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The Hazards of Patrolling In Snow  

January 27, 2011

Winter poses unique dangers for the patrol officer. Dealing with these threats is a matter of weather-proofing yourself both mentally and physically.

Stopping Gun Grabs  

January 11, 2011

When asked to demonstrate weapon retention, most officers place both hands on their holstered handgun and move their hips violently from side to side. This technique is good. But before you are able to react in this manner, the suspect can bridge the open space between you, lower his shoulders, and extend his hands to touch your holstered firearm. Try using a technique that provides a faster reaction.

What I Wish I'd Told Them  

January 4, 2011

Life's unfair. Get over it. If you understand this point you will have a long and healthy career and make it to retirement without hating everyone around you.

How to Master Report Writing  

November 22, 2010

Whenever anyone talks about report writing, images of my academy class and the boring report writing segment always comes to mind. What I didn't know then, but know now, is just how important report writing really is.

Illusion of Confidence  

October 31, 2010

The scary part is when we ourselves are confidently wrong we're completely oblivious to it.

Developing Training Acronyms  

September 8, 2010

One of the best ways to train law enforcement officers in a classroom setting is to chunk up material into quickly memorized bites. You can also maximize the effectiveness of training by using a variety of memory aids.

Bottom fist strikes rarely result in any open cuts to the officer. But don't refer to the technique as a "hammer fist" or juries might get the wrong idea in court.

Safer Strikes  

August 5, 2010

Trading blood with suspects is not a good idea - even if you do knock them out with your punch. Instead, learn four strikes that can lessen the likelihood of injury and transfer of blood.

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Understanding Probable Cause  

May 18, 2010

Probable cause is much less than proof "beyond a reasonable doubt," which the prosecutor must meet in order to convict a defendant. But PC is something more than the "reasonable suspicion" required to justify a temporary investigative detention.

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10 Rookie Errors To Avoid  

May 18, 2010

Unfortunately, many officers fail to meet the required standards and may find their on-the-job training program to be an insurmountable hurdle. Consequently, many officers are terminated or quit while involved in this process.

5 Ways to Survive Edged Weapon Threats  

March 18, 2010

Immediately the suspect lunged to cover the 11 feet between himself and Officer Chambers, who didn't have a chance to draw his gun.

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