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Also by William Harvey

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Service is Your Job

May 8, 2009
You go to work and catch calls for service. But where are those blazing shoot-outs with terrorists? Well, this is police work and reality. Don't let the inaction disillusion you.

No Cutting Corners…Please!

April 30, 2009
Police officers can be their own worst enemy. Do us all a favor and do not take the easy way out; it just makes for more work in the long run. There are several shortcut traps out there. Your FTO should tell you about them, but just in case….

Fatherly Advice

April 8, 2009
The other day, one of my readers e-mailed me a tough question. The young officer stated that he was a faithful reader seeking some sage advice. He wanted my insights on how to balance "the job" with his pending fatherhood. This made me do some soul searching.

First Day Jitters and Survival

March 29, 2009
Whoever created the analogy of butterflies in your stomach to represent the uncertainties of the first day missed the mark. Recalling my rookie days─now having had a few─the feeling to me is more like buzzards circling in your gut.

FTO: Mentor or Monster

February 23, 2009
This column is directed to the FTO or the future FTO. You are the most critical link between academy training and education and real world application. So, let's not waste such an opportunity.

Knives, Tools, and Answers

February 20, 2009
Yes, price is a consideration, as well as quality. But finding the right tool for your job is paramount.

Don't Push It

February 20, 2009

Take time to learn on the lesser calls, for the same investigative skills will develop. Then when you find yourself on a call of more consequence, you'll have a strong grasp of the necessary skills.

Don't Make Me Lie for You

February 20, 2009

Go ahead and have a good time, but recall that cops do bring with them guns, edged weapons, and egos…this can be a volatile mix. Cool heads need to prevail.

Understanding Hiring Cycles

February 6, 2009
I fielded a call the other day from a young lad who was preparing to end his tour of service with the military. He wanted to enter law enforcement nearly instantaneously. Hold on; it is not that simple.

Background Investigations and Secrets

February 6, 2009
If you have lived a tawdry past, then you should know that some astute investigator will find out during your background investigation. If you think that you have any disqualifiers in your past, do yourself a favor and do some research.

Watch, Speak, Do

January 26, 2009
Your ability to observe, verbalize, and perform is very important. One day in court it could mean the difference between guilty and not guilty.

The Honor of Being an FTO

January 26, 2009
No supervisor worth his stripes would ever select a non-performer to become an FTO.

Academies: Pay Your Way or Wait?

January 13, 2009

I get this question nearly every week regarding the academy: Should I wait to get hired or should I pay my way? There are some states that will allow a candidate to attend the academy without being hired by an agency. You are deemed as "pre-service" and you pay your own way. There are pros and cons to each path.

Tattoos: The Illustrated Applicant

January 13, 2009
Today, more and more young men and women are getting inked. Conversely, there is a growing trend with many departments across this nation that have taken stances against visible tattoos on their uniformed officers.

Understand the Rules of Applications

January 13, 2009

The other day I was discussing the civil service hiring process with my executive assistant, Michelle. She has some noteworthy advice for applicants that all too often they do not heed. Let's see what Michelle has to offer to you.

Remember Where You Came From

December 1, 2008
We have all had to endure the rites of rookiehood. It is up to each and every one of you to change it for the future.

Rejections and Acceptance

November 3, 2008

I got a call the other day from a reader who was devastated. He had applied with the department of his dreams and got rejected. He felt crushed and now wanted to know what his recourse was for this disaster in his life.

Getting the Application Together

November 3, 2008

Let's go over what you are going to need to know to apply for a law enforcement job and how to cut down on time, expenses, and headaches.

Hazing and Rites of Passage

November 1, 2008

You can expect to be put through the ringer and served up some humble pie, but a police department is not a college fraternity.

Carrying a Load on Your Shoulders

October 1, 2008

You deserve respect for the stress and hard work you take on. You also deserve the occasional much needed R&R.

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