Officer Survival


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

Like a box of chocolates – vehicle stops and approaches

“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 what they were doing - like biting into that box of chocolates. Vehicle stops are the most common interaction between police officers and the public. [...]

By |September 27th, 2022|


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 [...]

Our History – Are There Lessons?

By |June 6th, 2022|

  Our History – Are There Lessons? The United States Marine Corp excels at instilling its history into every Marine. What about the police and our history? Now, I understand there are about 800,000 cops in various assignments, from corrections to the Presidential protective detail. And that those cops are [...]

REALITY CHECK II | Dangerous People

By |May 31st, 2022|

Sacrifice is the surrender of something for the sake of gaining something else. At a firearm’s instructor development school here in Oregon a regional law enforcement officer and lead instructor of the class said, “we might need to sacrifice safety for realism in firearms training.” WE MIGHT? I got an [...]

STREET LEVEL | Rules Of Engagement The War On Veterans

By |May 24th, 2022|

Early in the Cenozoic Era, back in 1968 when cops walked the beat barefoot with stone clubs, I was aggressively recruited for the San Diego police Academy. It wasn’t because of my looks, charm or amazing physical prowess. In fact, the chief officer who recruited me had to do a [...]

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