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Traffic Control 101

January 10, 2011
Most academies show a presentation and tell you your Field Training Officer (FTO) will properly instruct you. The reality is your FTO will wheel into a crash scene, check for injuries, and tell you to handle traffic. Here lies the problem — no real instruction, and please be mindful of your hand gestures.

Don't Go Around Hungry

January 3, 2011
A good question: What's in your carry bag? More and more officers are now carrying healthy alternatives to vending machine grazing fodder. I recommend carrying one or two energy bars or meal-replacement bars in the bag to carry you through.

You Can't Play Catch-Up

December 28, 2010
Professional behavior is desired and demanded at all times. Every move you make is under scrutiny. If you act like a thug, you'll jeopardize all you've worked for?

New-Hire Benefits: Read the Fine Print

December 20, 2010
Many agencies are changing their benefits due to the economy. Some are even changing benefit packages for future hires, so if a cop tells you about how good his or her benefits may be for them, it could well be far different for you.

Training for Stress

December 13, 2010
It all comes down to you. Don't let the state recommended guidelines or your department's training unit decide how or what you need to practice. These are probably minimum guidelines at best.

Do I Look Like a Tour Guide?

December 6, 2010
Help tourists by telling them which areas are safe for parking and walking. Identify areas where they need to lock their doors, roll up the window and drive with a purpose. Of course, they may ask about accommodations, restaurants and the usual tourist spots. Be prepared for a walk-in medical center question.

Doing It In the Dark

November 30, 2010
Academies love to train you under perfect well-lit conditions; the FTO loves to train you under the adverse conditions. Take your skills to new and higher levels. Go practice in the dark.

Accepting Remedial Training

November 22, 2010
Remedial training is something nearly every field training recruit (FTR) must endure. There will be an element in a task that you didn't perform to a satisfactory level, and your FTO will insist you practice this skill before you move forward. Calm down and accept the learning moments to come.

Are You Willing To SPEAK UP?

November 15, 2010
Add S.P.E.A.K. U.P. to your acronym list, and you'll improve your chances for a successful law enforcement career. These are the fundamentals.

Overtime Survival Kit

November 8, 2010
If you have an issued car, keep a small bag in the trunk. If your department utilizes a car fleet, then keep this in your privately owned vehicle trunk or in your locker. This won't take up much space, but will make life a little more livable.

Special Events Duty

November 2, 2010
Working special or extra duty events can be a learning platform for your career. To advance, you'll need exposure to several different types of law enforcement events to give you a broad experience base. This will help with promotions, transfers to special units or selection to events staffed by more experienced officers.

Firearm Safety for the Home Front

October 22, 2010
Whether you have a safe and secure place, utilize gun locks, safe boxes or hidden compartments, you must have the family meeting. You need to tell each and every dweller with you the rules and allow no compromise.

Interview Failures and Faults

October 14, 2010
Show the energy and drive you have to become their officer selection. Interview boards don't understand the "I will give you an honest day's work for an honest day's pay" work ethic. They want energy, motivation and somebody who is clamoring for the position.

Do You Have Court Today?

October 11, 2010
Working on rotating schedules and the balancing act of life is a juggling act. Add in court, range, training, kid's soccer game and birthdays, and it gets complicated. Get a system and stick to it.

Wearing a High-Visibility Vest May Save Your Life

October 5, 2010
I know what it's like to have to get out and work a traffic accident; it only takes a few seconds to don this vest. There are still some officers who resist wearing the vest and try to trump up the circumstances to exempt themselves. You're only endangering yourself by doing this.

The Bikini Car Wash Incident—A Chief's Perspective

September 27, 2010
Bottom line: Think about what you are doing? Give it a reality check and see how you can defend your actions or presence to your boss if something should occur. If you can't come up with at least three good reasons, stay home.

What Rattles Your Cage?

September 24, 2010
Every recruit has their inner fears or phobias. They must be addressed and not suppressed. Much like the monster that was under your bed as a child, they will haunt you.

Learning to Drive Like a Cop

September 17, 2010
It's stressful enough to operate all these electronic devices, but far more difficult to operate a motor vehicle with these cockpit distractions. I often wonder when we will have mini-nuclear plants in the trunk to produce enough juice to run all of this stuff.

Rookie Shopping Sprees

September 13, 2010
Rookies will buy nearly anything without the trifecta of questions that every young cop should ask themselves before a purchase.

How to Handle an APE Situation

September 3, 2010
Every department has had one or so, and will continue to have them. I'm not talking about a commissioner's kid getting a parking ticket. The commissioner's kid is arrested for a felony and the media is swirling.
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