Attributes and Attitude

Proper Mindset, Situational Awareness, Skill Proficiency and Physical Fitness: Force Multipliers of Great Value to Police

In the introduction to their book Law Enforcement Close Quarter Battle: Urban Tactics For Individuals, Teams and Tactical Units, Special Tactics, defines The Four Pillars of Survival as proper mindset, situational awareness, skill proficiency and physical fitness. They go on to say, these pillars form the basis for mission success and improve split second decision-making in direct combat situations.

What virtues are the most essential for a warrior to live by in order to prepare for, protect against and prevent violence? 

What virtues are the most essential for a warrior to live by in order to prepare for, protect against and prevent violence? 

Fire Nobody! by Dave Smith

I have been following Dave Smith and his police advice for more than 30 years. It is sound advice I know every cop can learn from. This piece hits on an important topic "taking responsibility" I have often been heard stating, that in, in my fantasy police department those that worked there would take JOY in RESPONSIBILITY. Actually long for responsibility. Crave it! After-all talking about officer safety is just that...Talk. We can and must do better! Don't let Officer Nobody be you! Here is the piece in its entirety:

 

Inspiring People to Lifelong Learning & Impacting Their Ability to Make Sound Decisions 

What is the purpose, cause or belief that inspires you, or as Simon Sinek would put it have you discovered your, why? Simon explains every person knows what they do. Your job title, function, the products you sell or services you offer. Some people know how they do it. The actions you take that set you apart from others. Few people know WHY they do it. The purpose, cause or belief that inspires you.

Reflection Leads to Deeper Learning...Put Each Day Up For Review

"I will keep constant watch over myself and most usefully will put each day up for review. For this is what makes us evil, that none of us looks back upon our own lives. We reflect upon only that which we are about to do. And yet our plans for the future descend from the past." ~Seneca, Moral Letters

I have been reading a lot about the importance of reflection on our days happenings. Mentally replay your entire day and then ask yourself the following questions:

  • Did I behave according to my principles?

Is Your Purpose in Life Based on Self Awareness and Strength of Character or Are You Just Following the Crowd?

"A man's true greatness lies in the consciousness of an honest purpose in life, founded on a just estimate of himself and everything else, on frequent self-examinations, and a steady obedience to the rule which he knows to be right, without troubling himself about what others may think or say, or whether they do or do not that which he thinks and says and does."   - Marcus Aurelius

Are You Serving Those You Lead?

The Harvard Business Review wrote a great piece this week How the U.S. Marines Encourage Service-Based Leadership by Angie Morgan and Courtney Lynch. I think the piece is fantastic and it spurred some great questions and discussion in police training circles.

Sound of Silence A Tribute to Policing and All Those Who Serve The Homeland

This video was posted up on my FB Page from a friend. The link comes back to Behind the Badge OC. Behind the Badge OC highlights news from a public-safety perspective.

We cover crime and crime prevention. We track trends and share stories about the men and women who keep Orange County safe. And we offer commentary from law enforcement experts.

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