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Age Differences in Training

September 19, 2008
One recruit had retired from the military and was of the mindset that the only person who could train him was someone chronologically older than he was. This created a problem.

Safety is Your Business

September 5, 2008
I want you to think about your daily routines in preparing for the job. Every department has one great knee-slapper of a story about someone making a big mistake due to laxity. But to me, if someone could have been injured or worse I hate it.

Tactical Verbalization

September 5, 2008
You should be thinking to yourself as you approach any call for perceived dangers. For example, when I park the patrol car I should not park directly in front of the building. You should take critical microseconds to gain a tactical advantage that places you in an advantageous position to observe and respond.

Basic Schools Build the Foundation

September 5, 2008

In addition to mandated in-service and state training, I urge you to take courses to enhance your skills and performance. Start small and work your way up to more advanced classes.

Fear of Failure

August 8, 2008
If there ever was a true fear of young officers, I think I know it. No, it is not the gun-wielding psychopath. Nor is it your patrol car spinning out of control over a cliff. Deep down, it is the fear of failure.

How to Interview for the Job

August 8, 2008

You have completed the written test, physical agility test, and background investigation with flying colors. Now comes along the next hurdle toward your goal of becoming a law enforcement officer, the interview.

Transient Cops

August 8, 2008
You may have thought I was writing about Transit Authority cops. This week's column is actually about cops who move to follow work or whenever their conditions change. I want my readers to make proper choices and hopefully avoid some pitfalls.

Don't Expect Perfect Scores Off the Bat

July 18, 2008
How do you expect to know all of the answers, all of the time? This is a training program.

Veteran Cop as New Recruit

July 1, 2008
I recently received a question from a department's Field Training Officer program coordinator. His department just hired several new officers. Great, except these are not academy-fresh officers; these are veteran officers from other departments. What now?

Don't Call Me a Rookie

June 27, 2008
Names do not make you a cop. If you mature and conduct yourself as a seasoned officer, the title will eventually disappear from around you.

Learning to Dot the I's

June 27, 2008

I've seen numerous glaring errors on job applications. Just one clouds the best applicants' chances and it is time for this madness to end.

What Should I Join?

May 30, 2008
Join organizations that pique your interest and become actively involved to gain the greatest benefits.

Keep a Training File

May 29, 2008
Once you start your career make certain that you document and maintain your training records. It sounds boring, but bear with me and I will tell you how it can save you money as well.

Ask Questions

May 9, 2008
You are a rookie and sometimes you think it is best to stay quiet. You may have been told or maybe it was implied that you should sit down, shut up, and don't touch anything. This could be the worst advice of all. Sometimes it is best to speak up.

Who Picked My FTO?

April 18, 2008
To me, FTO stands for Fine Tuning Officer, not Fun Time Officer. If you are a recruit who thinks this is a chance for a good time, go to the local amusement park instead. FTO work is hard work; get used to it now.

Make Learning the Streets a Game

April 18, 2008
We are riding around; you hear a street name go out on the radio. Tell me where that street is now! Give me a landmark close to the call as well. No, your grandmother's house does not count either.

Why Wouldn't They Hire Me?

April 2, 2008
An aspiring police officer I recently spoke with was bemused over not getting hired time after time. Let's look at common reasons why chiefs and sheriffs don't hire certain applicants.

Invest in Training

April 2, 2008
If you have to take an extra step to obtain some extra training, show some moxie and do it.

National Police Week Traditions

April 2, 2008
This May 11–17, 2008 every officer should plan on attending a local or state police week memorial service if you can't attend the events in Washington, D.C., where the national law enforcement officers memorial stands.

Hazing

March 31, 2008
You have been warned in the academy that you will be picked on or hazed. Are we in this profession above such rituals? Most often not. It comes with the territory.
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