The Winning Edge I: Mental Preparation for Violent Encounters

One Day (8 hours)

(Law enforcement personnel only)


Course description: Through extensive use of case studies and class participation, this interactive course examines and discusses armed police encounters for key learning points. It uses the lessons learned from officers who have “been there” to prepare attendees to control violent encounters on the street, with a special focus on the winning attitude and other essential mental skills needed to win. These mental skills prepare officers to approach violent encounters in a manner that often discourages resistance and, if resistance can’t be avoided, to overcome it in a controlled manner that significantly reduces the risk of inappropriate force. Participants also learn ways to improve their performance when learning and practicing firearms and other officer safety skills. Finally, common threats that are seldom addressed elsewhere are presented, and participants are provided with practical tactics for dealing with them.

Topics addressed include:


How to develop a positive attitude
Situational awareness
Tactical thinking and mental flexibility
Planning for violent encounters
Overcoming common mental and tactical pitfalls
Renewing your commitment to training and safety
How to use mental imagery to prepare for violent encounters
Improving performance when learning/practicing firearms and other officer safety skills
Responding to violent off-duty encounters
Four principles for responding to a close-quarters armed attack
Practical weapon retention techniques


Individuals: $85.00/per officer

Host agencies receive a 20 percent discount for each of their officers
* Winning Edge Training reserves the right to cancel course due to insufficient class size (minimal class size dependent upon travel and lodging expenses) *

Police Academies and Other Approved Police Organizations: $1000.00 for the first 50 attendees, plus expenses; $20 each additional attendee after the first 50.

(Prices negotiable for special circumstances. Contact us for details)


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