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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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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 ...
In this week's PoliceOne Video Tactical Tip, Ralph Mroz, Director of Training for the Police Officers Safety Association, discusses the myths and realities of stopping power, from the dangers inherent in the "magic bullet" concept to the truths about proper placement and firearm effectiveness.
For those of you who don't know, the 2005/2006 and newer 2007 Dodge Durangos have a hidden compartment under the center console. My wife bought one of these vehicles and as luck would have ...
On several occasions when monitoring inmates walking through metal detectors, I noticed that the movements on their personal watches were inoperable. Inside the watch, the battery was ...
Video: Broadband Dialup Download Windows Media Player In this week's PoliceOne Video Tip of the Week, Ralph Mroz, Training Director for the Police Officers Safety ...
A vehicular contraband/weapon concealment notice: The Nissan Frontier PU 2005/2006 models have a second glove box, above the main one. It is NOT that obvious at first glance or even when ...
In Wisconsin we are taught a tactic known as the "G.U.N." weapon retention system (Grab, Undo, Neutralize). Grab: You grasp the suspect's hands and lower your center. Undo:You have ...
I teach the same method addressed by Sgt. Greg Judd, WA State DOC, (Read the tip) with the addition of a rotation to the outside. Instead of just stepping away from the subject, try ...
When a suspect makes a grab for an officer's weapon, I teach officers to grasp the base of the holster and pull up as hard as they can with their strong hand while moving away from the ...
Most of us use some type of spotlight during patrol, either chrome or polished plastic. If you are in the driver's seat, rotate the spotlight as far left as you can and twist it down. This ...
Video: Broadband Dialup Download Windows Media Player If you carry a back-up gun, it needs to meet one critical criteria. In this week's PoliceOne Video Tip, provided by ...

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