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How to Select and Train FTOs  

January 1, 2005

Patrol training is the obligatory stepping stone to street work for many a new cop. It is weeks (or months in remedial cases) of short meals, long nights, and court in the morning. And this time spent with a veteran field training officer (FTO) can result in some of the most curious pairings of individuals since Pat Boone married himself to heavy metal. Still, this mentoring process is critical to the development of new officers.

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The Siren's Call  

January 1, 2005

Law enforcement works a profound sea-change in the blood of men and women who have worn the badge. It makes them more informed voters, neighbors, co-workers, and friends. It makes them better citizens.

Fatal Errors: Surviving Traffic Duty  

January 1, 2005

It is easy to get careless while engaged in something you do a great deal. If you are a uniformed police officer and don’t work in a jail, chances are that traffic and vehicles are the bread and butter of your existence.

Cover Yourself  

January 1, 2005

You can do everything according to policy and still find yourself having to respond to a complaint or prepare a legal defense. It’s not fair; it’s not right; it just is. And when the legal snakes come after you, you’ll need proof that you are a highly trained and professional law enforcement officer.

How to Run a Reserve Program  

December 1, 2004

The number of reserve officers is increasing throughout the country as more law enforcement organizations utilize this cost-effective means to add manpower. As with any organization, a reserve unit is only as good as the people on its roster, and this all begins with recruitment.

Take It Away: Illustrated Disarming Techniques  

August 1, 2004

Step-by-step instructions and photos show you how to disarm a suspect carrying a gun or a knife.

Time Should Be Money  

August 1, 2004

After much debate, the Fair Labor Standards Act has been changed to protect law enforcement officers who receive overtime compensation.

Take It Away  

August 1, 2004

Disarming a suspect carrying a gun who has the drop on you is a subject that is rarely addressed in academy or in-service DT programs. And that’s unacceptable. Every officer should be trained in a fundamental disarming skill set.

Leadership Relationships  

July 1, 2004

There seems to be a constant change of roles between officers based on rank, position, and seniority. We on the inside know that relationships between cops of different ranks are far more complex than what you see on a line organization chart.

Present the least vulnerable target. If you are under fire, you find cover. The same principle applies here. If you are physically attacked, you move, you angle, you put something between you and the attack (in this case, most likely your arms).

Surviving Knife Attacks  

June 1, 2004

As a police officer you often find yourself in a position where knife attacks are most likely to occur: within arm’s reach of an unknown individual with unknown intent. It’s a worst-case scenario, but it can happen at any time. Click here to view these knife techniques in streaming video.

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