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Get a Mental Oil Change

Get a Mental Oil Change

In your law enforcement career, there will be times when your stress level causes too much friction or locks up your forward motion. More and more officers are becoming victims of a level of stress that, if not attended to, could turn them into the psychologically walking wounded.

June 4, 2013

Off-Duty Behavior

Off-Duty Behavior

Once you become a police officer or deputy, the world changes its view of you. I know you're the same man or woman that you were before you poked your hand up and took the oath, but there are some realities we need to discuss.

January 3, 2013

Relocating To a New City for a Police Career

Relocating To a New City for a Police Career

More and more, recruits are taking on the challenges of being a new officer as well as a new resident. Being the FNG (fabulous new guy) and knowing nothing about the area can be challenging, exciting, and downright stressful. External supports are necessary elements for survival.

December 14, 2011

Recruit Life As a Single Parent

This blog often focuses on tactics, off-duty survival, surviving the FTO program, or making it though the academy. However, what can often get overlooked is making it through those first few years as a parent. A single-parent recruit has been given the most difficult assignment of all.

December 7, 2011

Know Your Recruit

If you find yourself in the role of Field Training Officer (FTO) or occasional trainer, please make an effort to understand the background of your recruits. For the one-on-one trainer, try to grasp the knowledge, skills, and abilities of your trainee. If both of you do this, you'll save yourself wasted time, aggravation, ruffled student, egos and probably maximize valuable training time.

April 26, 2011

Are the Elements of Your Life In Balance?

Are the Elements of Your Life In Balance?

I'd compare your life foundation to a table with four legs holding it steady. What are the four legs? Family, faith, friends and vocation. Let's explore them to help you achieve balance.

April 19, 2011

Financial Planning: Think Twice Before You Spend

Financial Planning: Think Twice Before You Spend

Watching younger officers entering long-term financial obligations such as homes, credit or vehicles worries me greatly. Research the stability of your job during the next two to three budget cycles before you ink any contracts.

April 4, 2011

The Bikini Car Wash Incident—A Chief's Perspective

The Bikini Car Wash Incident—A Chief's Perspective

Bottom line: Think about what you are doing? Give it a reality check and see how you can defend your actions or presence to your boss if something should occur. If you can't come up with at least three good reasons, stay home.

September 27, 2010

Avoid Being Identified As A Cop

Telling a story about your most recent call, as others listen within ear shot, gives two ideas. Either you are a young cop or a 'mall ninja' who has overdosed on police shows.

August 30, 2010

Credit History and Job Applications

In this country, we call it a credit history or credit score. I tend to refer to it as your credit reputation, because that is what prospective employers are reading into your credit history.

May 26, 2009

Tattoos: The Illustrated Applicant

Today, more and more young men and women are getting inked. Conversely, there is a growing trend with many departments across this nation that have taken stances against visible tattoos on their uniformed officers.

January 13, 2009

Bad Habits

A recruit should not feel pressured into doing something that he or she has made a cognitive decision not to do, just for the sake of inclusion.

January 9, 2008

Recognize Your Real Friends

The other day a young officer emailed me with a problem. He had come upon some old college chums and they became stand-offish after they discovered he was a cop. The young lad told me that he had heard of this in the academy but could not believe it was happening to him.

October 25, 2007

Get Your Life in Order

Everyone has seen movies where the drill sergeant storms into the barracks and tells the recruits how it's going to be. Some of us lived this. For me, it was at Ft. Dix, N.J. Well, what do you need to do to get through the police academy and the FTO period? Simple; what I was told and what I tell every recruit: Get your life in order!

June 26, 2007