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Seven Keys to Surviving Your Police Career

Seven Keys to Surviving Your Police Career

In order to survive our complex environment, we must have a complete understanding and thorough working knowledge of what I call the "seven essential components" of a successful law enforcement career.

December 3, 2014

What Records Wants You to Know

What Records Wants You to Know

The end of your report is merely the start of a process that involves many gatekeepers. The keys to getting past the gatekeepers are found within your agency's records section.

November 21, 2014

Responding vs. Reacting

Responding vs. Reacting

Reacting is guided primarily by emotion and responding is influenced by logic. In this context, it's not hard to see which one of the two is more beneficial to law enforcement officers.

October 7, 2014

Leadership in Reverse

Leadership in Reverse

Every profession espouses the virtues of leadership. But what about followers, which are the flip side of the equation? You can't have good leadership without good followership.

September 17, 2014

What Your Supervisor Wants You to Know

What Your Supervisor Wants You to Know

If you're not sure what your supervisor expects of you, here are some universal truths that should help you make sure you pass muster, no matter how long you've been on the job.

August 18, 2014

Dealing with Confirmation Bias

Dealing with Confirmation Bias

One of the biggest things you can do to correct confirmation bias is to try to disprove your theories instead of trying to prove them. It seems it is human nature to stop working once you have proven your theory to your own satisfaction.

July 17, 2014

How to Deal with Shrinking Budgets

How to Deal with Shrinking Budgets

If you are a "cup is half full" person, then having the right perspective, attitude, and imagination can conquer the frustration of an ever-shrinking budget. It is possible to still make things happen.

June 16, 2014

3 Things to Make You a Success

3 Things to Make You a Success

I have found there are three essential characteristics that are common to all outstanding LEOs: having curiosity, maintaining a sense of urgency, and having a thirst for knowledge. It's easy to remember the three if you use the acronym "CUT."

May 23, 2014

Reducing Motorcycle Traffic Fatalities

Reducing Motorcycle Traffic Fatalities

It only makes sense that local law enforcement should help find ways to help motorcycle enthusiasts, even veteran riders, ride more safely. The only viable option most law enforcement agencies can help with outside of traffic enforcement is rider education.

April 8, 2014

Vehicle Ambush Training

Vehicle Ambush Training

My agency recently presented an in-service training program on how to handle vehicle ambushes. We tackled the issue by focusing on the only three possible options available when attacked in your vehicle: retreat, run the suspect over, or get out and fight.

March 20, 2014

Maintain a Healthy Mind

Maintain a Healthy Mind

If you don't work to maintain a healthy mind, you will lose a running battle with things like memory, stress, and empathy, which are all important for a law enforcement officer's daily routine.

February 3, 2014

Don't Become a Statistic

Don't Become a Statistic

Can we ever stop law enforcement officers from being killed? I don't think so, but we don't have to make it any easier for it to happen either. There are things we should be doing that are well within our reach, but we don't.

January 15, 2014

12 Tips From Homicide Detectives

12 Tips From Homicide Detectives

I work with some highly recognized homicide detectives who have provided tips that could help detectives and patrol officers alike. The following bits of wisdom apply to all investigations, regardless of the nature of the crime or who is investigating.

December 23, 2013

Movement to Contact

Movement to Contact

For us, the purpose of MTC is stop the threat, deny the suspect movement, deny an advantageous tactical position, or collect information to be used in critical next-step decision-making.

November 14, 2013

Dealing with the Deaf

Dealing with the Deaf

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) makes it very clear that hearing impaired people are entitled to the same level of service from law enforcement officers as anyone else. So it's your job to accommodate people with hearing loss.

September 20, 2013

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