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3 Patrol Maxims to Live By

3 Patrol Maxims to Live By

During your career, you'll hear all too often familiar phrases repeated, some may not be worth repeating but some are lifesavers. I've developed a short list of maxims that good leaders reiterate and young officers should heed.

September 16, 2013

Cockpit Distractions In Your Patrol Car

Cockpit Distractions In Your Patrol Car

Operating a police vehicle is serious business and at no time should it be made secondary. So wheeling down the road while screwing around with the MDT and chatting on the cell phone is dangerous.

September 6, 2012

The Bling Factor: Jewelry on Patrol

The Bling Factor: Jewelry on Patrol

Most departments have a policy or regulation regarding jewelry. The boilerplate verbiage could include a limit of one wristwatch, one bracelet, and one necklace that's not visible to the public. One ring per hand is standard. Earrings are usually allowed for females, and policies may now also cover male officers.

May 9, 2011

Maintain Your Gear, It Could Save Your Life

I've seen handguns that have not been cleaned and cared for. I've seen holsters with cobwebs and dust lines, telling me the weapon hasn't been removed in months.

March 28, 2011

Traffic Control 101

Traffic Control 101

Most academies show a presentation and tell you your Field Training Officer (FTO) will properly instruct you. The reality is your FTO will wheel into a crash scene, check for injuries, and tell you to handle traffic. Here lies the problem — no real instruction, and please be mindful of your hand gestures.

January 10, 2011

Wearing a High-Visibility Vest May Save Your Life

Wearing a High-Visibility Vest May Save Your Life

I know what it's like to have to get out and work a traffic accident; it only takes a few seconds to don this vest. There are still some officers who resist wearing the vest and try to trump up the circumstances to exempt themselves. You're only endangering yourself by doing this.

October 5, 2010

Avoid Being Identified As A Cop

Telling a story about your most recent call, as others listen within ear shot, gives two ideas. Either you are a young cop or a 'mall ninja' who has overdosed on police shows.

August 30, 2010

Know Your Limitations

Know Your Limitations

One of my former defensive tactics instructors taught me a valuable lesson about sizing up an opponent. He asked me if I had ever seen a Japanese tea cup and what is different about it?

August 23, 2010

A Message For FTOs: Prepare For the Worst

How many calls do you respond to that could become an armed confrontation? I think of alarms-in-progress, domestic disputes, bar calls and gang contacts. These need to receive the once over or brief intros during the first week.

August 13, 2010

Little Things To Make Patrol Life Easier

Experience is probably the best teacher in the category of little things that can be a pain in the day at work. The academy instructors maybe mentioned a few and you should have observed your Field Training Officer (FTO), but some things just seem to slip by.

August 2, 2010

Off-Duty Stealth Tips

Perform a fashion check before you leave the house: Do I look like a cop? If so, then go prepared. If you don't want to be bothered, tone down the wardrobe.

December 10, 2009

Safety is Your Business

I want you to think about your daily routines in preparing for the job. Every department has one great knee-slapper of a story about someone making a big mistake due to laxity. But to me, if someone could have been injured or worse I hate it.

September 5, 2008

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