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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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Let's review best practice for suspect escort. Read secure tips from Trainer and P1 contributor Gary Klugiewicz: 1. Check on the prisoner's background/threat level/destination/route of ...
During night shift, instead of using the "suicide" light (the big white dome light inside your cruiser) consider replacing the maplight bulbs - located on either side of the Crown Victoria ...
When arriving on the scene of an in-progress call, do not stack units behind one another. Rather, park on the opposite sides of the street so if there is gunfire or if you need to back up ...
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 ...
An additional tip on flex-type cuff safety: A good idea is to watch for a person trying to get their shoes laces off. Different styles of laces can cut through the cuff with no problems. ...
As a former member of the New Orleans PD Mardi Gras Prisoner Transport Detail (paddy wagons ) I want to share a valuable lesson my brother and sister officers have learned about flex-type ...
Recently we seized 174 pounds of narcotics found hidden in the gas tank of a Ford Excursion. The smuggler had accessed the tank from inside the vehicle. To hide the access door he had cut ...
I was starting my 10th week of the FTO program and had just begun working the 2nd shift. On my second day, I helped the senior officer I was to be riding with clean out his old patrol car ...
When positioned behind armor and facing gunfire, try to position yourself so you are at a 30-degree "angle of obliquity" to the shooter. Whether using a shield or an armored vehicle, ...
Just finished reading Dave Grossi's excellent article on the "low risk" traffic stop [Read the article]. I would like to add one thing to this tactically sound treatise: "Don't be where ...
When backing up another unit on a traffic stop, be sure to turn your emergency lights to the rear flashing and turn your headlights off. This will avoid blinding the other officer and ...
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 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 ...

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