Street survival: Develop your stealth approach

The stealth approach can turn you into one who surprises rather than one who is surprised

This article is part of a series by Lt. Dan Marcou. Click here to access all of Dan's street survival lessons.

In recognition of the release of “Street Survival II: Tactics for Deadly Encounters,” I am writing a series of articles on street survival designed to turn the tables on the current generation of cop-killing criminals. In this series I will share the tactics I acquired during a career dedicated not only to ensuring my own personal survival, but assisting other officers in their quest to survive as well.

It is a powerful tactical advantage to be skilled at the art of approaching scenes unnoticed. It behooves you to develop your stealth approach capability. After all, as Sun Tzu says, “Those who are skilled in producing surprises will win.”

If you follow the notifications of officers killed and wounded in the line of duty you can’t help but notice many are killed and wounded while walking or driving right into the kill zone.

You see too many officers who have cloaked themselves in complacency “routinely” park directly in front of call locations because it is the shortest walk and it works, until it doesn’t. The anticipated short walk to the front door can turn into an unexpected long walk into eternity.

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