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Things That Matter Most

Things That Matter Most

Don't wait until tragedy strikes to recognize the importance of taking a moment to ensure your safety.

January 14, 2019

Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned

First and foremost, the recordings reveal that force is ugly. It is not the "one punch, hero wins, bad guy goes down," movie action the public has been conditioned to expect. 

September 4, 2018

Your Skin is in the Game

Your Skin is in the Game

When policymakers implement ridiculous rules that get people hurt, LEOs are the ones who have to deal with the consequences.

May 3, 2018

Officer Safety: Why or Why Not?
The End

The End

You create the ending of your own story, every call, every crisis, every day.

January 4, 2018

Act As If..You're the Best Possible Officer

Act As If..You're the Best Possible Officer

If Wiseman is right we don't all need to get certified as safety experts, we need to act certified. If every time you made a traffic stop you acted like you were demonstrating to a group of cadets the right way to do a stop, what would you do?

August 7, 2014

Weighing Risks

Weighing Risks

The problem we have as humans is we aren't real good at evaluating risk, and if we don't evaluate it properly we can't compensate for it.

April 10, 2012

The Checklist

The Checklist

I was recently reading how more and more professions are turning to checklists to improve safety. I have been advocating just this kind of practice for law enforcement for decades.

March 12, 2012

The Dawn

The Dawn

Kids, lawnmowers, dogs, court, phone calls, worry, sunlight, spouses, chores, side jobs, storms. Everything seems to conspire to deny us our rest.

July 29, 2010

Deadly Routine

Deadly Routine

Routine doesn't just make us comfortable, it actually "detrains" us, robs us of our edge, and can even steal our lives.

April 22, 2010

Backing Up is Hard to Do

Ask risk managers to tell you what causes the majority of vehicular accidents, and they will all sing the same tune: "Backing Up Is Hard To Do."

June 1, 2006

Distracted Driving

The other day a friend of mine had a rear-ender on duty that was caused by his responding to his MDT (Mobile Distracting Terminal) or MDC (Moving Destruction Computer) or whatever they are called.

March 1, 2006

Resolutions for Cops

Ah, the first month of the new year. It’s a month of parties, football, snow or snowbirds (depending on where you live), and just generally good feelings. Then the winter wears on. Football ends for nearly everybody’s team; ice appears on the roadways at the worst time (who hasn’t had the thrill of that tactical 360-degree spin en route to a call); and all those resolutions you made suddenly become ancient history.

January 1, 2006