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<p>Photo courtesy of Tom Wetzel.</p>

Defense Against Standing Choke Holds  

August 29, 2012

If a suspect is trying to choke you, you are in a deadly force encounter and accessing your handgun would be appropriate. But depending on what direction the bad guy assaults you from and the accuracy of your shot placement, your gun may not always provide the best immediate option.

<p>Photo: Amaury Murgado</p>

How to Study: 7 Tricks of the Trade  

August 28, 2012

I've taken and passed with flying colors a fair share of promotional exams in my time. Certain tricks helped me store the information in my head, and they can do the same for you.

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

Studying for Written Promotional Exams  

August 21, 2012

To achieve high scores on my exams I had to work my tail off and sacrifice a great deal. Unless you're gifted with a superior intellect and ironclad memory, so will you.

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

Oral Board Preparation  

July 10, 2012

Dealing with oral boards is a fact of life. One of your main objectives is finding a way to distinguish yourself from the other candidates. Like everything else in law enforcement, preparation is the key to your success.

<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?

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