Officer Survival


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

“I Don’t Need No Stinking Seat Belt”

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 too much out of hand. It was double-squad night, meaning we’d field twice the number of cops on the street. On most nights we staffed [...]

By |December 4th, 2021|

The Light Switch

By |April 25th, 2013|

By John Thomas Grohn I recently viewed a store security tape following an incident. Store security called the police after watching a “shopper” acting strange. At first, they thought he was a shoplifter, but he wasn’t. As I watched the tape I realized I was watching a predator in action. [...]

What Are We Looking For? Really

By |March 8th, 2013|

By John Thomas Grohn A major aspect of officer safety is the proper and thorough search of suspects. I know a great portion of the basic academy is given to defensive tactics and searches, as it should be. It is that important. For me, officer safety is comprised of these [...]

Do More With Less

By |January 4th, 2013|

By John Thomas Grohn It’s a sad state of affairs. There’s no money for training unless you’re a super secret squirrel uber-detective/deep cover domestic operative with the standard issue scowl, facial hair, greasy mane, mechanic work shirt with the name Bob sewn on the front, and nifty little ball cap [...]

Dapper Dan… Or Stumbling Stan?

By |August 29th, 2012|

When I go to court, I nearly always show up in full uniform. However, sometimes the situation dictates I get all gussied up in my finest suit and most constricting tie, to do battle in the courtroom. Once, at the conclusion of my testimony, a family member of the defendant [...]

What Do I Need Today?

By |July 11th, 2012|

What's My Mission? Picture the scene. It’s a Sunday afternoon in a crowded local arcade/eating establishment, which caters to young children and their families. You’d think it would be a safe place for divorced parents to make the court-ordered exchange of kids, right? So, could anyone have predicted a father [...]

What If Grasshoppers Had Machine Guns?

By |April 27th, 2012|

I often flashback to certain past events in my life, like Marine Corps School of Infantry (SOI), circa 1989. Has it really been that long? I was an 18-year-old Private sitting with the others in my platoon, paying close attention to a crusty old Gunny who was going over the [...]

No Excuse!

By |December 7th, 2011|

I recently heard an officer’s rather liberal girlfriend questioning him about why he always has to carry a gun with him everywhere they go. She believed if they were assaulted and a bad guy saw her boyfriend had a gun, they’d be hurt worse. Wait, it gets better. If her [...]

MiDBaR: Minimum Daily Backup Requirements

By |October 4th, 2011|

The importance of carrying a backup and off-duty gun can’t be stressed enough. I’m a firm believer in the adage, “bring enough gun”; and even stronger in, “one in none, two is one.” Many of you subscribe to this philosophy when on-duty, carrying a backup gun in your pocket, vest [...]

The Value Of The FTO

By |July 28th, 2011|

Make 'Em Or Break 'Em Training is the foundation of any police officer, which is why the Field Training Officer’s role is so vital. Regardless of the recruit’s age or background, they’re at an impressionable point in their lives and careers. They’re eager to learn and be successful, so chances [...]

Upper Crust Or Just Crusty?

By |June 9th, 2011|

Detectives are supposed to be the cream of the crop, the senior officers who’ve mastered all facets of patrol and moved on to the world of investigations. Society is so enthralled with it, that at any given time there are literally dozens of movies and TV shows out.based on what [...]

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