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Reality Training: How will you win the fight?–
In January 2016, Philadelphia Officer Jesse Hartnett was shot three times in a brazen ambush. His fight for survival serves as a reminder of why you need to prepare for a sudden attack. Dave Smith outlines key questions you should ask yourself in order to prep for winning the fight.
Reality Training: 3 tactics for defending against a sudden attack–
Dash cam footage out of York (Pa.) is a harrowing reminder of how quickly a traffic stop can erupt into gunfire. Dave Smith outlines three key tips for protecting yourself against a spontaneous attack.
Reality Training: How to use your less lethal options safely and effectively–
Officers in Lubbock (Texas) demonstrate effective use of less lethal options in this encounter with an armed subject.
Reality Training: Mitigating the aftermath of a critical incident–
What are best practices after a shooting has occurred? Dave Smith reviews a Colorado officer-involved shooting to provide key tips and tactics.
Reality Training: 4 tips for a safe approach and cover–
An Ohio traffic stop that erupted in gunfire serves as a strong reminder of why you should carefully consider your positioning and approach when dealing with a suspect.
Reality Training: Never give up the fight–
A vicious attack on an Ohio officer serves as a reminder of the importance of mental rehearsal and never giving up the fight in a critical incident.
Reality Training: Maintaining control in a critical incident–
Dave Smith reviews an officer-involved shooting out of Virginia and offers key tactics for maintaining control in a critical incident, as well as questions to ask yourself and your squad.
Reality Training: Striking an animal with your vehicle–
Animals on the roadway are a potentially deadly hazard for LEOs. Dave Smith provides safety tips and tactics for cops faced with this unpleasant situation.
Reality Training: Never expect a safe environment–
We all know there's no such thing as a routine traffic stop, but the feeling of security that comes with what appears to be a "safe" environment can sometimes be hard to ignore. Dave Smith reviews a harrowing incident out of Oklahoma that began as a minor stop of a family on a quiet road and ended with a third party sneaking up behind the officer and attacking him with a pair of scissors.
Reality Training: Deploying spike strips? Expect the unexpected–
The use of spike strips can be an effective way to stop a subject, but there are key safety steps officers must follow in order to avoid getting injured while deploying them. Dave Smith reviews a bizarre incident out of Oklahoma that underscores the importance of expecting the unexpected when stopping a fleeing subject.
Reality Training: Correcting bad habits–
The difference between life and death in a critical incident could simply come down to good and bad habits. Dave Smith reviews video of the tragic killing of Trooper Mark Coates and offers tips on how to increase your odds of winning the fight.
Reality Training: Managing stress in the wake of an OIS–
The use of deadly force is a traumatic experience for any law enforcement officer. In this installment of Reality Training, Dave Smith offers tips for managing emotional stress in the wake of an officer-involved shooting and reviews several actions that must be initiated immediately after a suspect has been shot.
Reality Training: How do you handle a non-compliant subject?–
Dave Smith reviews a fatal traffic stop out of New Jersey in order to remind officers of the importance of preparing for the possibility of non-compliance from a subject.
Reality Training: Why communication is key in police pursuits–
Dave Smith examines footage of multiple police pursuits that emphasize the importance of communication in order to maintain control during these unpredictable and dangerous situations.
Reality Training: How cops can stay safe on the road–
One of the most dangerous activities for law enforcement officers is driving. There are a whole lot of risks out there on the road; here's how to stay safe.
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