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