in the front seat of the patrol [...]

REALITY CHECK II | Target Indicators

By |March 9th, 2022|

From the beginning, there have always been target indicators during conflict. These indicators are a part every cop’s daily routines, whether they realize it or not. Officer’s can’t be in a confrontation without these indicators being present. Think of them as projections of yourself, your location or the actions of [...]

OFFICER SURVIVAL | Contact and Cover

By |February 28th, 2022|

WE DO IT FOR A REASON We’ve been trained in the art of contact and cover for three decades now, since its creation in San Diego following the fateful Grape Street Park incident. On September 14, 1984, San Diego PD Officers Tim Ruopp and Kim Tonahill were murdered near Balboa [...]

E.C.Q.S | You Just Need To Be Willing

By |February 21st, 2022|

You’ve all heard the statistic; 50 percent of all police shootings occur at a distance of 0' to 5' from the suspect. Instructors recite it to students like passing on the Grim Reaper’s phone number. It’s been called “in the hole” and “death’s doorstep” but in reality, it’s where cops [...]


By |February 15th, 2022|

During SHOT, Streamlight gave several of us the new Pocket Mate task light they're offering. It is a mini-USB rechargeable, one-and-a-half-inch LED light with both a hook on it and a pocket clip. The output varies between 45 and 325 lumens – which is impressive when I think back to [...]

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