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<p>Photo: Amaury Murgado</p>

Vehicle Ambush Training  

March 20, 2014

My agency recently presented an in-service training program on how to handle vehicle ambushes. We tackled the issue by focusing on the only three possible options available when attacked in your vehicle: retreat, run the suspect over, or get out and fight.

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Reduce Negative Impact of Miranda  

March 11, 2014

Has Miranda v. Arizona adversely affected criminal justice and public safety? Miranda has resulted in the inability to clear a quarter-million homicides, 1 million rapes, 5 million robberies, and 9 million aggravated assaults.

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Reserve Officers: For Love of the Job  

March 4, 2014

At minimum, an LASD reserve officer's service will include logging 20 hours a month regardless of obligations posed by the reserve's regular job and family responsibilities. He may find himself working his own patrol car, standing guard in the cold along a parade route, or handling that "change of shift" report nobody else wanted.

<p>Photo courtesy of Joseph Saitta</p>

Excel in Online Education  

February 27, 2014

Whether you're a novice or an old hand at completing degrees and training online, here are some practical tips to help you excel in online courses.

<p>Photo: Amaury Murgado</p>

Maintain a Healthy Mind  

February 3, 2014

If you don't work to maintain a healthy mind, you will lose a running battle with things like memory, stress, and empathy, which are all important for a law enforcement officer's daily routine.

<p>Photo courtesy of American Military University</p>

Plan to Advance Your Career  

January 30, 2014

When it comes to career planning, first things first: Figure out your desired career path.

<p>Illustration: Sequoia Blankenship</p>

Don't be a Philistine  

January 30, 2014

Are you confident in your defensive skills? If so, then don't take them for granted, but rather keep training. If you're lacking in these skills, then make them strengths by practicing.

<p>Photo: Kelly Bracken</p>

Military Vets Joining Law Enforcement  

January 30, 2014

Men and women leaving active-duty military jobs would seem to be a perfect fit for police careers. But there are many obstacles in their way and hurdles they must overcome before pinning on their badges and joining the thin blue line.

<p>Illustration: Sequoia Blankenship</p>

Who Loves Ya, Baby?  

December 23, 2013

Being overly emotionally committed to your agency only leads to heartbreak. Unrequited love is one of the toughest emotional hits a human can face and therefore I ask you to rethink your relationship with your agency and those who work with you.

<p>Photo: Traci Dean</p>

Maximizing Striking Power  

December 23, 2013

Law enforcement combatives are about obtaining control, and knowing how to strike properly is a big part of that. This concept is brought home every time we see an ineffective officer struggling for control in a YouTube video or in a story on the local nightly news.

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