Situational Awareness: Closing the Gap Between Stimulus and Response

March 16, 2022
1:00pm - 2:15pm

Situational awareness is a topic that has gained much attention over the last few years. When it comes to officer safety it is common to hear phrases like “keep your head on a swivel” or “watch your six” but what do such taglines really mean in a practical sense? Such one-liners are repeated so often they have become meaningless and do not translate into proactive safety measures. Criminal justice professions cannot afford to be complacent when it comes to officer safety. Situational awareness is a skill that needs to be learned, developed, and practiced. During a violent encounter, the length of your life may be directly proportional to your situational awareness skills! There can be success or defeat in the time-sensitive space between stimulus and response.

In this webinar on Situational Awareness: Closing the Gap Between Stimulus and Response you will learn:

  • The importance of improving situational awareness so you respond faster and more effectively to a potentially violent encounter.
  • That situational awareness, while a critical skill, is the starting point to an effective response to avoid, mitigate, or respond to violence.
  • How situational awareness and critical thinking skills can positively or negatively impact your safety based on your decision-making abilities.


Scott Kirshner, M.Ed., has held many positions in the criminal justice system to include Parole Administrator, Supervisory Probation Officer, and Correctional Officer. As an officer survival instructor he was integral in the development and implementation of an officer safety curriculum for two large agencies. He served as a Certified Firearms Instructor, Lead Defensive Tactics Instructor, and Use of Force Instructor. He has facilitated classes on the Use of Force, Tactical Mindset, Verbal De-escalation, Crisis Prevention, OC Spray, Expandable Baton, Handcuffing, Searches, Safety Policies, Applied Defensive Tactics, Firearms, Low-Light Shooting, Force-on-Force, Judgmental Shooting, Terrorism, Active Killer Incidents, Surviving Violent Encounters, and other courses.

Mr. Kirshner has worked with numerous municipal, county, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. He has trained with the FBI SWAT Team – Phoenix Division, Phoenix Police Department, SureFire Institute, Proactive Training Institute, Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, Pima County Sheriff’s Office, and many other government and private agencies on topics to include: Officer Survival, Active Shooter Intervention, Force-on-Force Training, Shoot House Instructor, Emergency Response to Terrorism, Building Clearing, School Violence, Youth Violence, Workplace Violence, Flashbang Operator, Tactical Scouting, and others.

Mr. Kirshner has received specialized training on the topics of Sex Offenders, Domestic Violence Offenders, Mental Health Offenders, Critical Incident Stress Debriefing, Motivational Interviewing, Risk and Needs Assessments, Public Information Officer Training, numerous Leadership Schools, Faculty Skills Development, Advanced Faculty Skills Development, and Curriculum and Lesson Plan Development.

Currently, Mr. Kirshner is the owner and Lead Instructor of Dedicated Threat Solutions, LLC. He can be reached at or to learn more visit: