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Why We Should Hire Returning Veterans

Why We Should Hire Returning Veterans

Like war, police work can be an ugly job. Like military service, it can be dangerous physically and psychologically. But who's better prepared to endure that crucible than our returning combat veterans?

June 5, 2013

U.S. Army Cancels Carbine Replacement Initiative

U.S. Army Cancels Carbine Replacement Initiative

The M4 has become the U.S. Army's standard-issue combat rifle, and it's also a popular choice for SWAT operators, patrol officers, and federal agents. And it looks like law enforcement will continue to choose it for some time to come.

May 31, 2013

Cultivating Effective Gang Informants

In the long war between police gang fighters and the outlaw criminal gangs, gang defectors can be important and valuable allies. Unless someone in your team has the ability to recruit, cultivate, and utilize criminal informants, you're just functioning as procedural processors relying on chance to develop cases.

December 5, 2012

Preparing Yourself for Duty

Preparing Yourself for Duty

Planning is simple, it takes minutes to avoid hours of frustration. I stay amazed at those who don't listen or catch the weather reports.

November 12, 2012

Older Recruits

Older Recruits

Some view the occupation of a cop as inside work and no heavy lifting. Think again. Fully explore your new employer and understand how the agency can withstand any more shuttering of the economy.

August 7, 2012

'Act of Valor:' Where's the Police Version?

'Act of Valor:' Where's the Police Version?

If you've been on the fence about seeing "Act of Valor," I hope that you will plop down your 10 bucks and do so. Maybe if "Act of Valor" is a hit, they'll make more movies that honor the sacrifice of the military instead of deriding our warriors.

March 6, 2012

Should You Gain Law Enforcement Certification On Your Own?

You may complete the academy, but won't be certified until a law enforcement agency employs you. In some states, this completes the certification process. In others, you'll have to attend additional law enforcement training for completion. Because you haven't been a cop, you may not have received specialized training that requires full law enforcement clearances.

August 29, 2011

Show Your Pride with a Professional Image

Show Your Pride with a Professional Image

Learn to manage the little things, which are the foundation for more important things in life. Preparation for duty equates to pride in yourself and your performance. Preparation sends the message that you're a professional and a force to be reckoned with.

July 18, 2011

Perception: The Difference Between Heroes and Villains

Perception: The Difference Between Heroes and Villains

The Pima County (Ariz.) Sheriff's Department's May 5 SWAT raid resulted in the death of a Marine at home in front of his family. This tragedy has exploded into one of the most criticized, controversial SWAT incidents in memory.

June 17, 2011

A Plan Is a Plan, Until...

The Osama bin Laden raid ranks among the most significant raids in modern military history. History is replete with similar military raids — some have been successful, others less so — that reinforce the reality that the vast majority of such operations are rarely ever known outside a circle of the select few on a need-to-know basis.

May 27, 2011

Booby Traps: Death by Trick or Device

Booby Traps: Death by Trick or Device

In recent years, attacks against police officers have increasingly become sneaky ambushes rather than direct confrontations. They may involve improvised destructive devices. A few punk gang members or conspiracy nuts armed with the "Anarchist Cookbook" can cause a very bad day for law enforcement.

May 2, 2011

Military Surplus Vehicles Aid the Fight

Military Surplus Vehicles Aid the Fight

Law enforcement agencies with these special missions can apply and acquire vehicles deemed military surplus for next to nothing. The vehicles usually require work to make them duty ready. Yet, the Department of Defense's 1033 program, as it is known, offers agencies access to military-grade equipment.

April 7, 2011

Military Mobile Apps Could Protect Urban Areas As Well

Military Mobile Apps Could Protect Urban Areas As Well

Imagine a 10-officer team staking out a group of suspects from several locations simultaneously. Now, imagine the supervisor and team can observe each others' movements, simultaneously communicate via text message and call up a map of an entire building that suspects are about to enter.

February 4, 2010

Bring Battlefield Communications To Law Enforcement

Bring Battlefield Communications To Law Enforcement

At a recent trade show, I spoke with many in law enforcement about reliance on radio towers for data systems. Based on my experience with radio systems in use by the military for more than a decade, I suggested we don't really need "towers" as public safety knows them today.

November 6, 2009

I Hope This Guy Isn’t a Crisis Negotiator

It seems the head of Atlanta’s police union Sgt. Scott Kreher told the city council in an open meeting that he would like to beat Mayor Shirley Franklin “in the head with a baseball bat” when he thinks about problems disabled officers have getting workers’ compensation claims approved.

May 22, 2009

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