Officer Survival


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

SHOOT TO KILL | Explaining Deadly Force Can Be Tricky

This “bad guy” is presenting a very large target, so a center of mass shot would be in order.   Kids can ask the damnedest questions. I’ve stood in front of a variety of tiny urchins in my time and I’ve learned the hard way: you have to be ready for anything! Apparently, one of my law enforcement brethren from the FBI wasn’t quite so prepared when he showed up to my 11-year-old [...]

By |November 29th, 2022|

REALITY CHECK II | Tier 1 Training Everyone Deserves It

By |November 1st, 2022|

In military jargon, Tier 1 or Tier 2 often designates the degree of funding a unit receives. The tier number also decides where these people fit in the big picture of real-world application. If the Army has a very qualified unit comprised of the finest of all troops, it would [...]

Qualification Vs. Training – Part 1

By |October 25th, 2022|

Qualify or Train? Is there one of these that a law enforcement agency is legally required to do? If not, what about ethical or moral requirements?   If you said Qualify, well, you would generally be mistaken. The courts have consistently addressed the need for agencies to train their officers [...]

Like a box of chocolates – vehicle stops and approaches

By |September 27th, 2022|

“Life is like a box of chocolate; you never know what you’ll get until you bite into one.”   Whether pro-active policing is still a thing or not, working street cops will make traffic stops. Most of the time, the officer has no idea who is in the vehicle and [...]


By |August 16th, 2022|

As an FBI agent, I was fortunate to be “loaned” to the DEA for three years in a training capacity. My tactical training and survival unit was supervised and populated by some of the finest agents I’ve ever known. Three of its members, Chuck Franklin, Victor Cortez and Frank White [...]


By |July 26th, 2022|

We need good cops now more than ever. Unfortunately, with budgets and the political climate being what they are, it’s getting harder than ever to attract quality people to our line of work. Every time agencies are under attack and budgets cut, it becomes that much more difficult to recruit [...]

STREET LEVEL | Not If, But When: Will You Be Ready?

By |July 19th, 2022|

On Aug. 27, 2011, Hurricane Irene made landfall over North Carolina’s Outer Banks and began a trail of destruction stretching all the way to Canada’s eastern seaboard. Irene impacted almost 100 million people, with over 50 million suffering the brunt of her effects. Tens of millions went without electric power [...]

Luck of the Draw – First Responder Wellness

By |June 29th, 2022|

By Alicea Reddy “I’m fine.” Ask any Cop how they are doing and that is the answer you will get. Because they are conditioned to turn off normal reactions and emotions in order to do their job. Because they are conditioned to simply suck it up and show no weakness. [...]

THE BEST BAD CHOICE | When Is Something Tactically Unsound?

By |June 16th, 2022|

  Is it tactically sound or unsound to draw with a weak hand? Is it wrong to call it your “weak” hand? If you get your gun into the fight, does that make the draw tactically sound?   The notion of tactical soundness is one permeating the discipline [...]

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