"Of every 100 men you send to fight, 10 shouldn't even be there. Eighty are...

Heraclitus …nothing but targets. Nine are real fighters, we are lucky to have them, they the battle make. Ah but the one, one is a true warrior and he will bring the others back" ~ Heraclitus


Which type of person are you from the description Heraclitus has provided? Are you one of the 10 who shouldn’t be there or one of the 80 nothing but a target? Or perhaps you one of the 9 who are one of the real fighters who loves the challenge of a good fight and does all he can to influence a match on the street in an effort to prove yourself? If none of these perhaps you are the 1 “true warrior” out of 100, who brings the others back? What makes the difference in the “true warrior” and how is it he brings the others back?

My thoughts are the “true warrior”not only knows how to handle himself physically but he also understands the mental and moral aspects of the conflicts he finds himself in. He knows when to fight and when not too. The true warrior spends time refining all his skills through training and then continually educates himself on what it is he does not know or understand. He seeks to understand conflict and violence in its holistic form as he knows this gives him a great benefit for when the time comes to match wits and if necessary brawn with an adversary. The true warrior is prepared to persuade with all his means and yet ready to fight when the time for talk has ended. The true warriors decision is based on strategy and tactics verses emotion and therein lies the difference between him and the rest!

How many of us are actually prepared to apply officer survival concepts on the street In the way that Heraclitus describes it in this great quote? How many of us take short cuts or fall into a complacent mindset and daily routine? How many think ‘it will not happen to me’ or ‘it will not happen here’? Ask yourself this question: Is officer survival just a concept or have you internalized safety principles into your habits every day and on every shift? The need for change is obvious, threats are real and evolving despite the fact that most people would never do harm to us. There are still those who, for whatever their personal agenda and reasoning, know we as American guardians are, what we as American Law Enforcement do, and they will unleash their rage and fury at us according to that personal agenda.. The fact that few organized aggressors would resort to mass violence, and many more unplanned, opportunistic or event related aggressors act against Law Enforcement is all the more reason we must develop a mindset of heightened superior situational awareness and mental attitude, while simultaneously being approachable and engaged with those whom we serve and interact. This is true no matter where we are and no matter what we are doing.

Talk is cheap and its time we started walking our own talk and applying the concepts we say are so near and dear to our survival. In the end it comes down to doing the things we talk about; continual learning; and applying what we know to the evolving situation at hand. This takes effort in leadership ensuring proper realistic training is brought to officers, and that LE personnel be open to ongoing professional development, honing of skills, attitude and preparedness through their own individual initiative. If each officer took the responsibility for assuring their survival through ongoing developing, training, and evolution; their entire organization is optimized for survival and adaptive response to threats. It’s time to stop merely talking and learn to discipline yourself to walk the walk of officer safety by doing what you know is necessary, and by seeking out more training so you consistently strive to nurture what you know and evolve your skills to be adaptable and instinctive. You do not need to be in formal training class to create and nurture this mindset, indeed it must come from within. It must come from one’s own sense of integrity and personal belief system. When this belief system is a way of life, the development occurs as part of an ongoing evolution of a warrior or modern knight.

“It is hard to contend against one's heart's desire; for whatever it wishes to have it buys at the cost of soul.” ~Heraclitus

Stay Oriented!