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<p>Photo via <a href=&quot;http://www.flickr.com/photos/coast_guard/&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;>USCG</a>/Flickr.</p>

America's Maritime Cops  

July 2, 2013

For more than two centuries, the U.S. Coast Guard has served diligently every day as America's leading maritime law enforcement agency.

<p>Photo courtesy of iStockphoto.com.</p>

Arresting Active Resisters  

June 26, 2013

You have to make split-second decisions when it comes to use of force while effecting an arrest. Training in strategy and tactics, control and verbal techniques, and proper use of force are essential for you to make proper decisions.

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

Community Involvement  

June 20, 2013

There is an old saying that says in order to receive, you must first give. Giving back to the community is critical if you want its help. The key to getting the community to help you revolves around your getting involved with the community.

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

Financial Literacy for Cops  

June 19, 2013

If ever a cop had to concern himself with providing for his family today and tomorrow, it is now. To that end, some cops have taken on second and even third jobs; others have deferred their retirement. And still they worry.

<p>Photo courtesy of iStockPhoto.com.</p>

Treatment and Redemption  

June 18, 2013

With the help of strategic partnerships and programs aimed at treating addicted officers, treatment centers are opening their doors to first responders, helping them get better and return to work.

<p>Photo: POLICE file</p>

Rethinking SWAT Training  

June 13, 2013

What SWAT fitness experts are discovering is that some of this wear and tear and incapacitation can be avoided with "smart" training instead of "hard" training. Smart training is real-world oriented and job applicable. It's not just training for the sake of training.

<p><span>Illustration by&nbsp;</span><span>Sequoia Blankenship.</span></p>

Cops and Psychology  

June 12, 2013

Cops should be most concerned about flaws in studies involving PTSD. Post-traumatic stress wasn't even recognized as a disorder until 1980, and then suddenly it was everywhere, caused by everything and happening to everyone.

<p>Photo by Amaury Murgado.</p>

15 Things to Make Your Life Easier on Patrol  

May 29, 2013

I have created a list of items that I've found useful over the years. I recommend you use it to start or perhaps update your own list. Then make sure you carry everything you've decided you need in your squad.

Police Product Test: Rocky S2V Vented Military Duty Boots  

May 28, 2013

The S2V is an 8.5-inch leather and 1,000-denier Cordura nylon boot with a proprietary Vibram sole that is made in the USA. Rocky's Dri-Lex material and Lycra spandex line the boot, which allows for a snug fit while wicking moisture away from your skin.

<p>Photo courtesy of iStockphoto.com.</p>

The Dangers of Distracted Driving  

May 22, 2013

We have statutes in many states against distracted driving, including texting while driving, talking on a cell phone, and other technological multi-tasking. So given the prevalence of in-car computers in patrol cars and how they are often used by an officer who is driving, we have to ask if the rules governing distracted driving apply to police officers as well as the public.

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