Sunday, July 27, 2014

Winning Mind

As police officers from time to time we may be involved in dangerous encounters with people.  We might have to wrestle someone into handcuffs.  We might have to fight them into handcuffs.  We might even have to use weapons, even deadly weapons, to win the fight against the suspect who does not want to submit.

We have to work for twenty or thirty years in order to retire.  And we have to win every encounter we have in those thirty years.  If we lose, criminals can escape to do more harm to others, or we may be injured or killed.

We need to develop a winning mindset that says we will overcome resistance.  That we will always succeed in our encounters with suspects.  We will never underestimate suspects and will call for help when needed.  We will wear our body armor and carry less lethal weapons.  We will use no more than reasonable force, yet we will use enough force and soon enough to minimize harm both to ourselves and fellow officers, but also to the suspect, and to the public; that's what the SGT Says.

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