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Police and Law Enforcement Home  >  The Column  >  Street Survival 2013 Doesn't Disappoint

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Police and Law Enforcement News
Monday, February 4, 2013
  10:32 p.m.


The course began with the iconic, dark silhouette of the back off a man holding a gun, the same photo that still dons the front of one of the most trusted books in law enforcement, The Tactical Edge.

And off it went. 

For two days, Lt. Jim Glennon (Ret) and Lt. Ray DeCunto (Ret) took several hundred law officers from New Jersey and beyond on a journey covering all things relating to the physical and mental survival of the modern-day law enforcement officer.

Once again, it was Street Survival week in Atlantic City as it has been in the later part of January for years decades.

Caliber Press, now part of the Lifeline Training family, hosted the 2013 event over two days at the Bally's Hotel and Resort.

I hate this term, but this isn't your dad's Street Survival.  Today, they are much more in your face.  They're respectful and constantly point out that the officers handling the calls in the videos are doing so in real time, but they're not afraid to call them out on poor tactics. 

They were also very critical of agency heads and bosses who not only don't attend such training themselves, but fail to provide it to their officers.

It's been twenty years since attending my first Street Survival seminar back in 1993.  I remember being so impressed at the time that I promised myself that I would make it back every five years just as a refresher.  That never happened, but it should have. 

As much of an impact it made on me back then, I was more blown away by this year's class.  What an incredible experience.  Bottom line, the Street Survival course is the most significant training in law enforcement today. 

There are others that cover similar material which are excellent too, but between the affordability of the program, the content of the class and the incredible performance by these two, veteran seminar leaders, this one stands apart.

Carefully constructed, Street Survival accomplishes a very difficult feat: it is as relevant to the thirty-year chief as it is to the three-year road cop.  Narcotics cops, corrections officers, canine officers, school resource officers, training coordinators, troopers and traffic investigators will all walk out of the two-day program better officers.

The journey takes you from the most adrenaline racing calls you could imagine to the most heartbreaking.  And much of their discussions were about the officer deaths that were avoidable. 

The program puts everything into perspective and reminds how incredibly dangerous this job can be whether you're patrolling a highway in Kansas or a tier in Pennsylvania.

But it's not all gore.  There were some very funny moments that had the entire room laughing to tears which was quite an achievement considering the subject matter of the course.  Jim and Ray kept in moving and entertaining the entire time.  No one was looking at their watch for the next break.

A consistent theme which ran throughout both days was the importance of training.

As usual, they have an arsenal of unreleased video and audio footage.  They also don't rely on just the multimedia presentations.  The course is an excellent balance between media and personal presentation.

We expect that they will be back next January as they have for at least two decades, and we could not recommend them more. 

For the many of you whose department will not pay for this training, put the $199 out yourself.  You will not regret it.








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