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Go to a Gun Show

March 11, 2008
For the young recruit who is not firearms savvy, just browsing at a gun show can be an education in itself.

True Community Policing

March 11, 2008
We have used technology to make us work more efficiently and faster, but have left the citizen standing.

Police Applicants Gone Wild

March 11, 2008

What really stops or derails applicants in the first few steps of the application process? It's not just testing or backgrounds.

Gadgets, Gimmicks, and Gizmos

March 11, 2008
Yes, GPS systems and PDAs can be great, but there is a little too much technological short cutting going on here and this is a large safety issue.

How to Not Look Like a Rookie

February 7, 2008

My old police academy was near a large mall. Of course, the food court was a lunch hangout for the officers. I used to sit there with a coffee and spot all of the off-duty rookies. Bet I can spot one a mile away.

How Much is on Your Duty Belt?

February 7, 2008

The other day I stopped and performed a visual inventory of just how many "things" officers can carry on their duty belt. There are times I worry that some have too much on their belts. One worries if they fall on their backs, they could be trapped like a turtle.

Welcome the Red Ink

February 7, 2008
Don't get your feelings hurt, but if you think your FTO won't mark up your first police report until it's bleeding red ink you're in for a surprise.

Cop as Social Worker

February 7, 2008
Being a police officer is not always about chasing down a bad guy, guns blazing. If you remove an intoxicated or aggressive driver from the highway, you have performed a social service to the motoring public.

Dealing with the Dead

January 9, 2008
Try though they do, the academy does not have a vial of essence of dead man to give you the full effect. So what do you do?

Bad Habits

January 9, 2008
A recruit should not feel pressured into doing something that he or she has made a cognitive decision not to do, just for the sake of inclusion.

Off-Duty Encounter Preparation

January 7, 2008

I don't know why, but every generation of young officers thinks, "I am now a copper! I have the legal authority and power to carry a weapon off-duty, so here I go!" Wait a minute here; do you have a plan?

Learning to Speak Effectively

January 7, 2008

Most officers wish they had spent more time learning interpersonal communications skills early in their career. I suggest you get started now.

Weathering Complaints

December 5, 2007
If you do your job you will get plenty of complaints and only rarely receive compliments; these are the realities of policework. But how you handle or survive these unpleasantries of life is what is important here.

The Dreaded Triple Ds

November 28, 2007
I don't know what it is but if you ever hear someone say, "Hey, watch me do this" a first aid kit is usually called for next.

Calling All Young Warriors

November 21, 2007
In today's post-9/11 world, we are fighting a different source of evil. I need young warriors. Can I get a volunteer?

Don't Lose Your Discipline

November 14, 2007
While attending the academy, most officers follow a plan to fit their academics and physical training into their schedules. Your skills now are still green but sharp. Don't quit!

How Do I Advance My Career?

November 1, 2007

So you're beginning your career in law enforcement and you want to position yourself now for the future. You wish to become a chief, sheriff, captain, or detective. But how do you prepare yourself today for that career that is 15 years down the road? Simple; today's planning will set your future's career path.

Recognize Your Real Friends

October 25, 2007
The other day a young officer emailed me with a problem. He had come upon some old college chums and they became stand-offish after they discovered he was a cop. The young lad told me that he had heard of this in the academy but could not believe it was happening to him.

BSing Wastes Training Time

October 8, 2007
There is not a cop alive who doesn't have a trunkful of good police war stories. In fact, I used to think the reason cops were invited to parties was for our great storytelling ability. But knowing when to use that ability is key.

Avoid a Dead-End Career

October 1, 2007

Most all of us enter this vocation with the idea that we want to be a great detective, be a commander of the unit, or be some high-speed tactical operator. Sadly, some take the first job that they are offered and get into a rut and stay there.

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