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Traffic Control 101

January 10, 2011
Most academies show a presentation and tell you your Field Training Officer (FTO) will properly instruct you. The reality is your FTO will wheel into a crash scene, check for injuries, and tell you to handle traffic. Here lies the problem — no real instruction, and please be mindful of your hand gestures.

Driving In Nasty Weather

December 29, 2010
Weather is a hazard that must be managed by law enforcement officers, especially when driving patrol vehicles. Lt. Keith Wilson, who oversees the Michigan State Police's Precision Driving Unit, provided a few suggestions, so officer safety will be top of mind when operating your vehicle in nasty weather.

Self Talk: Auditing Your Internal Dialogue

December 17, 2010
As my friend Bob Brenner says, "The most important conversations you will ever have are with yourself, about yourself, in the privacy of your own mind."

The Scale of Desirability and Fatal Funnel

October 15, 2010
If you understand how the mind works, then you'll understand the power of words to program the subconscious mind for success or failure. In this week's post, we'll continue with that line of thought by examining the "scale of desirability" and "fatal funnel."

Officer Safety: Wristband Handcuff Key

October 13, 2010

Viewing these photos, you can see how a detainee could quickly give himself an escape route from your cuffs, so you'll want to make sure you look for this during your thorough search.

Wearing a High-Visibility Vest May Save Your Life

October 5, 2010
I know what it's like to have to get out and work a traffic accident; it only takes a few seconds to don this vest. There are still some officers who resist wearing the vest and try to trump up the circumstances to exempt themselves. You're only endangering yourself by doing this.

Beware the Restrained Subject

September 30, 2010

Over the years, I've heard multiple accounts of handcuffed subjects who later escaped or attempted to escape. One particular incident involved a young kid who fled on foot. His ability to outrun two officers with his hands behind his back demonstrated just how focused a person can be if he wants to escape.

Eliminate These 'D' Words From Your Vocabulary

September 29, 2010
The first step to positively communicate is to delete the word "don't" from your vocabulary. The rationale behind this is simple. When you use the word "don't" as part of your feedback or direction, your mind must first figure out what it is not supposed to do.

Do You Want to Win or Just Survive?

September 14, 2010
It's crucial for law enforcement officers to understand the power of words. It is not just semantics. It is often the difference between programming your subconscious for success or for failure. In some cases, it can be the difference between life and death.

Avoid Being Identified As A Cop

August 30, 2010
Telling a story about your most recent call, as others listen within ear shot, gives two ideas. Either you are a young cop or a 'mall ninja' who has overdosed on police shows.

Click It or Die Bleeding

August 26, 2010
While vehicle crashes attributed to just 26 percent of all law enforcement deaths between the years 1980 and 1982, they comprised 54 percent of officer deaths between 2005 and 2007. Fatalities incident to foot or motorcycle patrol remained largely unchanged, yet deaths in patrol cars spiked.

Know Your Limitations

August 23, 2010
One of my former defensive tactics instructors taught me a valuable lesson about sizing up an opponent. He asked me if I had ever seen a Japanese tea cup and what is different about it?

Dealing With the Non-Compliant Threat

August 19, 2010
The one thing you have undeniable control over is yourself and your response to the situation. Your goal is to resolve the situation using the lowest degree of force possible.

A Message For FTOs: Prepare For the Worst

August 13, 2010
How many calls do you respond to that could become an armed confrontation? I think of alarms-in-progress, domestic disputes, bar calls and gang contacts. These need to receive the once over or brief intros during the first week.

Safer Strikes

August 5, 2010

Trading blood with suspects is not a good idea - even if you do knock them out with your punch. Instead, learn four strikes that can lessen the likelihood of injury and transfer of blood.

When In Doubt, Whip Out Your Pistol

August 4, 2010
Whether it was on vehicle approaches, pedestrian stops, or door knocks, I made a habit of having my gun out if I felt there was any possibility of danger.

NYPD Warned of Poison Gas Hazards at 'Detergent Suicide' Scenes

August 3, 2010
The deadly concoction produces hydrogen sulfide, a colorless flammable compound that smells like rotten eggs. It paralyzes the nervous system and kills in only a few breaths.

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.

The Dawn

July 29, 2010

Kids, lawnmowers, dogs, court, phone calls, worry, sunlight, spouses, chores, side jobs, storms. Everything seems to conspire to deny us our rest.

Deadly Routine

April 22, 2010

Routine doesn't just make us comfortable, it actually "detrains" us, robs us of our edge, and can even steal our lives.

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