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How To Conduct an Area Canvass

How To Conduct an Area Canvass

You need to do a thorough search of the area surrounding a crime scene to develop leads and solve crimes.

November 3, 2017

12 Keys to a Successful Career

12 Keys to a Successful Career

There's a lot you can learn from veteran and retired officers who have worn the badge before you, including how to thrive and prosper in the law enforcement profession.

August 12, 2016

The Worst Advice I've Ever Received

A couple of weeks ago, I blogged about some of the best advice I ever received. It seems only appropriate that I should also share some of the less sagacious comments I and other deputies and officers have received through the years, as well.

September 30, 2010

The Best Advice I Ever Received from Other Cops

I was sure that I could take the dude, but my T.O. reminded me to never judge a book by its cover. He'd known a good many cops and suspects who'd gone headlong into fights, thinking they had the upper hand by virtue of their age, size, or perceived martial arts skill, and they promptly got their asses handed to them.

September 16, 2010

Apollo 13 Commander Lovell Delivers Keynote at APCO Conference

The Association of Public- Safety Communications Officials (APCO) announced today that key speakers such as Jim Lovell, Frank Miles and John Chappelear will be the key note speakers at this year's conference. These speakers will address the subjects of stress reduction, change and achieving goals.

July 8, 2010

POLICE Magazine and Adobe Offer Distance-Learning Training

POLICE Magazine and Adobe Offer Distance-Learning Training

The seminar will focus on the benefits of Adobe Connect, which allows law enforcement agencies to train their force using distance-learning tools. This allows departments to offer training without needing to coordinate a time that brings everyone together in one physical location.

July 8, 2010

Tips For Surviving Third Shift

Tips For Surviving Third Shift

So what do you do, if you're working the graveyard shift? The No. 1 solution is to get enough sleep. Sleep is essential for the human body, and it is natural to fall into an internal and regulated clock.

June 15, 2010

Making a Professional Impression

How should women in law enforcement wear their hair? How much makeup? What about jewelry? Sergeant Dina Zapalski answers.

July 13, 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

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

Keeping up with Case Law

Keeping up with Case Law

Much of what I learned in basic academy in the late 1960s is no longer good law. If I were still operating on the basis of 40-year-old understandings, I wouldn't be very effective.

November 1, 2008

Lessons of Survival

Lessons of Survival

On Easter Sunday 1998, I was injured when a suspect ambushed another deputy and myself with an AK-47. In the shooting's aftermath, I considered how I owed my survival to formal and informal training that others had given me.

May 1, 2008

Fitting In

Fitting In

The first year after your academy graduation is critical in building the foundation for the remainder of your career. A great deal of it starts with the personal relationships you build with your peers during your first year on the street.

May 1, 2008

The ABCs of Body Armor

The ABCs of Body Armor

Although it's often called a bulletproof vest, ballistic armor can't make you invincible. It can, however, save your life should you be shot in the vest. And this is no small thing. Just ask anyone who's lived to tell the tale.

May 1, 2008

Talking Them Down

Talking Them Down

Sometimes you can use finesse to gain compliance and stop a situation from escalating into violence.

May 1, 2008

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