8 ways for officers and witnesses to unlock their memories
By PoliceOne Guest Columnist Paul Mellor
You get the call there's been a robbery near 1st and Elm. The suspect was seen fleeing behind the furniture store.
"Wait a minute," you say to yourself, "didn't I investigate some suspicious activity there three months ago?
Now, you're racking your brain trying to recall what the guy looked like and the names of the people you spoke with. "If I could only remember."
You're a highly trained police officer. You've been schooled in weaponry, self defense, policy and procedure. You have all the tools and equipment at your fingertip, but sometimes that's not enough.
The information you need is found on the tip of your tongue, instead. Too bad they never covered this at the academy.
Yes, if you could only remember.
A police officer with a highly trained memory adds another important weapon to their arsenal. To those who can speak in court without notes; remember license plate numbers and codes; and recall what the suspect looks like, the edge goes to the officer with the best memory.
So, before you start your next shift study these 8 steps in unlocking your memory.
The benefits can save you time. They can also save a life.
1. How can I help witnesses recall details about the man who robbed the store?
2. How can I avoid using notes while testifying in court?
3. How can I remember a name, especially right after I hear it?
4. How can I remember the direction the one way streets go?
5. How can I remember what the suspect first said when I approached the scene?
6. How can I remember what to ask in the interrogation process?
7. How can I improve my spelling?
8. How can I remember foreign words and phrases?
Paul Mellor, President of Success Links Memory, Inc., conducts highly effective training dedicated to improving the memory skills of law enforcement nationwide. He can be reached at email@example.com.Exclusive
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