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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
4 reasons why military veterans make great cops Sgt. Glenn French - SWAT Operator

4 reasons why military veterans make great cops

There are many qualities that prepare service members for a successful career in law enforcement - 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
March 11, 2015
6 ways to improve cooperation among public safety disciplines Chief Joel F. Shults, Ed.D. - Passion for the Job

6 ways to improve cooperation among public safety disciplines

In many cases (and many places) failure to cooperate with other public safety entities was not an option — there’s no embarrassment in asking for help when the situation requires it - Full Story
March 08, 2015
Passed up for promotion: What to do when your best isn't enough American Military University - In Public Safety

Passed up for promotion: What to do when your best isn't enough

The announcement of the third promotion had everyone shaking their heads. The third promotion was an individual who ranked in the 30s on the list. - Full Story
February 18, 2015
P1 Poll results: What are the most crucial skills a cop should possess? P1 Community - The Question

P1 Poll results: What are the most crucial skills a cop should possess?

Law enforcement by nature pushes cops to wear many hats - but which is best? - Full Story



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