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Doug  Wyllie

Doug Wyllie

Doug Wyllie has authored more than 1,000 articles and tactical tips aimed at ensuring that police officers are safer and more successful on the streets. Doug is a Western Publishing Association “Maggie Award” winner for Best Regularly Featured Digital Edition Column. He is a member of International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), an Associate Member of the California Peace Officers’ Association (CPOA), and a member of the Public Safety Writers Association (PSWA).



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 courtesy of Mammoth Lakes PD.</p>

Municipal Bankruptcies: One Agency's Dilemma  

September 13, 2012
The Mammoth Lakes P.O.A. has been more than generous through concessions in order to save officer positions. The police department has lost several officers through attrition and resignations over the past years that have not been replaced.
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A Baby's Story  

September 11, 2012
All cops carry images and memories that will remain burned into their minds for the rest of their lives. They can include the visceral pain that comes with watching children die. This is one of those stories.

How to Ruin Your Daily Evaluation  

August 21, 2012
Through my years of dealing with rookies, I've read far too many cavalier statements by either brash or totally unwitting rookies. Here are the most common ones that you'll want to avoid.
<p><span>Officer Karl Lloyd was a 50-year-old recruit when he joined the Cleveland P.D. in October 2009.</span></p>

Older Recruits  

August 7, 2012
Some view the occupation of a cop as inside work and no heavy lifting. Think again. Fully explore your new employer and understand how the agency can withstand any more shuttering of the economy.
<p>Photo courtesy of William Harvey.</p>

Keeping FTOs Sharp Between Hiring Cycles  

July 16, 2012
Teaching can be a perishable skill, so you've got to practice. There are several outlets for an FTO to practice his or her skill set. We want to keep the mind sharp by providing a workout for the instructional part of the brain.

Murphy's Law for Police Rookies  

June 20, 2012
Murphy's law is the adage that anything that can go wrong will go wrong. Count on these three Murphy-isms to crop up during your first year as an officer.

The Good Old Days  

May 16, 2012
Let's not relive the past. Listen to the recruits' questions and help them. I can recall several questions that were fired at me from the old dinosaurs of my youth. Let's go over a few.

How To Choose an Agency  

May 2, 2012
There are not as many jobs out there. You may have to apply; hope to land employment; and make the best of the situation. Don't count on the plush police pension of yesteryear.
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Law Enforcement Is a Contact Sport  

April 25, 2012
My Field Training Officer (FTO) often compared police work to playing on a football team. He would say, "The team with the least amount of penalties wins." The analogy always stuck with me and after 10 years as an officer, it still rings true.

How To Clear Social Media Hurdles  

April 5, 2012
Social networking technology has changed the way we communicate with each other, both personally and professionally. Social media has also possibly established new hurdles on the job market.
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