Full list of Officer Survival results
Kolton Hessman organ donation PSA–
Kolton Hessman, 3, died before he could get a new heart. His love for law enforcement had police from around the world praying for him. #KoltonStrong became a symbol of love and light and his memory lives on in this PSA. His parents want to help save another child by raising awareness about the need for pediatric and all organ donation.
Reality Training: How do you control the driver during a traffic stop?–
A traffic stop that escalated into a struggle and a shooting serves as a strong reminder of how quickly these incidents can spiral out of control. Dave Smith offers key tips for controlling the driver you've pulled over.
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: What should you do when an ECD fails?–
Electronic control devices are one of the most useful tools on a duty belt. Although it's a rare occurance, these devices can sometimes fail. Dave Smith offers key tactics in the unlikely event that this happens.
Okla. cops fatally shoot man armed with claw hammer–
According to the police chief, the officers all said the suspect claimed, "One of us is going to die tonight."
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: Responding to an armed, irrational subject–
Dave Smith reviews a confrontation with an armed robbery suspect in Gainesville (Fla.) that highlights the importance of verbalization and taking universal precautions when rendering aid. Smith also explains the psychology behind the use of vulgar language in certain situations.
Baton Rouge ambush captured by bystander–
A new video from the shootout was taken by a man who found himself trapped in his truck at a car wash when gunfire erupted.
Why police departments need to adopt the patrol rifle–
In this video, John Farnam discusses the importance and need for departments to adopt the patrol rifle. He suggests the patrol rifle should replace law enforcement's current use of the shotgun or pistol. Farnam highlights the differences between rifles and shotguns, while explaining the difficulties as well as benefits that come from such a change. Although the rifle may be financially straining and higher maintenance, Farnam stresses that the lives of officers are at stake.
Seattle officer shoots, wounds knife-wielding man–
The man advanced on a female officer, who repeatedly ordered him to drop two knives.
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: 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.
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