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How To Retire a Police K-9

Handlers and agencies should decide early on who will be taking on which costs and responsibilities for a dog retiring from law enforcement work.

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How To Start a Tactical Medicine Program

Tactically trained on-scene medical support personnel can greatly reduce operational risks.

How To...Buy A Flashlight

A few pointers can help you find the best illumination tool to meet your needs on duty.

How to Drive in Dangerous Weather

The best way to prevent accidents is to learn to recognize the hazards and train on how to prevent them from causing a tragedy.

How To Survive a Reprimand

Dealing with a reprimand at work can be a very distressing situation. Sometimes we create the situation and sometimes the situation is created for us. Either way, it's best to develop a strategy so you are prepared if and when it happens.

How to Protect Against Fentanyl Exposure

It's important to know what to look for if you suspect contact with fentanyl. Symptoms of opioid overdose include very small "pinpoint" pupils, slow heartbeat or low blood pressure, and being unresponsive.

How To Survive the Academy

Police Academy Instructor Patrick Martin shares 10 tips to help prospective officers meet the rigors of police training.

How To Deal With a New Supervisor

I've learned a few things about dealing with new supervisors in my 30-plus-year career in law enforcement. Here are some of them in no particular order.

How To Get a Job in Law Enforcement

The economy is better now, and funding for law enforcement is rapidly being restored. This is good news for those individuals hoping to enter policing for the first time, and for veteran officers seeking to move to a new agency. 

How To Handle Lawyers and Miranda Warnings

Are warnings necessary during a lawyer's presence?