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<p>Illustration by Sequoia Blankenship.</p>

Make Your Own Luck  

October 11, 2013

By Dave Smith

I know a lot of crime fighters who begin to wax philosophical after their fifth beer and one of the common axioms I hear is: "I would rather be lucky than good."

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

The Chief Trainer  

October 3, 2013

By William Harvey

You are a chief or sheriff. Get real and train with your officers. You should be one of the first enrolled in your defensive tactics and subject control training classes. Your attendance and participation will speak to all, and what it will say is this stuff is real and it's important.

<p>Thieves take a blank credit card, emboss it with a name matching a driver&#39;s license and load a victim&#39;s information onto the magnetic stripe.&nbsp;Photo courtesy of OCATT.</p>

Investigating Identity Theft and Car Rental  

October 2, 2013

By Amy Winter and Chris Brown

Loyalty rewards programs offered by certain rental car companies are designed with convenience in mind—in one case, all too convenient for a car thief. By using fake credit cards and stolen drivers' licenses, a woman in Orange County, Calif., engineered the theft of 42 rental vehicles in 2012 from a major rental car company.

<p>Photo courtesy of Jon Adler.</p>

Disability Pay: Adding Insult to Injury  

September 26, 2013

By Jon Adler

Our injured federal officers are humble, honorable Americans who sacrificed to serve our great nation. Yet certain members of the Senate opt to ignore the sacrifice of these men and women, and now attack their means to survive.

<p>Photo courtesy of iStockPhoto.com.</p>

Dealing with the Deaf  

September 20, 2013

By Amaury Murgado

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) makes it very clear that hearing impaired people are entitled to the same level of service from law enforcement officers as anyone else. So it's your job to accommodate people with hearing loss.

<p>Photo courtesy of iStockPhoto.com.</p>

Understanding the OODA Loop  

September 19, 2013

By Derek Stephens

The more you study law enforcement training, the more you are likely to see the term "OODA loop." This term was coined by U.S. Air Force Col. John Boyd to explain the dynamics of fighter combat and why some pilots succeed when others fail.

<p><span>Illustration by&nbsp;</span><span>Sequoia Blankenship.</span></p>

The Danger List  

September 1, 2013

By Dave Smith

Over the years I have seen many variations on "deadly errors" officers make to get themselves hurt but the version that is still my favorite is the first one I learned, and I think it is time to do a quick review.

<p>Photo courtesy of Michael Schlosser.</p>

Passive Resister Response  

August 28, 2013

By Michael Schlosser

If someone is a true passive resister, you simply need to do for the arrestee what he or will not do himself. If he stands, but refuses to put his hands behind his back, you and your partner do this for him, place him in handcuffs, and escort him to the squad car.

<p>Photo courtesy of Jon Adler.</p>

Victimizing the VA Police  

August 28, 2013

By Jon Adler

Earlier this year the VA announced its intention to "reclassify" 17 occupational series, including its police officers and special agents in the 080, 083, and 1811 grade series.

<p>Photo courtesy of iStockphoto.com.</p>

Second Careers  

August 17, 2013

By Dean Scoville

For those who finish their law enforcement careers, the breadth of experiences the profession avails them offers all manner of post-career options, and nothing speaks to the heart of the adrenaline junkie like another round in the octagon of law enforcement.

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