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More Ways to Ruin Your Police Career

More Ways to Ruin Your Police Career

Here I'll share still more potential career killers that can haunt you. I'm only trying to keep you out of trouble and maybe save your career.

October 23, 2013

Contacting the Hearing Impaired

Contacting the Hearing Impaired

As a patrol officer, you must provide the same level of service to deaf subjects that you would to others. Stay on track with our five-step guide.

September 20, 2013

How Boomers and Gen Y Can Bridge the Tech Gap

How Boomers and Gen Y Can Bridge the Tech Gap

Technology is catching up with the demands of the profession, and the Gen Yers are very adept at using that technology. With baby boomers at the helm of most law enforcement agencies, the technology isn't being used to its full potential.

September 18, 2013

How to Survive Being Shot

How to Survive Being Shot

By understanding three basic steps—Breathe, STOT, Move—officers are able to maintain control over their physiological responses and employ more effective psychological responses to stressful incidents.

September 17, 2013

What I Learned From 25 Years of Police Work

What I Learned From 25 Years of Police Work

While training a recruit, I passed on some of the most important lessons that sustained me through my career and kept me motivated to cross the finish line to retirement. I'd like to continue to pass along these lessons so other officers can benefit from what I've learned.

September 6, 2013

How To Deal With Pregnancy In Law Enforcement

How To Deal With Pregnancy In Law Enforcement

Being a female in law enforcement has its challenges. Being a pregnant female in law enforcement is its own unique animal. I'm here to try and answer a few of your questions or at least give you some advice to make it easier for you.

June 11, 2013

How To Start a Smaller-Agency Traffic Unit

How To Start a Smaller-Agency Traffic Unit

If the chief or sheriff wants to form a traffic unit, stop and ask what kind of unit. Is this purely enforcement or is this a special events traffic detail? Will you handle parades, funeral escorts or other special events? Will you investigate serious and fatal accidents up to and including reconstruction?

May 22, 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

5 Tips for Joining a K-9 Unit

5 Tips for Joining a K-9 Unit

Have you noticed there are very few female K-9 handlers in law enforcement? Don't let that deter you. If you’re motivated to join a K-9 unit, use these five tips to prepare and achieve your goal.

April 26, 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

5 Tips for Joining a Specialty Unit

5 Tips for Joining a Specialty Unit

Female officers may encounter resistance when they apply to join special units such as SWAT, K-9, narcotics, internal affairs, or crime prevention units. To help those hoping to break into these units, PoliceMag.com is launching a Web-exclusive, multi-part series offering strategies to reach this goal.

March 31, 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

Do You Use Electrical Appliances While You're In the Tub?

Do You Use Electrical Appliances While You're In the Tub?

Finance, accounting, budgets, and purchasing procedures exist for a reason. As boring as these "instruction books" may be, they are for your own protection. It's their goal to keep you from dropping your "financial toaster" in a tub of hot, greasy, water.

January 22, 2013

How To Stay Safe During a John Sting

How To Stay Safe During a John Sting

The male and female officers who take on the undercover assignment as a prostitute often struggle with how far to carry the "walk and talk" to make a good case. The balance is no different in vice operations than when making a good drug arrest. The undercover (UC) officer must blend into the crowd, as well as lead the conversation in a safe and lawful way.

July 2, 2012

Using a Reverse Auction To Buy Patrol Vehicles

Using a Reverse Auction To Buy Patrol Vehicles

The Chicago Police Department opted for a rarely used online "reverse auction" to acquire its new patrol vehicles for a good price. The department used the eBay-style auction earlier this year to award contracts to two Chicago-area car dealers to supply the Ford Police Interceptor sedan and P.I. Utility.

June 22, 2012