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May 01, 2015
What the Flakka? 4 things cops need to know about the drug Keith Graves - The Drug Warrior

What the Flakka? 4 things cops need to know about the drug

Recent news from Florida has shed light on a new drug called Flakka, and its use is not isolated to the sunshine state - Full Story
April 13, 2015
Why police departments rely on reserve officers Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Editor in Chief - 10-43: Be Advised...

Why police departments rely on reserve officers

In almost every agency where a reserve officer program exists, there are simply not enough full-time cops in the regular ranks to meet the citizens’ demands for police response — the reserves fill the gaps - Full Story
April 09, 2015
Why being the Jim Born - The Integrated Life

Why being the "old guy" on your department is a good thing

Being the old guy — and I use the term generically to mean both male and female — in any police agency means something went right in your career - Full Story
April 08, 2015
7 tactics to keep police alert on third shift Lt. Dan Marcou - Blue Knights

7 tactics to keep police alert on third shift

Even on quiet nights, there are other creatures inhabiting the darkness that would do the night-shift officer harm, so use these self-initiated activities help stay alert - Full Story
March 27, 2015
Does your agency have social media skeptics? How to win them over Mike Bires - Social Media Strategies

Does your agency have social media skeptics? How to win them over

If you are trying to grow your department’s social media program and are met with resistance, point to other agencies’ successful efforts — and be patient - Full Story
March 24, 2015
5 steps to becoming a SWAT counter-sniper Lt. Dan Marcou - Blue Knights

5 steps to becoming a SWAT counter-sniper

If you aspire to be a police counter-sniper, you can do all of these things outlined here and still not be selected, so be prepared to stay the course and try again - 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 13, 2015
Why critics of Ferguson police are poking the wrong bear Chief Joel F. Shults, Ed.D. - Passion for the Job

Why critics of Ferguson police are poking the wrong bear

The decision by Officer Wilson to use deadly force — at the moment he made that decision — is entirely unrelated to any pre-existing police culture in Ferguson - Full Story
March 12, 2015
The police academy commencement speech every cop should read PoliceOne Special Contributors - P1 First Person

The police academy commencement speech every cop should read

By Kathy Platoni, Psy.D., DAAPM. FAIS PoliceOne Special Contributor Mayor Whaley, commissioners of the... - Full Story
March 12, 2015
Cops and kids: 5 steps to create a mentoring program Tom Wetzel - Cops and Kids

Cops and kids: 5 steps to create a mentoring program

The most successful police mentoring programs not only build bridges with the community, but also ultimately lead to excellent recruitment opportunities for future officers - Full Story



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