- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Paladin Press; First edition (July 1, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0873649354
- ISBN-13: 978-0873649353
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Deadly Force Encounters: What Cops Need To Know To Mentally And Physically Prepare For And Survive A Gunfight First Edition
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About the Author
Loren Christensen began his law enforcement career in 1967 when he served in the army as a military policeman in the United States and in Vietnam. He joined the Portland, Oregon, Police Bureau in 1972 and retired in 1997. During those years, he specialized in street gangs, defensive tactics, dignitary protection, and patrolling the bizarre streets of skid row. He now writes full time and teaches martial arts.
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People don't think about the preparation of your mind & body (reaction to a situation), and it seems there is practically NOTHING out there to help you prepare for the AFTERMATH. ----- How are you going to feel? How will you relate to your family & co-workers? Will you survive the courts and public opinion?
I found this to contain valuable food for thought. In fact, I have now strongly recommended it for reading to friends in our local Sheriff's Office, and as a concealed carry instructor, I recommend it for all who consider carrying a firearm.
While I can not speak to how effective it will be for the LEO, I can strongly recommend it to anyone wanting to better understand the stress an officer . . will . . go through after a shooting incident.
The book starts with introduction of Survival triangle: You have to survive both physically, mentally, and legally to fully survive an violent encounter. The authors keep that in mind through the book, while the stress is on mental survival. Next the authors discuss the selection process of police recruits, and the nature of violence the police are forced to encounter in their line of duty. Next they give a thorough explanation of fear and it's effects on a person, and they address the issue of training, as well.
The main portion of the second part of the book (about 100 pages) is real-life stories told by cops, and the author's comments of the events. There is not any tactical reviewing, but the incidents are discussed on a psychological point of view. At the end of the second part there is a chapter of psychological injuries, starting from physical effects right after the incident, going to post-traumatic stress disorder and difficulties with relationships with other persons.
The third part of the book covers the treatment of a traumatic event survivor. The authors cover all aspects: What the survivor himself can do, what his superiors, family members, peers and so on can and should do. The authors also stress that there are many different kinds of encounters that can cause post-traumatic stress disorder other than gunfights, and that all participants of such encounter can develop mental problems, not just the ones who pull the trigger. There is also advise to detectives who investigate officer-involved shootings.
All things considered, this book is a very complete package. It is easy to read and the text is not too "scientific" for a layman to understand. This was the first book by Loren Christensen I have read, but it sure won't be the last!
Stay ready. Stay safe.