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Maintaining Focus

November 8, 2016

Focus is all about concentrating on what's important, being in the present, and not letting anything distract you. Of course, that's a lot easier said than done.

How To…Understand Your Role as an Initial Investigator

November 8, 2016

Conducting an investigation involves knowing your first responder responsibilities and knowing what the follow-up investigator (detective) will be looking for.

How to Deal with Witnesses

October 10, 2016

The success or failure of your investigation will depend on how you deal with witness information.

Don't Be an Idea Person

October 6, 2016

It's been said that ideas are a dime a dozen but the people who implement them are priceless. As a supervisor, you get to decide whether you're worth more than a dime.

Curiosity and Urgency

September 2, 2016

If you are to be taken seriously as a law enforcement officer, you must develop both your sense of curiosity and your sense of urgency.

How to Preserve a Crime Scene

September 1, 2016

It's hard to get a conviction without evidence, so preserve as much of the crime scene as possible.

12 Keys to a Successful Career

August 12, 2016

There's a lot you can learn from veteran and retired officers who have worn the badge before you, including how to thrive and prosper in the law enforcement profession.

How to Obtain a Sworn Statement

August 12, 2016

Well written accounts from victims and witnesses can serve as valuable evidence.

The Three Things Only You Can Control

August 12, 2016

Wouldn't you rather work with someone who has a good attitude? So would everyone else.

How to Figure Out the Type of Call You're On

July 8, 2016

To be sure, the hardest part of any call is figuring out what you have. Once you do, it's a matter of following protocol, policy, and filling out the right paperwork. And therein lies the rub; getting to that point. It's akin to solving puzzles or answering riddles.

Lead, Don't Blame

July 8, 2016

In today's world there are supervisors who act to protect themselves from the fear of failing, the fear of confrontation, and the fear of dealing with their own mediocrity.

Cop 101 Never Goes Out of Style

June 9, 2016

As a supervisor, making sure that policies and procedures are being followed should be part of your daily routine. Following these protocols creates a baseline that gives you much needed consistency during any operation. That baseline is what I call Cop 101.

Mental Illness Suicide Attempt

June 9, 2016

You get a call of a suicidal adult male who has a history of mental illness. He has been depressed, got into an argument with his mother, and has armed himself with a sharp kitchen knife.

Having Skin in the Game

May 4, 2016

Have you ever been in a situation where you were trying to find out why something happened and you got nowhere? Nobody cared because no one was holding them accountable.

House Party

May 2, 2016

Dispatch has received numerous calls about a large house party. Cars are parked in the street, on sidewalks, and in people's yards. The music is very loud and there are several reports of fighting. There is one report of a gun being flashed around. Callers estimate there are well over 100 people involved and say more cars keep arriving.

Check on the Well-Being

April 7, 2016

Don't just take the call you are dispatched to at face value. You never know until you get there and see what your investigation brings up.

Three Strikes and You're Out

April 7, 2016

I document my attempts to seek people's cooperation and move on. It's my "If it's not important to you, it's not important to me" axiom.

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

March 3, 2016

Dispatch advises that a 1-year-old was found dead in his crib. When the mother's boyfriend went to check on him at 05:00 this morning, he was not breathing and cold to the touch.

Taking Charge of Yourself

March 2, 2016

Supervisors often hear that they are to lead by example, but what does that really mean? You are the first person who has to obey in order to comply with the very things you demand of others.

How to Choose a Helicopter for Your Agency

February 29, 2016

If you're considering purchasing a helicopter for your agency, here are some topics you need to explore in your journey toward achieving flight operations.

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