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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><strong>Photo:</strong> <strong id="yui_3_3_0_3_13099076382581281"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/fatguyinalittlecoat/">jczart</a></strong></p>

How to Handle Residency Requirements  

July 5, 2011
If you're applying to an agency, read the fine print. I mean the really fine print. There are some police agencies that require you to prove you've established residency for up to two years prior to submitting an application. Others require you to move into the jurisdiction within a year of your hire date.

Thinking Like a Cop  

June 20, 2011
One of the biggest transitions a recruit must make is to start thinking like a cop, rather than Joe Average Guy on the street. I'm not talking about speaking in police tongues such as 10 codes, jargon and criminal codes.
<p><em><strong>Photo: Concerns of Police Survivors.</strong></em></p>

Survivor Retreats Aid the Healing Process  

June 15, 2011
The Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) sponsors retreats where survivors work with counselors trained to focus on the issues unique to law enforcement death, and benefit from the strong peer support available from other survivors who can truly say, "I understand what you're going through."

Safeguarding Your Equipment  

May 30, 2011
A police officer had his entire gun belt stolen from his privately owned vehicle. What the...? Yes, the entire gun belt with ammo, cuffs, OC, police radio, and bullet launcher. Secure your equipment so this doesn't happen to you.
<p><em><strong>Photo: Roy Huntington.</strong></em></p>

Joplin: A Tornado Tests Your Preparedness  

May 26, 2011
Joplin will rise from the ripped trees and flattened devastation as a more modern, more energetic, and more proud community. And, I wonder, will you take the time to make your own bug-out bag, buy that generator, and be prepared if it happens to you?

A Few More Job Interview Tips  

May 23, 2011
The job market is competitive, and this seems to be the question of the day. If you really want the job, a little practice and planning might get you over this hurdle. Exhale, calm down and follow these tips.

What National Police Week Means to Survivors  

May 18, 2011
During National Police Week, the Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) hosts the National Police Survivors' Conference to provide healing in a safe environment for adult survivors. It's a place where others truly understand the day-to-day struggles of recovering from a line-of-duty death.
<p><strong>Photo: bigwoodie (Flickr).</strong></p>

The Bling Factor: Jewelry on Patrol  

May 9, 2011
Most departments have a policy or regulation regarding jewelry. The boilerplate verbiage could include a limit of one wristwatch, one bracelet, and one necklace that's not visible to the public. One ring per hand is standard. Earrings are usually allowed for females, and policies may now also cover male officers.

C.O.P.S. Blue Ribbon Campaign Honors Officer Sacrifice  

May 6, 2011
Law enforcement personnel are encouraged to tie blue ribbons to cruiser antennas. Citizens are encouraged to tie blue ribbons to their car antennas during National Police Week to show support for their local law enforcement officers and the sacrifices made by law enforcement families nationwide.
<p><em><strong>At 109 yards, Hole No. 7 at Pebble Beach is the shortest hole is U.S. history, yet players must contend with high winds. Photo via Flickr (Simonds).</strong></em></p>

Are the Elements of Your Life In Balance?  

April 19, 2011
I'd compare your life foundation to a table with four legs holding it steady. What are the four legs? Family, faith, friends and vocation. Let's explore them to help you achieve balance.
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