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<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. 

<p>Mark Divine of SEALIFT leads athletes through a breathing and meditation exercise. (Photo: Mark Divine)</p>

Making Meditation Not Suck  

May 3, 2018

By George Ryan

If you start slow and adapt your meditation practice to the first responder lifestyle you'll be able to reap the benefits.

<p>Many law enforcement officers no longer carry a baton, but it is still a very useful tool. The baton gives officers another effective force option. (Photo: Peacekeeper Products International)</p>

Batons: More Than Just a Club  

May 3, 2018

By Ron Martinelli

The baton is a multi-purpose tool that you can use to strike a subject, push a subject away, or as a lever to move a subject into a control position.

<p>Having a clear outline and vision is the first step to creating effective policy. (Photo: Getty Images)</p>

How To Develop a Policy  

May 2, 2018

By Amaury Murgado

Do your research and follow an outline to create a fleshed out protocol that benefits your agency and officers.

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