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The New Guard  

March 31, 2014

Capt. Rhonda Lawson, president of the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives (NAWLEE), became the first female field captain in the Texas Highway Patrol's history. In her experience, many officers resent competition with minorities for desired positions.

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

Building Leaders  

March 31, 2014

Even if people receive some training, there is more to becoming a leader than taking a class. Training in all its aspects needs to change with the times. But it's a pervasive cultural issue. And it takes time to change a culture.

<p>Photo courtesy of MILO Range</p>

Training Outside of the Box  

March 21, 2014

The contemporary use-of-force simulator scenario has become much more of an immersive and realistic experience for the student. All of this technological innovation has led agencies and instructors to re-examine the ways they are using simulators for both recruit and in-service training.

<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.

<p>Photo: iStock</p>

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.

<p>Photo: iStockphoto.com</p>

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.

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