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A 15-point plan to survive to prevent or survive a large disturbance - 05/06/2015
A 15-point plan to survive to prevent or survive a large disturbance

When you find yourself facing an angry mob, stand proud and prepared with your fellow officers, and know that you are privileged to literally stand on that thin blue line between order and chaos

 
Why riots won’t die: 3 contributing failures of leadership - 05/06/2015
Why riots won’t die: 3 contributing failures of leadership

Watching the recent riots in Baltimore brought back unpleasant memories of those riots in Los Angeles more than two decades ago — the similarities are a brutal reminder of how we continue to ...

 
Officer safety in the modern age: 10 critical lessons to live by - 05/04/2015
Officer safety in the modern age: 10 critical lessons to live by

Here are ten lessons learned from generations of law enforcement ranging from the old west to present day to help you protect yourself, your family, and your fellow officers.

 
Baseball as a model for improving police-community relations - 04/29/2015
Baseball as a model for improving police-community relations

While national attention is focused on an empty baseball diamond in Baltimore, we should also take note of how a program to enhance police-community relations is happening on little league fields ...

 
5 keys to keeping complacency from killing a police marriage - 04/29/2015
5 keys to keeping complacency from killing a police marriage

Knowing that the number one killer of cops is complacency, let’s apply the core value of law enforcement — keeping survival skills at the forefront — to a law enforcement marriage.

 
2 tips for a more fruitful tax season - 04/29/2015
2 tips for a more fruitful tax season

Approach your monthly finances with intentionality and it will change the trajectory of your budget, your ability to pay off your debts, invest in your future, and deal with the annual visit ...

 
"Choke-hold law:" How chiefs can combat ill-informed legislative police policies - 04/24/2015

Chief Steven Casstevens spoke at ILEETA 2015, urging leaders to stay aware of efforts in legislatures across the country that are making ill-informed policy decisions for local police

 
A cop’s shoot/no-shoot: When is a 'good decision' a 'deadly hesitation'? - 04/21/2015
A cop’s shoot/no-shoot: When is a 'good decision' a 'deadly hesitation'?

When backpedaling becomes the only police tactic that the press or the public will tolerate, real police work — putting bad people in jail for doing bad things — is utterly, completely, and finally ...

 
Conducting a felony traffic stop? 5 tips for a safe arrest - 04/20/2015
Conducting a felony traffic stop? 5 tips for a safe arrest

Keep these pointers in mind, practice for success, and remember the goal is to put the bad guys in jail by safely using sound tactics you’ve trained in.

 
First 5 minutes of tragedy: Casualty care training all cops should have - 04/19/2015
First 5 minutes of tragedy: Casualty care training all cops should have

Battlefield first aid skills taught in TCCC training has already proven its worth to individual officers that have had their own lives saved due to the training that they or their partners received.

 
Police History: How Trooper Charlie Hanger caught the Oklahoma City bomber - 04/19/2015
Police History: How Trooper Charlie Hanger caught the Oklahoma City bomber

Thousands who have been left behind with gaping holes in their hearts from the events of April 19, 1995 may take some consolation in knowing that one cop made and incredible impact with one traffic ...

 
How traffic cops can defend against 3 common attacks on a traffic citation - 04/15/2015
How traffic cops can defend against 3 common attacks on a traffic citation

Whatever violations you’re enforcing — or crimes you’re investigating — think about possible common defenses and address them up front so you and the prosecutor won’t be surprised by them in court.

 
Why police departments rely on reserve officers - 04/13/2015
Why police departments rely on reserve officers

In almost every agency where a reserve officer program exists, there are simply not enough full-time cops in the regular ranks to meet the citizens’ demands for police response — the reserves ...

 
Will to win: How mindset can save a wounded officer's life - 04/10/2015
Will to win: How mindset can save a wounded officer's life

The person who is so overwhelmed by a situation that they can do nothing but flounder in a state of denial and confusion will only survive through sheer luck, or by the whims or errors of his ...

 
Why being the "old guy" on your department is a good thing - 04/09/2015
Why being the

Being the old guy — and I use the term generically to mean both male and female — in any police agency means something went right in your career.

 

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