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The State of American Law Enforcement - The Thinning Blue Line  

January 1, 2008

America is running short of cops. There aren't enough to go around. And it won't be long until a shortage becomes a full-fledged crisis.

How Do I Stay Fit On the Job?  

November 1, 2007

Working long hours or driving a patrol car all day makes it difficult to stay in shape. After several months of reduced physical activity, compared to the Police Academy, even the younger police officers can find five, 10, or even 15 additional pounds around their mid-sections.

How Do I Cope With Stress?  

November 1, 2007

Ours is the best job in the world. However, no place in these oaths does it say anything about how we take care of ourselves while we protect and serve. The new recruit is not always prepared for a culture that does not easily lend itself to teaching how to protect oneself from the damaging effects of stress.

Will I Get Sued?  

November 1, 2007

Years ago when I was attending my police academy recruit training, one of the many questions my fellow recruits and I pondered was: Will I get sued? In my case, the answer turned out to be, "Yes." And several times at that!

What Skills Do I Really Need to Win a Violent Confrontation?  

November 1, 2007

What does it take to really survive a violent confrontation? For all the tactical training and mental preparations, just how much does luck enter into the equation? And what can you do to shift the odds in your favor? These are weighty questions for even the most experienced of cops.

What Didn't They Teach Me In The Academy?  

November 1, 2007

Those were heady days, when the excitement of graduating from the police academy and "hitting the streets" was awaited with great anticipation.

How Do I Advance My Career?  

November 1, 2007

So you're beginning your career in law enforcement and you want to position yourself now for the future. You wish to become a chief, sheriff, captain, or detective. But how do you prepare yourself today for that career that is 15 years down the road? Simple; today's planning will set your future's career path.

What Gear Do I Need?  

November 1, 2007

To help give you some insight into what you'll actually need on the street, the editors of POLICE Magazine contacted a number of veteran officers and asked them to give you some advice. Here's what they had to say.

How Do I Go From MP To COP?  

November 1, 2007

Those who choose to enter the military do so for a variety of different reasons. For some it's simply a wise career move that includes a free college education and some great benefits.  For others, however, it's more of a calling.

What's It Really Like on the Street?  

November 1, 2007

Young med students wonder if they will kill a patient. New West Point grads wonder if they have what it takes to lead soldiers into battle. And cops straight out of the academy wonder if they are tough enough and wise enough to maintain the peace.

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