Brian Willis, If I Knew Then...

Brian Willis If I Knew Then...
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Brian Willis is an internationally-recognized thought leader, speaker, trainer, and writer. Brian serves as the Deputy Executive Director for the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA) and is President of the innovative training company Winning Mind Training. Brian was a full time police officer with the Calgary Police Service from 1979 to 2004. He is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his contribution and commitment to Officer Safety in Canada and was named Law Officer Trainer of the Year for 2011. He is also editor of the highly-acclaimed books W.I.N.: Critical Issues in Training and Leading Warriors , W.I.N. 2: Insights Into Training and Leading Warriors, and his latest work, If I Knew Then: Life Lessons From Cops on the Street , are all available through ( Brian is a member of NTOA, ITOA, IALEFI, and the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers. Brian can be reached through his website at

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Over my 20 years as a police trainer, I have attempted to share with officers the lessons learned by myself and others so that they could profit from my mistakes without having to personally make them. I have come to the realization that there are so many things that I know now that I wish I knew when I started in law enforcement three decades ago. In this series of articles, I will share some of my thoughts on these lessons learned. These are not war stories but rather key concepts, principles, and philosophies that may have influenced the outcome in the stories.

A question I’ve been asking experienced law enforcement professionals from across North America and the UK is: “What would be one thing you know now that you wished you knew at the start of your career?” In fact, it’s a question I’ve had asked of me and one I often ask of myself. PoliceOne has selected me to write a series of columns about the responses I’ve gotten, as well as some of my own answers to the question “If I knew then…” If you want to tell me your answer to that question, send me an e-mail at

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