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Keeping FTOs Sharp Between Hiring Cycles

July 16, 2012
Teaching can be a perishable skill, so you've got to practice. There are several outlets for an FTO to practice his or her skill set. We want to keep the mind sharp by providing a workout for the instructional part of the brain.

'Tacticool' Gear Won't Make You a Better Cop

July 5, 2012
Just because you got it out of the childproof packaging doesn't mean you know how to properly use it. If it's a police item you would describe as "tactical cool," please read your departmental policy and procedures to see if it is allowed.

Murphy's Law for Police Rookies

June 20, 2012
Murphy's law is the adage that anything that can go wrong will go wrong. Count on these three Murphy-isms to crop up during your first year as an officer.

I Can't Stand My FTO!

June 6, 2012
The role of the Field Training Officer (FTO) is more or less defined as that of a one-on-one supervisor and trainer. They're the direct connection between graduates of the academy and self-actuated functioning police officers. The FTO has a defined mission to be the trainer, evaluator, supervisor, confessor, and many other roles.

The Good Old Days

May 16, 2012
Let's not relive the past. Listen to the recruits' questions and help them. I can recall several questions that were fired at me from the old dinosaurs of my youth. Let's go over a few.

How To Choose an Agency

May 2, 2012
There are not as many jobs out there. You may have to apply; hope to land employment; and make the best of the situation. Don't count on the plush police pension of yesteryear.

ILEETA 2012: Shattering The Box

April 23, 2012
More than 740 of the best police trainers gathered last week for the annual training conference of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA) in Wheeling, Ill., for a week that was packed with training, lectures and interactive classes.

How To Clear Social Media Hurdles

April 5, 2012
Social networking technology has changed the way we communicate with each other, both personally and professionally. Social media has also possibly established new hurdles on the job market.

Take Time Off To Recharge Your Battery

March 19, 2012
You're the hardest working cop on the shift in the precinct, and you're determined to make your mark on the department. Whoa! Let's talk about the long-term effects on you, if this pace continues.

Background Investigations Can Break You

March 12, 2012
I'm always amazed by the number of applicants who get caught by background investigations. If you think the background investigator will wake up stupid that morning and let you slip through, please think again.

How a Regional Hiring Consortium Works

March 5, 2012
A police hiring consortium affords opportunities for the applicant as well as the department. They're more popular in certain states, so if you have these in your area or location of interest, utilize them to the fullest.

How To Stay In the Job Application Game

February 15, 2012
The real secret for success is to make it as easy as possible for the people handling your application. The more they have to work on your application, the more you'll get noticed (not in a good way). If you can't follow simple directions, play by the rules, and complete simple tasks, the process will weed you out.

How To Gather Intel

February 6, 2012
Being the newest officer in the precinct makes life harder than it should be, because you have to dig for every morsel of information to get ahead. So how can you develop a system of building intel for you? Read on.

Online Security for Cops

January 24, 2012
I know we're all proud of our vocation. We want to show pride, professionalism and sometimes a little of bravado. Just keep it off the 'net!

Get an Everyday Carry Knife

January 18, 2012
A reader asked me what one thing I would recommend he purchase for everyday use as a police officer. My answer? An everyday carry knife.

One Book You'll Want To Read

January 10, 2012
My editor asked me the other day what single book I would recommend to any young officer coming on the job. It was a simple answer; it doesn't matter whether you're a student, rookie, veteran officer, instructor or chief. You should read, "A Book of Five Rings" by Miyamoto Musashi.

Self Study Gives You the Edge

January 4, 2012
It never hurts to drop a few bucks and work on your pistol craft. This goes for hitting the gym or doing some roadwork. So don't tell me you can't burn some midnight oil and sharpen your most potent weapon of all—your mind.

Job Seeking Realities

December 27, 2011
It's competitive out there, and I know you want the job. So learn the kinks in the process. Don't fall for them. Instead, work your plan as an intelligent job applicant.

Relocating To a New City for a Police Career

December 14, 2011
More and more, recruits are taking on the challenges of being a new officer as well as a new resident. Being the FNG (fabulous new guy) and knowing nothing about the area can be challenging, exciting, and downright stressful. External supports are necessary elements for survival.

Recruit Life As a Single Parent

December 7, 2011
This blog often focuses on tactics, off-duty survival, surviving the FTO program, or making it though the academy. However, what can often get overlooked is making it through those first few years as a parent. A single-parent recruit has been given the most difficult assignment of all.
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