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P1 First Person: Mental rehearsal and threat assessment

Part three of a four-part series entitled 'Think first!' addressing a critical element of officer safety


By Kevin Jeffries, Probation Safety Specialist, Arizona Supreme Court
and Lance Nickell, Probation Safety Specialist, Arizona Supreme Court

In our previous installment in this series, we stated that when we act in a manner contrary to the perpetrator’s plan, we cause the perpetrator to rethink (orient, observe and decide), which causes hesitation prior to Acting and provides officers with an opportunity to escape or enhance their defense. This allows officers to get inside the assailant’s OODA loop and force the assailant to sort through their OODA loop again.

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