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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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Image via Flickr.com (kk+).

Surviving Rookie Mistakes  

June 9, 2010
Of course, you will be picked on and probably get a nickname related to your mistake, but you take it and walk.

Tough Outer Shell, Soft Center  

May 28, 2010
If you ever attend a police funeral, you will see the two cops that you know are roughest and maybe even jaded, hug each other. Don't let this shock you.
Image via CascadeAndSTAN (Flickr)

Be Your Own Medic  

May 21, 2010
Knowing first-aid could save your life or the life of a fellow officer and keep you in the fight.

Start Financial Survival Now  

May 11, 2010
In my decades of police work I have seen far too many coppers get in over their heads by living large and not preparing for a rainy day. I don't care what you call your savings, just have some.

Be the Best Job Candidate  

April 20, 2010
Don't lose heart. Finding a way to stand out and rise to the top is the real goal.
Text about the job at your own peril. Image via Ken Banks, kiwanja.net.

High-Tech Troubles  

April 6, 2010
Say you're texting another cop about a case. Are these texts discoverable? Freedom of information and open records laws are evolving as we speak. Learn your state's laws and how they apply to you.
Image via John Carleton (Flickr.com)

Take a Stretch Break  

March 22, 2010
How can you prevent muscle pulls? A martial arts pal of mine recommends taking frequent stretch breaks. No, I did not say coffee breaks, snack breaks, or smoke breaks; I said stretch breaks.
Image via Alex France (Flickr.com)

Oral Interview Tips  

March 18, 2010
Once you find some questions, practice them in front of someone and make sure to do it aloud. Sitting in your room whispering them will not cut it.

Beware of "Embellishment"  

March 11, 2010
I was always told by my sainted Irish mother that if you tell the truth the first time you will never have to remember what lie you told. Sage words from my childhood that still apply today.

The Second Generation Cop  

February 26, 2010
When a new recruit is a cop's son or daughter, it can be a delicate if not downright difficult matter, the 800-pound gorilla in the room that nobody wants to face.
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