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Mental Training

The P-Word

Panic has little place in the modern world, and for a crime fighter it can be a killer; action is our mantra, and preparation is our antidote.

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Instilling Positive Expectations

I have discovered that a trainer has an incredibly powerful role to play in imbuing the trainee with either positive or negative expectations. And our profession demands that we hone skills essential for victory in confrontations.

The Officer Survival Creed

"The will to survive, to survive the attack, must be uppermost in my mind. Therefore, preparation and not paranoia is the key to my survival. To survive I must be aware, be alert, be confident, be deceptive, be decisive, and be ready. I must expect the unexpected and do the unexpected."

Learn Your Weak Skill, Then Fix It

I live by one theory—the thing that you fear the most is always lurking around the corner. Train smart, train hard and turn your weakness to strength.

Why the OODA Loop is Still Relevant

Any time you react you are processing information and making decisions using the OODA loop. The OODA loop consists of four parts: Observe, Orient, Decide, and Act.

What Are You Seeing?

Everyone is well aware that humans are visual creatures. It is far and away our most dominant sense and that is one of the reasons I get so frustrated that we have so many distracters in our modern patrol vehicles.

Teaching the Police Ethos

Law enforcement is an inherently noble profession. Rather than conducting "ethics training" that implies a potential individual predisposition to unethical conduct, training should focus on reaffirming officer character.

Knowing the Ending

While in fiction Sherlock Holmes' magnificent intuitive leaps lead to remarkable arrests, we would make a huge number of mental errors if we tried the same tricks. Worse, we might make assumptions that would get us or someone else hurt.

Are You Ready to Win?

Even though we now have these marvelous tools, the key to winning confrontations is still what is happening behind our eyes, not in our hands. Yes, great weapons help us win, but we have to have our minds right, before and during a life-and-death confrontation.

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I Can't Stand My FTO!

The role of the Field Training Officer (FTO) is more or less defined as that of a one-on-one supervisor and trainer. They're the direct connection between graduates of the academy and self-actuated functioning police officers. The FTO has a defined mission to be the trainer, evaluator, supervisor, confessor, and many other roles.

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