| “I Love a Cop : What Police Families Need to Know” Ellen, Ph.D. Kirschman |
Click Here to Read Review As the wife of a police officer, I felt that I just had to read this book. I was right. Dr. Kirschman discusses various situations and how the officers involved handled them (actions *and* emotions). She also shows how law enforcement can take its toll on an officer and his/her family and friends. Although many of these situations and emotions are foreign to this cop’s wife (thankfully), it was nice to read about all of the things that “can” happen in our lives based on my husband’s chosen profession. I now feel fortunate to have avoided them thus far. And I feel more prepared to deal with them if they should arise.
This book is a “must read” for someone suspecting emotional trouble in his/her life. But even if you feel that your life couldn’t be more perfect, this book can really open your eyes to what friends or loved-ones are going through, and feeling, possibly on a daily basis.
~~Rebecca Bilbrey, ©July 13, 2000
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| “Developing the Survival Attitude” By Phil L. Duran |
Click Here to Read Review Although subtitled “A Guide for the New Officer” this book can be used by any law enforcement officer , (rookie or veteran) because it deals with attitude. Duran discusses controlling fear in a stressful situation. He points out that “command presence,” can influence a subject’s reaction to the officer. He also warns that complacency causes a reduction in awareness and can be very dangerous.
Duran deals with specific techniques that can enhance an officer’s chances of survival. One technique is mental rehearsal. He explains how to combine mental rehearsal with physical practice of defensive tactics. He suggests varying the circumstances to reflect some real-life situations an officer is likely to encounter. One valuable suggestion is to mentally rehearse scenarios during quiet times on patrol, when it’s possible to see the locale where an incident might take place. For example, imagine responding to the hold-up of a convenience store in the patrol area, while varying the number of imaginary customers in the store, the number of suspects, and the number of vehicles in the parking lot.
Duran also gets into tunnel vision, auditory exclusion, and muscle memory, all of which affect performance under stress. He discusses plainclothes and off-duty survival. A valuable technique to which he devotes an entire chapter is critique, examining one’s performance after a call. It’s important not to assume that, just because you survived, you did everything right. Duran feels it pays to go over the incident to decide if you could havedone better.
Reviewed by Tony Lesce – The Police Marksman, July/Aug 1998
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| “So You Want to be a Cop” |
Click Here to Read Review If you are thinking of becoming a cop, you know someone who is thinking of becoming a cop, or even if you’re married to someone who has become a cop; this book is a must read! My husband has been a police officer for 4 1/2 years, yet this book opened even my eyes to areas of law enforcement that I had not yet encountered.
Authors Frank Pickens and Jeff Bonilla did an excellent job drawing me into the life of a beat cop. I knew the first 1/2 of the book was accurate because I’ve lived through it with my husband, so I knew I could trust the rest of the book. They walk the reader through applying, being interviewed (grilled basically), tested, hired, and trained. They move on to walk the reader through the in’s and out’s of patrol; how to get into trouble (or rather how not to); and the differences in the various shifts/departments. This is an excellent book, and my husband (the cop) is even going to read and review this book next.
~~Rebecca Bilbrey, ©March 22, 2000 Buy at ClickBank
|“Spiritual Survival for Law Enforcement” By: Cary A. Friedman Click Here to Read Review Spiritual Survival for Law Enforcement is a great book. I believe that the book very clearly articulates what we as police chaplains attempt to convey to police officers in the field. Spiritual Survival for Law Enforcement is a must read for all Law Enforcement officers. |
~~Rabbi Sruly Wolf, Police Chaplain~~ Buy at SpiritualSurvivalBook.com Electronic Download