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Off-Duty Survival  

February 1, 2009

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."

Hail-Fellow-Well-Met  

January 1, 2009

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.

What to Expect from Your FTO  

November 1, 2008

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.

Courtroom Common Sense  

November 1, 2008

Testifying might be unfamiliar territory, but a few tips can make it less painful.

Choosing the Right Police Department  

November 1, 2008

Find a law enforcement agency that fits your personality and job expectations.

5 Moves That Could Save Your Life  

November 1, 2008

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.

Hazing and Rites of Passage  

November 1, 2008

You can expect to be put through the ringer and served up some humble pie, but a police department is not a college fraternity.

Keeping up with Case Law  

November 1, 2008

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.

Missing the Mark  

November 1, 2008

If you are always on a range with yardage marked and you're standing in a perfect stance out in the open, stop it!

Aiding and Abetting a Success Story  

October 1, 2008

My pager went off one afternoon a few months later. It was Andy and he seemed to be upset. He had gone to see a Marine recruiter and was told that because of his past run-ins with the law, he wouldn't even make it past the interview stage.

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