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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.

How To Photograph Injuries

October 29, 2009

Good photographs documenting physical injuries start even before the camera is out of the bag, because you need to have the proper mindset. These photos aren't just for police departments. They'll be viewed by the prosecutor, defense attorney, judge and, most importantly, the jury will scrutinize your work. Good composition, proper exposure and attention to detail speak volumes about your skill and dedication. Sloppy, out-of-focus images give the impression of incompetence.

How Not to Rate a Storm

October 1, 2008

Hurricane country cops need a scale that screams the following message to the public: Get out! Get out, now!

How to Stretch Your Fleet Dollar

April 1, 2008

Managing the rising costs of police fleets is a challenge that all law enforcement agencies are facing. Fortunately, there are technologies available to help fleet managers better manage these costs and save their departments thousands of dollars annually.

How to Tell When You Need a Search Warrant

March 1, 2008

The general rule-of-thumb is to try to get a warrant whenever possible. On the other hand, if you can seize evidence without engaging in a search, you don't need either a warrant or any exception.

Solving Problems with PowerPoint and Video

February 26, 2008
Many trainers struggle with the use of video in training presentations. There are several problems that crop up frequently, and there are things that you can do to reduce the likelihood that you'll suffer from them.

Projector Blues

February 8, 2008
OK, you've got your laptop and cable, and you're at the training room, where you find the projector. How do you go about connecting them?
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