Author: Dave Smith

Tip: Video: Staying hydrated on duty

Dave Smith
“JD Buck Savage”

The human body is always dehydrating — regardless of the climate, the temperature, or the geography in which that body is operating. The effects of dehydration are not only physical — they’re mental as well. One of the first capabilities a dehydrated person will lose is their ability to think quickly and critically. Keep fluids in your squad car so you can keep replenishing fluids in your body.

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About the Author:

As a police officer, Dave Smith has held positions in patrol, training, narcotics, SWAT, and management. Dave continues to develop new and innovative programs across the spectrum of police training needs designed to assist your agency and your personnel in meeting the challenges of policing in the new millennium. As a trainer, speaker, and consultant Dave brings with him unparalleled access to modern law enforcement trends.

Dave is now the owner of “The Winning Mind LLC,”  the Director of Video Training for PoliceOne Video and author of the new book “In My Sights.” His experiences as officer, trainer, manager, and police spouse lend a unique perspective to his signature class, “The Winning Mind.”  Visit Dave’s website at www.jdbucksavage.com.

Contact Dave Smith and Follow Dave on Twitter

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Article originally posted on PoliceOne, republished with permission from Dave Smith & Associates.

Entering 2011 in a ‘conspiracy of safety’

 

Dave Smith
“JD Buck Savage”

The year 2011 has already been a tough one for law enforcement fatalities — after a horrible 2010 I had hoped we would have some respite. We still may, but as I drove back from giving a talk at a leadership conference in Wisconsin I had an inspiration that may help us all be safer the rest of this year and beyond.

Safety is Everybody’s Responsibility
I had just pulled into a rest stop and quickly read my phone texts before going in. One of the first had been a text advising me of the tragedy in Miami. “Two officers killed!” This was a wet blanket on my fiery enthusiasm following my talk and as I walked into the building I saw a small sign that read: Safety is Everybody’s Responsibility. In my head, I cynically remembered an old saying that is a response to the sign: “if it’s everybody’s responsibility then it’s nobody’s responsibility!” The word “everybody” seems to unconsciously relieve us of any responsibility and the simple truth is that only you are responsible for your safety. Period!

That thought hit me like a brick, and I made the decision right there to propose that you and I start a conspiracy, a conspiracy of safety in the truest sense of the word. We tend to think of ‘conspiring’ as plotting an act of evil in secret, and that is one of the meanings of the word. But the root of the word “conspire” means literally “to breathe together.”

Just you and me, breathing safety together — you taking care of you, me taking care of me. We will do this day-to-day, hour-by-hour, minute-by-minute, consciously thinking of the risks we face and overcoming them one at time, each time they appear.

Perhaps as much as any profession we know death and injury stalk us in multitudes of forms, many springing at us unexpectedly and with terrible malice and while we cannot keep that from happening many times, we can harden the target… and that’s us!

We Have a Lot of Work Ahead
For decades from the stage of the Street Survival Seminar we have hammered home the idea of “When/Then” thinking and staying in “Condition Yellow.”

Your feedback over the years has been remarkable — the next step is joining us at PoliceOne in this new conspiracy. Breathe safety together with us.

We will continue to post articles, news, and videos to help you as our part of the conspiracy. You will actively think when you read or watch these posts, “What would I do?” mentally rehearsing YOU resolving this or that crisis successfully. On the street, think to yourself, “Not today, not on this shift, not on this call, not on this stop — I will not be caught unaware!”

All of us conspirators have a lot of work to do this year. We have to keep researching and interviewing and training and writing and you need to keep researching and learning and growing and training and at the same time dealing with the deadly detraining effect of “routine” on your mindset. When you make a traffic stop and everyone involved are “yes-people” and smiley faces, before you make your next stop, visualize the last stop, and mentally rehearse overcoming a variety of threats from subjects or vehicles that might have occurred on that stop.

Remember: always see yourself win or you are just worrying, which is negative visualization. Negative visualization is practicing to lose!

On every building search, field interview, alarm call, domestic, accident with injuries on a busy roadway, whatever you’re doing, you must think, “Not today, not now, I will not be caught unawares!”

Remember, this is a conspiracy — we are going to breathe this together, plan together, bring in others, and let it grow. You get a hot call and it’s icy, and you think, “Not today! I will drive within my capability, it’s a risk right now, right this second and I will overcome it!” That is your responsibility, your obligation in this conspiracy and when you get there another risk will arise and another and another, and each one you will greet with the thought, “Not today!”

One way to grow this conspiracy is to take a sticky note and put on your dash with the simple words,“Not today!”

When others inquire, simply tell them, “Injury and death haunts our profession, and I have decided that they cannot have me today!”

By making our personal safety an immediate issue it is no longer some abstract, some statistic, or some trite saying; it is a manageable concrete situation we can pay attention to right now!

How fast you drive, whether you wear your seat belt and body armor, maintain your equipment and skills, and keep you mind in the game is up to you, it really is your and only your responsibility. Making it a minute-to-minute thought gives it force and weight. Put all your keepers on? You bet! I will need my equipment to be stable if I am fighting for my life. Treat this stupid building alarm like the real thing even though I’m sure it this crazy windstorm that triggered it? Yep, your choice, your decision, your immediate situation and as you set up on the building and prepare for the search think, “Not today, I am ready.”

You see, your part in this conspiracy is tough, requires lots of effort, lots of awareness, constant thought, but if you do your part the likelihood we will be coconspirators at the start of next year is very very good! Grow the conspiracy.

 

About the Author:

As a police officer, Dave Smith has held positions in patrol, training, narcotics, SWAT, and management. Dave continues to develop new and innovative programs across the spectrum of police training needs designed to assist your agency and your personnel in meeting the challenges of policing in the new millennium. As a trainer, speaker, and consultant Dave brings with him unparalleled access to modern law enforcement trends.

Dave is now the owner of “The Winning Mind LLC,”  the Director of Video Training for PoliceOne Video and author of the new book “In My Sights.” His experiences as officer, trainer, manager, and police spouse lend a unique perspective to his signature class, “The Winning Mind.”  Visit Dave’s website at www.jdbucksavage.com.

Contact Dave Smith and Follow Dave on Twitter

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Article originally posted on PoliceOne, republished with permission from Dave Smith & Associates.

The 1,000th ‘Newsline’

 

Dave Smith
“JD Buck Savage”

For more than 30 years, Calibre Press has helped the law enforcement community remain healthy both emotionally and physically, and win encounters of every kind. A thousand Newlines ago Chuck Remsbergexpanded his service to the crime fighting community by creating the first Newsline. It’s appropriate this Newsline be transmitted on Veteran’s Day — a day that America remembers the service of the millions of men and women who have served in our armed forces. So many of those heroes continue their service by putting on a badge and gun to protect our liberties here at home! We are so proud to be part of that mission by assisting you with training and information.

PoliceOne, Calibre Press, and the Street Survival Seminar exist to give you the resources you need to prepare yourself for whatever challenge you face. The philosophy of always having “When/Then” thinking is the driving force in our articles and videos. The real training has always been — and always will be — within you. You are the one who has to face the threats and stresses of our profession. You must craft your own mental and physical skills to meet whatever the street throws at you. While we provide tools to help you, it is your responsibility to keep your mind, skills, equipment, and body ready for the next mountain you’ll have to climb.

That’s why — whether or not you are a military veteran — you are our mission. This is your Newsline.  Your feedback guides the content. Tell us what you want to see, hear, and learn in the future and we will do our best to get it you. We look forward to hearing from each of you in the future — a future we hope to help make safer and better by continuing to grow as you do!

Stay safe.
— Dave Smith

 

About the Author:

As a police officer, Dave Smith has held positions in patrol, training, narcotics, SWAT, and management. Dave continues to develop new and innovative programs across the spectrum of police training needs designed to assist your agency and your personnel in meeting the challenges of policing in the new millennium. As a trainer, speaker, and consultant Dave brings with him unparalleled access to modern law enforcement trends.

Dave is now the owner of “The Winning Mind LLC,”  the Director of Video Training for PoliceOne Video and author of the new book “In My Sights.” His experiences as officer, trainer, manager, and police spouse lend a unique perspective to his signature class, “The Winning Mind.”  Visit Dave’s website at www.jdbucksavage.com.

Contact Dave Smith and Follow Dave on Twitter

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Article originally posted on PoliceOne, republished with permission from Dave Smith & Associates.

Learning to act without thinking

 

Dave Smith
“JD Buck Savage”

Sitting in the Seattle airport getting ready to fly home from a Street Survival Seminar, I overheard two professional musicians talking. They were discussing instruments, their intricacies, and why they had chosen them. Being a musical illiterate I was amazed at the depth of thought and attributes of the various instruments each performed and how they added this or that to a tune or song. They came to one instrument and a fellow who seemed to play everything a country band or orchestra could imagine said simply “I gave up on it when I found I couldn’t play it without thinking. When I play a musical instrument my goal is to be able to play without thinking!”

He described how hard he tried but something about the instrument didn’t click and he had given up on it but loved to listen to it.

How many times have I heard this said about something in law enforcement — often in a conversation about a skill or tool someone couldn’t master, or someone found simple but seemed complex to others?

The evening before my flight from Seattle, I was having dinner with Officer Britt Sweeney of the Seattle Police Department — earlier in the day she had received the Medal of Valor from the International Association of Women Police at our Street Survival Seminar. Halloween would be theanniversary of the terrible ambush that claimed her Field Training Officer — Tim Brenton — wounded her, and made her name synonymous with excellent performance under incredible stress. She was flabbergasted by the attention she kept getting for doing what she felt she was trained to do — to fight back no matter what, to never give up!

Britt was no normal rookie, she was a product of intense athletic development and is a professional fitness trainer, helping others get fit by pushing them beyond their normal limits, and in doing so, learning to push herself as well. Like so many winners I have met in the past she could only say over and over she had done what she had trained to do without thinking when the time came.

At the table with us was Ben Kelly, the Seattle police officer who had been set up by Maurice Clemmons, the murderer of the four Lakewood officers on November 29th, 2009. He reaffirmed the same thing — when Clemmons tried to ambush him, he went into action mode and confronted his would-be bushwhacker and won. Simply acting without thinking, the way he had trained!

Listening to a world-class musician speculate on why his brain could pick up such a vast array of instruments and at the same time be stymied by one, proved to him the unique variety of human abilities and skills and that we are all different. He is right and we need to think about how we prepare ourselves to perform like the Sweeney’s, the Kelly’s, and the Orville Johnson’s of the world when our time comes to fight, take cover, duck, or play music. Learning our skills to that “thoughtless” level is exactly the goal we must all have. Motor research tells us if we have to ‘think” about what we are doing we are slower and more likely to error and overreact or under react.

We all agree our goal in every situation is to ‘WIN,’ not merely survive and that puts the burden on us to do our repetitions, just as a musician practices the instrument and the song to be able to perform flawlessly and “thoughtlessly” we need to practice as well. The “instrument” can be a firearm, a baton, or Dobro, and practicing the “song” is a powerful metaphor for the ‘context’ that a skill or instrument will be used in. You have to do your rehearsals over and over and be ready to perform in a fraction of a second.

I remember a martial artist/police trainer saying “you have to learn it until you forget it,” and I am sure that has been said by a million masters over the millennia. In fact, I have heard it said a hundred ways and expressed in others by those who had done it and not been able to articulate exactly why they had won, but they had! To hear a professional musician say the same thing in a different way that I had heard just hours before from two of our fellow warriors reaffirmed my beliefs — both anecdotal and empirical — about the nature of human performance.

Halloween — tomorrow night — is the first anniversary of the terrible murder of Ofc. Brenton, and the best way to pay homage to his sacrifice and honor his wounded partner who fought back is to reaffirm our own sense of mission and take it upon ourselves to practice our skills and rehearse our “songs” of combat to be able to win every confrontation; to react at exactly the proper “pitch and tone” to win, not only on the street, but administratively, judicially, and at home as well.

Stay safe.

 

About the Author:

As a police officer, Dave Smith has held positions in patrol, training, narcotics, SWAT, and management. Dave continues to develop new and innovative programs across the spectrum of police training needs designed to assist your agency and your personnel in meeting the challenges of policing in the new millennium. As a trainer, speaker, and consultant Dave brings with him unparalleled access to modern law enforcement trends.

Dave is now the owner of “The Winning Mind LLC,”  the Director of Video Training for PoliceOne Video and author of the new book “In My Sights.” His experiences as officer, trainer, manager, and police spouse lend a unique perspective to his signature class, “The Winning Mind.”  Visit Dave’s website at www.jdbucksavage.com.

Contact Dave Smith and Follow Dave on Twitter

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Article originally posted on PoliceOne, republished with permission from Dave Smith & Associates.

Tip: The +1 rule for weapons searches revisited

Dave Smith
“JD Buck Savage”

The rule of “plus one” holds that if you find one weapon, you need to be looking for the second one. But from the very outset, you have to begin by expecting to even find that first weapon in the first place. As Street Survival Seminar Instructor Dave Smith explains below, this is the when-then thinking we know to be so important for an officer’s mental preparation.

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About the Author:

As a police officer, Dave Smith has held positions in patrol, training, narcotics, SWAT, and management. Dave continues to develop new and innovative programs across the spectrum of police training needs designed to assist your agency and your personnel in meeting the challenges of policing in the new millennium. As a trainer, speaker, and consultant Dave brings with him unparalleled access to modern law enforcement trends.

Dave is now the owner of “The Winning Mind LLC,”  the Director of Video Training for PoliceOne Video and author of the new book “In My Sights.” His experiences as officer, trainer, manager, and police spouse lend a unique perspective to his signature class, “The Winning Mind.”  Visit Dave’s website at www.jdbucksavage.com.

Contact Dave Smith and Follow Dave on Twitter

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Article originally posted on PoliceOne, republished with permission from Dave Smith & Associates.

The tip of the spear, blunted by Machiavellian cynicism

 

Dave Smith
“JD Buck Savage”

A third off duty Chicago police officer has been killed since May. The murders of these three Chicago officers only highlight what some of us have called “The War on Cops,” and yet, once again the mayor and the media are whining about “gun violence” as if marauding gangs of guns are roaming the streets of Chicago. As we grieve the loss of one of our brothers, the public’s attention is distracted by utopian dreams of a happily-unarmed populace. In 2010, we still have criminal subcultures whose members’ social standing rises when they kill one of us! With a few exceptions, the media continues to be our enemy and not our ally in this war, and the politicians — with Machiavellian cynicism — use our deaths for their own political advantage.

Mayor Daley doesn’t seem to see the irony in the fact that Officer Michael Bailey — who was approached and killed while still in uniform — had just spent the night guarding the Mayor’s house as part of Ruler of Chicago’s security team. It is being called an “apparent robbery attempt” but smells more like an assassination and points to the level of chaos that rules the city. In fact, Chicago is a microcosm of social experiments gone wrong, from creating ghettos as described in Nicholas Lamann’s,The Promised Land  to the nation’s most extensive handgun ban — recently overturned in the Supreme Court. Chicago has every social program ever thought up to reverse poverty, segregation, ignorance, and crime, and all these have deteriorated into political patronage jobs and a huge underclass that is filled with criminality, disease, drugs, welfare dependency, illegitimacy, anger…everything but hope.

The mayor’s cry following this third tragedy is to lament the loss a little and then go on to whine about guns. Ironically, it was University of Chicago Economist John Lott who showed that crime was inversely proportional to the number of guns in the community…the more guns, the less crime! Well, our fallen brothers had guns and were murdered just the same and the root problems of Chicago go a lot deeper and, I fear, hold a dark vision of the nation’s future as a whole if we ignore the true issues.

In the 1970s we were told the “Culture of Poverty” could be cured with a simple welfare program and a little “affirmative” effort. Criminologists explained crime was a byproduct of the friction created by Capitalism and the “have-nots” suffering from watching the “haves” live in lucrative luxury. A few non-Marxist leaning sociologists felt crime came from local and familial issues and the simple fact that ghettos and barrios produced fine and honorable citizens in relatively greater numbers than it produced criminals was de facto proof the problem lay in beliefs and values not in economic structure.

Regardless of the cause, the crime and social ills of the cities were soon found throughout our nation and the tip of the spear in the societal response to that plague was the law enforcement community. Reviled and mocked, misrepresented in the media, law enforcement has tried program after program to stem the tide of social ills. In the last 30 years, the professionalization of the criminal justice community has done little to stem drugs, poverty, and the other social problems we studied so intensely in the 70s. Punishing criminality finally put the criminal class behind bars for extended periods and the crime rate dropped throughout the nation. The problem is, we still have the root causes and social issues and it seems they are getting worse.

Ultimately, the politicians and talking heads end up wondering, “What are the police going to do about this?”

The truth is, the police will answer calls, investigate crimes, patrol the neighborhood, watch the businesses, and do their jobs! The people should ask when will the politicians honestly look at social issues and address them without pandering to this constituency or that.

The cause of murder or rape is not the possession of a handgun but a predisposition that is resident in an individual — doubtlessly present for many reasons. Humans don’t need to do much reflection to realize the darker side of our nature, and almost every social institution is designed to reign in our lower self. Since the species isn’t going to change anytime soon, we are assured of job security, and with that security the intense risk of being guardians of the weak, the innocent, the victims. But where does that predisposition come from to murder, rob, rape, loot, molest, steal or kill a cop? I don’t care. Catch and punish is the simple answer to dealing with those who wish to prey on others.

If we don’t stigmatize negative behaviors we will get more of them. Until society has the courage to face some real truths it cannot solve anything. Self esteem programs in school? Well, the highest self esteem measured is among male urban gang bangers…hmmm. Take guns away, fine, then the law of the jungle prevails and the largest, strongest, or most in number, will take what they wish. A petit hundred pound lady is the equal of Mike Tyson thanks to Mr. Colt, if she’s allowed to pack him along, but Mayor Daley prefers to demonize a weapon and not its bearer.

Chicago will not solve its social ills until society itself realizes that criminality is created most often by a short-term pessimistic view of the world — a “get mine now” mentality. Optimism is an antidote for criminality — believing you control your own life and destiny is essential. The term is “Locus of Control” and the criminal underclass class sees everyone else as in control, especially “The Man” and you, my brothers and sisters, are the living embodiment of that entity, making you a valid target for them all the time. Not just in a physical sense but also an emotional, blaming sense. Thus, the politicians, activists, media, and anyone playing to emotions of the hopeless will always seek to find fault with the police.

It is not an accident that law enforcement ends up with this or that program trying to raise other people’s kids or change the culture of a neighborhood, it is a deep emotional belief that the police have such power when they do not…you do not.

Such illusions always lead to anger and the rare — but highly publicized — misconduct by one of our own becomes a metaphor for all police activity everywhere. Hip Hop songs often chant the anger and hostility directed at law enforcement. It has been more than twenty years since NWA’s F___ the Policeand what stunned us in ‘88 seems pretty benign now, but the sense of hopeless and anger has not diminished.

Which brings us to today, a day when we are more socially-polarized than any other time since the 60s, and the social issues seem more aggravated than ever, and with a contentious election, massive unemployment, and unprecedented debt, it doesn’t seem that things will get better. We are seeing law enforcement layoffs in cities like Cleveland and Oakland, where the need for such peacekeepers would seem essential. Common sense would say other social programs would be reduced or eliminated since all they have created is a dependant and angry underclass, (a welfare state does NOT create a sense of gratitude among it’s recipient population) before the peacekeepers would be laid off!

The American law enforcement officer can only do what he or she has always done and that is our job the best we can! The motive of the criminal is really not a factor we care about; if you commit a crime we will catch you…period. The studies of survivors at sea find the ones who survive are not the ones calling out “help will be here in the morning!” but the real optimists with their heads down bailing out the raft. We are in a storm and we have to keep our heads down and keep bailing.

Law enforcement does not control the politicians, the upper or lower classes, the economy, or the budget. We control evil, we hunt it and to do that we have to stay focused. The root causes of crime and social unrest are not in our hands, although we will bear the brunt of the burden. “A War on Cops” or not, we will do our jobs and we will keep on bailing! Take care of yourself, your brothers and sisters, and your family. Do that first and go and be the best crime fighter you can, refresh your skills constantly, keep focused, and please, please vote.

 

About the Author:

As a police officer, Dave Smith has held positions in patrol, training, narcotics, SWAT, and management. Dave continues to develop new and innovative programs across the spectrum of police training needs designed to assist your agency and your personnel in meeting the challenges of policing in the new millennium. As a trainer, speaker, and consultant Dave brings with him unparalleled access to modern law enforcement trends.

Dave is now the owner of “The Winning Mind LLC,”  the Director of Video Training for PoliceOne Video and author of the new book “In My Sights.” His experiences as officer, trainer, manager, and police spouse lend a unique perspective to his signature class, “The Winning Mind.”  Visit Dave’s website at www.jdbucksavage.com.

Contact Dave Smith and Follow Dave on Twitter

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Article originally posted on PoliceOne, republished with permission from Dave Smith & Associates.

Rioting for fun and profit

 

Dave Smith
“JD Buck Savage”

One of the best sociology books ever written was a wonderfully insightful text written by the late Edward Banfield, which deeply explored the issues of dealing with crime and problems in the inner city. The Unheavenly City Revisited was written in 1974 and one of the deep issues the nation was facing and had faced was a variety of rioting in the preceding ten years. Banfield held there were four types of riots and, in light of the Mehserle verdict, it is useful in understanding what some of our brothers and sisters faced last night.

The “Rampage” is a riot comprised of mostly young males and is created by some trigger event. It may be a championship, a moon landing, a verdict, a shooting – whatever. But it is merely a justification for young men to tear things up that the mass media will gladly embrace.

A “Rampage” riot has very randomized violence and one of the prime targets is always the police. Not because they are trying to keep the peace, but because it is part of thrill of a rampaging riot. The young male factor has been noted for centuries and it will always be part of any riot for as long as our species exists.

The second riot that will usually occur with a trigger event and concurrent with a “Rampage” riot is known as “The Foray for Pillage” and is the most common of all riots since it is comprised of youths and lower class individuals who see the riot as chance to for personal gain through looting.

As Banfield pointed out, rarely is a riot purely one type, and some will certainly classify last night’s events in Oakland as an “Outburst of Righteous Indignation Riot.” I disagree with that classification in the case of Oakland, for several reasons. “Outburst of Righteous Indignation Riots” have no leaders and are spontaneous, not preplanned and prepared for events. Oakland was always going to have a riot as sure as the sun will rise, and no ruling would have sufficed or satisfied a “cocked and locked” criminal underclass.

None of this means there aren’t people of will upset by the verdict, but the riot is a beast of energy and danger, fueled by testosterone, youth, and people with no long term optimism in their lives. Modern American scholars will forever contemplate the root causes of our social ills and law enforcement will always bear the brunt of problems created by them and often be blamed for the failure of solutions for them, but we must keep our wits about us and focus on doing our jobs.

The media will lament the root causes and politicians will use the various events to their advantage, but we commend our brothers and sisters for facing the rampage and bringing a swift and safe end to the crisis.

 

About the Author:

As a police officer, Dave Smith has held positions in patrol, training, narcotics, SWAT, and management. Dave continues to develop new and innovative programs across the spectrum of police training needs designed to assist your agency and your personnel in meeting the challenges of policing in the new millennium. As a trainer, speaker, and consultant Dave brings with him unparalleled access to modern law enforcement trends.

Dave is now the owner of “The Winning Mind LLC,”  the Director of Video Training for PoliceOne Video and author of the new book “In My Sights.” His experiences as officer, trainer, manager, and police spouse lend a unique perspective to his signature class, “The Winning Mind.”  Visit Dave’s website at www.jdbucksavage.com.

Contact Dave Smith and Follow Dave on Twitter

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Article originally posted on PoliceOne, republished with permission from Dave Smith & Associates.

Tip: Trust your instincts when dealing with suspects

Dave Smith
“JD Buck Savage”

When something just doesn’t feel right — when it just doesn’t smell like it should — it’s time to heighten your awareness and start attending to those important officer safety points like maintaining distance, awareness of the hands, subject movement, deception, and the like.

A recent study of human sweat showed that humans are able to perceive fear in the sweat of others. While this has long been assumed, we now have hard evidence of the true power of one of the senses we tend to minimize in training and on the street.

Most people transmitting fear or deception indicators are simply upset with having contact with the police, however, there is always the simple truth that you may have a truly bad actor and you need to attend to all the signals being sensed. Cops that do this we tend to call “lucky” since they are always digging up stuff for the rest of us to do like transport their prisoners or inventory their seizures.

A lot of our perceptions occur at the subconscious level and are hard to bring up to our consciousness. In other words, the cause of this uneasiness or “hinkiness” is hard to explain, even to ourselves. Smell is not a dominant sense but a very potent one, so trust your intuition and gut feelings.

Get backup if appropriate, delve deeper, and make sure you cover your rear!

 

About the Author:

As a police officer, Dave Smith has held positions in patrol, training, narcotics, SWAT, and management. Dave continues to develop new and innovative programs across the spectrum of police training needs designed to assist your agency and your personnel in meeting the challenges of policing in the new millennium. As a trainer, speaker, and consultant Dave brings with him unparalleled access to modern law enforcement trends.

Dave is now the owner of “The Winning Mind LLC,”  the Director of Video Training for PoliceOne Video and author of the new book “In My Sights.” His experiences as officer, trainer, manager, and police spouse lend a unique perspective to his signature class, “The Winning Mind.”  Visit Dave’s website at www.jdbucksavage.com.

Contact Dave Smith and Follow Dave on Twitter

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Article originally posted on PoliceOne, republished with permission from Dave Smith & Associates.

Tip: The “good” routines

Dave Smith
“JD Buck Savage”

An Officer from Bowling Green (Mo.) Police Department recently asked PoliceOne Columnist and Street Survival Seminar Instructor Dave Smith about “routines.”

“I am a past seminar attendee from 2006 (St. Louis) … I still carry the small card with the tips for the morning after a critical incident, and I am not quite clear on the meaning of ‘Take advantage of routine’ that is one of the tips on the card. I know I heard it in class but I do not recall what was said about it.”

Smith says that this is a reference to the comfort of personal life routines. “Going to the gym, watching your favorite show, and those things we do daily in our lives which are reliably comfortable and reassuring,” can really help you in the wake of a critical incident.

“It does NOT refer to your activities on the job where we fall into the ‘routine’ trap of relaxing when we shouldn’t,” Smith says.  “Unfortunately, we are creatures of routine because we LIKE predictability! Remember, two the best ways to get hurt on the street is to make yourself predictable and to think the people we are dealing with are predictable!”

 

About the Author:

As a police officer, Dave Smith has held positions in patrol, training, narcotics, SWAT, and management. Dave continues to develop new and innovative programs across the spectrum of police training needs designed to assist your agency and your personnel in meeting the challenges of policing in the new millennium. As a trainer, speaker, and consultant Dave brings with him unparalleled access to modern law enforcement trends.

Dave is now the owner of “The Winning Mind LLC,”  the Director of Video Training for PoliceOne Video and author of the new book “In My Sights.” His experiences as officer, trainer, manager, and police spouse lend a unique perspective to his signature class, “The Winning Mind.”  Visit Dave’s website at www.jdbucksavage.com.

Contact Dave Smith and Follow Dave on Twitter

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Article originally posted on PoliceOne, republished with permission from Dave Smith & Associates.