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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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A tip on off-duty, plain clothes survival: At my department, there is a policy that if you carry a weapon off duty you will need to carry cuffs to restrain a person. If you find yourself ...
For those prisoners with smaller body frames, it's an easy feat to "jump through the cuffs" and bring their hands forward. If you suspect your prisoner may attempt this, or he already has, ...
Video: Broadband Dialup Download Windows Media Player In this PoliceOne Video Tip of the Week, Ralph Mroz, Training Director for the Police Officers Safety Association, ...
I would like to add a little to the tip about dealing with tinted windows on traffic stops. [See related tip] I know an officer who changed out the lens of his spotlight to red. This helps ...
One of our county sheriffs spotted a suspected trafficker and initiated a traffic stop. Confident that we would never find the drugs, the suspect provided consent to search his vehicle. ...
After carrying a .380 for back-up and off-duty for a few years, I became dissatisfied with the performance of the caliber. I read about hollowpoint rounds failing after passing through ...
When you are searching a vehicle for drugs/contraband, be sure to visually and manually check underneath and around the chassis. I have found items hidden in containers with magnets ...
When you are unable to see within a vehicle due to a combination of darkness and window tint, order the driver to turn the interior light on and lower the windows. If the window and/or ...
While watching a drug set in front of a 24-hour bodega, we identified the dealers and arrested several buyers, but we could not identify where the drugs were being kept. After we moved in ...
Several years ago, while checking some suspected drug dealers on the corner, I noticed one of them casually bouncing a tennis ball as I approached. While interviewing them, the tennis ball ...
While patting down suspects wearing hoodies, sweatpants with ties, coats with hoods or any garment that has ties in the waist or bottom, check the area where the string goes. Several "drug ...
I work in a city where we make a lot of narcotic arrests off of bicycle violations. Here are a few pointers I have picked up in my experience and from other officers: 1. Watch the handle ...
Consider these three things before deciding to get involved in an off-duty situation: 1. Emergency/Urgency: Is it an emergency? Is it urgent that I getinvolved? Is someone about to be ...
Most of you carry an off-duty firearm, but if it's a smaller caliber weapon than you carry on duty, you may be seriously jeopardizing your safety. Your duty weapon is designed to deliver ...
In this week's PoliceOne Video Tactical Tip, Ralph Mroz, Training Director for the Police Officers Safety Association (POSA), explains and demonstrates some critical steps plain clothes and off-duty officers can take to ensure that if they find themselves involved in an armed encounter out of uniform, responding uniformed officers won't mistake them for an armed suspect, potentially leading to tragedy.
Through practice, you have developed muscle memory that allows you to draw your duty weapon instinctively. Your mind knows where to direct your hand and what to have it do to access your ...
Be sure to monitor your suspect carefully if you let him use the bathroom while in your custody. I have known instances where suspects have made quick moves after defecating and thrown ...
For weapon retention, I instruct my officers to place both of their hands in a "C" clamp-style grab, one hand in the rear of the weapon holster under the pistol grip, and one in front of ...
I've recently discovered that implanting paranoia into the minds of your local street corner drug dealers goes a long way. I regularly stalk any group of known dealers or lookouts by ...
Depending on your department's policies, the following helps with subjects that bail out at the sight of red and blue lights. When you are getting ready to stop a vehicle, call in the tag ...

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