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Resilience Defined

Rebounding from a true crisis is difficult but not impossible, as Sgt. Bob Bemis' inspiring story proves.

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Do You Carry an Individual First-Aid Kit?

You must be prepared to handle a "blow out" of bleeding. Tourniquets, hemostatic agents, and dressing should your main priority. In other words, prepare for self-aid or buddy aid for serious trauma survival.

Playing the Odds

Sometimes it takes a smack in the face or some other bad event to remind us of the great risks we take and make us appreciate surviving.

Off-the-Clock Robbery Response

We are off duty more than we are on duty—that's pretty obvious. Yet very little training time, if any at all, is devoted to off-duty survival. Even less training time is devoted to off-duty firearms training.

One Down

You've been shot in your gun arm, now what do you do?

Combative Subjects Require Special Care

Responding to calls involving violent, incoherent or uncontrollable subjects is never easy.  Unlike rational individuals who can be taken into custody with little more than a show of authority, irrational subjects are extremely unpredictable.

Breaking the Silence with Deaf Citizens

You've made a traffic stop and the suspect does not respond to your verbal commands. He moves his index finger from his ear to his mouth. Then he begins to reach for the glove compartment. Many veteran patrol officers say they've had to forcefully arrest or almost tire their weapon under similar circumstances-only to discover the subject they thought was being aggressive or uncooperative was deaf or hearing impaired.

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