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While professional courses and how-to manuals can prepare us for expected events that will occur in the course of our careers, there remains an untapped reservoir of life experience that cannot be prepared for in training or study. These events and experiences give texture and meaning to our work and shape our character. Filled with stories of courage and inspiration, What They Didn't Teach at the Academy: Topics, Stories, and Reality Beyond the Classroom looks at experiences encountered by public safety and military professionals that were not necessarily encompassed in their training or realistically portrayed in simulations. Topics raised in the stories include: A doctor confronting her own debilitating and potentially fatal disease Cultural awareness and safe travel Suicide among law enforcement officers Departmental harassment of a new police recruit Coping with an addicted spouse Posttraumatic stress disorder Life as a K-9 handler The effect of work obligations on marriage and family Conflicts between moral beliefs and professional principles Debunking myths about Islam The book also examines coping mechanisms for stress and discusses the importance of observation, perception, and communication in facing challenging encounters. Through this collection of vignettes and philosophies, the contributors demonstrate that the lessons of life are not taught in colleges, universities, and academies but through hard experience.
At a time when personal security risks are on the rise internationally, Introduction to Executive Protection, Third Edition takes readers beyond the wizard's curtain of fear, unawareness, and surprise to give them the tools to sharpen or renew their skills so those they are tasked with protecting remain safe. This third edition of a bestseller goes beyond the basics which were at the heart of the first and second editions. Though it still covers those basics, it goes further by exploring and discussing the lessons learned in the history of assassination-from ancient times to the present. Examining the psychological, philosophical, professional, and training aspects of close personal protection, this edition represents the latest thinking on executive protection in light of increased personal security risks worldwide. It discusses both residential and business security and also covers the first response for natural events such as common medical emergencies. Using his experience from the U. S. Secret Service, the private sector, and his private training, the author includes real-world examples of political and religious assassination attempts. He also provides practical advice on close personal protection of VIPs, celebrities, and business executives. Filled with illustrations that demonstrate the various protection methods in action, Introduction to Executive Protection, Third Edition is much more than an introduction. It is a powerful learning tool in the art of close personal protection. It offers insights and considerations that both the novice and practiced veteran will find invaluable in their quest to ensure personal protection.