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How You Can Become a Better Cop Right Now  

November 1, 2011
At least once during their careers-and hopefully throughout it-most police officers will ask themselves, "How can I be a better cop?" In striving for personal improvement, some may draw upon a mental image of what an ideal cop should be, something that transcends the professional terseness of Joe Friday ("Just the facts, ma'am."), or the Socratic questioning of Harry Callahan ("Do you feel lucky, punk?").

How to Use a Strobing Flashlight  

June 1, 2010
Strobes have become extremely popular on police flashlights, but this tool has its pluses and minuses. The one thing I can tell you is that many of the students who arrive for my classes with their strobing lights ready to go are often not aware of the pros and cons of strobe light deployment.

How to Stretch Your Fleet Dollar  

April 1, 2008
Agencies nationwide are looking for ways to save money on their vehicles. Managing the rising costs of police fleets is a challenge that all law enforcement agencies are facing. Fortunately, there are technologies available to help fleet managers better manage these costs and save their departments thousands of dollars annually.

How to Buy a Used Handgun  

January 1, 2008
There are some real bargains in the used bin at some gun dealers, if you know what to look for. One of the best ways to buy a firearm for personal use is to buy one that was previously owned. Don't laugh. Most of the handguns I purchased when I was in my twenties and thirties were pre-owned, and they are still putting rounds down range.

How to Photograph Injuries  

September 1, 2007
Accurately capturing the results of abuse is integral to documenting many crime scenes. I've taught forensic photography to police officers for more than 10 years, and I always start my presentations with the notion that good photographs start even before the camera is out of the bag. You have to have the proper mindset because images documenting injuries are some of the most important photos we take.

How to Interview a Child  

June 1, 2007
Investigators face formidable challenges when interviewing child victims, especially in sex crime cases. Interviewing a child is in some ways very similar to interviewing any crime victim but, in some ways, it's very different. The first hurdle is to get the child to open up.
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