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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: <a href=&quot;http://www.flickr.com/photos/metrojp/&quot;>Orange_Beard</a>.</p>

Know Your Trigger Point!  

September 27, 2011
Anger will only divert you from tactical awareness. You'll become a Neanderthal and lose your professionalism. If you whip the pudding out of some mouthy inebriated social misfit, all you've done is become a criminal.

Never Settle for Just Good Enough  

September 20, 2011
Detectives build their case on your preliminary report. Prosecutors decide whether to move forward with the case based on your report. Insurance companies, probation officers, and others will use your work product to help them with their roles. Pay attention to the details; it will pay off in more ways than one.

Avoid Diploma Mills for Your Degree  

September 12, 2011
There are always those who try to circumvent the system and purchase their degrees. For me, this is an integrity issue. If you took the low road on one requirement, what else have you shortchanged us on?
<p>Photo: <strong id=&quot;yui_3_4_0_3_1315353569284_1777&quot;><a href=&quot;http://www.flickr.com/photos/alancleaver/&quot;>alancleaver_2000</a>.</strong></p>

Laugh Often  

September 6, 2011
There are times where a good laugh will get you over a bad day or through a tough call. I would advise you to take the job seriously but don't take yourself seriously.

Should You Gain Law Enforcement Certification On Your Own?  

August 29, 2011
You may complete the academy, but won't be certified until a law enforcement agency employs you. In some states, this completes the certification process. In others, you'll have to attend additional law enforcement training for completion. Because you haven't been a cop, you may not have received specialized training that requires full law enforcement clearances.
<p>S.O. Tech offers the Sliver medical kit. Photo: S.O. Tech.</p>

Do You Carry an Individual First-Aid Kit?  

August 23, 2011
You must be prepared to handle a "blow out" of bleeding. Tourniquets, hemostatic agents, and dressing should your main priority. In other words, prepare for self-aid or buddy aid for serious trauma survival.
<p>Photo: Concerns of Police Survivors.</p>

C.O.P.S. Kids Camp Nurtures Friendships  

August 18, 2011
The surviving children of our nation's fallen law enforcement officers and their parents or guardians leave the comfort of their own homes and spend a week sleeping in bunk beds or tents, eating camp food, singing silly songs, swimming in a lake, and getting a big dose of that irreplaceable camp commodity: lasting friendships.
<p>Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/starlights_/">starlights_</a>.</p>

Get Your Proper Rest  

August 15, 2011
Listen to your colleagues and, most of all, listen to your body. On the day you want to go out, if you need your rest, grab some. Your rest and recuperation from the stresses of the job, shift work, and life are worth the investment.
<p><em><strong>Midland County Sheriff deputies were fired, after they  photographed a waitress holding their AR-15 patrol rifle. Photo via  Midland County Sheriff's Office.</strong></em></p>

The Dangers of Badge Bunnies and Holster Sniffers  

August 8, 2011
They claim they're looking for a friend — a strong, handsome young man in uniform. Add to that description a good steady job, good pay, and benefits. Wait, I thought they were only looking for friendship. They want to hang around, show up in your life and sooner or later potentially ruin your career and life.
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Dealing with Politicians  

August 1, 2011
Most of the politicians want to know you and get the name-and-face thing down pat in case they can use you. Yes, I said use you. Be professional and courteous, and don't speak outside of the department's policy and procedures.
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