Learning from the audio of 'San Diego 998'
Learning from videotape and audiotape of life-and-death incidents is one of the foundational principles of the Street Survival Seminar
On August 6th of this year, San Diego Police Officer Jeremy Henwood was fatally wounded in a senseless and vicious attack. He was transported via ambulance to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
Within a few short days of this incident, several of my many “pen pal” friends across the country sent me links to the below video clip. I listened to it — it’s audio, with an accompanying slide show in tribute to Officer Henwood — and decided at that time to not immediately post it on PoliceOne. I believed that there needed to be some time and space between this sickening tragedy and the “lessons” to be learned from it — which, incidentally, are NOT about anything done (or not done) by Officer Henwood.
More on that in just a moment, but for now, I’ll suffice it to say, “It’s the Comms.”
Alchemy from Tragedy
As I stated, the lessons — for me at least — most plainly evident in this seven minutes or so of audiotape is the radio traffic. The responding officers, the dispatcher, and the air unit (Able) performed in an exemplary fashion, despite being in the most dire of straits imaginable. One of the people who sent this to me had forwarded with it a snippet from the email he’d received:
I don’t know who said that (names and email addresses in this string were removed entirely), but I do know I couldn’t have said it better myself.
By the time I write again here on PoliceOne, I’ll have once again experienced the immense power of the Street Survival Seminar. I hope to immediately and over a prolonged period of time convert that energy into articles and tactical tips which enable officers to be safer and more successful on the street.
Stay safe my friends.
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