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Seven Keys to Surviving Your Police Career

Seven Keys to Surviving Your Police Career

In order to survive our complex environment, we must have a complete understanding and thorough working knowledge of what I call the "seven essential components" of a successful law enforcement career.

December 3, 2014

What Records Wants You to Know

What Records Wants You to Know

The end of your report is merely the start of a process that involves many gatekeepers. The keys to getting past the gatekeepers are found within your agency's records section.

November 21, 2014

Responding vs. Reacting

Responding vs. Reacting

Reacting is guided primarily by emotion and responding is influenced by logic. In this context, it's not hard to see which one of the two is more beneficial to law enforcement officers.

October 7, 2014

Leadership in Reverse

Leadership in Reverse

Every profession espouses the virtues of leadership. But what about followers, which are the flip side of the equation? You can't have good leadership without good followership.

September 17, 2014

What Your Supervisor Wants You to Know

What Your Supervisor Wants You to Know

If you're not sure what your supervisor expects of you, here are some universal truths that should help you make sure you pass muster, no matter how long you've been on the job.

August 18, 2014

3 Things to Make You a Success

3 Things to Make You a Success

I have found there are three essential characteristics that are common to all outstanding LEOs: having curiosity, maintaining a sense of urgency, and having a thirst for knowledge. It's easy to remember the three if you use the acronym "CUT."

May 23, 2014

Reducing Motorcycle Traffic Fatalities

Reducing Motorcycle Traffic Fatalities

It only makes sense that local law enforcement should help find ways to help motorcycle enthusiasts, even veteran riders, ride more safely. The only viable option most law enforcement agencies can help with outside of traffic enforcement is rider education.

April 8, 2014

Vehicle Ambush Training

Vehicle Ambush Training

My agency recently presented an in-service training program on how to handle vehicle ambushes. We tackled the issue by focusing on the only three possible options available when attacked in your vehicle: retreat, run the suspect over, or get out and fight.

March 20, 2014

Maintain a Healthy Mind

Maintain a Healthy Mind

If you don't work to maintain a healthy mind, you will lose a running battle with things like memory, stress, and empathy, which are all important for a law enforcement officer's daily routine.

February 3, 2014

12 Tips From Homicide Detectives

12 Tips From Homicide Detectives

I work with some highly recognized homicide detectives who have provided tips that could help detectives and patrol officers alike. The following bits of wisdom apply to all investigations, regardless of the nature of the crime or who is investigating.

December 23, 2013

Movement to Contact

Movement to Contact

For us, the purpose of MTC is stop the threat, deny the suspect movement, deny an advantageous tactical position, or collect information to be used in critical next-step decision-making.

November 14, 2013

Dealing with the Deaf

Dealing with the Deaf

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) makes it very clear that hearing impaired people are entitled to the same level of service from law enforcement officers as anyone else. So it's your job to accommodate people with hearing loss.

September 20, 2013

Closing the Gap

Closing the Gap

The reactionary gap is the distance you must keep between you and the suspect in order for you to respond to any sudden threat. That distance tends to be six to nine feet if you can see the suspect's hands, and 25 feet if you can't. The danger zone is anywhere inside the reactionary gap.

July 10, 2013

Community Involvement

Community Involvement

There is an old saying that says in order to receive, you must first give. Giving back to the community is critical if you want its help. The key to getting the community to help you revolves around your getting involved with the community.

June 20, 2013

15 Things to Make Your Life Easier on Patrol

15 Things to Make Your Life Easier on Patrol

I have created a list of items that I've found useful over the years. I recommend you use it to start or perhaps update your own list. Then make sure you carry everything you've decided you need in your squad.

May 29, 2013

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