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Prepare for Winter

Prepare for Winter

As you settle into this snowy, stormy season your thoughts should also migrate toward winter patrol tactics.Take a few minutes to prepare and think what you need to do to be tactically safe and comfortable.

February 14, 2014

A Few Shots Can't Hurt You

A Few Shots Can't Hurt You

I do not accept the excuse that you are afraid of needles. Get over it and go get protection from some bad bugs.

January 7, 2014

Fill Your Own Stocking

Fill Your Own Stocking

Maybe you need a last minute tax deduction on professional and safety equipment before the end of the year. I know that at this time of year I require some of what I call needful things for myself. Here are some shopping suggestions.

December 23, 2013

Do Not Tweak Your Service Weapon

Do Not Tweak Your Service Weapon

Most all departments have regulations regarding the modification of departmental issue/carry weapons. There are stories of weapons that failed to operate as designed due to poorly attempted modifications by the untrained and/or unskilled.

December 11, 2013

More Ways to Ruin Your Police Career

More Ways to Ruin Your Police Career

Here I'll share still more potential career killers that can haunt you. I'm only trying to keep you out of trouble and maybe save your career.

October 23, 2013

How to Ruin Your Police Career

How to Ruin Your Police Career

You can have a fine career here in Copland and can do so without breaking the rules and ending up in trouble. Each of these lessons learned comes from a true story that had liability and professional repercussions.

October 3, 2013

3 Patrol Maxims to Live By

3 Patrol Maxims to Live By

During your career, you'll hear all too often familiar phrases repeated, some may not be worth repeating but some are lifesavers. I've developed a short list of maxims that good leaders reiterate and young officers should heed.

September 16, 2013

Self Study Helps You Rise Up the Ranks

Self Study Helps You Rise Up the Ranks

Many officers focus on what's important to them in their current assignment, or ask why they should take courses they will never use. If you're seeking command positions, you'll have to supervise specialties where you have limited, if any, practical working knowledge.

September 4, 2013

Be a Mentor, Not a Monster

Be a Mentor, Not a Monster

Great mentors seem to live for the teaching moments of life. It is easy to scream at someone who makes a mistake. It takes patience to seize a mistake and turn it into a learning experience. The leader who takes you aside for a teaching moment is a real leader.

August 21, 2013

The End of Professional Policing?

The End of Professional Policing?

Elected officials seeking reforms seem to lack the respect for the men and women of emergency services. As one said recently to me, "There is no difference between a police officer and ditch digger, you are all my servants."

August 14, 2013

The Bridge Years

The Bridge Years

Some of life's little moments may be overlooked but many others have been career-enders. What we must do is fully explain the background disqualifiers so future candidates can make sound decisions.

July 11, 2013

Brief Your Force About New Special Units

Brief Your Force About New Special Units

Police departments are not powered by electricity or petroleum; they run off rumor and innuendo. If you start something new and don't tell anyone, the rumor mill will create its job description.

July 2, 2013

Telling the Truth

Telling the Truth

Intentional, malicious, or deceptive conduct will permanently destroy an officer's credibility. Should an officer violate these standards, there is no alternative other than termination or permanent removal from investigative duties.

June 21, 2013

Get a Mental Oil Change

Get a Mental Oil Change

In your law enforcement career, there will be times when your stress level causes too much friction or locks up your forward motion. More and more officers are becoming victims of a level of stress that, if not attended to, could turn them into the psychologically walking wounded.

June 4, 2013

How To Start a Smaller-Agency Traffic Unit

How To Start a Smaller-Agency Traffic Unit

If the chief or sheriff wants to form a traffic unit, stop and ask what kind of unit. Is this purely enforcement or is this a special events traffic detail? Will you handle parades, funeral escorts or other special events? Will you investigate serious and fatal accidents up to and including reconstruction?

May 22, 2013