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Perfect Practice Makes Perfect

Written by  STEVEN CRIMANDO & MARV WAINSCHEL December 29, 2009

Accurate Behavioral Assumptions are an Essential Element of Exercises In law enforcement training circles there are legendary stories from the old days, where officers were killed during a gun fight and empty shell casings were found in their clenched hands or pants pockets. Pausing to catch their brass as they were trained when reloading a revolver, more a matter of range etiquette than for any tactical reason, is thought to have contributed to officer deaths. Under stress, we perform as we have practiced. For practice to be useful, we must be certain to rehearse the response to a threat or hazard accurately. The bottom line is that, “Practice doesn’t make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect.” Flaws in any aspect of drills or exercise repeated often enough are likely to surface in a real-time response and perhaps with dire consequences. The Need For Accurate Behavioral Assumptions One of the most difficult areas to effectively


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