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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).
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<p>I promised myself&mdash;and more importantly, my family&mdash;that during a recent vacation to Hawaii I would completely disconnect in a &quot;fast from all manner of media.&quot; It was on my flight home that I realized that I was more rested and relaxed than I&#39;d been in years. Image courtesy of Doug Wyllie.</p>

Recharging Your Batteries: The Benefits of "Unplugging"  

November 16, 2018
There is certainly benefit to being current on events involving the people you consider family—your brothers and sisters across the country with whom you share a special bond—as well as the world at large. However, it's also important—and extremely beneficial—to spend some time completely disconnected from the job. This is a lesson I recently re-learned.

Speaking on the Unspeakable: Ending the Pandemic of Police Officer Suicide  

November 9, 2018
I've talked with officers who have lost a colleague to suicide—as well as many widows of officers who died by suicide—and just about everyone has said that the warning signs were there before tragedy struck. They just didn't put the pieces together until it was too late. Let's all do a better job of helping officers in crisis.
<p>After the rampage at the Tree of Life Congregation Synagogue that left 11 dead and six wounded, a 40-year-old artist named Tim Hindes posted to social media a rendering of the Pittsburgh Steelers logo with the yellow four-pointed star on the helmet replaced by the Star of David&mdash;accompanied by the phrase &quot;Stronger than Hate.&quot; Image courtesy of Tim Hindes / Facebook.</p>

Love and Hate: Some Observations about the Pittsburgh Synagogue Attack  

November 2, 2018
It's somewhat disappointing that it takes an act of evil for the pure good in people to come bubbling visibly to the surface, but when the deep-down-good does show itself, we are reminded that it's been there all along—it's just been hiding beneath the waterline.

Police Humor: 12 Jokes about Law Enforcement and Police Work  

October 26, 2018
Unbeknownst to many in the public—but well-known to pretty much all of the men and women who stand behind the thin blue line that protects them—police officers have a tremendous sense of humor. It's time to take a little break from heavy subjects and have a little fun.

Why Schools Should Teach Students about Policing and Constitutional Law  

October 19, 2018
I've long held the belief that a year-long civics class should be a requirement nationwide. Further, these classes should include more than just the basic structure of government. Curriculum should incorporate Constitutional Law and Supreme Court cases related to the Fourth and Eighth amendments, as well as police policies, procedures, and practices.

Training School Teachers and Administrators to Respond to Active Killers  

October 12, 2018
Very few people who get into teaching have the mental, emotional, or physical fortitude to use deadly force when under imminent threat. However, every teacher should receive some level of active shooter response training—everyone should have at least some idea of what to do in an attack.

How Police Agencies Can Help Prevent K-9 Duty Deaths  

October 5, 2018
A police K-9 is not just a member of the department—they are also a family member of the handler. Handlers and their K-9 partners basically spend their lives together—off duty and on—for many years. Most handlers keep their dogs after the animal is retired from active duty. The bond between a handler and "man's best friend" is truly unique. When a police dog dies in the line of duty, the emotional impact is just as difficult—albeit decidedly different—as when a human partner is killed.

FBI Says Crime is Down, So Why Does It Feel Like the Opposite is True?  

September 28, 2018
The estimated number of violent crimes in the United States decreased 0.2% in 2017 compared to 2016, according to FBI data released on Monday. Property crimes reportedly dropped 3.0%. So why does it feel to most cops on the street that the exact opposite is true?

How the Threat of Terrorism has Changed Since 9/11  

September 14, 2018
Now that law enforcement — particularly the FBI — has placed such an emphasis on investigating and thwarting attacks, a complex and costly plan like the one used on 9/11 would come to the attention of some three-letter agency, and the attackers arrested or killed (depending upon where we found them). Consequently, the tactics of the major terrorist organizations have changed.
<p>Drug addicts need treatment, not assistance in furthering their addiction. The government and the private sector should be helping addicts shake their addiction &mdash; not giving them a &quot;safe place&quot; to continue destroying themselves.</p>

Why "Safe Injection Sites" are the Wrong Answer to the Opioid Question  

September 7, 2018
Drug addicts need treatment, not assistance in furthering their addiction. The government and the private sector should be helping addicts shake their addiction — not giving them a "safe place" to continue destroying themselves.
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