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Working on the Loon Mountain (N.H.) Ski Patrol requires wearing an easy to spot uniform and spending plenty of time on the ski slopes.

Loon Mountain (N.H.) Ski Patrol  

November 19, 2009

The bread-and-butter calls on Paul Hayes' beat are ones you might expect: traffic control, investigating thefts, finding lost children, and handling unruly public intoxicants. Then there are the ones you might not expect: evacuating aerial chair lifts, transporting injured people via sled, and dealing with drug- or alcohol-fueled "Ski.U.I." incidents.

How You Can Become a Better Cop Right Now  

November 12, 2009

Becoming a better cop may not ensure formal recognition such as a promotion, but it'll virtually guarantee it informally. It'll simultaneously help you to do your job faster and increase your prospects to work elsewhere.

Illustration: Sequoia Blankenship

Bad Habits  

October 14, 2009

Every time someone tries to kick our butts and we have him fully subdued and cuffed and searched we should look deeply into his eyes and say, "Thanks, I needed that!"

Douglas County (Colo.) Sheriff's Detention Unit  

September 17, 2009

Inmates at Douglas County Detention Center in Colorado are indeed being punished, but the deputies who work there don't style themselves as punishers. Rather, they work as enforcers and facilitators-maintaining order and teaching life skills that will hopefully reduce the number of "repeat customers" to the jail.

Illustration: Sequoia Blankenship

Cutting Through the Noise  

July 21, 2009

I find the world is filled with more and more "noise" that makes it difficult to find the actual "signal" that is the information we truly need.

The Marathon  

May 1, 2009

An elderly woman passed us rather crisply and we were aghast to read the back of her shirt: "I'm 65 and a grandmother, but I'm ahead of YOU!"

Photo courtesy of AgnosticPreachersKid (Wikimedia Commons).

Washington Turns on the Money Tap  

April 1, 2009

With tax revenues declining and budgets under water, many agencies are feeling the strain. But help is on the way.

Real World Weapon Retention  

April 1, 2009

Often, the techniques we teach fail to address fully the reality of a violent, unpredictable attack aimed at taking away an officer's gun. Attacks are varied and unpredictable; our responses must be the same. The key is to balance structured techniques with options and variation.

Oregon (Ohio) Police Division  

April 1, 2009

When it comes to policing the especially permeable maritime borders running through the Great Lakes, security requires an "all hands on deck" approach.

Sightless Training  

March 1, 2009

I suspect a lot of agencies are probably not doing enough "no sight" or limited vision training and should consider its application in the training of defensive tactics, electronic control devices, OC spray, and addressing simple job specific tasks such as handling the equipment on our duty belts.

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