Street Survival II has just been released by Calibre Press and it’s every bit as powerful and compelling as the original Street Survival, first published nearly 40 years ago. The first version was responsible for awakening officers across the country to the realities of armed combat. The impact of that single book is immeasurable, but there is little doubt that the increased awareness and attention to tactics resulted in many officers making it home to their families instead of being sent to a funeral home.

Street Survival II stands on the shoulders of its predecessor and is absolutely a must-read for every officer, regardless of assignment, type of agency or tenure. This book will prepare a new officer, challenge a veteran officer and reality-check a desk-bound administrator.

Profusely illustrated with photos and diagrams, and providing insight from ten in-depth personal interviews with survivors, as well as the recap of several deadly encounters, Street Survival II is as good as it gets when it comes to preparing an officer for a deadly force encounter. It is noteworthy that the subtitle of the book is, in fact, “Tactics for Deadly Force Encounters,” an important difference from the original book’s subtitle of, “Tactics for Armed Encounters,” because it squarely addresses the popular, but false assumption that a suspect without a knife or gun isn’t dangerous.

The book is lengthy and bulky—more than 350 pages—but very easy to read and very difficult to put down. With 19 chapters on topics ranging from preparation to the aftermath, it is an invaluable training resource, one that should be viewed as an essential component of any department training program.

  • Field training officers could assign a chapter a week to their trainees and then follow up with an in-depth discussion of lessons learned and practical applications.
  • Use-of-force instructors could use details from the personal interviews of survivors to provide emphasis during training.
  • Patrol sergeants could utilize portions of the book to improve safety awareness during briefings and unit training sessions.

Street Survival II is so relevant to the realities of police work that administrators who read the book will be much better prepared to review use-of-force incidents and to respond to public queries about officers’ actions. And those same administrators would be well served to ensure department practices and policy reflect the reality of street policing that is so clearly laid out in this great book.  

The authors of Street Survival IIare about as qualified a group as you could find. Charles Remsberg was the primary author, along with Dennis Anderson of the original Street Survivalas the lead author for Street Survival II. Lt. Dan Marcou (ret.) is an accomplished author in his own right and a veteran tactical officer, who has regularly demonstrated a practical and common sense approach to dealing with suspect encounters. Lt. Jim Glennon(ret.), is a nationally renowned trainer who has been a lead instructor for the popular Street Survival seminars for more than 15 years.

Any one of these men could have written a very good book on this subject, but together they have produced a great book—one that deserves the attention of every officer who polices the streets of America.

Highly recommended!

Chief (ret.) Scot Haug and Captain (ret.) Dale Stockton have more than 60 years of combined street experience. They are the principals of Public Safety Insight, LLC, a professional consulting firm that provides advisory services to agencies and legal firms regarding best practices in tactics, training and technology. They can be reached at [email protected] and [email protected]