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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

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

A Police Trainer's Code of Conduct

A Police Trainer's Code of Conduct

There are a few dos and don'ts when visiting or training at another department. Never forget that you're an ambassador for learning. These students didn't come to sit in awe of you.

January 22, 2013

Keeping FTOs Sharp Between Hiring Cycles

Keeping FTOs Sharp Between Hiring Cycles

Teaching can be a perishable skill, so you've got to practice. There are several outlets for an FTO to practice his or her skill set. We want to keep the mind sharp by providing a workout for the instructional part of the brain.

July 16, 2012

Even Pros Practice

Just like some golfers, we often talk about all of the cool ways to avoid practice, hoping the latest fad in some magazine will make us the pro we want to be without putting in the work.

July 26, 2011

Take Your Training Seriously

Don't tell me, "If you want me on the clock, you'll pay me for it." I know many officers who have to pay out of their own pockets and take time off to attend top-notch training. Take control of your destiny. Planning to excel on the streets takes investment from you.

June 8, 2011

Invest in Training

If you have to take an extra step to obtain some extra training, show some moxie and do it.

April 2, 2008

Don't Lose Your Discipline

While attending the academy, most officers follow a plan to fit their academics and physical training into their schedules. Your skills now are still green but sharp. Don't quit!

November 14, 2007