Street survival: Premonition of a multiple assailant attack comes true

As a police officer, you can’t protect anyone else unless you are able to protect yourself

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 will be 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.

I thought it appropriate to start this series with a true story of personal survival to emphasize the importance of mental, physical and emotional preparation.

From the beginning of my career I had a premonition I would experience a violent physical attack from multiple assailants. This portent inspired me to pursue a three-pronged, extra-departmental training regimen (plus one) to prepare for the inevitable, during which:

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