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Blog Entry From Dave Smith & Ed Delmore on October 22, 2016

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A group of lucky Michigan crime-fighters just spent two days with Lt. Dave Smith and Chief Ed Delmore witnessing the birth of a new law enforcement training endeavor aptly titled “The Winning Edge.”

 

These two veteran police instructors spent 16 hours utilizing video, photographs and a large dose of humor to provide these state and federal professionals with the emotional, intellectual and practical tools for a street far more dangerous than ever before.

 

16506Chief Delmore had just returned from attending the 2016 International Association of Chiefs of Police annual conference in San Diego, CA, an event Dave Smith has attended for decades.  In discussing this year’s IACP, both men agree that American law enforcement officers are serving in an increasingly complex society.  While community groups, politicians and the media often talk about “police reform” and “de-escalation,” Smith and Delmore know that “boots on the ground” police officers still have to answer calls, make traffic stops, conduct investigations, and get the job done safely and professionally.  This new two-day training event provided these officers and agents with tools to strengthen and refocus their winning mindset and then get the playbook for real-world success on the street.

Dave “Buck Savage” Smith

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Lieutenant Dave Smith

 

 

Former police lieutenant Dave Smith is an internationally known speaker, writer and law enforcement expert.  Dave attended United States Naval Academy and then completed his degree at University of  Arizona while fighting forest fires with the “Coconino Hot Shots.”  He began his police career with the Tucson Police Department and in 1978 he joined the Arizona Department of Public Safety.  As a career  police officer, Dave held positions in Patrol, SWAT, Narcotics, Training and Management. In 1980 he developed the popular “Buck Savage” video training series, was the lead instructor for the Calibre Press    “Street Survival” seminar from 1983 to 1985, and was instrumental in developing Calibre’s timeless “Tactical Edge” officer survival book.  Dave holds numerous instructor certifications in firearms, defensive    tactics, and human performance and is a proven expert witness and consultant.

In 1989, Dave joined the Law Enforcement Television Network (LETN), developing and hosting cutting-edge police, security and public safety training as its Director of Education and was the general manager  of Calibre Press until January of 2002.  Dave continued to instruct the “Street Survival” seminar through 2012 as its senior instructor and he managed the most comprehensive update to the seminar since  2003.  Dave has authored hundreds of articles for publications including Police Chief, Law and Order, The Trainer, Police Marksman, the Calibre Press Newsline, PoliceOne and POLICE magazine.

Dave is currently the owner of “Winning Mind Seminars” and is a regular columnist for POLICE magazine and PoliceOne.Com.  Dave is also the Director of Video Training for the online Police One Academy.  He is available for conferences, training events, and consulting, and is the author of the popular book In My Sights. Dave can be reached via his website at www.jdbucksavage.com or on his Facebook fan page as “JD Buck Savage.”

Courses:

Winning Mind Seminar Series

Career & Officer Survival For Dispatchers

 

 

Career & Officer Survival for Dispatchers

 The Dispatchers Guide to Officer Safety & Survival

 from the Other End of the Radio

 

Cops and dispatchers are trying to do essentially the same job from two very different locations and perspectives; we often have separate rules, dissimilar shifts, and frankly, neither one of us truly understands the other, but we’re all trying to serve our community and keep it, and ourselves, safe.  This one-of-a-kind interactive, multi-media training course will give public safety and private security dispatchers the opportunity to truly see, hear and feel what is happening on the street and learn how their actions, instincts and expertise can play a vital role in police officer safety and survival.  We’ll help you understand “cop-speak” and learn how to “expect the unexpected,” all while learning to survive and thrive in the unique communication center atmosphere. This course will also help dispatchers learn to improve their own careers and enhance job satisfaction with proven methods they can utilize immediately.

This course will provide insight on:

  • Helping dispatchers understand officer survival tactics on and off the street
  • Understanding the unique stressors dispatcher face on every tour of duty
  • Applying “Warrior Ethos” to the dispatch function
  • Why “survival” is minimalistic and we must train to WIN!
  • Bringing the “Not Today!”© mindset into the communications center
  • Defining respectful and “tactical” communication techniques
  • Bringing dispatchers and officers together before, during and after a critical incident, and during day-to-day operations
  • How you and your personnel can communicate effectively within your organization…really
  • Helping personnel develop successful leadership skills, regardless of rank or assignment
  • Why dispatchers need to think about their own safety, both on and off duty
  • Helping employees avoid the victim-based mentality that can develop in a high-stress environment and learn to become a true optimist

Over 170 police officers are killed in the line of duty each year; sixty thousand are assaulted, and over sixteen thousand suffer injuries.  A dispatcher can be a police officer’s life-line in a dangerous encounter.  This training will give even the most seasoned dispatcher new insight into their impact on a patrol officer’s daily mission as well as their survival, and will help individual students regain the enthusiasm for their chosen career in public safety.