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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.

 
No Glocks for cops? Why the DA/SA argument is flawed - 05/30/2015
No Glocks for cops? Why the DA/SA argument is flawed

The theory is that a double/single action (DA/SA) gun would be safer, because the long DA trigger stroke would prevent officers from unconsciously firing.

 
3 dos and 3 don’ts for police firearms instructors to improve officer performance - 05/28/2015
3 dos and 3 don’ts for police firearms instructors to improve officer performance

Police firearms instructors can do a wide variety of things to ensure that every minute spent on the range results in positively affecting the students’ performance — here are three Dos and three ...

 
How police can manage news media during an OIS - 05/27/2015
How police can manage news media during an OIS

Understanding and working together with the media yields far better results than actively resisting them.

 
1 easy verbal tactic that can make your traffic stops smoother - 05/27/2015
1 easy verbal tactic that can make your traffic stops smoother

I still conduct my stops the same way tactically — contacting the driver on the passenger side for example — but with this new tactic, my interaction with the driver is much simpler.

 
Why Obama’s advice to police to ‘abandon warrior mindset’ won’t work - 05/22/2015
Why Obama’s advice to police to ‘abandon warrior mindset’ won’t work

Every police officer is a guardian, but on the inside there must reside the beating heart of an honorable warrior ready to be summoned at a moment’s notice.

 
8 tips for controlling obscenities and trolls on your PD’s Facebook - 05/21/2015
8 tips for controlling obscenities and trolls on your PD’s Facebook

When “keyboard commandos” want to spew their venom on your department’s social media pages, what should you do?

 
6 traits that lead to criminal behavior - 05/21/2015
6 traits that lead to criminal behavior

In order to best rehabilitate offenders, we need to know how likely they are to reoffend.

 
3 crucial points about Obama’s evisceration of the 1033 Program - 05/19/2015
3 crucial points about Obama’s evisceration of the 1033 Program

While a useful strategy to answer some specific law enforcement needs, community policing does not solve the barricaded suspect scenario, and doesn’t work when a peaceful gathering turns into ...

 
5 statements cops should never make on duty - 05/19/2015
5 statements cops should never make on duty

Your destiny should be to be a great police officer; think and speak like a true professional and you will be one.

 
As the bagpipes wail: A Police Memorial poem - 05/15/2015
As the bagpipes wail: A Police Memorial poem

One hundred thousand names on walls certainly do attest, to the ultimate sacrifice each named officer has made, on that day they stood and fought, but with their life they paid.

 
5 keys to becoming a highly successful narcotics officer - 05/14/2015
5 keys to becoming a highly successful narcotics officer

Invest the time, invest in relationships on the street and in the department, and invest in your training — before you know it, you’ll be one of the best dope cops in your agency.

 

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