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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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by Chuck Remsberg PoliceOne Senior Contributor A violent suspect who's been shot and goes down, apparently dead, needs still to be handled with a high level of caution. More than one ...
The ARES Defense Systems Company is currently selling a Mag-Light which is actually a .410 shotgun. The weapon is called the Companion, and is a working flashlight capable of firing a .410 ...
Re: PA Officer Elliot 04/04/05: I agree with Officer Elliot. As an instructor, I have utilized courses of fire which involve shooting from the prone, supine, fetal and sitting upright ...
Re: Traffic Stop Teamwork, I agree that using codes can be very effective and can often take your suspect by surprise. However, if someone ever has a gun pointed at you, and I'm sure most ...
I, too, have taught trainees to write a citation from the trunk(right side), however, one slow learner left the ambers on, and was blinded by the flashing light. I had spoken with the ...
When dealing with a motorcycle operator on a traffic stop, use these precautions to maximize your safety:Have the driver turn off the motorcycle, but have them stay seated on it. Most ...
Why do officers sit in their car while writing out a ticket. The contact officer should be standing outsdie of his car with the passenger door open. This allows the officer to watch the ...
Before going on patrol with a partner, have codes rehearsed to use between officers. For example, if you are on a consent search of a vehicle and find something, pass the code to your ...
I agree with Shannon Elliott reference working on drawing your weapon while on your back and the awakwardness of this skill. A drill that I learned and teach today is the following: ...
When you stop a vehicle, turn on every available take down and spotlight you have on and shine it inside on their rearview mirror and driver's side mirror. They will be unable to see you ...
Are you smelling a drivers license for a marijuana odor so you can possibly have more reason to search a car or person? Be Careful! You may inhale something you don't want to be inhaling! ...
As a field supervisor and training officer I constantly find myself evaluating officer safety issues in the field. An area that has become a pet peave of mine is unsafe situations often ...
The best and fastest option for a one hand reload, is drawing your back-up gun. Later if there is time then reload the primary. but the best option is a back-up gun.
When standing at the driver's door of a traffic stop suspect, stand slightly behind the door pillar. This forces the driver to turn their head to look at you and the added discomfort to ...
Just in response to the post reference hidden handcuff key's, I have a belt keeper which has a built-in universal cuff key...it holds better than the normal nylon keepers, and also is very ...
The old fashioned nightstick, if you're lucky to still own one has a leather thong. If you have a perp or emotionally distubed person and you want to contain them in their room, and as long ...
As a military veteran and current police officer, I would like to point out a basic technique that, too many, is not so basic; Drawing your weapon while laying on your back. I know we are ...
ALways keep a hidden handcuff key on your belt, I prefer mine to be taped inside of my belt in the back. Had a situation where an officer fought and loss and got handcuffed with his own ...
FUBU and SeanJohn clothing, mainly the jeans and jean jackets, have several pockets on them. The zipper area has a pocket behind the zipper. I counted as many as 18 pockets or ...
Just reading the previous statements made about ear pieces and I for one can vouch for the excellent job these ear pieces do. We use the motorola XTS3000 and transmissions have never been ...

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