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Redefining Fit for Duty  

August 1, 2008

An officer's physical fitness is a concern not just because the officers are overweight and might develop a debilitating health condition in their later years. It's an officer survival issue. It could put an officer at a serious disadvantage when he or she faces a more physically fit bad guy who has the mindset to win.

Playing the Odds  

July 1, 2008

Sometimes it takes a smack in the face or some other bad event to remind us of the great risks we take and make us appreciate surviving.

Two female officers of the NYPD. Photo courtesy of NYCArthur (Flickr.com).

The State of American Law Enforcement - Women Warriors  

June 1, 2008

Maintaining a balance between one's identity as a woman and as a police officer is never going to be easy. Knowing this, Sgt. Stefani Gombar of the Phoenix PD cherishes one piece of advice she received in the academy from a female officer: "Don't lose yourself."

Albuquerque PD's Strategic Outreach Teams  

June 1, 2008

Tony, a chronically homeless man, lived in Albuquerque's Civic Plaza—also known as Concrete Park—and was well known by police and aid workers alike. Not because he was a problem citizen; Tony's behavior rarely generated any complaints. Instead, the Albuquerque (N.M.) Police Department often received calls from citizens who were worried about the friendly man's welfare.

Ounces of Prevention  

May 1, 2008

You know how to respond to a deadly human threat, but you're much more likely to get sick on the job than you are to be shot. Many officers are unaware of these risks. Awareness is the key to prevention. When you know the danger, you can take precautions.

Fitting In  

May 1, 2008

The first year after your academy graduation is critical in building the foundation for the remainder of your career. A great deal of it starts with the personal relationships you build with your peers during your first year on the street.

Lessons of Survival  

May 1, 2008

On Easter Sunday 1998, I was injured when a suspect ambushed another deputy and myself with an AK-47. In the shooting's aftermath, I considered how I owed my survival to formal and informal training that others had given me.

Never Underestimate a Gang Member  

May 1, 2008

They may seem disorganized, they may act stupid, they may look really young, but they are deadly and cunning as sharks.

Talking Them Down  

May 1, 2008

Sometimes you can use finesse to gain compliance and stop a situation from escalating into violence.

How to Survive Probation  

May 1, 2008

During this critical period, your agency and your fellow cops are checking you out; make sure they like what they see.

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