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The Police Careers and Advancement topic page offers expert advice for officers to follow that can enable a steady rise through the ranks. From the day they enter the academy to the day they “pull the pin” the path is strewn with career-killing pitfalls, so visit this page often for a freshly updated roadmap to success.
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Why profanity directed toward suspects isn’t worth it Lt. Dan Marcou - Blue Knights

Why profanity directed toward suspects isn’t worth it

The two times “poking the bear” has the greatest negative impact is when force has been used already, or just prior to the use of force - Full Story

Columns

Why chiefs and trainers should be learning from street cops Richard Fairburn - Law Enforcement Firearms

Why chiefs and trainers should be learning from street cops

Working street cops, supervisors, and FTOs who transition new officers from the academy to the street are the real experts in the assessment and training of new cops - Full Story

News

Report: Ferguson chief urged Wilson's resignation

Said he had information suggesting that if Wilson didn't, "there were going to be acts taken against" the department or its members - Full Story

Videos

The "You Bet Your Badge" Game

In this video tip, PoliceOne Contributor Dave Smith discusses the importance of making thoughtful, conscious decisions about you actions on the job as well as off duty. Every time an officer acts carelessly or foolishly — whether that be driving too quickly through an intersection without ensuring a clear path, or posting something on social media that reflects poorly on the law enforcement profession — all they’re really doing is gambling with their careers.

Tips

Video: Don't play "You bet your badge"

In this video tip, PoliceOne Contributor Dave Smith discusses the importance of making thoughtful, conscious... - Full Story Secure - Law Enforcement Only

Exclusives

Pulling the pin: 3 key questions to consider

Pulling the pin: 3 key questions to consider

There are myriad questions one must answer when contemplating when to retire — and no two people will have the same set of questions or life circumstances — you might do well to begin with these three. - Full Story

Exclusives

Police retirement and missing ‘the life’ on the job

Police retirement and missing ‘the life’ on the job

I don’t think Barney Fife has memories of dealing with the uncomfortable feeling of gladness that another man is dead instead of him... but I do. - Full Story

News

Tenn. sheriff pays ransom for locked case files

Malware on a computer locked the agency's case files, which included autopsy reports, witness statements and crime scene photos - Full Story

Columns

How to ace your oral board interview Rick Michelson - Promotional Preparation

How to ace your oral board interview

Be careful not to interview for the job you currently have - Full Story

Columns

Police retirement and missing ‘the life’ on the job Chief Joel F. Shults, Ed.D. - Passion for the Job

Police retirement and missing ‘the life’ on the job

I don’t think Barney Fife has memories of dealing with the uncomfortable feeling of gladness that another man is dead instead of him... but I do - Full Story



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