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Law Enforcement Consortiums: The New Face of Records Management

How can agencies survive budget costs and diminishing resources while still keeping their communities safe? Consortiums are quickly becoming the answer.

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Stop Living Check-to-Check

Over half of police officers live paycheck-to-paycheck. With three steps, you can start paying the bills while also saving money.

Seven Keys to Surviving Your Police Career

In order to survive our complex environment, we must have a complete understanding and thorough working knowledge of what I call the "seven essential components" of a successful law enforcement career.

What Records Wants You to Know

The end of your report is merely the start of a process that involves many gatekeepers. The keys to getting past the gatekeepers are found within your agency's records section.

Responding vs. Reacting

Reacting is guided primarily by emotion and responding is influenced by logic. In this context, it's not hard to see which one of the two is more beneficial to law enforcement officers.

Leadership in Reverse

Every profession espouses the virtues of leadership. But what about followers, which are the flip side of the equation? You can't have good leadership without good followership.

What Your Supervisor Wants You to Know

If you're not sure what your supervisor expects of you, here are some universal truths that should help you make sure you pass muster, no matter how long you've been on the job.

Dealing with Confirmation Bias

One of the biggest things you can do to correct confirmation bias is to try to disprove your theories instead of trying to prove them. It seems it is human nature to stop working once you have proven your theory to your own satisfaction.

How to Deal with Shrinking Budgets

If you are a "cup is half full" person, then having the right perspective, attitude, and imagination can conquer the frustration of an ever-shrinking budget. It is possible to still make things happen.

3 Things to Make You a Success

I have found there are three essential characteristics that are common to all outstanding LEOs: having curiosity, maintaining a sense of urgency, and having a thirst for knowledge. It's easy to remember the three if you use the acronym "CUT."