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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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If you wear a hat of any type on patrol and you must perform a search of a location for a suspect, take it off. The brim will hide the suspect if he's above you. Even if you know to look ...
When it is so foggy out you can't see 20 feet from your vehicle, turn your radar on. That way you will get advance warning a vehicle is approaching. Related ...
Video: Broadband Dialup Download Windows Media Player In this week's PoliceOne Video Tip, Bob "Coach" Lindsay discusses the concept of "disappearing hands" and illustrates ...
Adding to the convenience store awareness & safety tip submitted by Officer Larrick Winslow, Ferndale (WA) PD: My town is small enough that we only have two stores open inside the ...
If you're an officer like me you probably visit the local convenience store throughout your shift to get a cup of coffee. Do you just park in front of the window and walk right in? If there ...
Video: Broadband Dialup Download Windows Media Player In this sample out-take from the Police Officers Safety Association (POSA) video Basic Tactical Shotgun Skills for Law ...
If you have stopped a violator or are directing traffic around an accident scene, consider leaving your radar unit on. Many drivers still rely on their radar detector to tell them when the ...
Video: Broadband Dialup Download Windows Media Player In this sample out-take from the Police Officers Safety Association (POSA) video Force-on-Force Simulation Instructor ...
Razorblades, needles, and other small, sharp objects can be hidden easily...even on the head. These tiny, yet potentially deadly, weapons are hidden/taped behind suspects' ears, under ...
A tip learned in the military a few years back to help stop serious bleeding: Feminine napkins and tampons, which are super absorbent, are great for helping to control bleeding wounds. ...
Most see airport security as a pain. Some deal better than others. Some feel violated, when you watch this movie, you'll understand why they want your cell phone through the x-ray ...
Video: Broadband Dialup Download Windows Media Player In this sample out-take from the Police Officers Safety Association (POSA) video Tactical Knife Skills for Law ...
I was booking a person who by trade was a carpet layer. He told me that while he was replacing carpet in a nearby low-budget motel, he found that the carpet in every room was pulled up in ...
After taking a blast of OC, I found that getting inside a vehicle, turning the A/C on full blast, and putting your face directly in front of the air vent immediately cuts the discomfort to ...
Video: Broadband Dialup Download Windows Media Player In this sample out-take from the Police Officers Safety Association (POSA) video "Close Quarter Shooting for Law ...
When on patrol, I always wear my seatbelt. However, there are times when it is tactically necessary to take it off. I take it off whenever I am checking behind a business or going through ...
A follow-up to the earlier tip: Don’t be where they saw you last This tactic applies to more than just traffic stops. When I knock on a door, whether for a warrant attempt or a civil ...
Video: Broadband Dialup Download Windows Media Player In this week's video tip, Ralph Mroz, Training Director for the Police Officers Safety Association discusses the ...
As a former glazier, I'm aware that all side windows of automobiles are made of tempered glass (baked in an oven) and are weakest on the edges. To break one, simply insert a screwdriver or ...
For those conducting traffic stops out on divided highways, try to make the stop just beyond the open crossovers. If your backup is coming from the opposite direction, he or she can use the ...

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