Recruitment - Alaska State Troopers
The Alaska State Troopers is seeking qualified applicants with or without law...
One of the strangest things we do in our crime fighting career is play a strange game I like to call, "You Bet Your Badge." Having the thrill of that badge being pinned to your chest instantly enters you in the game where things you do and say can cause that wonderfully important piece of metal to be removed.
Dealing with incidents when you're off duty can be very different from working in uniform. Before you involve yourself in an off-duty incident, it is imperative that you have a game plan in place. As my former boss often told us, "Failure to plan is planning to fail."
The door of the unmarked unit swung open and a giant of a man pulled himself out of the car. His humor and informal leadership skills made him not only our favorite instructor but the one who we all hoped to become.
Policing isn't like eHarmony.com. Recruits and field training officers won't be matched based on 29 personality dimensions guaranteed to predict long-term relationship success.
Testifying might be unfamiliar territory, but a few tips can make it less painful.
Find a law enforcement agency that fits your personality and job expectations.
When teaching defensive tactics, simple is better. If you can't execute a technique automatically under stress, it won't do you any good. In fact, it could get you killed. These techniques could save you.
You can expect to be put through the ringer and served up some humble pie, but a police department is not a college fraternity.
Much of what I learned in basic academy in the late 1960s is no longer good law. If I were still operating on the basis of 40-year-old understandings, I wouldn't be very effective.
If you are always on a range with yardage marked and you're standing in a perfect stance out in the open, stop it!