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Safeguarding Your Equipment

May 30, 2011
A police officer had his entire gun belt stolen from his privately owned vehicle. What the...? Yes, the entire gun belt with ammo, cuffs, OC, police radio, and bullet launcher. Secure your equipment so this doesn't happen to you.

A Few More Job Interview Tips

May 23, 2011
The job market is competitive, and this seems to be the question of the day. If you really want the job, a little practice and planning might get you over this hurdle. Exhale, calm down and follow these tips.

Setting Goals: Aim High

May 16, 2011
A trusted firearms instructor recently expressed frustration with the recruits at his academy. Because some aren't natural shooters, he must constantly remind them that every shot is aimed. Projectiles don't miraculously appear on the target. The fundamentals are the same for each shot: you aim each one.

The Bling Factor: Jewelry on Patrol

May 9, 2011
Most departments have a policy or regulation regarding jewelry. The boilerplate verbiage could include a limit of one wristwatch, one bracelet, and one necklace that's not visible to the public. One ring per hand is standard. Earrings are usually allowed for females, and policies may now also cover male officers.

Follow Your Agency's Ammo Rules

May 4, 2011
Somewhere in the fine print of your departmental directives or policies regarding firearms and use of force you'll read the line, "No unauthorized ammo will be used in departmental weapons for duty."

ILEETA: Top Trainers Gather in Chicagoland

May 3, 2011
The signs of the global budget woes did not stop several from attending. One interesting point this year was it appears more trainers attended on their own personal time and expense. This clearly shows the dedication of the professional trainers of this organization and their devotion to their calling as a law enforcement trainer.

Know Your Recruit

April 26, 2011
If you find yourself in the role of Field Training Officer (FTO) or occasional trainer, please make an effort to understand the background of your recruits. For the one-on-one trainer, try to grasp the knowledge, skills, and abilities of your trainee. If both of you do this, you'll save yourself wasted time, aggravation, ruffled student, egos and probably maximize valuable training time.

Are the Elements of Your Life In Balance?

April 19, 2011
I'd compare your life foundation to a table with four legs holding it steady. What are the four legs? Family, faith, friends and vocation. Let's explore them to help you achieve balance.

Proofread Your Reports

April 14, 2011
Once you have labored over a lengthy report, stop if you can. Grab a coffee, sit back down and read it as a neutral party, from the 10,000-foot level. Try to disassociate yourself from your product and read it critically. Don't give it a quick blush over; read it.

Financial Planning: Think Twice Before You Spend

April 4, 2011
Watching younger officers entering long-term financial obligations such as homes, credit or vehicles worries me greatly. Research the stability of your job during the next two to three budget cycles before you ink any contracts.

Maintain Your Gear, It Could Save Your Life

March 28, 2011
I've seen handguns that have not been cleaned and cared for. I've seen holsters with cobwebs and dust lines, telling me the weapon hasn't been removed in months.

Training Your Other Backup

March 21, 2011
I know you thought that when you came on the job that you would be cared for by the department. Yes, but not solely. Some departments have plans and shelters for families of first responders. What I recommend is a family drill. Have them prepare to evacuate in two hours or less.

Waiting for Your Time

March 14, 2011
Time-in-service requirements have long been around; they started in the military. If you're working in a grade — let's say patrol officer — you'll have to serve a suitable time period in the pay grade or assignment before you can be promoted or transferred. This allows you to gather valuable experience or what I call exposure.

Off-Duty Carry: What Kind of Cop Are You?

March 7, 2011
Where and when to carry off-duty is a debate between cops that has gone back and forth for generations. I know what I've done and will continue to do. Let's review the three kinds of cops so you can pick the category that suits you best.

An Officer's Most Potent Weapon

February 28, 2011
Do you believe the maxim that the pen is mightier than the sword? I do. Even though most departments use a work station and software to prepare reports, writing ability is honored among those in the criminal justice profession.

Purchase Wisely

February 21, 2011
Always consider comfort and safety. If you have comfortable and happy feet, you will walk around the building and find that burglary or catch the perp that's trying to run. If you can see comfortably, you'll fatigue less and maybe save your precious sight.

Off-Duty Carry and Preparedness

February 14, 2011
Nearly every company and cop shop has a messenger shoulder-type gear bag available today in a variety of sizes and carry styles. Some of these bags reek "cop," so get a sports team's logo or some designer logo, and put it on the outside of the bag for public view.

FTO Generational Gap

February 7, 2011
Don't think you'll be able to set back your clock and readjust your "cool level" to theirs. If you've given an analogy and had to explain it, you've committed a faux pas. Face it. There are generational icons that we still use that many don't understand.

How To Avoid Failing the FTO Program

January 25, 2011
Passing the FTO program isn't difficult, if you accept that this is another learning station in life. Bring your best and apply all you know, and you'll pass with flying colors.

Avoid Fried Chicken on the Steering Wheel

January 17, 2011
Patrol car fleet survival is simple: Think decontamination at all times. Before you start a shift, clean all contact points on the car with disinfecting wipes.
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