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Paul Clinton

Paul Clinton

As the POLICE Web editor, Paul Clinton contributes posts about patrol cars, motorcycles, and other police vehicles. He previously wrote about automotive electronics as managing editor of Mobile Electronics. Prior to that, he was an award-winning newspaper reporter.



William Harvey

William Harvey

William "Bill" Harvey is currently serving as chief of police in south central Pennsylvania. He retired from the Savannah (Ga.) Police Department where he worked assignments in training, patrol, and CID. Harvey has more than 25 years of experience working with recruits, rookies, and FTOs.
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<p>Photo: Flickr (bitzcelt).</p>

Financial Planning: Think Twice Before You Spend  

April 4, 2011
Watching younger officers entering long-term financial obligations such as homes, credit or vehicles worries me greatly. Research the stability of your job during the next two to three budget cycles before you ink any contracts.

Maintain Your Gear, It Could Save Your Life  

March 28, 2011
I've seen handguns that have not been cleaned and cared for. I've seen holsters with cobwebs and dust lines, telling me the weapon hasn't been removed in months.
<p>Photo: Flickr.com (NKPhillips).</p>

Training Your Other Backup  

March 21, 2011
I know you thought that when you came on the job that you would be cared for by the department. Yes, but not solely. Some departments have plans and shelters for families of first responders. What I recommend is a family drill. Have them prepare to evacuate in two hours or less.
<p>Photo via Flickr.com (Ko:(char*)hook).</p>

Waiting for Your Time  

March 14, 2011
Time-in-service requirements have long been around; they started in the military. If you're working in a grade — let's say patrol officer — you'll have to serve a suitable time period in the pay grade or assignment before you can be promoted or transferred. This allows you to gather valuable experience or what I call exposure.
<p>Would you carry if you visited Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village, New York City, while you were off duty? Photo via Flickr.com (moriza).</p>

Off-Duty Carry: What Kind of Cop Are You?  

March 7, 2011
Where and when to carry off-duty is a debate between cops that has gone back and forth for generations. I know what I've done and will continue to do. Let's review the three kinds of cops so you can pick the category that suits you best.
Image via Flickr (pigpogm).

An Officer's Most Potent Weapon  

February 28, 2011
Do you believe the maxim that the pen is mightier than the sword? I do. Even though most departments use a work station and software to prepare reports, writing ability is honored among those in the criminal justice profession.
The NYPD deploys a twin-engine Bell 412 for search and rescue missions. Photo courtesy of NYPD.

NYPD's Aviation Unit  

February 24, 2011
The NYPD's aviation unit deploys its high-tech tools and operates as a regional resource to provide mutual aid to smaller surrounding agencies.

Purchase Wisely  

February 21, 2011
Always consider comfort and safety. If you have comfortable and happy feet, you will walk around the building and find that burglary or catch the perp that's trying to run. If you can see comfortably, you'll fatigue less and maybe save your precious sight.
5.11 Tactical produces the COVRT 18, as an option for officers looking to avoid identification. Photo courtesy of 5.11 Tactical.

Off-Duty Carry and Preparedness  

February 14, 2011
Nearly every company and cop shop has a messenger shoulder-type gear bag available today in a variety of sizes and carry styles. Some of these bags reek "cop," so get a sports team's logo or some designer logo, and put it on the outside of the bag for public view.

How To Avoid Failing the FTO Program  

January 25, 2011
Passing the FTO program isn't difficult, if you accept that this is another learning station in life. Bring your best and apply all you know, and you'll pass with flying colors.
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