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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

Murphy's Law for Police Rookies

Murphy's law is the adage that anything that can go wrong will go wrong. Count on these three Murphy-isms to crop up during your first year as an officer.

June 20, 2012

Accepting Remedial Training

Remedial training is something nearly every field training recruit (FTR) must endure. There will be an element in a task that you didn't perform to a satisfactory level, and your FTO will insist you practice this skill before you move forward. Calm down and accept the learning moments to come.

November 22, 2010

Watch Your Mouth

You might feel that the uniform gives you anonymity to say what you feel in the heat of the moment. But you are not a nameless person in the crowd. You are a police officer.

October 1, 2009

First Day Jitters and Survival

Whoever created the analogy of butterflies in your stomach to represent the uncertainties of the first day missed the mark. Recalling my rookie days─now having had a few─the feeling to me is more like buzzards circling in your gut.

March 29, 2009

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

Carrying a Load on Your Shoulders

You deserve respect for the stress and hard work you take on. You also deserve the occasional much needed R&R.

October 1, 2008

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