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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 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 ...
Recently, I overheard one of our street officers discussing how he found crack inside the cell phone of a street dealer. He had a hunch something wasn't quite right and decided to check the ...
Video: Watch clip Download Windows Media PlayerIf a combative subject grabs your holstered gun in a disarming attempt, your natural inclination to resist the pressure he is applying ...
Video: Broadband Dialup Download Windows Media Player In today's PoliceOne Video Tip of the week, Lt. Harvey Hedden, Assistant Executive Director of ILEETA, reminds you ...
Very few drivers of any type properly set their side mirrors. Most set their mirrors to give them three views (including the rear-view mirror) of the same area behind their vehicle. What's ...
Once at booking, I take my cruiser key/ring and slide it over my portable radio antenna. When I secure my weapons in the lock box in the sallyport, I also place the locker key on the ...
I hate to disagree with the tip about Johnson's Baby Shampoo (Read the tip), but as an OC instructor for the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center, I've probably OC'ed at least a thousand ...
Video: Broadband Dialup Download Windows Media Player Going to the ground is a nightmare for most officers. Sport fighting techniques aren't practical. In this week's ...
Another item you can use to rapidly decontaminate yourself from OC is Dawn dishwashing liquid. Our experience with decontaminating recruit officers exposed directly to OC has found that if ...
Should you or your partner get sprayed on a call by a suspect (or inadvertently by your partner) you can use Johnson's Baby Shampoo and water to decontaminate. Try to get the shampoo in ...
Many people assume that they know how to correctly perform the push-up exercise. Unfortunately, most perform it incorrectly and increase the risk of shoulder injury. Some basic technique ...
If while training a recruit or acting as an FTO you find that your "student" continues to put things in his gun hand--things like a flashlight or notepad--and your verbal instruction ...
From: Law Officer magazine The decision to search a building involves a risk-benefit analysis. You only do so, alone or as a pair, if the likely risk is low. But always search as if ...
In reference to an earlier tip related to traffic stops, when performing a stop, I try to exit the vehicle as fast as possible. If you remain in the car to wait for the plate information, ...
You have probably seen or heard this tip a number of times, but with the recent traffic-related death statistics for officers, I think it needs repeating. While doing traffic stops, ...

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