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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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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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Reality Training: Conducting a sobriety test on a belligerent subject

For the week of July 4, Dave Smith reviews a field sobriety test and reminds officers to be aware of both your own safety and the safety of the subject when conducting a field sobriety test.

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Reality Training: Bringing a vehicle to a gunfight

For the week of June 27, Dave Smith asks viewers to review this dash cam video, which shows Iowa police pursuing a vehicle after a report of shots fired, and are faced with the subject and yet another dangerous weapon: the suspect's SUV.

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Reality Training: "Why didn't you just tase him?"

For the week of June 6, Dave Smith discusses the use of ECDs and the constant question by communities and media in deadly force situations, "Why couldn't you have just used a TASER on him?" Dave addresses how to handle such questions after a shooting.

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Reality Training: Dealing with a resisting subject in a crowd

For the week of May 16, Dave Smith reviews a confrontation between Daytona Beach police and a suspect that draws a crowd, forcing the officers to divide their attention between the offender and bystanders.