28 September 2008

Officer Survival

UPDATE: Officer Nathaniel Taylor, Jr has passed. God rest your soul.

With one of our brothers near death from a line-of-duty shooting, my prayers go out to him, his friends and family.

These situations always evoke "would have, could have" scenarios. Things like "I should have" or "I could have..." run through my mind. It's easy for each one of us to imagine that the fallen officer was us. It could have been anyone of us, that is the reality.

Perhaps Officer Taylor would be alive today if he'd been wearing a kevlar helmet. I know that they can stop just about every pistol round. Maybe our special teams can get them and a ballistic shield? It'd probably save a few lives. Just a thought.

With that in mind, I found this Training Creed over at Police One. Go there to read the text of the first bullet point. It looks like you have to sign up for training to get the rest of them explained.

The Ten Commandments of Officer Survival
#1 - Thou Shalt Not Not Train.

#2 - Thou Shalt Not Defeat Thyself.

#3 - Thou Shalt Not Give Up.

#4 - Thou Shalt Not Fear Fear.

#5 - Thou Shalt Not Telegraph Your Intentions.

#6 - Thou Shalt Not Lose The Street Fight.

#7 - Thou Shalt Not Invite Disaster.

#8 - Thou Shalt Not Kill Unless It Is Absolutely necessary.

#9 - Thou Shalt Not Settle For Mediocrity.

#10 - Thou Shalt Not Presume Compliance.


Anonymous said...

Are they gonna issue Kevlar helmets??

Anonymous said...

"The Ten Commandments of Officer Survival"

Too bad nobody follows this doctrine.