Publications: Psychological Survival

By Paul Smith for the Wisconsin Police Journal

Officer survival training within the law enforcement community tends to be thought of as the training and skills needed for the physical survival of officers who are confronted with situations that are likely to cause death or great bodily harm.

Countless hours during pre-service and in-service trainings are spent providing officers with the latest techniques that will help them to return home to their loved ones at the end of their shift: DAAT training, firearms training, Taser training, EVOC training, etc. Practice and repetition are stressed so that officers become proficient in these skills and will develop them to be second-nature in the event that they are needed.

Little argument or resistance is raised to this training, everyone having seen or heard about numerous incidents when these skills saved an officers life.

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