The Winning Edge:
Mental Preparation for Violent Encounters
Through extensive use of case studies and class participation, this interactive course examines and discusses armed police encounters for key learning points. It uses the lessons learned from officers who have “been there” to prepare attendees to control violent encounters on the street, with a special focus on the winning attitude and other essential mental skills needed to win. These mental skills prepare officers to approach violent encounters in a manner that often discourages resistance and, if resistance can’t be avoided, to overcome it in a controlled manner that significantly reduces the risk of inappropriate force. Participants also learn ways to improve their performance when learning and practicing firearms and other officer safety skills. Finally, common threats that are seldom addressed elsewhere are presented, and participants are provided with practical tactics for dealing with them.
Topics addressed include:
- How to develop a positive attitude
- Situational awareness
- Tactical thinking and mental flexibility
- Planning for violent encounters
- Overcoming common mental and tactical pitfalls
- Renewing your commitment to training and safety
- How to use mental imagery to prepare for violent encounters
- Improving performance when learning/practicing firearms and other officer safety skills
- Responding to violent off-duty encounters
- Four principles for responding to a close-quarters armed attack
- Practical weapon retention techniques
Each time this seminar is offered, details such as dates, time, location, registration fees, continuing education units (CEUs) offered, and relevant instructor information will be available on the registration form found in the calendar.
This program is not covered by Training/Continuing Education Account Agreement but can be paid for from this fund if monies are available.