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March 25, 2015
The lulls of law enforcement: 5 most boring cop duties P1 Community - The Question

The lulls of law enforcement: 5 most boring cop duties

Thanks to Hollywood, most people have very little idea just how mundane certain police duties can be - Full Story
March 18, 2015
7 things cops should know about the drug 'Molly' Keith Graves - The Drug Warrior

7 things cops should know about the drug 'Molly'

According to Troy Gielish — an instructor for the California Narcotics Officers Association — “Molly” can be any number of 100 different chemicals - Full Story
March 18, 2015
Two words that should never appear in your police report Val Van Brocklin - Cop Gumbo

Two words that should never appear in your police report

If you keep putting these words in your reports, there’s a good chance you’ll end up eating them in court - Full Story
March 04, 2015
5 great 'life hacks' every police officer should know Jim Born - The Integrated Life

5 great 'life hacks' every police officer should know

There are a lot of very clever police officers who have come up with little ‘tricks’ to make life out on patrol a little bit easier, none of which were covered in the academy - Full Story
March 02, 2015
Can you (and should you) really use your sights in a gunfight? Force Science Institute - Destroying Myths & Discovering Cold Facts

Can you (and should you) really use your sights in a gunfight?

It's important to understand that using your sights in a gunfight is not always necessary or even desirable for effectively placing rounds - Full Story
February 27, 2015
What qualities do cops admire in their colleagues? P1 Community - The Question

What qualities do cops admire in their colleagues?

A question posted on Quora asked, “What qualities do cops admire in their colleagues?” Former... - Full Story
February 27, 2015
How the Norco bank robbery gave rise to patrol rifle programs Mike Wood - Tactical Analysis

How the Norco bank robbery gave rise to patrol rifle programs

A good place to mark the beginning of the modern patrol rifle concept — in which a rifle is a normal part of the everyday kit — is the Norco bank robbery - Full Story
February 20, 2015
The fascinating history of the Sureño Mongol, Ruben Cavazos Andrew Eways - Gang Enforcement

The fascinating history of the Sureño Mongol, Ruben Cavazos

Street cops should have an understanding of gang history — rest assured, members of the gangs you interact with have a very good understanding of that history, and it can affect their actions - Full Story
February 18, 2015
5 'rules' for winning courtroom testimony Val Van Brocklin - Cop Gumbo

5 'rules' for winning courtroom testimony

The below rules will help you overcome instances in the courtroom when being cross-examined by a defense attorney whose focused purpose is to discredit you — even if you’re telling the truth - Full Story
February 17, 2015
Police Militarization: Reality, Hype, or Natural Evolution? American Military University - In Public Safety

Police Militarization: Reality, Hype, or Natural Evolution?

Tragic events such as the 2014 Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Mo. and the police-involved death of Eric Garner in New York City has spurred debate about whether or not police departments within the U.S. are becoming more militarized. - Full Story



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