Street survival: 25 tips for surviving the 'routine' vehicle contact

Fight complacency caused by the “routine” by establishing a “tactical routine” oriented toward personal survival


In recognition of the release of “Street Survival II: Tactics for Deadly Encounters,” I am writing a series of articles on street survival designed to turn the tables on the current generation of cop-killing criminals. In this series I will share the tactics I acquired during a career dedicated not only to ensuring my own personal survival, but assisting other officers in their quest to survive as well.

Any given year, approximately 12 percent of the police officers killed in the line of duty die performing what is often referred to as the “routine traffic stop.” The repetitive nature of such stops can make officers complacent. You can fight complacency caused by the “routine” by establishing a “tactical routine” oriented toward personal survival.

Practice a Prepared Response for a Sudden, Armed Assault

First, practice a prepared response to ensure your immediate reaction to a sudden, armed assault when it occurs:

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