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The Off-Duty topic provides news, expert columns and other information about police off-duty life, from personal and family protection to mental, physical, and emotional health as well as financial security.
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March 21, 2014
Why police families must live like there's 'no tomorrow' Barbara A. Schwartz - Living with the Sacrifice

Why police families must live like there's 'no tomorrow'

Many officers miss their children’s recitals, plays, and ball games because of work, but there are no do overs in life — you have the opportunity now to decide how you spend your time, so choose wisely - Full Story
March 07, 2014
Life off duty: How my 3 sons made me wear my vest Keith Bettinger - Musings of a Retired Cop

Life off duty: How my 3 sons made me wear my vest

I want to tell you the story about an act of love which took place years ago while I was still an active police officer back in the 1980s - Full Story
March 05, 2014
Off-duty jobs: To make ends meet or buy a boat? Andrew Hawkes - Highway Drug Interdiction

Off-duty jobs: To make ends meet or buy a boat?

There's no fun in making a huge boat payment if you never have the time to actually enjoy the boat - Full Story
February 26, 2014
5 ways cops can 'affair-proof' their marriage Althea Olson and Mike Wasilewski - More Than A Cop

5 ways cops can 'affair-proof' their marriage

When an affair happens it is a symptom of relationship discord, but problems in the relationship existed before the betrayal took place — commit to addressing the problems before it’s too late - Full Story
February 21, 2014
Watching the Peruta case? Watch the hands instead! Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Editor in Chief - 10-43: Be Advised...

Watching the Peruta case? Watch the hands instead!

No matter where you stand on Heller, Peruta, or any other relevant ruling on the Second Amendment, it’s imperative that you be mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually ready for whatever you face on the streets - Full Story
February 06, 2014
10 Commandments of off-duty carry PoliceOne Special Contributors - P1 First Person

10 Commandments of off-duty carry

Being armed can make the difference in dangerous situations, as I learned on spring break. - Full Story
January 29, 2014
Do TV/movie cops influence real police officers? Dave Grossi - Tactics & Training

Do TV/movie cops influence real police officers?

Admire and honor Chicago PD Detective Dennis Farina, but do not emulate or copy his character from “Law and Order” - Full Story
January 28, 2014
Firearms Review: Shooting the Smith & Wesson M&P CORE Andrew L. Butts - Firearms Evals

Firearms Review: Shooting the Smith & Wesson M&P CORE

What makes the CORE unique is a clever series of adapter plates that allow the user to install optics from a number of different companies by simply switching plates - Full Story
January 23, 2014
I’m a cop because of Ashley’s story PoliceOne Special Contributors - P1 First Person

I’m a cop because of Ashley’s story

If we, the police, don’t fight for victims and speak for their loved ones, then nobody will - Full Story
January 20, 2014
Duane Wolfe - The Warrior's Path

"I" is my battle cry for 2014

Take control of those things that are in your control — seatbelt, attitude, vest, emotions, speed, health, driving, fitness, and training - Full Story



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