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25 Ways to Make Police Training More Effective

Because police training is in the news we thought it was a good time to ask veteran officers and trainers how they would improve law enforcement training and make it more effective. The following is collected from the comments of more than a dozen sources.

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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.

Top 10 PoliceMag.com Articles of 2013

PoliceMag.com readers couldn't get enough of articles focusing on weapons and tactics in the past year, according to the numbers. These topics dominated our list of the most well-read feature articles of 2013.

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.

How To Write Better Police Reports

In those cases where force is used—and we are most likely to be sued—we seem to be ashamed to tell the truth and admit that we hit, punched, kicked, bit, scratched, and otherwise got nasty with some miscreant.

Lawsuit: Pa. Trooper Fired for Writing Reports In Ebonics

In the lawsuit, William Peake, 29, claims he faced discrimination from his mostly white fellow troopers after he was stationed at the Uniontown barracks.

Dreams, Schemes, and Other Interesting Things

Recently, I had a dream in which I was once again working patrol. But rather than writing or dictating our reports, we were drawing them.

Report Writing Made Simple

Today's technology has made it a lot easier for officers to write and submit their reports. But just because it appears easier, doesn't mean it will be accurate. A keyboard still needs a human's input.

Tuff-Writer's Precision Press Pen

You might tempted to call it a "clicky pen" because its ink tip is retractable, but unlike other such writing implements it's so smooth there is no telltale "click." It's also much more durable than the kind you'll find at most offices, yet more cost-effective than others intended to double as kubatons. It's Tuff-Writer’s Precision Press Pen.

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Five Things That Can Get You Killed or Sued

With the tax base shrinking in many of our jurisdictions and that depleting our budgets, all of us have been told to do more with less. The trick is to know what corners to cut and what corners might cut you back. Here's a look at five things you absolutely positively don't want to do on the job.

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