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  1. condition red
  2. critical incident amnesia.
  3. Officers can increase their coping skills
    and better prepare for the effects of stress by doing the following:
  4. condition orange
  5. condition White
  6. condition Black
  7. Particular memory-related phenomena in traumatic situations may include the following
  8. Many agencies
    require a minimum of 24 to 72 hours before
  9. condition Yellow
  1. a 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
  2. b 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.
  3. c 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.
  4. d • pre-plan
    • stay physically fit
    • get adequate rest
    • eat a nutritious diet
    • use controlled breathing techniques
    • rely on techniques that involve gross motor movements rather than fine
    motor skills
    • train under realistic environmental conditions designed to mirror high-stress
    • anticipate the possibility of resistance with every subject encounter
    • maintain proficiency in physical and mental skills
    • maintain proficiency with firearms and other issued equipment
  5. e 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
  6. f 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
  7. g • During the critical incident, intense focus on some particular aspect of the event
    often leads to a diminished ability to process other information.
    • Immediately after the incident, critical incident amnesia will often result in the
    inability to remember information observed during the incident.
    • 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".
  8. h 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).
  9. i questioning or any report writing
    takes place.