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How To Build a Successful Career with the Three Cs
4 Major Reasons to Go Back To College

4 Major Reasons to Go Back To College

Nowadays, it’s not uncommon for adults to return to college, especially with the flexibility that distance education can provide for busy students. Here are four reasons why you might consider going back to school.

June 17, 2019

Education: Learning to Lead
How to Prepare for the Sergeant's Promotion

How to Prepare for the Sergeant's Promotion

Your preparatory efforts for career advancement are not a sprint; they are a marathon. If you want to be better prepared than your competition, then prepare better than your competition.

January 14, 2019

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

How To Deal With a New Supervisor

How To Deal With a New Supervisor

I've learned a few things about dealing with new supervisors in my 30-plus-year career in law enforcement. Here are some of them in no particular order.

July 9, 2018

It’s Been an Honor and a Privilege

It’s Been an Honor and a Privilege

Several themes emerge as I look back on my own small piece of that history. They are things that I wish I understood better when I was younger on the job. They are also things that I hope those who come after me can find of some service as they continue the work that I am leaving behind.

June 22, 2018

Taking the Leap into Chiefdom
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

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

How to Study: 7 Tricks of the Trade

How to Study: 7 Tricks of the Trade

I've taken and passed with flying colors a fair share of promotional exams in my time. Certain tricks helped me store the information in my head, and they can do the same for you.

August 28, 2012

Studying for Written Promotional Exams

Studying for Written Promotional Exams

To achieve high scores on my exams I had to work my tail off and sacrifice a great deal. Unless you're gifted with a superior intellect and ironclad memory, so will you.

August 21, 2012

10 Rookie Errors To Avoid

10 Rookie Errors To Avoid

Unfortunately, many officers fail to meet the required standards and may find their on-the-job training program to be an insurmountable hurdle. Consequently, many officers are terminated or quit while involved in this process.

May 18, 2010

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

How Do I Advance My Career?

How Do I Advance My Career?

So you're beginning your career in law enforcement and you want to position yourself now for the future. You wish to become a chief, sheriff, captain, or detective. But how do you prepare yourself today for that career that is 15 years down the road? Simple; today's planning will set your future's career path.

November 1, 2007

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