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After the smoke clears, an officer reaches for a special “weapon”

Since Mike Vega was given a “Positive Self-Talk Card” at a Street Survival Seminar a couple of years ago, he’s made it part of his daily ritual of preparing for work. Printed on the front of this thin, wallet-size piece of plastic are 13 “affirmations” designed to help an officer psyche up for patrol:

I will survive on any high-risk call...I know the tactics I need...I am skilled with my firearms...I can use deadly force to save my life or the life of someone else, and so on.

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