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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

The ABCs of Body Armor

The ABCs of Body Armor

Although it's often called a bulletproof vest, ballistic armor can't make you invincible. It can, however, save your life should you be shot in the vest. And this is no small thing. Just ask anyone who's lived to tell the tale.

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

What Police Officers Need

"Forward then. Forward! Let us go forward without fear into the future and let us dread naught when duty calls." - Sir Winston Churchill

September 1, 2006

Contact Knowledge

Everyone has their own list of local "Good Guys To Know." While it's great to have a guy on call to get the best restaurant recommendations and a killer deal on that new truck, it can be just as useful in your career of law enforcement.

August 1, 2006

Language Lessons

Sometimes just knowing a few words in a foreign tongue can make you safer and help you do your job better.

July 1, 2006

Guard Droppers

Most departments forget to train officers for one very dangerous time on the job: the “safe” times, after a suspect has been arrested.

July 1, 2006

Self Sacrifice

"Let us stop being selfish…to the ideas of the common good and of our existence, everything must be sacrificed." —General Jose de San Martin

July 1, 2006

Going Door to Door

In a major criminal investigation, getting off your ass and knocking on some doors is essential. In fact, it is a crucial element in the early stages of working an unsolved case. The area canvass-knocking on the doors of all the residences surrounding the crime scene-is one of the first tasks a lead detective should have on his lead sheet.

July 1, 2006

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