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Closing the Gap

Closing the Gap

The reactionary gap is the distance you must keep between you and the suspect in order for you to respond to any sudden threat. That distance tends to be six to nine feet if you can see the suspect's hands, and 25 feet if you can't. The danger zone is anywhere inside the reactionary gap.

July 10, 2013

Community Involvement

Community Involvement

There is an old saying that says in order to receive, you must first give. Giving back to the community is critical if you want its help. The key to getting the community to help you revolves around your getting involved with the community.

June 20, 2013

15 Things to Make Your Life Easier on Patrol

15 Things to Make Your Life Easier on Patrol

I have created a list of items that I've found useful over the years. I recommend you use it to start or perhaps update your own list. Then make sure you carry everything you've decided you need in your squad.

May 29, 2013

What CSIs Want You to Know

What CSIs Want You to Know

As for responding officers, the question for us becomes twofold. First, do we appreciate the importance of CSI's role and, second (oftentimes more important), do we appreciate the importance of our own role in crime scene handling and processing?

February 6, 2013

Why the OODA Loop is Still Relevant

Why the OODA Loop is Still Relevant

Any time you react you are processing information and making decisions using the OODA loop. The OODA loop consists of four parts: Observe, Orient, Decide, and Act.

January 10, 2013

ABCs of In-Progress Calls

ABCs of In-Progress Calls

In-progress calls evolve within a framework of controlled chaos. You can help improve your management of the situation by remembering the ABCs of in-progress calls: Assess the situation, Basics rule the day, and Contain it or lose it.

December 20, 2012

How to Approach Traffic Stops

How to Approach Traffic Stops

Experience teaches that there is nothing routine about what we do once we hit the streets. Traffic stops are no exception. A traffic stop generally has two threat levels; you are either at risk or at high risk.

November 26, 2012

Drug Interdiction for Patrol

Drug Interdiction for Patrol

You can't single-handedly win the "War on Drugs" as a patrol officer, but keen eyes and attention to detail on traffic stops can make an impact. A simple traffic stop could very well lead to a disruption in a drug supply line.

September 5, 2012

How to Study: 7 Tricks of the Trade

How to Study: 7 Tricks of the Trade

I've taken and passed with flying colors a fair share of promotional exams in my time. Certain tricks helped me store the information in my head, and they can do the same for you.

August 28, 2012

Oral Board Preparation

Oral Board Preparation

Dealing with oral boards is a fact of life. One of your main objectives is finding a way to distinguish yourself from the other candidates. Like everything else in law enforcement, preparation is the key to your success.

July 10, 2012

Decision-Making Traps

Decision-Making Traps

Law enforcement is filled with decision-making. You need to go deeper in your understanding of this near art form. To improve your own skills, you need to learn about decision-making traps and how to use this knowledge to your advantage.

June 12, 2012

Developing a Warrior Mindset

Developing a Warrior Mindset

A mindset is developed when you employ a fixed mental attitude that predetermines your response to a given situation. For example, your attitudes toward something help develop your response or approach. Your mindset becomes your approach.

May 24, 2012

Performance Evaluations

Performance Evaluations

Supervisors and officers tend to dislike dealing with performance evaluations (PEs) as much as they dislike internal affairs investigations and termination proceedings. Supervisors hate writing evaluations and officers hate reading them. But they persist anyway.

April 22, 2012

Teamwork Minus the B.S.

Teamwork Minus the B.S.

We live in an age of political correctness where saying the right things seems to have more value than doing the right things. People use catch phrases to draw attention to themselves and make them seem wise and caring.

March 20, 2012

Handling DUI Stops

Handling DUI Stops

There is a tendency to shy away from DUIs unless you are part of a specialty unit that deals with them all the time. But I think we can reverse this trend through understanding and training.

February 17, 2012

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