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April 30th, 2009

e9359f43b6946088When I hurriedly ran off the bus in 1987 after stopping at a strange place called Parris Island to stand at attention, or what I thought at the time was attention, on the yellow footprints it could be said that I was scared.  This is the beginning of my lifelong education into the realm of officer survival or tactic safety.  I was a baby of the newly developing period of time where the newest thoughts in law enforcement were that of books and seminars like “Street Survival” and “The Tactical Edge.”  After I read these books and attended many different seminars I was hooked.  I wanted to know more about officer safety and how to be a better more knowledgeable officer.  I never wanted to be carried by my pears under a blanked of colors as my family cried.  I could hear my friends now talking quietly to each other making comments like, “He should have known…” or “He never saw it coming.”  

 

Since that time I have immersed myself into continuing education that would give me the edge; sharpening and honing my skills on how to read people and see e5d94c9fa685dc3a1 what others did not.  Then I entered into the field of corrections and the experience and knowledge that I held in my prior career, left little to the imagination in my new environment.  As it relates to corrections training the gap between the information you get spoon-fed and what you truly need to survive inside the institutions is left up to you to fill.  I never felt comfortable with what little training my agency gave and truly felt that I needed more.  I was “Policy Trained” in every sense of the words in the academy.  Unfortunately, which means that you are taught what not to do, but never instructed on what you should and can do?  Training in corrections is a “Cover your ass” and “Don’t do unless you are told to do” education in institutional life.  This was a big separation from the law enforcement career that I had just left.  

 

The thinking and experiences of hundreds of individuals have helped shape the content of all my training articles.  All are dedicated to the advancement of correctional training, and particularly the cause of officer survival.

 

 

In law enforcement education you are given as much information, training, court rulings and peer to peer modeling that you can be given until you are sick of training.  Each officer has a personal stake in the success and survival of officers on their departments and their failure is not tolerated.  Officers as a breed tended to culminate toward each other and soon unfortunately, you found that your only true friends were other officers.  In corrections though, when your shift ends officers turn “Ghost” and are not seen until their next shift.  Correctional officers rarely talk tactics and survival skills with each other during a shift giving and taking of experience.  

 

I wanted to change that evolution in this practice and have tried to give back to the corrections world as much as I can, as it pertains to officers skills and survival mentality.  I speak to officers all over the country and problems at my facility are the same problems others experience all across the nation.  We are not alone in our problems and we need to stand together in a common camaraderie and establish a brotherhood in arms.  As you read my training articles please comment on them and give your training tips so that others can benefit from your knowledge and experience.  Together we can change the corrections world and keep all of us safe.  

 

“The responsibility for preparing men and women for battle should never be taken lightly.  What you say and do, or fail to say and do, may be the difference between winning and losing.  More importantly, it may be the difference between living and dying.”   8f6c972bb4c93adc

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  1. mike
    January 17th, 2010 at 08:53 | #1

    Hey LT.

    Great site. Didn’t know it existed! Semper Fi. Keep up the good work. Miss our nights on the “mean” streets of Galion together. You were a great Lt.!

    M

  2. September 1st, 2010 at 10:54 | #2

    Tracy,
    I follow you on corrections; you’re a good writer with many pragmatic themes for both corrections and police work. I also write, having published more than 100 articles on officer survival and training, as well as written three novels. I’m working on a book entitled: Warriors in High Heels, Real Stories about Real Women. I’m looking for female LEOs (including corrections) to submit their stories for inclusion in the book. More info can be found on my website: http://www.johnmwills.com. I hope that perhaps you might help get the word out. Thanks for any assistance you can lend.

    John

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