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Off-duty safety: 5 tips to protect yourself and your family

Your first mission is to ensure you are always aware of your surroundings – even when you are at your own house

Since 1999, PoliceOne columnist Richard Fairburn has been tracking ambush attacks on police officers. He offers a wealth of information in his column and in this insightful video.

Dick says you must train to counterattack with overwhelming force and in this article, writes that administrations that prohibit officers from firing at or from a vehicle prevent the deployment of possible life-saving solutions.

In the video, Dick shares several clips showing how officers can either use their car as a weapon or can shoot through their windshield to stop a threat. He says that in a worst-case scenario, you don’t want to be a sitting duck while you are trying to release your seatbelt and get out of the car. If you can lower the window, that’s great; if not, a couple of shots will punch through, letting you target the baddie.

Dick also talks about how a downed officer can be used as bait to target backup responders and why situational awareness is especially important when you are responding to this type of event.

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