We welcome to our roster of writers Roy Bedard, who has worked in the public safety sector for more than 20 years. Roy’s column will recount stories of police officers who have had some of the worst possible moments — those calls on which everything went completely wrong. Check out his debut column below and send an e-mail to Roy if you have a story to tell here.
— Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Senior Editor
Turning the "Oh sh*t!" moment into when-then thinking
By Roy Bedard
Police training is little more than sophisticated storytelling designed to prepare officers for future challenges. Stories change us — sometimes fundamentally — by establishing new pathways in the brain for new thoughts to channel.
Detailing their most traumatic experiences, America’s law enforcers tell stories of situations in which they were forced to react fast ... Full column
Report slams OPD leadership "missteps" in murder of Oakland, Calif. officers
Slain OPD Officers Sgt. Mark Dunakin, John Hege, Sgt. Ervin Romans, and Sgt. Daniel Sakai. (AP Photo)
Police Chief Anthony Batts recently said that the public has a misperception that "everything went wrong" the day Lovell Mixon murdered four Oakland police officers.
The public release of this report will likely worsen that misperception, but regardless of its effect on the public, one hopes that this document — like any after action report — provides an opportunity for OPD and all police agencies to learn, train, and prepare for the next deadly encounter ... Full story
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