The survivor's rule of three

Submitted by:
Sgt. Betsy Brantner Smith, PoliceOne Columnist


11/30/2009

Take note of the United States Air Force and “The Rule of Three,” which I learned from Ben Sherwood’s The Survivors Club, a book every cop should own. A human being cannot survive:

• 3 Seconds Without Spirit and Hope
• 3 Minutes Without Air
• 3 Hours Without Shelter in Extreme Conditions
• 3 Days Without Water
• 3 Weeks Without Food
• 3 Months Without Companionship or Love

In other words, watch your self-talk, employ your when/then thinking, keep an energy bar in your patrol bag, stay hydrated, and appreciate those you love. Never forget that faith, friends, and optimism are as essential to our survival as food, water, and shelter.

Stay safe!


Sergeant Betsy Smith has more than 30 years of law enforcement experience, retiring as a patrol supervisor in a large Chicago suburb. A graduate of the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety's School of Staff and Command and a Street Survival seminar instructor for more than 9 years, Betsy is now a speaker, author and a primary PoliceOne Academy consultant. Visit Betsy's website at www.femaleforces.com.

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