Street Survival: The survival triangle

To survive their police career, officers should strengthen every point of the survival triangle


This article is part of a series by Lt. Dan Marcou. Click here to access all of Dan's street survival lessons.

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.

The challenge faced by all law enforcement officers is to find a way to survive not just a shift, but your entire career in law enforcement physically, legally and emotionally.

To achieve this takes a commitment to total survival, from day one through to retirement. This is best done by constantly strengthening every point of the survival triangle, which consists of:

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