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John Bennett

Walking the Walk

John is a 25-year veteran police officer and a patrol lieutenant from Charleston, IL. A member of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association, John has trained officers both in and outside his agency for more than 20 years; both nationally and abroad. He continues to teach and learn at the street-patrol level with the primary emphasis on officer-safety tactics, risk management, leadership and a philosophy of proactive police service, individual readiness and professionalism. He has dedicated himself to awareness, education, research, training and motivation specifically tailored at saving officers lives, families and careers. John continues his mission after his tour via his work as a trainer, consultant, subject-matter expert and author, and core instructor for the nationally recognized Below 100 officer-safety initiative. email.

Although the end of 2015 is still a couple of weeks away, more than 100 officers have lost their lives in the line-of-duty this year — that is insanity
While police officers may be exempt by the vehicle code from wearing seatbelts, we’re not exempt from the laws of physics, so let’s stop training our recruits to ignore this important officer safety device
Just because you wear stripes, bars, clusters, or stars, does not make you a leader
We spent time with all of TASER’s devices — the X26, X3, Shockwave, the shotgun-fired XREP, and their newest device, the X2
Violent offenders are predators, and predators tend to prey upon the weak
Improper training can create an inflated sense of confidence — in effect, one’s confidence exceeding one’s competence