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Resolutions for Cops

January 1, 2006

Ah, the first month of the new year. It’s a month of parties, football, snow or snowbirds (depending on where you live), and just generally good feelings. Then the winter wears on. Football ends for nearly everybody’s team; ice appears on the roadways at the worst time (who hasn’t had the thrill of that tactical 360-degree spin en route to a call); and all those resolutions you made suddenly become ancient history.

Training Aids

January 1, 2006

The proper equipment can make your training safer and more effective.

Stay Ready

September 1, 2005

Be prepared for things to go south on every contact you make. You never know when you’ll need to take chase or pull your gun at a moment’s notice.

Occupational Hazards: Bloodborne Pathogens

September 1, 2005

The bloodborne pathogens that you are most likely to come into contact with are the hepatitis B virus (HBV), the hepatitis C virus (HCV), and the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). This exposure can result in you becoming infected with one or more of these viruses. As such, it is important that you understand the medical implications of this serious occupational hazard.

Watch What You Eat

July 1, 2005

While not generally regarded as one of the more obvious dangers of the job, an officer’s lunch break is not without its liabilities.

Intuitive Decision Making

March 1, 2005

The importance of force-on-force training in law enforcement and military operations cannot be overstated. Human beings learn in three ways: seeing, hearing, and doing.

Fatal Errors

January 1, 2005

Making an arrest, engaging in a traffic contact, and intervening on the scene of domestic mayhem are, statistically, among the most dangerous things you can do. Make an error in your handling of one of these and you should anticipate a really bad day.

Old Cops Know "Stuff"

October 1, 2004

The big secret is to listen to these veteran cops, believe most of it, and put it into action in your own life. What I learned from older cops saved my life on several occasions.

Street Survivors

February 1, 2004

While it’s outstanding to survive a crash, it’s even better to avoid one in the first place, and that’s where good training and situational awareness feature heavily. But carmakers and their design teams play a role in officer safety as well. Let’s take a look at what the Big 3 American police car manufacturers are doing to make their cars safer for the nation’s law enforcement personnel.

Mental Illness Can Kill...You

January 1, 2004

Confrontations with emotionally disturbed subjects put officers’ lives at risk.

Your Worst Nightmare

November 1, 2002

Talk to Officer Don Gause, an eight-year veteran of the Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Police Department, and he'll tell you that a needle stick or accidental exposure to HIV, hepatitis, or any other bloodborne pathogen is absolutely his greatest fear.

Extracting Suspects from Commercial Aircraft Safely

January 1, 2000

The extraction of unruly or even dangerous criminals from crowded, commercial airliners is not an everyday occurrence for an airport officer, although it happens all too frequently.

SWAT Teams Need Strong Leadership

April 1, 1998

No police department would ever consider sending police officers onto the street without proper training or equipment to handle routine calls.  Without hesitation, police department send their officers to state-of-the-art equipment. This is equally true when it comes to training and equipping high-risk or specialty units such as SWAT teams, gang units, repeat offender units and emergency response teams.

Caution: Handle All Subjects with Care

November 1, 1996

As a survival-smart officer you already know that prison­ers can be dangerous. You are very much aware that every year American peace officers are murdered after taking offenders into custody. Attention to some basic officer survival skills aimed at the safe handling of prison­ers can help keep you from adding your name to the bloody statistics.

Combative Subjects Require Special Care

July 1, 1996

Responding to calls involving violent, incoherent or uncontrollable subjects is never easy.  Unlike rational individuals who can be taken into custody with little more than a show of authority, irrational subjects are extremely unpredictable.

Rail Accident Sites Offer Serious Safety Hazards

June 1, 1996

On Sept. 28, 1989, a fire truck from the Catlett, Calif., Fire Department was struck by an Amtrak passenger train as the truck crossed a rural railroad right-of-way while responding to a vehicle fire. The truck was totally destroyed, and two firefighters aboard were killed.

Staying Alive

April 1, 1996

In spite of all that is known about officer deaths — despite what officers have been taught in the academy and in-service training — all too often good cops are still killed because they forgot, they took a shortcut, they took an unnecessary chance or they were just plain lazy.

Making a "Routine" Pedestrian Contact

January 1, 1996

Tragically, examples of police killings are no longer rare. In all too many instances, a simple request for identification and com­pliance with lawful instructions has led to the murder of a law enforcement officer.

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