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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
How to Succeed as a First-time Supervisor
Police Product Test: First Tactical Ascend Messenger Bag
40 Years of Training

40 Years of Training

Since 1976 law enforcement training has seen many changes as well as challenges, and it's interesting to chart that four-decade-long evolution.

October 11, 2016

Don't Reach for the Keys

Don't Reach for the Keys

Reaching into a vehicle and taking the keys to prevent a suspect from driving off is a tactical error that has sent many an officer for medical treatment.

August 31, 2015

The Chief Trainer

The Chief Trainer

You are a chief or sheriff. Get real and train with your officers. You should be one of the first enrolled in your defensive tactics and subject control training classes. Your attendance and participation will speak to all, and what it will say is this stuff is real and it's important.

October 3, 2013

Hazing and Rites of Passage

Hazing and Rites of Passage

You can expect to be put through the ringer and served up some humble pie, but a police department is not a college fraternity.

November 1, 2008

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

The Ultimate Patrol Bags

The Ultimate Patrol Bags

There are many trials that a patrol officer must face throughout his or her career. Not the least of these is trying to find a way to organize all the junk…uh…important documents and gear that you need on the job.

September 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

Head of the Class

Head of the Class

The Center's mission is to provide no-cost counterdrug training and education to law enforcement and drug demand reduction specialists across the 18 northeastern United States spanning Maine to Virginia and west to Wisconsin.

April 1, 2004

Sign Language

Sign Language

In my years instructing law enforcement officers in defensive tactics I've observed that cops tend to overlook the importance of total communication with the suspect.

April 1, 2004

Give Something Back

Give Something Back

When teaching Field Training Officer (FTO) certification or Instructor Training programs, I challenge each of the prospective trainers to give something back. But that's their job. The question is, have we all been giving back like we should?

May 1, 2002