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Guide to Online Criminal Justice Programs

October 23, 2013

View our comprehensive guide to 24 educational providers in the law enforcement realm.

More Ways to Ruin Your Police Career

October 23, 2013
Here I'll share still more potential career killers that can haunt you. I'm only trying to keep you out of trouble and maybe save your career.

Dealing with the Deaf

September 20, 2013

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) makes it very clear that hearing impaired people are entitled to the same level of service from law enforcement officers as anyone else. So it's your job to accommodate people with hearing loss.

Contacting the Hearing Impaired

September 20, 2013
As a patrol officer, you must provide the same level of service to deaf subjects that you would to others. Stay on track with our five-step guide.

How Boomers and Gen Y Can Bridge the Tech Gap

September 18, 2013
Technology is catching up with the demands of the profession, and the Gen Yers are very adept at using that technology. With baby boomers at the helm of most law enforcement agencies, the technology isn't being used to its full potential.

How to Survive Being Shot

September 17, 2013
By understanding three basic steps—Breathe, STOT, Move—officers are able to maintain control over their physiological responses and employ more effective psychological responses to stressful incidents.

What I Learned From 25 Years of Police Work

September 6, 2013
While training a recruit, I passed on some of the most important lessons that sustained me through my career and kept me motivated to cross the finish line to retirement. I'd like to continue to pass along these lessons so other officers can benefit from what I've learned.

How To Write Better Police Reports

July 18, 2013

In those cases where force is used—and we are most likely to be sued—we seem to be ashamed to tell the truth and admit that we hit, punched, kicked, bit, scratched, and otherwise got nasty with some miscreant.

Handcuffing Suspects: 3 Techniques

July 10, 2013

Too many officers try to handcuff a suspect while he or she is still fighting. Before you can handcuff a suspect, you must obtain control. Here are three techniques for when you're on your own (rear leg sweep), with a partner (rear takedown), or with a group of three or more officers (the swarm). Read our feature, "Closing the Gap," for the full story. Photos by Amaury Murgado.

What to Look for When Buying a Holster

July 3, 2013

There are two requirements for every holster. Number one, a holster needs to keep a pistol secure when it is not needed. Number two, a holster has to let the wearer get to his or her weapon fast when it is needed.

How To Deal With Pregnancy In Law Enforcement

June 11, 2013
Being a female in law enforcement has its challenges. Being a pregnant female in law enforcement is its own unique animal. I'm here to try and answer a few of your questions or at least give you some advice to make it easier for you.

How To Start a Smaller-Agency Traffic Unit

May 22, 2013
If the chief or sheriff wants to form a traffic unit, stop and ask what kind of unit. Is this purely enforcement or is this a special events traffic detail? Will you handle parades, funeral escorts or other special events? Will you investigate serious and fatal accidents up to and including reconstruction?

Starting a Tactical Team: Goals and Training

May 6, 2013
We tend to overly stress the tools, equipment, and necessary resources for this specialized assignment. These are important, but you also need to invest in your customer base.

5 Tips for Joining a K-9 Unit

April 26, 2013
Have you noticed there are very few female K-9 handlers in law enforcement? Don't let that deter you. If you’re motivated to join a K-9 unit, use these five tips to prepare and achieve your goal.

How To Start a Tactical Team

April 3, 2013
There are plenty of behind-the-scenes preparations needed to form a tactical team. It's not just gathering a group, getting fancy tactical dress, and heading out for some shooting.

5 Tips for Joining a Specialty Unit

March 31, 2013
Female officers may encounter resistance when they apply to join special units such as SWAT, K-9, narcotics, internal affairs, or crime prevention units. To help those hoping to break into these units, PoliceMag.com is launching a Web-exclusive, multi-part series offering strategies to reach this goal.

How To Find a Career Counselor

February 8, 2013
I learned a valuable story from an old U.S. Army first sergeant years ago. Never plan for your next assignment/promotion when it is posted. You should have been working on this goal.

Do You Use Electrical Appliances While You're In the Tub?

January 22, 2013
Finance, accounting, budgets, and purchasing procedures exist for a reason. As boring as these "instruction books" may be, they are for your own protection. It's their goal to keep you from dropping your "financial toaster" in a tub of hot, greasy, water.

How to Use Police Vehicle Tests

November 1, 2012

The agencies that test new model-year, pursuit-rated vehicles offer complementary evaluations and differing methodologies that give them equal weight among vehicle purchasers.

How to Work with a Public Safety Software Vendor

August 8, 2012

Knowing how to build and maintain a good relationship with your public safety software vendor will help your agency get the most out of its software system and help it serve the public in the most efficient way possible.

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