Another great post over at Spartan Cops.
Just because you’ve never seen a train on a stretch of tracks doesn’t mean there never will be one. Yet that is how many officers behave when it comes to low probability / high consequence events. Even though we haven’t seen one in a while, inevitably they will occur and we need to prepare for them.
If you mishandle a shoplifting case, it is not a big deal. If you screw up a murder, it will haunt you, the police department, and the family of the victim. If you do a bad job on an interview, life will go on. If you do a bad job using force, it can have immense consequences.
Scott is dead on target here. We tend to prepare ourselves for the stuff that always happens because…well it’s what always happens. There is a tendency to neglect preparing for the stuff that seldom happens but has a huge impact when it does.
How do you prepare?