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How to improve officer training for high-risk traffic stops - 06/19/2015
How to improve officer training for high-risk traffic stops

The problem with ever-increasing stress during critical incidents such as a HRTS is found in an associated decrease in critical thinking abilities.

 
Two rioting cities: What Seattle, Baltimore can teach about police leadership - 06/17/2015
Two rioting cities: What Seattle, Baltimore can teach about police leadership

Two recent examples demonstrated what happens when community and law enforcement leadership get it right and when they get it wrong.

 
Why every officer should be trained to SWAT standards - 06/17/2015
Why every officer should be trained to SWAT standards

Officers of every rank should have the skills and training traditionally taught to a special operations unit.

 
6 off-duty tactical toys every dad will want this Father's Day - 06/16/2015
6 off-duty tactical toys every dad will want this Father's Day

This year, I am emphasizing two great pastimes: mountain biking and shooting.

 
8 privacy reminders for cops about living in the fishbowl - 06/16/2015
8 privacy reminders for cops about living in the fishbowl

Given the current state of events in our profession, we need to teach new officers how to be prepared for life in the fishbowl.

 
Confidence vs. ego: How one of them can get you killed - 06/12/2015
Confidence vs. ego: How one of them can get you killed

Check your ego at the door. When you leave, don’t bother to grab it on your way out. Leave it alone and don’t ever look at it again. Why? It’ll get you killed, that’s why.

 
3 ways new line supervisors can gain and secure officers' loyalty - 06/11/2015
3 ways new line supervisors can gain and secure officers' loyalty

If you’re a new line-level supervisor, consider stealing these ideas as a means of ensuring your bond with your troops is strong.

 
Why the 'pool party' arrest hysteria is (again) dead wrong - 06/11/2015
Why the 'pool party' arrest hysteria is (again) dead wrong

What has been ignored in the mainstream coverage of this incident are the actions of 2 young men in the video, and how those actions can be perceived by the officer on the street.

 
4 important factors in the 9mm pistol debate - 06/09/2015
4 important factors in the 9mm pistol debate

The latest fad in law enforcement is to change from a larger sidearm caliber to the 9mm. Let’s examine some of the factors which weigh into the decision to go with one cartridge over another.

 
10 ways cops can get the most out of exercise - 06/08/2015
10 ways cops can get the most out of exercise

Make your physical training mandatory, be as active as possible when you are outside of the gym, and make your gym time as efficient as possible and you’ll always have time for fitness.

 
3 things cops can do to prevent K-9 hot car deaths - 06/04/2015
3 things cops can do to prevent K-9 hot car deaths

Just as we lose too many officers to trees and phone poles in completely avoidable single-vehicle crashes, the sad truth is that police dogs die in hot cars all too frequently — we must end than ...

 
Stop training against seatbelts: Why some FTOs have it wrong - 06/03/2015
Stop training against seatbelts: Why some FTOs have it wrong

While police officers may be exempt by the vehicle code from wearing seatbelts, we’re not exempt from the laws of physics, so let’s stop training our recruits to ignore this important officer ...

 
Why gang signs and symbols are tricky for investigators - 06/03/2015
Why gang signs and symbols are tricky for investigators

Gather information about gang signs and symbols from as many sources as you can manage, but know that what something means someplace else may not hold true in your jurisdiction.

 
5 reasons back-up calls don’t guarantee safety - 06/02/2015
5 reasons back-up calls don’t guarantee safety

In defending against the “why didn’t you call for backup” critique from friend and foe alike, there are a few things to consider — here are five for starters.

 
Getting civilian oversight? Get them Force Science Certified - 05/30/2015
Getting civilian oversight? Get them Force Science Certified

Because predictable is preventable, your agency must plan now for the probability that a civilian oversight body will be foisted upon you, and that preparation should involve suggested training.

 

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