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Reality Training: Winning a confrontation when the subject has the drop on you

Dave Smith analyzes an officer's fight for survival in order to break down five important principles of traffic stop safety.

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Reality Training: 3 vital principles of foot pursuits

Dave Smith breaks down body cam footage from Evansville, Ind. that highlights the importance of not allowing the suspect to predict your movements.

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Reality Training: Staying in control when a suspect is aggressive

Dave Smith breaks down a violent encounter with a panhandler in order to highlight the importance of coordinating with your partner when entering a dangerous situation and using different tools at your disposal when one tool fails.

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Reality Training: Surviving a confrontation after you're shot

The shooting of Albuquerque Officer Lou Golson during a traffic stop is a harrowing reminder of how quickly police can find themselves in a battle for survival. Dave Smith takes a look at the body camera footage and offers key tactics to help officers win the fight.

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Reality Training: Why mental rehearsal is crucial to officer survival

Dave Smith reviews the fatal shooting of Montana Highway Patrol Trooper David DeLaittre in order to highlight the importance of mental rehearsal for success in crisis situations.

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Reality Training: Controlling a crime scene when the suspect returns

In this week's segment of Roll Call: Reality Training, Dave Smith reviews a surveillance video out of Oregon that stresses the importance of expecting the unexpected, when a suspect returns to the scene of the crime.

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8 conceivable and inspiring ways to improve roll call P1 Community - The Question

8 conceivable and inspiring ways to improve roll call

For most agencies, the daily grind starts with roll call - but it doesn't have to be a burden. Here are 8 ways to spruce up your roll call - Full Story

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Reality Training: Surviving a high-risk traffic stop

For the week of September 12, we're reviewing the Roll Call Reality Training segment in which Dave Smith shows clips from the fatal felony traffic stop involving two Truman, Ark. officers that illustrates why traffic stops should never be treated as 'routine.'

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Reality Training: Giving verbal commands and containing subjects

For the week of August 8, Dave Smith breaks down how officers handle multiple suspects — one of them armed — at the end of an intense and stressful vehicle pursuit.

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Reality Training: Why searching and frisking a subject is crucial

For the week of July 25, Dave Smith shows us a video that serves as a stark reminder of how important frisks and searches are, why you should have an established search method in place, and to always remember the rule of 'plus one.'



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