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How to Obtain a Sworn Statement

August 12, 2016

Well written accounts from victims and witnesses can serve as valuable evidence.

How to Figure Out the Type of Call You're On

July 8, 2016

To be sure, the hardest part of any call is figuring out what you have. Once you do, it's a matter of following protocol, policy, and filling out the right paperwork. And therein lies the rub; getting to that point. It's akin to solving puzzles or answering riddles.

How to Join a Bicycle Unit

April 6, 2016

A great bicycle officer has a strong service mentality, paramount knowledge of laws, a thirst for new knowledge, and someone who can adapt to change easily. If this describes you, your agency's bicycle unit might be a good fit.

How to Choose a Helicopter for Your Agency

February 29, 2016

If you're considering purchasing a helicopter for your agency, here are some topics you need to explore in your journey toward achieving flight operations.

12 Things You Need to Know About Rifle Optics

January 28, 2016

In order to help you decide what optic best suits your needs, POLICE Magazine spoke with some experts on the tactical operation of firearms optics. And the following are 12 things they said you need to know about these essential accessories.

How to Buy a Duty Holster

January 28, 2016

Your duty holster is one of the most important articles of safety equipment you'll ever take into the field — just as important as your firearm, cruiser, flashlight, or handcuffs.

How to Use 3D Laser Technology to Generate Savings

November 5, 2015
By downloading and reading this white paper on policemag.com, officers can learn how to generate significant savings for an inter-agency investigation team using FARO 3D laser technology.

How to Become a Bomb Tech

September 4, 2015

There are many more officers who want to wear the fabled bomb tech symbol of laurel leaves, electric bolts, and an aerial known as the "crab" than there are positions available.

How to Start a Body Camera Program

December 21, 2014

Those who have succeeded in implementing wearable evidence capture programs say agencies may want to take a step back and make sure they are getting the right equipment and have the proper infrastructure in place to make their adoption of officer-worn video a success.

How to Deploy Highway Flares

December 11, 2014
This video provides safety tips for lighting and deploying Orion highway emergency flares.

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.

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