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Dave Smith: What Would Sherlock Do?

Dave Smith: What Would Sherlock Do?

One of the most important things an officer needs to learn how to do is relax. And I recommend reading as great entertainment and relaxation.

November 13, 2019

Dave Smith: But Will They Change?
Dave Smith: The Expert Speaks …Wrong Again!
Equilibrium

Equilibrium

It is tough to have effective training when the troops are not receptive to the message.

December 10, 2018

When You Work for a Jerk

When You Work for a Jerk

Who among us hasn't worked for a jerk and found ourselves dreading the moment we had to pull into the parking lot at the beginning of the workday?

October 8, 2018

Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned

First and foremost, the recordings reveal that force is ugly. It is not the "one punch, hero wins, bad guy goes down," movie action the public has been conditioned to expect. 

September 4, 2018

The Will to Keep Going

The Will to Keep Going

Often ambush attacks are so sudden and violent the officer's doom seems certain, yet they manage to overcome the bushwhacking…but how? 

June 18, 2018

Officer Safety: Why or Why Not?
The Toy

The Toy

Play is one of the essential elements of a healthy life, so make time for it.

November 6, 2017

Personal Maintenance

Personal Maintenance

In the modern world there are many great reminders to help us make sure we do our maintenance chores right on time. I just wish the critical tools in my life had the same reminders.

February 7, 2017

The Basics

The Basics

When officers do well it's inevitably because they have kept true to the training they were given.

December 7, 2016

Snack Food

Snack Food

Years ago, while working at the Law Enforcement Television Network (LETN), I heard an anecdote from one of the producers who had worked on a corn chip commercial earlier in her career. This event helped her put things in perspective in whatever she did for the rest of her life.

November 17, 2015

Learn or Die

Learn or Die

It seems continuing to learn stops the forgetting process, which is important because in our profession forgetting can have dire consequences. How many times have you watched a video of an officer getting hurt and thought, How did he forget to keep proper positioning? or Why did she stop watching the hands?

October 16, 2014

Act As If..You're the Best Possible Officer

Act As If..You're the Best Possible Officer

If Wiseman is right we don't all need to get certified as safety experts, we need to act certified. If every time you made a traffic stop you acted like you were demonstrating to a group of cadets the right way to do a stop, what would you do?

August 7, 2014

Hitting the Reset Button

Hitting the Reset Button

When you hear a war story, imagine yourself in the situation, "preloading" yourself for success in similar incidents.

July 10, 2014