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5 Essential “Soft Skills” for Criminal Justice Professionals  

April 1, 2017

Sponsored by Columbia Southern University

"If officers cannot communicate with the public, poor community relations will hinder even the most technically proficient departments." – Focus on Training: Interpersonal Skills Training in Police Academy Curriculum, FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin

Earning a Degree Online While On Duty  

April 1, 2017

Sponsored by New England College

Modern law enforcement's duty to protect and serve goes well beyond what happens on the street every day. College-level courses concerning cybercrime, identity theft, community policing, homeland security and administrative issues can play an important role in career growth within the law enforcement field. A college degree is often a key differentiator police departments use when looking at candidates.

How Can Officers Address Drone Threats?  

March 1, 2017

Sponsored by American Military University

By Anthony Galante - Assistant Professor, AMU

What can police officers do if a drone is determined to be a threat? Threats from these devices are not limited to complaints of low-flying drones, but include danger to commercial airliners, government buildings and correctional facilities, to name a few. There are approximately 100 close calls or sightings every month between commercial airliners and drones.

<p>Photo: Daniel Abidin</p>

Increasing Speed and Power  

April 10, 2017

By Al Abidin

The startle reflex is your natural response to sudden noise or pain. Everyone has it, and I'm going to give you four steps to change your startle reflex into an effective defense technique I call the "converted startle."

Your Role as a Supervisor  

April 10, 2017

By Amaury Murgado

Just doing your job is not enough. You have to fulfill your role as a supervisor, which encompasses much more.

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Train Like You Mean It  

March 13, 2017

By Melanie Basich

Not every law enforcement agency has the resources to build a brand-new facility from the ground up. But there are many ways to upgrade department facilities and improve officers' training experiences to help them succeed.

<p>Amaury Murgado</p>

Developing Managerial Effectiveness  

March 13, 2017

By Amaury Murgado

Managerial effectiveness includes skills such as time management, strategic thinking, and decision-making. The challenge for any supervisor is to develop relevant skills in order to be more effective.

<p>A weapon light can be used even in daylight to provide officers some concealment. (Photo: Brian Marshall)</p>

Tactical Illuminator Training  

March 13, 2017

By Brian Marshall

Over the last 10 years of sharing what I have learned about weapon-mounted lights, I have heard the same questions, concerns, and training issues from departments around the country. I have found that discussing Jeff Cooper's Rules of Firearms Safety in reverse is an easy way to hit all of the bases for a solid tactical illuminator training program.

<p>First, you need to establish if you&#39;re investigating a burglary (or other crime) in progress, or if the incident has ended. (Photo: StockPhoto.com)</p>

How to Investigate a Burglary  

February 9, 2017

By Amaury Murgado

My friend used investigating burglaries as his template for training new detectives. Since his clearance rate was always above the national average, his training model likely has merit. With that in mind, here are some points to remember.

<p>Photo: Carla Blazek </p>

Using Force Scenarios for Training  

February 8, 2017

By Michael Schlosser

The vast majority of arrests are accomplished without any force being applied by police officers. But it helps to look at as many of the details as possible.

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