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Avoid Being Identified As A Cop

August 30, 2010
Telling a story about your most recent call, as others listen within ear shot, gives two ideas. Either you are a young cop or a 'mall ninja' who has overdosed on police shows.

Know Your Limitations

August 23, 2010
One of my former defensive tactics instructors taught me a valuable lesson about sizing up an opponent. He asked me if I had ever seen a Japanese tea cup and what is different about it?

How to Get Along In a Department

August 17, 2010
It is a common rookie mistake to think just because you're now a copper with the uniform and shield, you're special. Don't ever fool yourself; the department's staff is what keeps you rolling.

A Message For FTOs: Prepare For the Worst

August 13, 2010
How many calls do you respond to that could become an armed confrontation? I think of alarms-in-progress, domestic disputes, bar calls and gang contacts. These need to receive the once over or brief intros during the first week.

Layoffs and Reality

August 10, 2010
Follow what's going on with your employer. Maybe you don't live in the municipality, so you haven't been paying attention. Start paying attention, when the words "budget shortfalls" and "layoffs" come over the news, sit up and pay attention. You may be forced to make some tough decisions.

Little Things To Make Patrol Life Easier

August 2, 2010
Experience is probably the best teacher in the category of little things that can be a pain in the day at work. The academy instructors maybe mentioned a few and you should have observed your Field Training Officer (FTO), but some things just seem to slip by.

Mall Ninjas

July 28, 2010
The Mall Ninja will seek the attention of the unwary public. They obtain weird, black T-shirts that have FBI, DEA, Narcotics and SWAT on the back. Then they parade around in the public with them on for all to gaze upon. They are not cops; they are wanna-bes or pseudo cops.

Plan For an Unexpected Assault

July 19, 2010
You have read about the alarming and ever increasing ambush assaults on police officers. Whether you are on the job, in the academy, or on vacation you should have a plan. Police officers train for the active shooter call but what happens if you are the target in the hot zone?

Not Everything Will Get You Killed

July 13, 2010
"If you do this or that you will get killed." I have heard this statement millions of times. Every officer has. It becomes meaningless to us all when it is overused.

Policing Fads

July 6, 2010
Learn as much as you can from veteran officers and their experiences - both good and bad - about why we now do what we do.

BOOK REVIEW, If I Knew Then: Life Lessons From Cops on the Street

June 24, 2010
This book differs from similar collective works in the sheer passion of the writers. For once, they are allowed to write from their inner warrior's soul. You will sense a certain energy from the contributors that you do not normally sense in this genre of writing.

The Training Curve

June 22, 2010
I used to work with a precinct captain who believed "mandatory" training was an order from The Almighty. It needed to be done right then and there! As much as it drove me up the wall to deal with his reign of madness, it made sense.

Ink and Internet Indiscretions

June 17, 2010
Posting party photos online and getting tattoos is OK for most people, but police agencies will expect you to be more careful of the image you project.

Surviving Rookie Mistakes

June 9, 2010
Of course, you will be picked on and probably get a nickname related to your mistake, but you take it and walk.

Tough Outer Shell, Soft Center

May 28, 2010
If you ever attend a police funeral, you will see the two cops that you know are roughest and maybe even jaded, hug each other. Don't let this shock you.

Be Your Own Medic

May 21, 2010
Knowing first-aid could save your life or the life of a fellow officer and keep you in the fight.

Start Financial Survival Now

May 11, 2010
In my decades of police work I have seen far too many coppers get in over their heads by living large and not preparing for a rainy day. I don't care what you call your savings, just have some.

Advice to the Newest FTO

April 27, 2010
Set the learning and work standards and stick to them. None of the "good enough for government work" crap. Teach your recruits to work, train, and earn their keep.

Be the Best Job Candidate

April 20, 2010
Don't lose heart. Finding a way to stand out and rise to the top is the real goal.

High-Tech Troubles

April 6, 2010
Say you're texting another cop about a case. Are these texts discoverable? Freedom of information and open records laws are evolving as we speak. Learn your state's laws and how they apply to you.
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