Officer Survival


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

THE BEST BAD CHOICE | When Is Something Tactically Unsound?

  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 of defensive handgunning. You’ll hear the soundness of this or that technique or tactic derided all the time with 5-cent words like “that sucks” or [...]

By |June 16th, 2022|

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 [...]


By |February 14th, 2022|

Since the early 1980s, the words “survive” and “survival” have been as much a part of cop lingo as hand-cuff, citation and emergency lights. We’ve been bombarded with the phrases Street Survival, Officer Survival, the Will to Survive, Survival Mindset and Ultimate Survivors. The message Chuck Remsberg and Dennis Anderson, [...]


By |January 24th, 2022|

In the early 90s, when I was a younger deputy, I shot a fair amount of USPSA - like competitions, both indoor and outdoor matches. And a few years work of my state's police summer games - individual and team stuff. Being a competitive shooter helped me earn an instructor [...]

“I Don’t Need No Stinking Seat Belt”

By |December 4th, 2021|

Playing Crash Test Dummy The atmosphere in the briefing room was jovial and relaxed. Everyone from the rookies to the salty vets were eager to hit the road and begin their shifts. The old guys liked poking fun at the younger ones and the sergeants made sure it didn’t get [...]

Can You Really Function Under Stress?

By |January 8th, 2021|

In my time I’ve seen controversies come and go. Most of them have been sorted out over the years, but I still see a number of longtime controversies refusing to die. These generally revolve around which techniques can be used during a stressful event. For example, the old target-focused shooting [...]

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