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  • condition Yellow

    General awareness of
    possible threats, Attention is focused, and
    the officer scans the
    environment for
    potential threats.
    While on the job, an
    officer is in a state of
    relaxed awareness and
    notices what is going on
    around him or her

    condition White

    Unaware that a threat
    exists, Attention is unfocused
    or preoccupied, and the
    officer is oblivious to
    potential danger in his or
    her environment. Example: A person drives to work
    and does not remember
    the drive (automatic pilot).

    condition orange

    Recognition that a threat
    exists, Awareness of a specific
    threat encourages
    preplanning and more
    intense focus. Physical
    indicators of stress may
    become evident.Examples:
    A patrol officer observes
    a vehicle backed into a
    parking space at a
    convenience store with
    the engine running,
    considers the possibility
    of a robbery in progress,
    and begins tactical
    A correctional officer
    observes an inmate with
    possible contraband and
    begins formulating a
    plan of action.

    condition red

    Specific threat identified
    and appropriate actions
    taken, The threat is assessed
    and managed through
    intensified cognitive and
    physical reactions.
    Survival stress functions
    become optimum.Examples:
    The patrol officer
    initiates the plan to
    engage the suspects
    as they exit the store.
    The correctional officer
    initiates the plan to
    engage the inmate.

    condition Black

    Threat mismanaged
    due to panicked stress
    response, Survival stress functions
    break down. Submission
    or freezing may occur, Examples:
    The patrol officer
    panics and may not
    respond effectively.
    The correctional
    officer panics and may
    not respond

    critical incident amnesia.

    Officers who are exposed to an extremely stressful situation, such as an officer-involved
    shooting, may experience short and long-term memory loss. This is a temporary or
    sometimes permanent condition known as

    Particular memory-related phenomena in traumatic situations may include the following

    โ€ข During the critical incident, intense focus on some particular aspect of the event
    often leads to a diminished ability to process other information.
    โ€ข Immediately after the incident, critical incident amnesia will often result in the
    inability to remember information observed during the incident.
    โ€ข Due to the inability to accurately remember information, officers are more
    vulnerable to false memories and unintentional fabrications that they use to link
    flash memories of the critical incident. A flash memory is a brief mental
    visualization of a past experience, a mental "snap-shot".

    Many agencies
    require a minimum of 24 to 72 hours before

    questioning or any report writing
    takes place.

    Officers can increase their coping skills
    and better prepare for the effects of stress by doing the following:

    โ€ข pre-plan
    โ€ข stay physically fit
    โ€ข get adequate rest
    โ€ข eat a nutritious diet
    โ€ข use controlled breathing techniques
    โ€ข rely on techniques that involve gross motor movements rather than fine
    motor skills
    โ€ข train under realistic environmental conditions designed to mirror high-stress
    โ€ข anticipate the possibility of resistance with every subject encounter
    โ€ข maintain proficiency in physical and mental skills
    โ€ข maintain proficiency with firearms and other issued equipment

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