Training affords you mental preparation in a controlled environment—role playing (either in your head or physically) allows you to think abstractly / "think outside the box." You are able to explore and ask yourself, "What perceptions increase survival stress?" Some examples are:
1. PERCEPTION OF DEADLY THREAT
2. CLOSE PROXIMITY OF THREAT
3. THE TIME NEEDED TO CONTROL THE THREAT IS MINIMAL
4. YOU ARE NOT CONFIDENT IN YOUR PERSONAL ABILITIES
5. YOU HAVE NEVER EXPERIENCED THIS TYPE OF THREAT
Our officers are encouraged to create potential “bad” scenarios and develop solutions because their first fight / conflict should be in a controlled environment. This puts the officer in a positive position if faced with a conflict on the street, they already have somewhat of an action plan to execute to either eliminate or mitigate the threat. This is extremely important when time is of essence and hesitation could cost them their lives. The same line of thinking should apply to you.
Therefore, do the necessary research before you go any-where and take a moment to think about the various types of criminal confrontations in which you could find yourself involved in. It could be a theft, robbery, assault, car jacking, or even an abduction.
Think about some of the ways you could react to those types of confrontations. Some of the reaction options could include: calling the police, passively complying with the criminal, calling attention to the confrontation in order to attract help, fleeing, or fighting.
It is to your advantage to decide in advance how you will react during a confrontation. During a confrontation you will likely be frightened and agitated, and your adrenaline will be pumping. This is NOT the best time to start thinking about how to react!