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Where is the Clinton Cloth for Cops?  

October 22, 2015

By Jon Adler

Officers who use their personal email accounts for official business risk punishment for any derogatory business-related statements made on personal email. 

Conducting Effective Meetings  

October 22, 2015

By Amaury Murgado

Most facets of supervising can be placed in one of two categories: action or admin. The action parts are what supervisors usually enjoy doing the most. The admin side is a different story.

Building Mental Resiliency  

October 7, 2015

By Todd Brimm

Too many law enforcement officers eventually succumb to the hazards of their careers indirectly because of the psychological effects of their profession. And there is no body armor for the mind and the psyche.

<p>Illustration: Sequoia Blankenship</p>

Mental Toughness  

September 4, 2015

By Dave Smith

It's called the McGuire-Ivey-Lattner Model of Mental Toughness, and coaches are using it to focus their athletes and build their mental skills. I think crime fighters should use it, too.

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

How to Become a Bomb Tech  

September 4, 2015

By David Griffith

There are many more officers who want to wear the fabled bomb tech symbol of laurel leaves, electric bolts, and an aerial known as the "crab" than there are positions available.

<p>Photo: Officer Adam Baker, Aledo (Ill.) PD</p>

Instinct and Knife Attack Defense  

September 4, 2015

By Michael Schlosser

It is ridiculous to think that an officer could take a single defensive tactics course that teaches specific techniques for knife defense and then be prepared for a knife attack.

Getting Your Project Approved  

September 4, 2015

By Amaury Murgado

Support for your idea starts when you get decision-makers on your side by being brief and to the point.

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

Rappelling: Stopping the Fall  

August 24, 2015

By Christopher Feder

Rappelling is an important skill for law enforcement tactical teams, but improper training can lead to fatalities. 

<p><em>The LSL program stresses the complications found in close quarters, forcing officers to see, understand, and react faster. (Photo: Khyber Interactive Associates LLC)<br /></em></p>

Lights, Sights, and Lasers  

August 24, 2015

By Melanie Basich

The "Lights, Sights, and Lasers" training course is completely free to law enforcement officers and it provides always evolving training that is otherwise often hard to come by. 

<p>Photo courtesy of Amaury Murgado</p>

Dealing With A Bad Attitude  

August 20, 2015

By Amaury Murgado

A person with a bad attitude can be disruptive to the workplace, it's not something you want in your unit but before you face the issue head on, make sure you've documented their bad tendencies. 

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