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(Video) How To Deal with the Media After a Use-of-Force Incident

How to Respond to an Emotionally Disturbed Person

In dealing with EDPs, one must use a variety of skillsets to de-escalate or defuse situations, requiring officers to communicate respectfully, practice active listening, and avoid stereotyping.

May 28, 2018

Motorola Solutions Technology Aids Florida Agency in Intelligence-Led Policing
How to Use 3D Laser Technology to Generate Savings

How to Use 3D Laser Technology to Generate Savings

By downloading and reading this white paper on policemag.com, officers can learn how to generate significant savings for an inter-agency investigation team using FARO 3D laser technology.

November 5, 2015

How to Deploy Highway Flares
Handcuffing Suspects: 3 Techniques

Handcuffing Suspects: 3 Techniques

Too many officers try to handcuff a suspect while he or she is still fighting. Before you can handcuff a suspect, you must obtain control. Here are three techniques for when you're on your own (rear leg sweep), with a partner (rear takedown), or with a group of three or more officers (the swarm). Read our feature, "Closing the Gap," for the full story. Photos by Amaury Murgado.

July 10, 2013

Effective Pursuit Driving

Effective Pursuit Driving

Michigan State Police Sgt. Jim Flegel of the Precision Driving Unit explains how troopers evaluate patrol vehicles and explains how to correct for skids created by oversteering or understeering.

December 9, 2010

How to Grip Your Gun

How to Grip Your Gun

Having a firm grip on your semi-automatic handgun is key for several reasons, the most important of which is to avoid what's commonly called "limp wristing" the gun. When a shooter has a weak or loose grip on the gun, it usually results in the firearm not cycling properly, causing the gun to jam. A firm grip will also help you on assignments, where you need to fire from a marine platform. Read "Perfecting Your Handgun Grip" for more. Photos courtesy of Michael Rayburn.

September 9, 2010

How to Clear a Jammed 1911 Pistol

How to Clear a Jammed 1911 Pistol

A balky 1911 .45 ACP is brought to heel by a young tactical officer who possesses great skill at executing a "tap and rack" maneuver to overcome a weapon malfunction. Worn out feed lips or other magazine issues often cause these malfunctions.

May 28, 2010

How to Decipher Gang Graffiti Codes

How to Decipher Gang Graffiti Codes

The Collective Eye offers this tutorial on how to understand gang graffiti symbols, handshakes and codes, using as an example the distinction between People versus Folks in the Chicago-area gang lexicon. Excerpted from The Heart Broken in Half, an anthropological documentary about a Chicago street gang, the Latin Kings.

December 31, 2009

How to Quickly Reload Your Revolver

How to Quickly Reload Your Revolver

Mike Larney of the ProArms podcast demonstrates the FLETC reload for the revolver as he was taught when he was an officer with the NYPD. You'll need a speed-loader for this one.

December 14, 2009

Interfacing With the Mentally Ill

Interfacing With the Mentally Ill

This 1960 documentary, "Booked for Safekeeping (Part I)" was made to train officers to help mentally ill and confused people. The film advocates that mentaly ill people be held in the least restrictive environment possible, particularly not in a jail cell unless absolutely essential. The film points out that there are often inadequate facilities and services to deal with such people, and that is why the job falls to the police.

December 4, 2009

How To Photograph Injuries

How To Photograph Injuries

Good photographs documenting physical injuries start even before the camera is out of the bag, because you need to have the proper mindset. These photos aren't just for police departments. They'll be viewed by the prosecutor, defense attorney, judge and, most importantly, the jury will scrutinize your work. Good composition, proper exposure and attention to detail speak volumes about your skill and dedication. Sloppy, out-of-focus images give the impression of incompetence.

October 29, 2009

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