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2 Thoughts on Policing in 2020

2 Thoughts on Policing in 2020

Here are some thoughts for 2020 to continue to reduce line-of-duty deaths and reverse what appears to be a significant spike in police officer death by suicide.

January 3, 2020

2019 in Review: American Police Officers Under Fire From All Angles
Why American Military Veterans Make Great Police Officers

Why American Military Veterans Make Great Police Officers

Veterans of America's military tend to make excellent police officers—they have baked into their very being a commitment to service, an unusually high level of discipline, an understanding of chain-of-command, and other qualities that police officers also share.

November 8, 2019

Trends in Training: Police Innovate While Critics Irritate

Trends in Training: Police Innovate While Critics Irritate

A criminal justice professor at Texas Christian University believes that police training is to blame for the death of Atatiana Jefferson, who was shot and killed by former Fort Worth Officer Aaron Dean late last week. Here's why he's leaped prematurely to a conclusion.

October 18, 2019

Senior Officers Speak Out: "The Best Advice I Got as a Rookie"

There's so much great advice handed down from senior officers to LEOs just coming on the job. It's invaluable institutional knowledge, so if you have the opportunity as a more seasoned officer help out a rookie with something you've learned over the years, make every effort to do it.

August 9, 2019

Why Police Should Ignore the Starbucks Kerfuffle

Why Police Should Ignore the Starbucks Kerfuffle

The blowback on Facebook against Starbucks was especially vitriolic, leading an outside observer to conclude that mistreatment of law enforcement officers in the company's stores is a pervasive problem (spoiler alert: it's not).

July 12, 2019

On Independence Day, Words of Wisdom from American History
10 "Must Read" Books for Law Enforcement Officers

10 "Must Read" Books for Law Enforcement Officers

Being a civilian in the law enforcement universe for more than a decade now, I've learned that—in addition to talking directly with cops, doing ridealongs, and attending police training—there is enormous value in reading a wide variety of law enforcement books and training materials.

March 8, 2019

11 Tips for Responding to Domestic Violence Calls
Tips for Safety on Patrol in Severe Winter Weather
How the Bond between Cops and Kids Might Help Solve the Police Recruitment Crisis

How the Bond between Cops and Kids Might Help Solve the Police Recruitment Crisis

Many police departments have a pop-up tent, a folding table, and a bunch of knick-knacks with the department badge or logo to give away during street festivals and other events. This is a very passive recruitment tool, and arguably a giant waste of time and resources. Where the real recruitment opportunities exist are in the day-to-day contact between young people and the police officers who serve their communities.

September 21, 2018

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