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Take a Stretch Break

March 22, 2010
How can you prevent muscle pulls? A martial arts pal of mine recommends taking frequent stretch breaks. No, I did not say coffee breaks, snack breaks, or smoke breaks; I said stretch breaks.

Oral Interview Tips

March 18, 2010
Once you find some questions, practice them in front of someone and make sure to do it aloud. Sitting in your room whispering them will not cut it.

Beware of "Embellishment"

March 11, 2010
I was always told by my sainted Irish mother that if you tell the truth the first time you will never have to remember what lie you told. Sage words from my childhood that still apply today.

The Second Generation Cop

February 26, 2010
When a new recruit is a cop's son or daughter, it can be a delicate if not downright difficult matter, the 800-pound gorilla in the room that nobody wants to face.

Your Best FTO

February 11, 2010
If you want a super cop hero in your life, go rent a movie. If you want a real cop in your life, your academy cadre and FTOs are there to teach you today and for the rest of your career.

Bad Behavior and Attitudes

February 1, 2010
There are no free passes on the streets. Therefore study, work, and sweat here to avoid getting hurt out in the real world.

Decisions Made Easy

February 1, 2010
Can you defend your decision with your legal and ethical foundations? If not, prepare for discipline or problems.

A Grab Bag to Go

January 12, 2010
I find it a necessity now more than ever to have a grab bag within arm's reach. To prepare for active shooters, school crises, and terrorism, you've got to have the necessary equipment and now!

Off-Duty Stealth Tips

December 10, 2009
Perform a fashion check before you leave the house: Do I look like a cop? If so, then go prepared. If you don't want to be bothered, tone down the wardrobe.

When Am I No Longer a Rookie?

December 1, 2009
When the most mundane things to a "civilian" take on a decidedly law enforcement spin, this is when I believe you are about to enter the metamorphosis from rookie to cop.

Carrying the Load

November 30, 2009
Today, we have a litany of specialized police tools and instruments issued. I always laugh when a new product comes out and wonder if the holster manufacturers are tooling up for the new nicky neat police gadget. Does it come in basketweave?

Off-Duty Considerations

October 29, 2009
The other day a young officer inquired about off-duty actions and equipment. His question focused on how to act, so here's my advice.

Firearms 101

October 7, 2009
Say you're on duty and you contact some thugs who have guns. You have to make their guns safe for transport. If this is the first time you have ever seen this design of weapon, then what are you to do?

Watch Your Mouth

October 1, 2009
You might feel that the uniform gives you anonymity to say what you feel in the heat of the moment. But you are not a nameless person in the crowd. You are a police officer.

Know Your Limitations

September 16, 2009
Failing to call for needed backup is foolhardy "bravery" that will make you a statistic and risk all officers responding to the scene.

Take Charge of Your LE Job Search

August 31, 2009
Because the market is so competitive, you must try harder and give your best at all times. Treat every application as the most important document you've ever filled out. Slight mistakes, omissions, or sloppiness can result in elimination.

Family Preparation for Encounters

July 28, 2009
Young officers, I know you are trained, sworn, and ready to serve. But if you see something unfolding in front of you and go to intercede, what are the people with you going to do?

Budgets, Needs, and Wants

June 2, 2009
You need to weigh criticality versus frequency in making this decision. How critical is it for you to have this widget? Will your life and survival depend on it? If not, reconsider.

Credit History and Job Applications

May 26, 2009
In this country, we call it a credit history or credit score. I tend to refer to it as your credit reputation, because that is what prospective employers are reading into your credit history.

Pass the Jump Test

May 26, 2009
Uniform only, what is in your pockets today? Loose change, challenge coin, pocket knife, lip balm…what else? The first step is to quiet down the uniform.
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