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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

Be a Mentor, Not a Monster

Be a Mentor, Not a Monster

Great mentors seem to live for the teaching moments of life. It is easy to scream at someone who makes a mistake. It takes patience to seize a mistake and turn it into a learning experience. The leader who takes you aside for a teaching moment is a real leader.

August 21, 2013

The End of Professional Policing?

The End of Professional Policing?

Elected officials seeking reforms seem to lack the respect for the men and women of emergency services. As one said recently to me, "There is no difference between a police officer and ditch digger, you are all my servants."

August 14, 2013

The Bridge Years

The Bridge Years

Some of life's little moments may be overlooked but many others have been career-enders. What we must do is fully explain the background disqualifiers so future candidates can make sound decisions.

July 11, 2013

Brief Your Force About New Special Units

Brief Your Force About New Special Units

Police departments are not powered by electricity or petroleum; they run off rumor and innuendo. If you start something new and don't tell anyone, the rumor mill will create its job description.

July 2, 2013

Telling the Truth

Telling the Truth

Intentional, malicious, or deceptive conduct will permanently destroy an officer's credibility. Should an officer violate these standards, there is no alternative other than termination or permanent removal from investigative duties.

June 21, 2013

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

How To Start a Smaller-Agency Traffic Unit

How To Start a Smaller-Agency Traffic Unit

If the chief or sheriff wants to form a traffic unit, stop and ask what kind of unit. Is this purely enforcement or is this a special events traffic detail? Will you handle parades, funeral escorts or other special events? Will you investigate serious and fatal accidents up to and including reconstruction?

May 22, 2013

Starting a Tactical Team: Goals and Training

Starting a Tactical Team: Goals and Training

We tend to overly stress the tools, equipment, and necessary resources for this specialized assignment. These are important, but you also need to invest in your customer base.

May 6, 2013

Smaller Departments Require Greater Training Needs

Smaller Departments Require Greater Training Needs

The smaller-town first responding officer follows a case from patrol to prosecution. They gather evidence, prepare warrants, perform interviews, and present it to the district attorney. It's their case from 911 call to courtroom.

April 16, 2013

How To Start a Tactical Team

How To Start a Tactical Team

There are plenty of behind-the-scenes preparations needed to form a tactical team. It's not just gathering a group, getting fancy tactical dress, and heading out for some shooting.

April 3, 2013

Learn Your Weak Skill, Then Fix It

Learn Your Weak Skill, Then Fix It

I live by one theory—the thing that you fear the most is always lurking around the corner. Train smart, train hard and turn your weakness to strength.

March 11, 2013

Cross-Train Less-Lethal Weapons with Mutual-Aid Agencies

Cross-Train Less-Lethal Weapons with Mutual-Aid Agencies

Whenever you arrive for mutual aid, you're the visiting team. Everyone has different ground rules. Another department arriving on mutual aid may have a more stringent or lackadaisical policy. Compare their policy for deployment to yours.

March 5, 2013

Realistic Training Makes You a Better Cop

Realistic Training Makes You a Better Cop

Training in real-world conditions is the key. Get outside in the hot, cold, dark, and whatever weather you have to operate in. Realism begins in training and not in make believe.

February 14, 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