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Ambush Attack: 8 Tips for Avoiding—or Surviving—Ambush Attacks
Thoughts on Patrolling Your Community During the Summer Months

Thoughts on Patrolling Your Community During the Summer Months

Memorial Day Weekend has effectively become the unofficial start to summer. So this is an excellent opportunity to offer some reminders on how to safely conduct your police business as the months get warmer and the vacationers hit the nation's highways and hotels.

May 24, 2019

11 Tips for Responding to Domestic Violence Calls
Tips for Safety on Patrol in Severe Winter Weather
7 Tips for Safely Dealing with Animals on Patrol

7 Tips for Safely Dealing with Animals on Patrol

Mountain lions and other very dangerous predators have been known to show up in densely populated cities. Elk have been known to get tangled in a farmer's fencing. Raccoons and opossums end up in storm drains and dumpsters on a regular basis. Here are some thoughts on dealing with non-human subjects in a way that keeps both the animal and the officer safe.

January 25, 2019

Officer Safety Considerations for Foot Pursuits

Officer Safety Considerations for Foot Pursuits

While empirical data doesn't exist—at least to my knowledge—on lost productivity due to injuries sustained during foot pursuits, anecdotal evidence suggests that medical leave following such activities is significant enough to give some thought to the matter.

November 23, 2018

Why Schools Should Teach Students about Policing and Constitutional Law

Why Schools Should Teach Students about Policing and Constitutional Law

I've long held the belief that a year-long civics class should be a requirement nationwide. Further, these classes should include more than just the basic structure of government. Curriculum should incorporate Constitutional Law and Supreme Court cases related to the Fourth and Eighth amendments, as well as police policies, procedures, and practices.

October 19, 2018

IACP 2018: Watching Trump's Speech to Law Enforcement

IACP 2018: Watching Trump's Speech to Law Enforcement

Trump slammed the Obama administration for restricting law enforcement's acquisition of military surplus equipment based on concerns of militarization. He called that "a very strange reason" for keeping life-saving equipment away from officers. "People are shooting at you and some people are worried about how you look,"

October 10, 2018

A Plague of Deadly Hesitation, De-Motivation, and De-Policing in America

A Plague of Deadly Hesitation, De-Motivation, and De-Policing in America

Police in a variety of places have talked about trepidation to act when action is the only reasonable response. They have spoken about fearing the aftermath of a deadly force encounter more than they do the incident itself. However, we need to be redoubling our efforts to re-establish proactive policing and aggressive crime fighting.

August 17, 2018

5 Considerations for Off-Duty Safety in the Era of Anonymous, Antifa, and BLM

5 Considerations for Off-Duty Safety in the Era of Anonymous, Antifa, and BLM

Earlier this week, it was reported that Black Lives Matter protesters "crashed" the wedding of one of the two Sacramento police officers reportedly involved in the fatal shooting of Stephon Clark. This incident offers a stark reminder that even when you are off duty, there are people who want to do you harm. Here are some thoughts about keeping yourself and your family safe away from the job.

August 10, 2018

How to Minimize Accidental “Struck By” Duty Deaths
Officer Safety Training Tip: Defeating the Clinch

Officer Safety Training Tip: Defeating the Clinch

In the fourth edition of Police's Defensive Tactics Training videos, the instructors at the Lab MMA Training Center in Glendale, Ariz., demonstrate strikes and counters that can be used at extremely close range in order to stop attacks and take suspects into custody.

June 26, 2014

Officer Safety Training Tip: Using Push Kicks

Officer Safety Training Tip: Using Push Kicks

POLICE Magazine has teamed up with The MMA Lab in Glendale, Ariz., to offer a series of training videos demonstrating defensive tactics officers may need to use. Videos feature veteran officer Ron Dorfman and instructors John Crouch and Adam Gillespey demonstrating the techniques.

November 15, 2013

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

In Praise of Condition Yellow

In Praise of Condition Yellow

Being in Condition Yellow has allowed me to identify a thief before he acted on his intentions, a would-be assailant before he launched his attack. It has given me pause to re-evaluate the decision to pet a dog, or patronize certain establishments.

August 9, 2013