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The Old Guy League

The Old Guy League

This old guy league is a collection of distinguished and often colorful characters; take time to get to know a few. It is very important for the older generations to pass on the institutional knowledge and share the hard lessons learned for this profession to progress.

September 4, 2018

Taking the Leap into Chiefdom
Self Study Helps You Rise Up the Ranks

Self Study Helps You Rise Up the Ranks

Many officers focus on what's important to them in their current assignment, or ask why they should take courses they will never use. If you're seeking command positions, you'll have to supervise specialties where you have limited, if any, practical working knowledge.

September 4, 2013

How To Find a Career Counselor

How To Find a Career Counselor

I learned a valuable story from an old U.S. Army first sergeant years ago. Never plan for your next assignment/promotion when it is posted. You should have been working on this goal.

February 8, 2013

Welcome to the Careers & Training Channel

Welcome to the Careers & Training Channel

The Recruit channel and the Training blog have merged into Careers & Training. This new format will have much of the same content from both but now in a central location for everyone. There will also be new material on career planning and tracking.

December 3, 2012

How To Gather Intel

How To Gather Intel

Being the newest officer in the precinct makes life harder than it should be, because you have to dig for every morsel of information to get ahead. So how can you develop a system of building intel for you? Read on.

February 6, 2012

When to Leave a Department

When to Leave a Department

Police careers are much like any other career in life. Consider giving up your seniority, time invested toward tenure, vesting towards retirement, and some stored benefits. Starting over is the real bite!

October 10, 2011

Waiting for Your Time

Waiting for Your Time

Time-in-service requirements have long been around; they started in the military. If you're working in a grade — let's say patrol officer — you'll have to serve a suitable time period in the pay grade or assignment before you can be promoted or transferred. This allows you to gather valuable experience or what I call exposure.

March 14, 2011

How to Get Along In a Department

It is a common rookie mistake to think just because you're now a copper with the uniform and shield, you're special. Don't ever fool yourself; the department's staff is what keeps you rolling.

August 17, 2010

Surviving Rookie Mistakes

Surviving Rookie Mistakes

Of course, you will be picked on and probably get a nickname related to your mistake, but you take it and walk.

June 9, 2010

Weathering Complaints

If you do your job you will get plenty of complaints and only rarely receive compliments; these are the realities of policework. But how you handle or survive these unpleasantries of life is what is important here.

December 5, 2007

How Do I Advance My Career?

How Do I Advance My Career?

So you're beginning your career in law enforcement and you want to position yourself now for the future. You wish to become a chief, sheriff, captain, or detective. But how do you prepare yourself today for that career that is 15 years down the road? Simple; today's planning will set your future's career path.

November 1, 2007

Cover Yourself

You can do everything according to policy and still find yourself having to respond to a complaint or prepare a legal defense. It’s not fair; it’s not right; it just is. And when the legal snakes come after you, you’ll need proof that you are a highly trained and professional law enforcement officer.

January 1, 2005