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Hiring (and Keeping) Good Cops in an Era of Anti-Police Sentiment
"Why are my people leaving?" is an important question to reflect upon, but equally important is the question, "Why am I not attracting top-quality young recruits to join this agency?"
How the Bond between Cops and Kids Might Help Solve the Police Recruitment Crisis
Many police departments have a pop-up tent, a folding table, and a bunch of knick-knacks with the department badge or logo to give away during street festivals and other events. This is a very passive recruitment tool, and arguably a giant waste of time and resources. Where the real recruitment opportunities exist are in the day-to-day contact between young people and the police officers who serve their communities.
How Protesters and Politicians Helped Increase Baltimore's Violent Crime
De-policing is an outcome — it is the direct result of protesters, politicians, and the press applying enormous pressure on police to do less policing — in which the obvious end state is an increase in violent crime.
Use Recruiting Videos to Get the Word Out
You can't guarantee that your agency's videos will go viral, but you can use them to advertise your communicate who you are and entice potential recruits.
Security as a Second Career
We all agree that owning our own private security firm was the right choice for us after retirement. Part of what has made our partnership a really good fit is that we all have similar backgrounds.
We Don't Need to Relax Recruit Fitness Standards, We need to Prepare Candidates Better
Fitness standards should not be lowered to accommodate anyone, male or female. The job is the job, and the physical requirements are the same for men and women officers.
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Prepare for Winter
As you settle into this snowy, stormy season your thoughts should also migrate toward winter patrol tactics.Take a few minutes to prepare and think what you need to do to be tactically safe and comfortable.
Dealing with Divorce on the Home Front
The divorce rate among LEOs is around 70% to 80%, so don't feel bad; you are not alone. However, you need to stop and ask yourself, and maybe your spouse, is this what you really, truly want?
A Few Shots Can't Hurt You
I do not accept the excuse that you are afraid of needles. Get over it and go get protection from some bad bugs.
Fill Your Own Stocking
Maybe you need a last minute tax deduction on professional and safety equipment before the end of the year. I know that at this time of year I require some of what I call needful things for myself. Here are some shopping suggestions.
More Ways to Ruin Your Police Career
Here I'll share still more potential career killers that can haunt you. I'm only trying to keep you out of trouble and maybe save your career.
Managing a Shift Schedule on the Home Front
A husband on a shift schedule has been known to drive a solid wife nutty, make a grown woman scream, or throw a calm child into tantrum mode. Living this way for any length of time is like living in a constant state of jet lag.
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