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Reserve Officers: For Love of the Job  

March 4, 2014

By Dean Scoville

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

By Joseph V. Saitta

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

By Amaury Murgado

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

By Leischen Stelter

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

By Dave Smith

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>Illustration: Sequoia Blankenship</p>

Who Loves Ya, Baby?  

December 23, 2013

By Dave Smith

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

By Amaury Murgado

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.

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

Cops and Holiday DUIs  

December 23, 2013

By Dean Scoville and Evan Wagner

One study reported that overall alcoholic intake may not be greater among police officers, but officers have higher incidences of binge drinking. Take a moment to consider that…and where you land, particularly as holiday festivities (and New Year's resolutions) approach.

<p>Remember to make use of all resources available to you for an investigation, whatever the type of case. Photo: Osceola County (Fla.) Sheriff&#39;s Office Forensics</p>

12 Tips From Homicide Detectives  

December 23, 2013

By Amaury Murgado

I work with some highly recognized homicide detectives who have provided tips that could help detectives and patrol officers alike. The following bits of wisdom apply to all investigations, regardless of the nature of the crime or who is investigating.

To Serve and Protect  

December 2, 2013

By David Griffith

I don’t know for sure what drove Libke to volunteer as a reserve officer. But I bet it was a desire to serve his community.

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