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<p>Officer Young received emergency medical care at Highland Hospital. Photo: iStockPhoto.com</p>

Todd Young's Long Road Back  

June 13, 2012

Shot on an Oakland street, Officer Todd Young endures numerous surgeries and continuous rehab to regain his status as a gang investigator and SWAT officer. His story is part of PoliceMag's "Returning To Duty" Web-only series about officers injured on the job.

<p>Photo courtesy of Amaury Murgado.</p>

Decision-Making Traps  

June 12, 2012

Law enforcement is filled with decision-making. You need to go deeper in your understanding of this near art form. To improve your own skills, you need to learn about decision-making traps and how to use this knowledge to your advantage.

<p>Photo courtesy of Amaury Murgado.</p>

Developing a Warrior Mindset  

May 24, 2012

A mindset is developed when you employ a fixed mental attitude that predetermines your response to a given situation. For example, your attitudes toward something help develop your response or approach. Your mindset becomes your approach.

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

Vehicle Counter-ambush Tactics for Patrol  

May 23, 2012

In last month's The Winning Edge article, I discussed how to anticipate and respond to ambushes when arriving on calls in an urban environment. In this related article, I will discuss how to handle ambushes while in your car.

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

Beating the High Cost of Training Ammo  

May 7, 2012

The high cost of ammo has police agencies scrambling for ways to cut their firearms training budgets while still maintaining standards. Some are walking a very dangerous line where their solution to the problem has been to cut back on firearms training opportunities both for in-service personnel and for recruits. Others are looking for ways to achieve the same training goals without sending ammo down range.

<p>Photo: Kelly Bracken</p>

Law Enforcement Training Crisis  

April 23, 2012

Local law enforcement officers should receive training on an ongoing, mandatory basis. We all know that. But how many of our agencies provide it?

<p>Photo courtesy of Amaury Murgado.</p>

Performance Evaluations  

April 22, 2012

Supervisors and officers tend to dislike dealing with performance evaluations (PEs) as much as they dislike internal affairs investigations and termination proceedings. Supervisors hate writing evaluations and officers hate reading them. But they persist anyway.

When Performance Evaluations Go Public  

April 9, 2012

In most private sector businesses, employees and supervisors need not be concerned that the contents of their performance evaluations could be made public. Supervisors are free to speak openly about their employees' performance, issues, and career goals. However, for public employees the privacy of the written evaluation is not guaranteed.

<p>Photo courtesy of Amaury Murgado</p>

Helicopter Training In Law Enforcement  

April 3, 2012

How we train is how we fight—or more broadly, how we perform under pressure. This also applies to helicopter pilots; how they train versus how they are expected to fly.

<p>Photo: Amaury Murgado</p>

Teamwork Minus the B.S.  

March 20, 2012

We live in an age of political correctness where saying the right things seems to have more value than doing the right things. People use catch phrases to draw attention to themselves and make them seem wise and caring.

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