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Reloading With Your Weak Hand

November 10, 2010
Dep. Jennifer Fulford never expected the assailant's 9mm bullet to rip through her nerves, disabling feeling in her fingers and causing the loss of use of her entire dominant hand. Fortunately, she was not out of ammo; she performed a one-handed reload with her weak (non-dominant) hand, as she had learned.

An Effective Weapon Maintenance Plan In 5 Steps

October 21, 2010

What I've learned over the years is that many officers will typically use way too much oil and solvent when cleaning their duty weapons. I've seen officers use lithium grease, brake cleaner and PB Blaster in their Glocks, but the main issues causing problems were from too much oil, or failure to remove all of the solvents.

Interview Failures and Faults

October 14, 2010
Show the energy and drive you have to become their officer selection. Interview boards don't understand the "I will give you an honest day's work for an honest day's pay" work ethic. They want energy, motivation and somebody who is clamoring for the position.

The Worst Advice I've Ever Received

September 30, 2010
A couple of weeks ago, I blogged about some of the best advice I ever received. It seems only appropriate that I should also share some of the less sagacious comments I and other deputies and officers have received through the years, as well.

The Best Advice I Ever Received from Other Cops

September 16, 2010
I was sure that I could take the dude, but my T.O. reminded me to never judge a book by its cover. He'd known a good many cops and suspects who'd gone headlong into fights, thinking they had the upper hand by virtue of their age, size, or perceived martial arts skill, and they promptly got their asses handed to them.

How to Grip Your Gun

September 9, 2010

Having a firm grip on your semi-automatic handgun is key for several reasons, the most important of which is to avoid what's commonly called "limp wristing" the gun. When a shooter has a weak or loose grip on the gun, it usually results in the firearm not cycling properly, causing the gun to jam. A firm grip will also help you on assignments, where you need to fire from a marine platform. Read "Perfecting Your Handgun Grip" for more. Photos courtesy of Michael Rayburn.

Developing Training Acronyms

September 8, 2010

One of the best ways to train law enforcement officers in a classroom setting is to chunk up material into quickly memorized bites. You can also maximize the effectiveness of training by using a variety of memory aids.

How to Get Along In a Department

August 17, 2010
It is a common rookie mistake to think just because you're now a copper with the uniform and shield, you're special. Don't ever fool yourself; the department's staff is what keeps you rolling.

Problem Solving

August 9, 2010

Though there are many decision-making formats, there is one common component that is more important than any other: defining the problem you are trying to solve. One of the key ways to do so is by framing.

Little Things To Make Patrol Life Easier

August 2, 2010
Experience is probably the best teacher in the category of little things that can be a pain in the day at work. The academy instructors maybe mentioned a few and you should have observed your Field Training Officer (FTO), but some things just seem to slip by.

Dealing With Citizen Complaints

July 13, 2010

Once you realize that it's not personal, complaint response becomes a process not a confrontation. The key to dealing with any complaint is showing respect. By respecting yourself and others, everything else will fall into place.

If I Knew Then: Life Lessons From Cops

June 30, 2010

Experienced officers share their life lessons for a successful law enforcement career in "If I Knew Then: Life Lessons From Cops on the Street." In the book, which is edited by Brian Willis, 30 writers contribute 37 essays. "If I Knew Then" is available exclusively at Willis' website. Also, read a review of the book by Recruit blogger Chief William Harvey.

How to Use a Strobing Flashlight

June 30, 2010

The one thing I can tell you is that many of the students who arrive for my classes with their strobing lights ready to go are often not aware of the pros and cons of strobe light deployment.

How to Clear a Jammed 1911 Pistol

May 28, 2010
A balky 1911 .45 ACP is brought to heel by a young tactical officer who possesses great skill at executing a "tap and rack" maneuver to overcome a weapon malfunction. Worn out feed lips or other magazine issues often cause these malfunctions.

How's Your Poker Face?

January 7, 2010
Men are all too transparent. They stare, they ogle, they salivate. They wouldn't know subtlety if it came up and bit them on the ass. And that's true when they see criminals.

How to Decipher Gang Graffiti Codes

December 31, 2009
The Collective Eye offers this tutorial on how to understand gang graffiti symbols, handshakes and codes, using as an example the distinction between People versus Folks in the Chicago-area gang lexicon. Excerpted from The Heart Broken in Half, an anthropological documentary about a Chicago street gang, the Latin Kings.

Crisis and Hostage Negotiations

December 29, 2009

Art Slatkin, a leading expert on crisis and hostage negotiation, explains the three stages of a negotiation, delineates the personality types officers will encounter and offers several practical tips officers could use right away during the three specific stages of building rapport, negotiating and resolution with volatile people. Slatkin's "Training Strategies for Crisis and Hostage Negotiations" is the topic of this month's author interview.

How to Quickly Reload Your Revolver

December 14, 2009
Mike Larney of the ProArms podcast demonstrates the FLETC reload for the revolver as he was taught when he was an officer with the NYPD. You'll need a speed-loader for this one.

Interfacing With the Mentally Ill

December 4, 2009
This 1960 documentary, "Booked for Safekeeping (Part I)" was made to train officers to help mentally ill and confused people. The film advocates that mentaly ill people be held in the least restrictive environment possible, particularly not in a jail cell unless absolutely essential. The film points out that there are often inadequate facilities and services to deal with such people, and that is why the job falls to the police.

How You Can Become a Better Cop Right Now

November 12, 2009

Becoming a better cop may not ensure formal recognition such as a promotion, but it'll virtually guarantee it informally. It'll simultaneously help you to do your job faster and increase your prospects to work elsewhere.

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