Think before you act to avoid getting into a jam
In debriefing incidents, especially those times when it went bad and the officer had time to think before s/he acted - but didn’t, a failure to follow the First Responder Philosophy (FRP) was often the problem. Many correctional officers learn the FRP but fail to apply it to duty related incidents. They probably can still rattle off the ten main points of the FRP but fail to apply these concepts to emergency situations in their duty assignments.
Before leaping into the fire in a situation where you should have known better, ask yourself these simple questions taken from the ten points of the FRP:
What have I stumbled into and do I need help right now?