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<p>Illustration: Sequoia Blankenship</p>

Learn or Die  

October 16, 2014

It seems continuing to learn stops the forgetting process, which is important because in our profession forgetting can have dire consequences. How many times have you watched a video of an officer getting hurt and thought, How did he forget to keep proper positioning? or Why did she stop watching the hands?

<p>Zoe Stahl and husband Brian at a C.O.P.S. siblings retreat. Zoe&#39;s brother Andrew Esparza was Brian&#39;s friend and coworker. Photo: Zoe and Brian Stah</p>

Concerns of Police Survivors Healing Hearts  

October 13, 2014

Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) welcomes with open arms those who have suffered the tragedy of a loved one or coworker dying in the line of duty. The organization offers support through specific programs tailored to meet the needs of everyone from children to in-laws to fellow officers as well as staying connected with informal phone calls and e-mails year-round.

<p>A professional and experienced officer responds rather than just reacting. He or she stays cool and in control. Photo: Amaury Murgado</p>

Responding vs. Reacting  

October 7, 2014

Reacting is guided primarily by emotion and responding is influenced by logic. In this context, it's not hard to see which one of the two is more beneficial to law enforcement officers.

<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.

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