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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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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.
Photo via Flickr (Elephant Gun Studios).

Avoid Fried Chicken on the Steering Wheel  

January 17, 2011
Patrol car fleet survival is simple: Think decontamination at all times. Before you start a shift, clean all contact points on the car with disinfecting wipes.
Image via Flickr (Fabio Mascarenhas).

Traffic Control 101  

January 10, 2011
Most academies show a presentation and tell you your Field Training Officer (FTO) will properly instruct you. The reality is your FTO will wheel into a crash scene, check for injuries, and tell you to handle traffic. Here lies the problem — no real instruction, and please be mindful of your hand gestures.

Don't Go Around Hungry  

January 3, 2011
A good question: What's in your carry bag? More and more officers are now carrying healthy alternatives to vending machine grazing fodder. I recommend carrying one or two energy bars or meal-replacement bars in the bag to carry you through.
Tags: Nutrition

You Can't Play Catch-Up  

December 28, 2010
Professional behavior is desired and demanded at all times. Every move you make is under scrutiny. If you act like a thug, you'll jeopardize all you've worked for?

New-Hire Benefits: Read the Fine Print  

December 20, 2010
Many agencies are changing their benefits due to the economy. Some are even changing benefit packages for future hires, so if a cop tells you about how good his or her benefits may be for them, it could well be far different for you.
The ultimate "scenic route," Route 66. Image via Postcard Farm (Flickr).

Do I Look Like a Tour Guide?  

December 6, 2010
Help tourists by telling them which areas are safe for parking and walking. Identify areas where they need to lock their doors, roll up the window and drive with a purpose. Of course, they may ask about accommodations, restaurants and the usual tourist spots. Be prepared for a walk-in medical center question.

Are You Willing To SPEAK UP?  

November 15, 2010
Add S.P.E.A.K. U.P. to your acronym list, and you'll improve your chances for a successful law enforcement career. These are the fundamentals.

Overtime Survival Kit  

November 8, 2010
If you have an issued car, keep a small bag in the trunk. If your department utilizes a car fleet, then keep this in your privately owned vehicle trunk or in your locker. This won't take up much space, but will make life a little more livable.
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