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Improving Police Mental Health Response  

August 14, 2014

While mass shootings are most prominent in the nation's mind, mental illness is often part of the common calls officers face, including domestics, substance abuse, emotional distress, armed persons, and suicide by cop.

<p>Illustration: Sequoia Blankenship</p>

Act As If..You're the Best Possible Officer  

August 7, 2014

If Wiseman is right we don't all need to get certified as safety experts, we need to act certified. If every time you made a traffic stop you acted like you were demonstrating to a group of cadets the right way to do a stop, what would you do?

<p>Illustration: Sequoia Blankenship</p>

Hitting the Reset Button  

July 10, 2014

When you hear a war story, imagine yourself in the situation, "preloading" yourself for success in similar incidents.

<p>Dep. John Braman of the Volusia County (Fla.) Sheriff&#39;s Office began learning to fly a plane as a birthday present to himself this year.</p>
<p>Photo: John Braman</p>

Hobbies: Follow a New Passion  

July 1, 2014

Law enforcement is a profession that many use to define themselves, but allowing your identity to be based solely on your job is not a good idea. Pursuing an activity outside of policing gives the mind and body a much needed breather. Some officers find surprising ways to fulfill this goal.

<p>Illustration: Sequoia Blankenship</p>

Cowboy Up  

June 30, 2014

John Wayne knew the canyon was dangerous and was ready. Our ambushes occur in a modern-day canyon of houses, vehicles, and woods, and we also need to have the Duke's "always prepared" mindset.

<p>Photo: Jimmy Lee</p>

Get Ready for a Fight  

June 26, 2014

Your defensive tactics training should be intense, exhausting, applicable, and eye-opening. Don't come to in-service training dressed for vacation or expecting to sleepwalk through the course.

<p>Tactical Medical Solutions&#39; Downed Officer Kit contains seven potentially life-saving first-aid supplies in a sealed pouch. Photo: Tactical Medical Solutions</p>

Hemorrhage Control  

June 23, 2014

Officer Joshua Burns might have bled out and died if it wasn't for a new emergency medical program that the Dallas PD had implemented just weeks before he was shot. As part of that program, 3,200 Dallas officers had been trained in basic hemorrhage control techniques and issued Tactical Medical Solutions' Downed Officer Kit (DOK).

<p>Photo: Bradley Nickell</p>

Deadly Threats: The Longest 10 Seconds  

June 17, 2014

The most stressful situation a police officer can face is an unexpected deadly threat—someone wanting to kill you or another person. You must react to it. And you don't have time to think.

<p>Photo: Mark W. Clark</p>

Drawing from Non-Duty Holsters  

June 10, 2014

In law enforcement training we tend to focus only on how to draw a full-size service pistol from a duty holster. Let's look at some preferred techniques for drawing from a variety of concealed carry, off-duty, and special operation holsters.

<p>Successful LEOs seek out knowledge. One way is to work with other units.Photo: Amaury Murgado</p>

3 Things to Make You a Success  

May 23, 2014

I have found there are three essential characteristics that are common to all outstanding LEOs: having curiosity, maintaining a sense of urgency, and having a thirst for knowledge. It's easy to remember the three if you use the acronym "CUT."

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