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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

How To Start a Tactical Team

How To Start a Tactical Team

There are plenty of behind-the-scenes preparations needed to form a tactical team. It's not just gathering a group, getting fancy tactical dress, and heading out for some shooting.

April 3, 2013

Learn Your Weak Skill, Then Fix It

Learn Your Weak Skill, Then Fix It

I live by one theory—the thing that you fear the most is always lurking around the corner. Train smart, train hard and turn your weakness to strength.

March 11, 2013

Cross-Train Less-Lethal Weapons with Mutual-Aid Agencies

Cross-Train Less-Lethal Weapons with Mutual-Aid Agencies

Whenever you arrive for mutual aid, you're the visiting team. Everyone has different ground rules. Another department arriving on mutual aid may have a more stringent or lackadaisical policy. Compare their policy for deployment to yours.

March 5, 2013

Realistic Training Makes You a Better Cop

Realistic Training Makes You a Better Cop

Training in real-world conditions is the key. Get outside in the hot, cold, dark, and whatever weather you have to operate in. Realism begins in training and not in make believe.

February 14, 2013

How To Find a Career Counselor

How To Find a Career Counselor

I learned a valuable story from an old U.S. Army first sergeant years ago. Never plan for your next assignment/promotion when it is posted. You should have been working on this goal.

February 8, 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

Off-Duty Behavior

Off-Duty Behavior

Once you become a police officer or deputy, the world changes its view of you. I know you're the same man or woman that you were before you poked your hand up and took the oath, but there are some realities we need to discuss.

January 3, 2013

Know Your Place

Know Your Place

Law enforcement is steeped in para-military tradition. Rank structure is a key to our successes.

December 18, 2012

Welcome to the Careers & Training Channel

Welcome to the Careers & Training Channel

The Recruit channel and the Training blog have merged into Careers & Training. This new format will have much of the same content from both but now in a central location for everyone. There will also be new material on career planning and tracking.

December 3, 2012

Preparing Yourself for Duty

Preparing Yourself for Duty

Planning is simple, it takes minutes to avoid hours of frustration. I stay amazed at those who don't listen or catch the weather reports.

November 12, 2012

Cooling Your Marks

Cooling Your Marks

Most academies and departments embrace a form of "tactical talking" such as verbal judo, MOAB, or some other fashion of police/citizen verbal intercourse. It doesn't matter which system you use; they all give you years of experience in a compressed amount of time.

November 5, 2012

Report Writing Made Simple

Report Writing Made Simple

Today's technology has made it a lot easier for officers to write and submit their reports. But just because it appears easier, doesn't mean it will be accurate. A keyboard still needs a human's input.

October 17, 2012

The Gift of Forgetting and Helping

The Gift of Forgetting and Helping

You're not alone. There's always some help, and we have your back. As a police officer, you will see horrors second only to those who have been in combat. You can suppress some of the most horrific days of your life for a while. But a similar incident can create a recall and these memories will come roaring back.

October 9, 2012

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