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Americans Support Police Well Beyond National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

It's easy to look at the landscape of public opinion in America and come to the conclusion that the majority of people in the United States despise the police. However, the vitriolic anti-police sentiment demonstrated by a small number of the public, the press, and the political class is not an accurate reflection of how the majority of Americans feel about their law enforcement officers.

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Watch the Hands: Improving Police Interactions with Deaf Subjects

Officer safety is obviously paramount—and should never be jeopardized by allowing a potentially dangerous subject who should be handcuffed to retain use of their hands—but weigh into your tactics the fact that communicating with a deaf subject who is handcuffed becomes significantly more difficult.

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Arrive Alive: Police Must Reduce Single-Vehicle Crashes on Patrol

Among the five tenets of the Below 100 program is the admonition to "watch your speed" behind...

Too many officers are driving themselves into their graves—turning their cars into their coffins—in single-vehicle crashes. According to ODMP, there were 34 such preventable duty deaths in a three-year span from 2016 to the present. It's impossible to know how many officers were seriously injured but survived single-vehicle crashes during that time period. Something must be done.

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Officer Safety Considerations for Foot Pursuits

Officer Safety Considerations for Foot Pursuits

While empirical data doesn't exist—at least to my knowledge—on lost productivity due to injuries sustained during foot pursuits, anecdotal evidence suggests that medical leave following such activities is significant enough to give some thought to the matter.

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Recharging Your Batteries: The Benefits of "Unplugging"

I promised myself—and more importantly, my family—that during a recent vacation to Hawaii I...

There is certainly benefit to being current on events involving the people you consider family—your brothers and sisters across the country with whom you share a special bond—as well as the world at large. However, it's also important—and extremely beneficial—to spend some time completely disconnected from the job. This is a lesson I recently re-learned.