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August 26, 2015
6 considerations for cops stuck in a hostile workplace Althea Olson and Mike Wasilewski - More Than A Cop

6 considerations for cops stuck in a hostile workplace

We need to go deeper into this issue — to not just address the existence of bullying — but to offer real suggestions to combat it at the source - Full Story
August 17, 2015
4 ways to tell you’re a cop who needs to change Duane Wolfe - The Warrior's Path

4 ways to tell you’re a cop who needs to change

We know that the vast majority of us do our jobs faithfully and professionally, but we have a small minority of officers who are just a**holes - Full Story
August 13, 2015
Applying for chief: Which jurisdiction is right for you? Rob Hall - Chief's Office

Applying for chief: Which jurisdiction is right for you?

When you’re applying for the position of police chief, an honest assessment of the job environment is essential, as well as a willingness to walk away if it’s not the right situation for you - Full Story
August 12, 2015
Why patrol K-9s and handlers belong on SWAT Brad Smith - K-9 Tactical Operator

Why patrol K-9s and handlers belong on SWAT

If selected properly, any patrol dog can be a SWAT dog, and a properly trained and motivated patrol dog handler can be a SWAT dog handler - Full Story
July 17, 2015
12 reasons Obama’s commutation of 46 prisoners is a good thing Lt. Dan Marcou - Blue Knights

12 reasons Obama’s commutation of 46 prisoners is a good thing

A colleague who knows I teach the discipline of staying positive dared me to find one positive thing about the release of 46 felons by our nation’s chief executive — I came up with 12 - Full Story
July 10, 2015
How Cuomo's order to increase civilian oversight could backfire badly Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Editor in Chief - Be Advised...

How Cuomo's order to increase civilian oversight could backfire badly

The order signed this week by New York’s governor obviously has the most immediate impact on law enforcers in that state, but it is a harbinger of what may happen in other states across the country - Full Story
July 09, 2015
5 incidents that prove ‘regular cops’ are extraordinary heroes Dave Grossi - Tactics & Training

5 incidents that prove ‘regular cops’ are extraordinary heroes

While routinely responding to customary calls, conducting such mundane duties as traffic stops, and supervising the day-to-day police activities, these officers did something extraordinary - Full Story
July 09, 2015
4 signs your LE partner is in crisis (and how to help) Chief Joel F. Shults, Ed.D. - Passion for the Job

4 signs your LE partner is in crisis (and how to help)

A focused question can confront a person with an integrity issue that may be interfering with his wellbeing, his career, and his (and perhaps your) safety - Full Story
July 09, 2015
13 mortifying mistakes cops make Tim Dees - Police Tech & Gear

13 mortifying mistakes cops make

If your career is long enough and you haven’t done any of these 13 embarrassing things yet, you quite possibly will at some point - Full Story
July 02, 2015
Why individual integrity is a fundamental value in police leaders John Vanek - Task Force Leadership

Why individual integrity is a fundamental value in police leaders

As our nation struggles with the current uneasy state of police-community relations, police officers — and police leaders — who can instill community trust through their personal integrity are valuable assets - Full Story



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