IN Service Training
Much has been said and taught about Officer Safety and Officer Survival. Harry talks about regaining his composure and switching from safety to survival in just a few seconds. The fact that he was cognizent enough to toss the assailants drivers license into the weeds speaks volumes. He attempted to give instructions to a passerby that stopped to help on how to use his patrol car radio. In his mind to survive and never quit, he made it back to his patrol car and called for help.
Harry's presentation is often correlated with teaching Traffic Stops. He is able to demonstrate to rookies and young officers how easy it is to be injured when you least expect problems. He walks the class through the entire stop pointing out what he could have done differently even though he followed procedure.
Having someone that has lived it, is always more valuable than someone that can only talk about it.
Instructors agree that even if the Traffic Stop training has passed, this message will be a great reminder to compare to how the students reacted during training.
Basic Law Enforcement Training
Law Enforcment Audiences
Officers admit privately that they become complacent after several years on the job. Hearing this story is a wake up call and a strong reminder how easily they may be injured. This reminder is not only or traffic stops but any public contact.
Statistics show that officers with 5 or less years experience are a little more likely to be shot and killed. The experience level is a giant factor. Officers with 15 years experience until retirement have a fairly high chance of being killed. The differences are that once an officer has experience he or she has a tendency to become complacent. Complacency is such a gradual mental change that it is not often noticed. Reminding older officers that they too are subject to death should be as important as qualifying each year on the firing range.