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How To Start a Smaller-Agency Traffic Unit
May 22, 2013
If the chief or sheriff wants to form a traffic unit, stop and ask what kind of unit. Is this purely enforcement or is this a special events traffic detail? Will you handle parades, funeral escorts or other special events? Will you investigate serious and fatal accidents up to and including reconstruction?
Starting a Tactical Team: Goals and Training
May 6, 2013
We tend to overly stress the tools, equipment, and necessary resources for this specialized assignment. These are important, but you also need to invest in your customer base.
Smaller Departments Require Greater Training Needs
April 16, 2013
The smaller-town first responding officer follows a case from patrol to prosecution. They gather evidence, prepare warrants, perform interviews, and present it to the district attorney. It's their case from 911 call to courtroom.
How To Start a Tactical Team
April 3, 2013
There are plenty of behind-the-scenes preparations needed to form a tactical team. It's not just gathering a group, getting fancy tactical dress, and heading out for some shooting.
Learn Your Weak Skill, Then Fix It
March 11, 2013
I live by one theory—the thing that you fear the most is always lurking around the corner. Train smart, train hard and turn your weakness to strength.
Cross-Train Less-Lethal Weapons with Mutual-Aid Agencies
March 5, 2013
Whenever you arrive for mutual aid, you're the visiting team. Everyone has different ground rules. Another department arriving on mutual aid may have a more stringent or lackadaisical policy. Compare their policy for deployment to yours.
Realistic Training Makes You a Better Cop
February 14, 2013
Training in real-world conditions is the key. Get outside in the hot, cold, dark, and whatever weather you have to operate in. Realism begins in training and not in make believe.
How To Find a Career Counselor
February 8, 2013
I learned a valuable story from an old U.S. Army first sergeant years ago. Never plan for your next assignment/promotion when it is posted. You should have been working on this goal.
A Police Trainer's Code of Conduct
January 22, 2013
There are a few dos and don'ts when visiting or training at another department. Never forget that you're an ambassador for learning. These students didn't come to sit in awe of you.
January 3, 2013
Once you become a police officer or deputy, the world changes its view of you. I know you're the same man or woman that you were before you poked your hand up and took the oath, but there are some realities we need to discuss.
Know Your Place
December 18, 2012
Law enforcement is steeped in para-military tradition. Rank structure is a key to our successes.
Welcome to the Careers & Training Channel
December 3, 2012
The Recruit channel and the Training blog have merged into Careers & Training. This new format will have much of the same content from both but now in a central location for everyone. There will also be new material on career planning and tracking.
Preparing Yourself for Duty
November 12, 2012
Planning is simple, it takes minutes to avoid hours of frustration. I stay amazed at those who don't listen or catch the weather reports.
Cooling Your Marks
November 5, 2012
Most academies and departments embrace a form of "tactical talking" such as verbal judo, MOAB, or some other fashion of police/citizen verbal intercourse. It doesn't matter which system you use; they all give you years of experience in a compressed amount of time.
Report Writing Made Simple
October 17, 2012
Today's technology has made it a lot easier for officers to write and submit their reports. But just because it appears easier, doesn't mean it will be accurate. A keyboard still needs a human's input.
The Gift of Forgetting and Helping
October 9, 2012
You're not alone. There's always some help, and we have your back. As a police officer, you will see horrors second only to those who have been in combat. You can suppress some of the most horrific days of your life for a while. But a similar incident can create a recall and these memories will come roaring back.
Counseling Skills for FTOs
September 19, 2012
First and foremost, counseling is an art that you don't master the first time or by suffering through a boring psychological lecture. You learn by doing. You'll make mistakes, and you'll have to work hard every time you provide counsel.
Cockpit Distractions In Your Patrol Car
September 6, 2012
Operating a police vehicle is serious business and at no time should it be made secondary. So wheeling down the road while screwing around with the MDT and chatting on the cell phone is dangerous.
How to Ruin Your Daily Evaluation
August 21, 2012
Through my years of dealing with rookies, I've read far too many cavalier statements by either brash or totally unwitting rookies. Here are the most common ones that you'll want to avoid.
August 7, 2012
Some view the occupation of a cop as inside work and no heavy lifting. Think again. Fully explore your new employer and understand how the agency can withstand any more shuttering of the economy.
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