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Stretching Your Budget In a Recession

August 7, 2012

Law enforcement agencies with budgets strained by the current recession need a strategy for maximizing their purchasing power and stretching every dime. The following is a look at some ways that the average law enforcement agency can stretch its budget.

Oral Board Preparation

July 10, 2012

Dealing with oral boards is a fact of life. One of your main objectives is finding a way to distinguish yourself from the other candidates. Like everything else in law enforcement, preparation is the key to your success.

How To Stay Safe During a John Sting

July 2, 2012
The male and female officers who take on the undercover assignment as a prostitute often struggle with how far to carry the "walk and talk" to make a good case. The balance is no different in vice operations than when making a good drug arrest. The undercover (UC) officer must blend into the crowd, as well as lead the conversation in a safe and lawful way.

Using a Reverse Auction To Buy Patrol Vehicles

June 22, 2012
The Chicago Police Department opted for a rarely used online "reverse auction" to acquire its new patrol vehicles for a good price. The department used the eBay-style auction earlier this year to award contracts to two Chicago-area car dealers to supply the Ford Police Interceptor sedan and P.I. Utility.

How Private Security Can Help Law Enforcement

May 31, 2012
I've worked in private security for many years, and in my experience there are certain steps people in this profession can take to better help law enforcement investigate incidents. Here is what police officers prefer to encounter when they arrive at the scene of a crime and need to speak with security personnel.

How to Plan a 'John' Sting

April 18, 2012
Attacking prostitution in a certain neighborhood or industrial strip usually involves undercover (UC) officers attempting to solicit street-walkers and placing them in steel bracelets. However, a "john" sting can be another effective way to combat the problem.

5 Ways to Prevent Crimes Against Churches

April 9, 2012

If you as a police officer can convince the staffs of local churches that security measures are needed, and then help to implement them, you can make it that much more difficult for criminals to take advantage of these establishments.

How To Clear Social Media Hurdles

April 5, 2012
Social networking technology has changed the way we communicate with each other, both personally and professionally. Social media has also possibly established new hurdles on the job market.

5 Tips for Funding New Patrol Equipment

March 16, 2012
What should you do when you've been told there isn't enough money to purchase equipment? Re-allocation is often the solution. These five tips outline a budgetary fiscal-fitness program that can move equipment budgets from flabby to fit.

6 Crucial Contacts When Planning Event Security

March 8, 2012

When planning events, you'll want to involve the event coordinator (or committee); fire and ambulance services; information technology and communications; public works; the media; and organized volunteers.

How To Stay In the Job Application Game

February 15, 2012
The real secret for success is to make it as easy as possible for the people handling your application. The more they have to work on your application, the more you'll get noticed (not in a good way). If you can't follow simple directions, play by the rules, and complete simple tasks, the process will weed you out.

How To Gather Intel

February 6, 2012
Being the newest officer in the precinct makes life harder than it should be, because you have to dig for every morsel of information to get ahead. So how can you develop a system of building intel for you? Read on.

Undercover Lifeline Training: 7 Scenarios

November 1, 2011
Personnel who are well trained will "react" rather than panic when the time comes to take action. The more you train and the more confident you are, the less you will fall victim to the devastating effects of tunnel vision. Here are seven exercises to cover the more common scenarios that may arise.

How to Improve Back-up for Undercover Units

October 18, 2011
To understand the complexities of mounting a take-down operation such as rescuing an undercover agent from a secure location under the control of armed violators, undercover agents must be trained as a SWAT operator. There's no in-between here.

Working with Tactical Flight Officers

October 1, 2011

Although many agencies are trying cost-cutting alternatives, it's been my experience as a field supervisor that there is no substitute for a helicopter in the air with a well-trained flight crew. Effective coordination between ground and air units is imperative.

Video: Handcuffing with Hands On the Head

September 29, 2011
Handcuffing a suspect after asking him to place his hands on top of his head may look good on cop shows, but it puts you at greater risk. It may be effective to cover a suspect, but police combat trainer Lt. Kevin Dillon says it should be avoided for pat-downs and handcuffing.

How To Dress for Success

September 28, 2011
When you have a court appearance or a job interview, your image should project that you are trustworthy, honest, hardworking, and highly competent. Read our primer on how to approach wearing a suit, blouse, shoes, jewelry, makeup, and hairstyle.

Video: How to Handcuff on a Wall

August 18, 2011
Many law enforcement agencies have scrapped on-the-wall handcuffing from police-academy training. However, as with many police tactics, your ability to win comes down to your execution of a proven method. Lt. Kevin Dillon provides you that method in a tactics video, demonstrating two effective handcuffing strategies — one in space, and a second on the wall.

Carrying a 1911 Pistol On Duty

August 11, 2011
I get a lot of inquiries from LEOs around the country asking how to make their personal pistol ready for duty. Let's go over a few of the issues you'll need to address.

How to Handle Residency Requirements

July 5, 2011
If you're applying to an agency, read the fine print. I mean the really fine print. There are some police agencies that require you to prove you've established residency for up to two years prior to submitting an application. Others require you to move into the jurisdiction within a year of your hire date.
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