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Learn to Love Chaos

Learn to Love Chaos

If you can't make order out of chaos, then you shouldn't be a supervisor.

August 7, 2017

How To…Communicate During a Pursuit
FirstNet and the Broadband Future

FirstNet and the Broadband Future

Today, FirstNet is finally becoming more than just a public safety pipedream. FirstNet is about to go online and here's how that could affect you.

July 7, 2017

How To Work With Aviation Units

How To Work With Aviation Units

There is no substitute for some type of aircraft in the air to support your operations. It's imperative that the coordination between ground units and flight crews be seamless and problem free. But this is easier said than done.

June 10, 2017

Next-Generation Headsets and Mics

Next-Generation Headsets and Mics

Law enforcement officers accustomed to using smartphones with wireless devices in their personal lives are itching to use the same type of technology on duty. And manufacturers of headsets, microphones, and wireless devices are working to meet that challenge.

March 14, 2016

Motorola APX 7000L: Two Radios in One

Motorola APX 7000L: Two Radios in One

Motorola Solutions is preparing for the future with its new hybrid LMR/cellular data radio. The Motorola APX 7000L Multiband Radio with LTE is an upgrade of the company's popular digital P25 APX 7000 radio handset that will receive LTE data signals over a yet-to-be-disclosed nationwide cellular carrier and, when it comes online, FirstNet.

August 29, 2014

Police Product Test: Motorola Mission Critical Bluetooth Earpiece
Cell Phones on Duty

Cell Phones on Duty

Most cops can readily agree a cell phone is perhaps the best new tool an officer can have during his or her patrol shift. Whether it is used to call a victim, a barricaded suspect, or a detective on a major case, a cell phone is a vital asset to the patrol officer.

March 17, 2014

10 Things Officers Want to Tell Dispatchers

10 Things Officers Want to Tell Dispatchers

Previously, POLICE Magazine shared some things that dispatchers always wanted officers to know. This time, the shoe is on the other foot, and we allow field units to give dispatchers some advice.

November 7, 2012

10 Things Dispatchers Want You to Know

10 Things Dispatchers Want You to Know

The emergency dispatcher is the police officer's lifeline out in the field: coordinating resources, making notifications, running checks, and getting you help when and where you need it. When your butt is on the line, so is theirs.

September 13, 2012

6 Crucial Contacts When Planning Event Security

6 Crucial Contacts When Planning Event Security

When planning events, you'll want to involve the event coordinator (or committee); fire and ambulance services; information technology and communications; public works; the media; and organized volunteers.

March 8, 2012

Getting the Most Out of K-9 Units

Getting the Most Out of K-9 Units

K-9 teams are considered force multipliers. One K-9 team can do the work of many officers, which frees up officers for other duties. A K-9 team is an effective tool if its use is understood by those that call on them to support their operations.

December 19, 2011

Working with Tactical Flight Officers

Working with Tactical Flight Officers

Although many agencies are trying cost-cutting alternatives, it's been my experience as a field supervisor that there is no substitute for a helicopter in the air with a well-trained flight crew. Effective coordination between ground and air units is imperative.

October 1, 2011

Loose Lips Sink Ships

Loose Lips Sink Ships

It's always best to say as little as possible when interacting with citizens. Any sensitive information you provide could come back to bite you—and everyone else involved in the case. Here are some reminders of other wrongheaded ideas that could lead you to say or do something you shouldn't and royally muck up a case.

September 22, 2011

Electronic Privacy on the Job

Electronic Privacy on the Job

Increasingly, law enforcement agencies issue electronic communication and information equipment to employees for their use in performing official duties. Access to and use and monitoring of the information stored or transmitted by means of such devices may be subject to a variety of employer policies, state and federal statutes, constitutional provisions, and case law.

September 3, 2010

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