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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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Going to a call where you might come out with a prisoner? Think ahead... I got this one from my father-in-law, San Leandro (CA) PD Officer Dan Ruff: Unlock your doors, then prior to ...
I believe it should go without saying that all prisoners should be seatbelted for the ride from the point of arrest to the point of incarceration, both for the safety of the prisoner in the ...
Whenever reholstering your firearm, especially after administrative loading (loading your firearm at the start of the day, inserting magazine, working slide, then topping off the magazine) ...
Most sirens have a "Radio re-broadcast" feature that is rarely used. This is a good tool, especially at night when backup is not readily available. The radio re-broadcast feature uses ...
A standard issue flashlight is an effective tool for searching poorly lit areas and even functions as a baton if required. The majority, however, are not powerful and focused enough for ...
Video: Broadband Dialup Download Windows Media Player You're pinned back-down to the ground with a suspect straddling your chest. He's raining punches down on you and you ...
Making contact with unknown persons daily and often having to place your hands on them may be putting yourself and others at risk. Once, while responding to a person urinating in public ...
When searching for suspects remember to keep your eyes open and look everywhere, including up. We all know to check behind doors, furniture and under the beds to mention a few hiding ...
Video: Broadband Dialup Download Windows Media PlayerThere's been a lot of controversy lately over handgun ready positions. Should it be high, low, depressed, sul? Or ...
An emergency situation may require removing an injured deputy from the “kill zone”. A fully equipped deputy sheriff could weigh as much as 200 pounds or more. With this in mind, the ...
Do not let someone else's bad tactics dictate your tactics. I'll use responding to a burglar alarm--which is a call answered by law enforcement a thousand times a day--as an example. ...
Video: Broadband Dialup Download Windows Media PlayerIn this week's PoliceOne Video Tactical Tip of the Week, Dave Young, Director of Specialized Programs for Fox Valley ...
If you are not recording your traffic stops in this day and age, you are really missing out on a valuable tool in obtaining your evidence and making your case, from the simple traffic stop ...
Guys...you ever get hit in the groin? In training? On the streets? We all should wear a cup on duty, not just in training.
Video: Broadband Dialup Download Windows Media PlayerIn this PoliceOne Video Tip of the Week, trainer Gary Klugiewicz shares a short but critical tip that illustrates how ...
Weapon control is an extremely important aspect of officer safety. Inability to control weapons in your environment may lead to situations that require deadly force. Officer safety is ...
When an officer has a citizen encounter they should consider their "tactical position." We all have been trained to maintain some distance from the citizen/suspect. This is to allow ...
Video: Broadband Dialup Download Windows Media PlayerIn this week's PoliceOne Video Tip of the Week, firearms expert John Farnam, President of Defense Training ;...
This is to expand on the tip submitted by Officer Jason Jacobson, Los Angeles (CA) PD in the 2-15-2006 PoliceOne newsletter related to dry fire training (Read the tip: Secure login ...
Commonly, officers who have been involved in shooting situations say that they were briefly surprised by the actions of an assailant. This is sometimes a result of a mind-set in which calls ...

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