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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."

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Reducing Motorcycle Traffic Fatalities

It only makes sense that local law enforcement should help find ways to help motorcycle enthusiasts, even veteran riders, ride more safely. The only viable option most law enforcement agencies can help with outside of traffic enforcement is rider education.

Vehicle Ambush Training

My agency recently presented an in-service training program on how to handle vehicle ambushes. We tackled the issue by focusing on the only three possible options available when attacked in your vehicle: retreat, run the suspect over, or get out and fight.

Maintain a Healthy Mind

If you don't work to maintain a healthy mind, you will lose a running battle with things like memory, stress, and empathy, which are all important for a law enforcement officer's daily routine.

Don't Become a Statistic

Can we ever stop law enforcement officers from being killed? I don't think so, but we don't have to make it any easier for it to happen either. There are things we should be doing that are well within our reach, but we don't.

12 Tips From Homicide Detectives

I work with some highly recognized homicide detectives who have provided tips that could help detectives and patrol officers alike. The following bits of wisdom apply to all investigations, regardless of the nature of the crime or who is investigating.

Movement to Contact

For us, the purpose of MTC is stop the threat, deny the suspect movement, deny an advantageous tactical position, or collect information to be used in critical next-step decision-making.

Dealing with the Deaf

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) makes it very clear that hearing impaired people are entitled to the same level of service from law enforcement officers as anyone else. So it's your job to accommodate people with hearing loss.

Contacting the Hearing Impaired

As a patrol officer, you must provide the same level of service to deaf subjects that you would to others. Stay on track with our five-step guide.

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Closing the Gap

The reactionary gap is the distance you must keep between you and the suspect in order for you to respond to any sudden threat. That distance tends to be six to nine feet if you can see the suspect's hands, and 25 feet if you can't. The danger zone is anywhere inside the reactionary gap.