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Tactical Medical Response to School Shootings  

August 8, 2018

By Daniel Greene

Officers trained in first aid responding to school shootings have to do what they can to help the victims who can be saved.

<p>Get as fit as you can before entering the academy because passing the test to get in is just the beginning. (Photo: POLICE File)</p>

How To Survive the Academy  

August 7, 2018

By Ronnie Wendt

Police Academy Instructor Patrick Martin shares 10 tips to help prospective officers meet the rigors of police training.

<p>The function of the Cover Officer is to provide cover and a force presence that sends a message to the subject or any other people nearby that he or she is there to watch over and protect the Contact Officer. (Photo: Getty Images)</p>

Is Contact and Cover Dead?  

July 13, 2018

By Steve Albrecht

So what happened? Why does Contact and Cover seem to have faded into obscurity?

<p>We don&#39;t ever want the bad guy to have the advantage in any situation, especially in low light. Turn the lights on and ruin his night vision. (Photo: Getty Images)</p>

Working in Low Light  

July 13, 2018

By Michael T. Rayburn

Criminals like the dark, and we have to know how to counter their use of poorly lit locations and nighttime hiding places.

<p>Having backup is critical when making a known risk traffic stop. (Photo: Michael Schlosser)</p>

Unknown and Known Risk Vehicle Stops  

July 13, 2018

By Michael Schlosser

No vehicle stop should be considered low-risk, as it is never possible to gauge beforehand the level of danger involved.

<p>Never surprise a new supervisor with an important discussion. Give them the opportunity to prepare. (Photo: POLICE File)</p>

How To Deal With a New Supervisor  

July 9, 2018

By Amaury Murgado

I've learned a few things about dealing with new supervisors in my 30-plus-year career in law enforcement. Here are some of them in no particular order.

<p>Challenge Targets&#39; multifunctional law enforcement targets (Photo: Challenge Targets)</p>

Shooting Range Equipment  

June 29, 2018

By Melanie Basich

These tools will help improve your experience on the shooting range and in training. 

<p>Retiring LAPD Chief Charlie Beck hopes to share&nbsp;wisdom with officers still on the job. Photo: LAPD</p>

It’s Been an Honor and a Privilege  

June 22, 2018

By Charlie Beck

Several themes emerge as I look back on my own small piece of that history. They are things that I wish I understood better when I was younger on the job. They are also things that I hope those who come after me can find of some service as they continue the work that I am leaving behind.

<p>Illustration: Sequoia Blankenship</p>

The Will to Keep Going  

June 18, 2018

By Dave Smith

Often ambush attacks are so sudden and violent the officer's doom seems certain, yet they manage to overcome the bushwhacking…but how? 

<p>Prior work experience is generally expected before you apply for a law enforcement position. Having military experience is also a plus. Photo: Franklin Rau</p>

How To Get a Job in Law Enforcement  

June 18, 2018

By Ronnie Garrett

The economy is better now, and funding for law enforcement is rapidly being restored. This is good news for those individuals hoping to enter policing for the first time, and for veteran officers seeking to move to a new agency. 

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