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<p>Photo: Martinelli &amp; Associates</p>

Revisiting the "21-Foot Rule"  

September 18, 2014

The so-called "21-Foot Rule" was born and soon spread throughout the law enforcement community. But is the "21-Foot Rule" a forensic fact or a police myth?

<p>The dynamic mission of a motor unit requires leaders and followers to change roles often. Photo: Traci Dean</p>

Leadership in Reverse  

September 17, 2014

Every profession espouses the virtues of leadership. But what about followers, which are the flip side of the equation? You can't have good leadership without good followership.

<p>Photo: LaserLyte</p>

LaserLyte Training Tyme Kit  

August 31, 2014

LaserLyte currently makes several different products to "up the game" for dry firing practice. At the core of this system are simple laser-enabled "dummy rounds" that can be inserted into the chamber and produce a brief red dot on the target when the shot falls.

<p>Photo courtesy of Michael Schlosser</p>

Countering Gun Grabs on the Ground  

August 30, 2014

Even a well-trained officer can find him- or herself on the ground when initiating an arrest. Things happen quickly and things can get ugly quickly. Be sure that you are ready to counter any grabs for your weapons.

<p>Photo: Mark W. Clark</p>

Combined Response to Active Shooters  

August 22, 2014

The final element of an active threat incident is the response. This encompasses the police response to end the attack, Fire/EMS response to aid and evacuate the victims, and even law enforcement containment response to seal off the scene and preserve evidence.

<p>Crisp uniforms and clean vehicles help to make you look professional, which is important to every supervisor. Photo: Dave Richmond</p>

What Your Supervisor Wants You to Know  

August 18, 2014

If you're not sure what your supervisor expects of you, here are some universal truths that should help you make sure you pass muster, no matter how long you've been on the job.

<p>Photo: Mark W. Clark</p>
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Improving Police Mental Health Response  

August 14, 2014

While mass shootings are most prominent in the nation's mind, mental illness is often part of the common calls officers face, including domestics, substance abuse, emotional distress, armed persons, and suicide by cop.

<p>Illustration: Sequoia Blankenship</p>

Act As If..You're the Best Possible Officer  

August 7, 2014

If Wiseman is right we don't all need to get certified as safety experts, we need to act certified. If every time you made a traffic stop you acted like you were demonstrating to a group of cadets the right way to do a stop, what would you do?

<p>Illustration: Sequoia Blankenship</p>

Hitting the Reset Button  

July 10, 2014

When you hear a war story, imagine yourself in the situation, "preloading" yourself for success in similar incidents.

<p>Dep. John Braman of the Volusia County (Fla.) Sheriff&#39;s Office began learning to fly a plane as a birthday present to himself this year.</p>
<p>Photo: John Braman</p>

Hobbies: Follow a New Passion  

July 1, 2014

Law enforcement is a profession that many use to define themselves, but allowing your identity to be based solely on your job is not a good idea. Pursuing an activity outside of policing gives the mind and body a much needed breather. Some officers find surprising ways to fulfill this goal.

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