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Police Tips

The PoliceOne Law Enforcement and Police Tips section provides insight from PoliceOne columnists and members on the things Police Officers can do to increase safety and enhance productivity.

The tips and resources here—ranging from innovations in defensive tactics to new concealment techniques to off duty survival and dozens of other matters critical to law enforcement officers—are updated regularly. Every day, Officers on the streets encounter new information that can help fellow officers, so we encourage you to submit your tips. Help us to help Police Officers better serve and protect our communities.

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In our area, it is common policy at most departments to lock your weapons (gun, knife, etc.) in a gun locker before entering the jail. Problem is, you can get a "hot call" and jump in your ...
Video: Broadband Dialup Download Windows Media Player In this week's PoliceOne Video Tactical Tip, Trainer Brian Willis shares tips for ensuring that your post-event ...
I learned this tip from another agency and it has been very useful: During a vehicle search, if you find something that will result in an arrest--like drugs, weapons, etc.--pass by it. ...
I appreciated the tip regarding driving in the left lane while transporting anyone (see vehicular ambush preparedness). However, being shot at while driving hopefully will not occur as ...
Video: Broadband Dialup Download Windows Media Player In this week's PoliceOne Video Tactical Tip, Sgt. Joe Ferrera with Southfield (MI) PD shares important reminders that ...
Sometimes we forget or become lax with our tactics when approaching and interviewing subjects, victims, and offenders. We cannot let the day-to-day operations of our positions become ...
Video: Broadband Dialup Download Windows Media Player Sponsored by Magnum In this week's PoliceOne Video Tip, firearms expert John Farnam, President of Defensive Training ...
A senior officer (22+ years) told me this tip: If you are transporting someone, taking someone to jail, or even just patrolling, try to drive in the lefthand lane whenever possible. If ...
Recently, Sgt. Joe Charvat submitted a tip related to the use of a shoelace to defeat flex cuffs [Read the tip]. In addition to removing laces from shoes, Capt. Ray Harris, Dedham (MA) ...
Video: Broadband Dialup Download Windows Media Player For many of us, whether in plain clothes or off-duty, carrying a gun can be challenging, especially in warm weather.  ...
Many have seen the movie "Heat" with Al Pacino as Commander of an elite police squad and Robert De Niro as the leader of an elite group of thieves. The climax was a showdown between the two ...
I liked the article by Sgt. Betsy Brantner-Smith on carrying the off duty weapon. I was a police officer for the Orlando (FL) PD (now retired). My wife, then fiance, and I had an experience ...
Video: Broadband Dialup Download Windows Media Player In this week's PoliceOne video tip, firearms expert John Farnam, President of Defensive Training International, ...
I have caught both new and veteran officers making a simple but dangerous mistake: not protecting their duty gear while in public bathrooms, specifically by using the urinal. I warned a ...
Anyone using flex cuffs should be aware of this method of getting out of them. Flex cuffs can be defeated with a shoelace, particularly a thick one such as from a work boot. By placing ...
Video: Broadband Dialup Download Windows Media Player The "Sit & Step-Through" technique can be an effective way to escape an attacker's grasp on the ground. In this ...
In Lt. E. B. VanArsdale’s tactical tip, he shared an idea for ensuring you don't accidentally forget your gun when leaving a secured area. I have more on that... When I lock my duty weapon ...
Any time you enter a secured location that requires you to secure your handgun in a lock box, you should always lock your unit keys in the same box. This should absolutely prevent you from ...
In this P-1 Video Tip of the Week, Trainer Dave Young, Director of Specialized Training for Fox Valley's Redman Training Division, discusses various locations for backup weapons and demonstrates techniques you can
When most people think of someone getting out of handcuffs, they think the prisoner either had a key or got out of the cuffs by using something in the key hole. A majority of the time ...

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