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How to Maximize Retirement Income  

June 9, 2016

By Bill Hubbard

When you are in the middle of your law enforcement career, you are caught on the merry-go-round of your career, stretching and straining to reach the brass ring known as "retirement." But there is retirement and there is retiring well and in comfort.

Why Officers Need Advanced Medical Training  

June 9, 2016

By Lawrence Heiskell

The days are over where officers stood around calling for medical aid on their radios while a victim or even suspect bled to death. The public expects officers to render aid and attempt to save lives.

Cop 101 Never Goes Out of Style  

June 9, 2016

By Amaury Murgado

As a supervisor, making sure that policies and procedures are being followed should be part of your daily routine. Following these protocols creates a baseline that gives you much needed consistency during any operation. That baseline is what I call Cop 101.

The Hands Have It  

June 9, 2016

By Tony Pearson

The simple, but effective, hand position explained in this article is derived from a basic Taekwondo maneuver. I've also seen boxers like Joe Frazier and George Forman use this "cover-up" very effectively as cover followed by a left hook.

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21st-Century Firearms Training  

May 4, 2016

By David Griffith

To help officers gain more advanced firearms skills Speller and the team at Fenix Training developed the Law Enforcement D.R.A.W. School Firearms Training program.

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How to Give Your Child a Financial Head Start  

May 4, 2016

By George J. Stiemly Jr.

It used to be easy to save for your child's future. Today, building wealth for your kids is harder.

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Staying Safe on Your Second Job  

May 4, 2016

By Melanie Basich

If you decide you want to work an extra security job at a local business to make some extra money or just because it sounds fun, be aware of what you're taking on. And do everything you can to stay safe while working this type of job.

Having Skin in the Game  

May 4, 2016

By Amaury Murgado

Have you ever been in a situation where you were trying to find out why something happened and you got nowhere? Nobody cared because no one was holding them accountable.

<p>Jon Adler, President, Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association</p>

Don’t Ban the “21-Foot Rule”  

May 4, 2016

By Jon Adler

The 21-foot rule originated 33 years ago in Salt Lake City as a reaction time experiment by Lt. Dennis Tueller, but it is entirely unjustifiable to dismiss it as an "outdated concept."

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Police Product Test: First Tactical Tactix BDU Pants and Shirt and 8" Boot  

April 8, 2016

By A.J. George

Aside from the obvious quality and design, the thing that stood out most to me about the Tactix BDUs was their fit. The boots were surprisingly light and comfortable.

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