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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

Prepare for Winter

Prepare for Winter

As you settle into this snowy, stormy season your thoughts should also migrate toward winter patrol tactics.Take a few minutes to prepare and think what you need to do to be tactically safe and comfortable.

February 14, 2014

A Few Shots Can't Hurt You

A Few Shots Can't Hurt You

I do not accept the excuse that you are afraid of needles. Get over it and go get protection from some bad bugs.

January 7, 2014

Fill Your Own Stocking

Fill Your Own Stocking

Maybe you need a last minute tax deduction on professional and safety equipment before the end of the year. I know that at this time of year I require some of what I call needful things for myself. Here are some shopping suggestions.

December 23, 2013

Do Not Tweak Your Service Weapon

Do Not Tweak Your Service Weapon

Most all departments have regulations regarding the modification of departmental issue/carry weapons. There are stories of weapons that failed to operate as designed due to poorly attempted modifications by the untrained and/or unskilled.

December 11, 2013

More Ways to Ruin Your Police Career

More Ways to Ruin Your Police Career

Here I'll share still more potential career killers that can haunt you. I'm only trying to keep you out of trouble and maybe save your career.

October 23, 2013

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

How to Ruin Your Police Career

How to Ruin Your Police Career

You can have a fine career here in Copland and can do so without breaking the rules and ending up in trouble. Each of these lessons learned comes from a true story that had liability and professional repercussions.

October 3, 2013

3 Patrol Maxims to Live By

3 Patrol Maxims to Live By

During your career, you'll hear all too often familiar phrases repeated, some may not be worth repeating but some are lifesavers. I've developed a short list of maxims that good leaders reiterate and young officers should heed.

September 16, 2013