Superior Situational Awareness

Meet Officers Lewis and Clark-Exploring Situational Awareness

What if the famous explorers Lewis and Clark were police officers?  How would they look at the multitude of situations that cops handle from their viewpoint as explorers?  Back in their day they did not have two-way radios, cell phones, GPS,computers, and 6 inch policy and procedure books, but had to depend on their natural instincts and look at each exploration from a new and unique perspective observing their surroundings and trying to make sense of every situation. How much better would we be? How much safer on the street?

Dangerous Body Language: A Thousand Words...None Spoken! The Nose, Mouth and Lips

By Fred Leland

A Thousand Words…None Spoken! Is a quote from a law enforcement and security professional participating in one of the workshops I presented a few years back on dangerous body language. It was his way of grasping and understanding the concept of non-verbal communication as it relates to fine tuning his abilities of, pattern recognition and in understanding the subtle signs and signals of danger otherwise known as dangerous body language.

Fighting Complacency Reminder: Nothing We Do is Routine, NOTHING!!!

1. Stay Alert & Develop Superior Situational Awareness

    • OBSERVE, ORIENT, DECIDE AND ACT!

2. Strength of Character…The Heart of a Good Decision Maker

    • Self awareness
    • Intuitive
    • Develop Social skills
    • Critical thinker
    • Creative thinker

3. Possess a Strategic and Tactical Mindset

Take A.I.M. and Prepare To Win Dynamic Encounters

I just had the honor of working together with a great group of cops (over 1,000 plus their families) at the FBI National Academy Associates 75TH Annual Training Conference here in Boston. The New England Chapter presented this conference which was chaired by Deputy Chief William Brooks of Wellesley P.D. and approximately 50 committee members.

What is a Threat?

A threat is an expression of intent to do harm or act out violently against someone or something. A threat can be:

    • Spoken
    • Written
    • Symbolic
      • For example, motioning with one's hands as though shooting at another person in the right context could be considered a threat.

Types of Threats

Direct threat identifies a specific act against a specific target and is delivered in a straightforward, clear, and explicit manner:

Rapid Recognition Training...Be Ready To Be Frustrated

Writing this blog has been a great experience. First it keeps us all in contact to discuss the various issues surrounding law enforcement and security that helps us become more effective at our jobs and stay safe while doing so. Secondly it has put me in contact with numerous people who are dedicated to professional development and making our performance on the street more effective. John Demand is one of those people.

Superior Situational Awareness and Decision Making...Attributes And Skills of Full Spectrum Officers

“Conflicts are time Competitive Observation, Orientation, Decision, and Action cycles! “~John Boyd

The essence of conflict as described in the Marine Corps Warfighting Manual is a struggle between two hostile, independent, and irreconcilable wills, trying to impose itself on the other. Conflict is fundamentally an interactive social process.

The Boyd Cycle Observation: Modes of Perception and Sharpening "Orientation" by Listening

“In rage deaf as the sea, hasty as fire!” ~Shakespeare King Richard II

The Boyd Cycle Observation: Modes of Perception, the Origin of Knowledge via the Senses...and Truly Trained Observers!

TREBLE SECURITY In this post I would like to begin the process of describing each phase of the OODA Loop starting with Observation. As law enforcement and security officers we are often referred to as “trained observers” I have often thought when, where and how did we become worthy of this title “trained observer”? The true answer is, this is not the case in fact there is very little training in this area for the vast majority of police and security professionals.

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