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How To Conduct an Area Canvass

How To Conduct an Area Canvass

You need to do a thorough search of the area surrounding a crime scene to develop leads and solve crimes.

November 3, 2017

12 Keys to a Successful Career

12 Keys to a Successful Career

There's a lot you can learn from veteran and retired officers who have worn the badge before you, including how to thrive and prosper in the law enforcement profession.

August 12, 2016

Keeping up with Case Law

Keeping up with Case Law

Much of what I learned in basic academy in the late 1960s is no longer good law. If I were still operating on the basis of 40-year-old understandings, I wouldn't be very effective.

November 1, 2008

Lessons of Survival

Lessons of Survival

On Easter Sunday 1998, I was injured when a suspect ambushed another deputy and myself with an AK-47. In the shooting's aftermath, I considered how I owed my survival to formal and informal training that others had given me.

May 1, 2008

Fitting In

Fitting In

The first year after your academy graduation is critical in building the foundation for the remainder of your career. A great deal of it starts with the personal relationships you build with your peers during your first year on the street.

May 1, 2008

Talking Them Down

Talking Them Down

Sometimes you can use finesse to gain compliance and stop a situation from escalating into violence.

May 1, 2008

How to Survive Probation

How to Survive Probation

During this critical period, your agency and your fellow cops are checking you out; make sure they like what they see.

May 1, 2008

Never Underestimate a Gang Member

Never Underestimate a Gang Member

They may seem disorganized, they may act stupid, they may look really young, but they are deadly and cunning as sharks.

May 1, 2008

Exercising Emotional Control

As an American law enforcement professional, you are a special individual who has followed a higher calling, voluntarily defending the lives and property of others. You have set yourselves apart as the true warriors of our modern society.

March 1, 2006

10 Essential Skills You Need to Win a Gunfight

The great Bill Jordan once said: "There is no second-place winner in a gunfight." Even if you take nothing else away from this article, I ask that you train to win any gunfight that you become involved in, not survive it, but win it.

March 1, 2006

Maintaining Success

Police officers are tasked with being true “jacks of all trades.” One of the biggest drawbacks to this designation is the amount of gear and paperwork officers are required to carry out into the field with them. It’s like having your entire office in your car and on your belt! Maintaining these items is one of the most commonly overlooked, but most important, aspects of our job.

November 1, 2005

Fatal Errors: Surviving Traffic Duty

It is easy to get careless while engaged in something you do a great deal. If you are a uniformed police officer and don’t work in a jail, chances are that traffic and vehicles are the bread and butter of your existence.

January 1, 2005

Fatal Errors: Car Stop Safety Tips

Car stops are a daily occurrence for most patrol officers. Whether in a big city or out in the country, a traffic stop is at the very root of what we do. And like most activities that we consider “routine,” we can get a little complacent on traffic stops and put ourselves on “auto pilot” without even realizing it. That’s a bad move on our part.

January 1, 2005

Fatal Errors: Surviving Arrest and Control

Fatal Errors: Surviving Arrest and Control

In the Southwestern U.S., a patrolman with about a year on the job was shot twice in the back of the head while transporting two robbery suspects in the back seat of his patrol car. The officer had failed to find a .380 caliber handgun concealed on one of the robbers. The officer died of the wounds he received in the 3:30 a.m. incident.

January 1, 2005

Fatal Errors: Surviving Domestic Violence Calls
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