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“This can’t be happening to me”


July 15, 2005

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Tip: “This can’t be happening to me”

Denial is part of human nature when it comes to facing crisis, but in law enforcement it could be deadly. Sgt. Craig Stapp, a trainer with Tempe (AZ) PD, points out that in the time it takes to say to yourself three times, “This can’t be happening to me," a suspect can fire 8 to 12 rounds at you.

 

Stapp says it’s crucial that you prepare yourself for the realities of police work by focusing on the mantra, “I expect and I accept that I will be challenged, threatened or attacked. When I am, I will make it impossible for the suspect to be successful.” This will better prepare you to take immediate, clear-headed action in a crisis and avoid losing precious, life-saving seconds in denial.

 

 

About the author

Charles Remsberg co-founded the original Street Survival Seminar and the Street Survival Newsline, authored three of the best-selling law enforcement training textbooks, and helped produce numerous award-winning training videos. His nearly three decades of work earned him the prestigious O.W. Wilson Award for outstanding contributions to law enforcement and the American Police Hall of Fame Honor Award for distinguished achievement in public service.

Buy Charles Remsberg's latest book, Blood Lessons, which takes you inside more than 20 unforgettable confrontations where officers' lives are on the line.





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