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September 16, 2013
A cop killer up for parole: LEOs send letters in protest Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Editor in Chief - 10-43: Be Advised...

A cop killer up for parole: LEOs send letters in protest

Although Sidney Dean Porter was sentenced to life in prison for his brutal murder of Officer Frank Ward of the John Day (Ore.) Police Department, he has being given the opportunity to apply for parole - Full Story
September 12, 2013
5 traits of great street cops Mike Rayburn - Combat Gunfighting

5 traits of great street cops

I’m sure we could come up with a hundred other traits that make a good street cop, but for now, take these few words of wisdom and be safe out there - Full Story
August 26, 2013
Marriage fidelity speaks volumes about your honor Tim Dees - Police Tech & Gear

Marriage fidelity speaks volumes about your honor

Your word is good, or it isn't — to whom you made the promise shouldn't matter a stitch - Full Story
August 23, 2013
The cop, the biker, and the special-needs boy Keith Bettinger - Musings of a Retired Cop

The cop, the biker, and the special-needs boy

Years ago, when I was still out on patrol, a long-haired guy from a “motorcycle gang” taught me a lesson about appearances sometimes being deceiving - Full Story
August 16, 2013
Thwarting an attack: Flipping the off-duty switch to 'on' Loraine Burger - Perspectives on Policing

Thwarting an attack: Flipping the off-duty switch to 'on'

The saying 'a cop is never really off-duty' has never been more true - Full Story
August 15, 2013
20 cultural faux pas in police departments P1 Community - The Question

20 cultural faux pas in police departments

A question posted recently on Quora asked, "What are some cultural faux pas in police departments?"... - Full Story
August 01, 2013
Who needs you to be a hero (and who doesn't)? PoliceOne Special Contributors - P1 First Person

Who needs you to be a hero (and who doesn't)?

In PoliceOne "First Person" essays, PoliceOne Members candidly share their own unique personal insights on issues confronting cops today, as well as opinions, observations, and advice on living life behind the thin blue line - Full Story
July 26, 2013
Helping a fellow cop after an SBC Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Editor in Chief - 10-43: Be Advised...

Helping a fellow cop after an SBC

What can you do to help support a fellow officer in the aftermath of a suicide-by-cop event? - Full Story



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