Street Survival II: The Legacy Continues

Essential reading for law enforcement, regardless of rank

By Crawford Coates  |   Sep 25, 2018

There would be no Calibre Press without Street Survival: Tactics for Armed Encounters. Printed in March of 1980, the book was written by Special Agent Ronald J. Adams, Lt. Thomas M. McTernan, and Charles Remsberg—an instant classic.

“When you look at line-of-duty deaths over time,” says Dale Stockton, a retired Carlsbad (Calif.) captain and co-founder of Below 100, “there are some sentinel moments. LODDs were at 284 in 1974, the year I first wore a badge. They declined significantly in the eighties and nineties. I attribute this to three factors: the adoption of body armor, improved emergency medicine (paramedics), and a dramatic shift in officer safety awareness and training brought about by the publication of Street Survival.”

Over the years requests have come in constantly for a reprisal of the original. The premise was simple, but the challenge daunting: How do we take the best of Street Survival, still so relevant nearly 40 years later, and bring it entirely into the 21st Century?

“So much of Street Survival stands the test of time,” says Calibre Press co-owner Lt. Jim Glennon (ret.), “and that speaks to the genius of it. At the same time, things have changed. We know more about the science of stress, the psychology of interpersonal communications, and the tactics of violent events. The equipment has changed and the threats have evolved.”

Written by Remsberg, Lt. Dan Marcou (ret.), and Glennon, the result of this challenge is Street Survival II: Tactics for Deadly Force Encounters.

The Next Step

Street Survival II book is an exhaustive tactical primer on force encounters for police officers. It runs the gamut: the basics of effective training, speed-cuffing, nonverbal cues, how to approach people, essential case law, what to do after a shooting, pre-attack indicators, stress, the OODA Loop, active shooters, edged weapons, lights and lasers, firearms tactics and training, equipment basics, fitness, and much, much more. Each chapter contains case studies to drive home the principles. This is one of those rare investments that will serve you as an officer throughout your career, from the academy to your final days on the force.

More than being about surviving deadly force encounters—especially when compared to its predecessor—this book seeks to demonstrate ways to possibly prevent force altogether, or at least mitigate against more deadly force applications. In that sense, it’s less a book about tactics (although it is that too) than mindset.

“The biggest challenge in writing this,” says Marcou, “was knowing what the first book meant to my own personal survival as a young street cop, when it first came out in 1980. With that in mind, I endeavored to make every line, tactic, and story I wrote eventually lend itself to the ultimate physical, legal and emotional survival of every reader. It was a daunting task.”

The trio bring lifetimes of experience to the book.

Remsberg, of course, was part of the team that started it all. As an independent journalist, he and his business partner Dennis Anderson covered police and crime. Remsberg was commissioned in 1976 by Anderson, who worked at Motorola Teleprograms producing and directing law enforcement training films, to collaborate on a film called Survival Shooting Techniques. The lessons and materials (and, critically, Anderson’s photography) emanating from that groundbreaking effort ultimately culminated in the original Street Survival.   

Marcou, a retired 33-year veteran of law enforcement, is an author of many books, trainer, and columnist at PoliceOne. With extensive tactical experience, Marcou was highly decorated throughout his career, including such commendations as SWAT Officer and Humanitarian of the Year. Glennon, meanwhile, served 30 years with a PD outside of Chicago and went on to head the Major Crimes (homicide) Task Force for DuPage County.  He’s probably the most visible trainer in law enforcement today and among the profession’s more popular writers.

“The book came out incredibly well,” says Remsberg. “I’m amazed by the breadth of this project. It is highly readable and relevant. I was further amazed by Marcou and Glennon’s ability to take some of the original and then bring it into the present. The original stood the test of time for, what, 40 years? This stands in for the next 40.”


Nobody could have foreseen the place Street Survival would take in American law enforcement.

“There was a fatalism that permeated the profession at that time,” says Remsberg. “There was this sense that when your number was up, it was up. But Street Survival challenged that in a big way: You do have a say in outcomes. And this book does the same for these times. I’d say it’s essential reading for today’s officer, regardless of rank.”

Street Survival II is here and ready to serve you or someone you care about.

The following two tabs change content below.
Crawford Coates

Crawford Coates

Crawford Coates is the author of Mindful Responder: The First Responder's Field Guide to Improved Resilience, Fulfillment, Presence, & Fitness--On & Off the Job and the publisher at Calibre Press.
Crawford Coates

Latest posts by Crawford Coates (see all)