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How to Care for Your K-9

October 1, 2005

The excitement of working with a K-9 partner can sometimes overshadow the amount of care and upkeep these animals need. Of course, just like people they need to maintain overall health to excel in the field.

How to Write a Policy Manual

September 1, 2005

Even if you’ve never been asked to produce a policies and procedures manual, you can well imagine what a huge undertaking it is. If you are planning to develop or even update your agency’s manual, the suggestions contained in this article should help you save time, produce a quality manual, and avoid some frustrations that can occur.

How to Start a Crisis Negotiation Team

August 1, 2005

When on scene, most tactical teams contain more testosterone than a crowd at a British soccer match. But there is one balancing element that keeps it all in perspective. The crisis negotiation team steps up to play a vital role in this very real life-or-death game of wits.

How to Purchase Mobile Computers

July 1, 2005

Back in 1965, a few years before he helped found Intel, a scientist named Gordon Moore postulated a law of technology. What the brilliant Mr. Moore said is that the power of computers will double every year. Some say he said every 18 months.

Report Writing Tune-Up

June 1, 2005

One of the most ignored aspects of our work is report writing. But it shouldn’t be. Whether we are patrol officers or investigators, we write reports each and every day. And these reports stay with us from the day we write them all the way through the court process and beyond.

How to Run For Sheriff

June 1, 2005

If jobs were like mental illnesses, the office of sheriff could be said to have multiple personality disorder. On one hand, you're a by-the-book law enforcement officer. On the other, you're a consummate, cunning politician.

Dive Training: Beyond the Basics

May 1, 2005

Beyond the basic dive certification that most enthusiasts get from the PADI, an agency will probably have to depend on a more specialized source for training.

How to Start a Dive Team

May 1, 2005

There are all sorts of things that can take place in or hide in bodies of water. Some will be the result of criminal actions; some will be accidental. Many will require police to respond in order to recover evidence or further an investigation, and this requires personnel specially trained and equipped for such duty: a dive team.

How to Equip Patrol Cars

April 1, 2005

Most law enforcement agencies have been through the process of buying and equipping cars many times before. But just because you’ve done it before doesn’t mean you have to do it the same way every time. There are many choices when it comes to outfitting your patrol cars with lightbars, partitions, deck lights, and all the other accoutrements that make cruisers patrol ready. Maybe it’s time for your department to look into the different options.

How to Run an Assessment Center

March 1, 2005

Deciding who should be hired to a high-ranking position at a law enforcement agency is a difficult job, no question. And the last thing any department wants is for such decisions to be viewed as arbitrary or unfair. This is why many agencies now use a structured process that incorporates the opinions of many people within and outside the department to evaluate prospective employees.

How to Talk to Police Officers

February 1, 2005

Watch the leaders, or those in leadership positions, and you will learn much as a student of leadership. I try to key in on how supervisors address groups of officers and I always look to see how the officers respond.

How to Build a Firearms Range

February 1, 2005

Some of us still remember back when Disneyland used to issue coupons for its rides. The coupons started with “A” tickets for the tame kiddie-type rides and graduated all the way up to the “E” coupon for the especially wild rides. Hence the phrase, “you’re in for a real E-Ticket ride.”

How to Run a Reserve Program

December 1, 2004

The number of reserve officers is increasing throughout the country as more law enforcement organizations utilize this cost-effective means to add manpower. As with any organization, a reserve unit is only as good as the people on its roster, and this all begins with recruitment.

The Money Crunch: Getting the Goods

November 1, 2004

Gone are the days of simple two-way radios and revolvers. Now each officer must carry a multitude of less-lethal weapons in addition to a gun and probably a PDA. While grants are useful, they aren’t the only means by which to acquire funding for equipment.

How to Start an SRO Program

October 1, 2004

School resource officers serve as important liaisons between police departments and local schools.

How to Work with the Feds

September 1, 2004

If federal agencies have problems cooperating and sharing information, how can local law enforcement work with them? The answers are certainly not simple, and may depend on just who is doing the answering.

How to Select and Train SWAT Snipers

August 1, 2004

The position of police sniper is one of the most unique and difficult in all of law enforcement. It carries with it high expectations and great responsibility. Yet, many agencies put little thought into setting a proper foundation for an effective sniper program.

How to Work with Resort Security

July 1, 2004

Private security is one of this country’s biggest growth industries, bringing in billions of dollars every year and ranking as one of the fastest growing sectors in the global economy. In the last decade it accounted for the largest number of new jobs; it has grown so fast that security officers now outnumber police officers 3 to 1.

Bang for the Buck: How to Make Ballistic Gelatin

June 1, 2004

Research shows that properly calibrated ordnance gelatin is a highly reliable tissue simulant. The ordnance gelatin used by the FBI is mixed in 20-pound blocks using the following recipe.

How to Police the Homeless

June 1, 2004

Police officers and sheriff’s deputies across the country are many times handcuffed by the complexities of dealing with a transient—and often mentally ill—population. Fortunately, new ideas—as well as a few reliable old ones—are available to help.

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