Force is a form of communication. It is the most emphatic possible way ofsaying “no”. For years my job was to say no, sometimes very emphatically, to violent people.
I can make it sound more official, but in the end I was paid to go into volatile situations, usually alone and usually outnumbered by sixty or more to one and prevent inmates from preying on each other or attacking my fellow officers.
That was the job.
I have been a Corrections Officer, a Sergeant, a Tactical Team member and a Tactical Team Leader; I have taught corrections and enforcement personnel skills from first aid to physical defense to crisis communication and mental health. I’ve done this from my west coast home to Baghdad. So far, my life has been a blast.
I’m a bit scarred up, but generally happy.
My name is Rory Miller. I’m the author of “Meditations on Violence: A Comparison of Martial Arts Training and Real World Violence” and a few other things.
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