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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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The best time to look for cover is not when you need it ... it's before you need it. Keep that in mind whenever you enter an area. Do a quick scene scan and identify what might be used as ...
PHYSICAL FITNESS PLAYS A KEY ROLE IN THIS AREA AS WELL. WHEN IT COMES DOWN TO CRUNCH TIME AND YOU CAN'T USE INTERMEDIATE WEAPONS, IE. GAS,TASER, YOU MAY HAVE TO USE YOUR HANDS,FEET WHATEVER ...
Apart from regular refresher courses on advance driver training, it should be a departmental requirement for officers to undergo annual eye tests, with a specific focus on night driving. We ...
How do you win a fight? By remembering the acronym W.I.N. – “What’s important NOW,” said Brian Willis, a retired trainer with Calgary, Canada PD who instructed at the recent IALEFI ...
How do you win a fight? By remembering the acronym W.I.N. – “What’s important NOW,” said Brian Willis, a retired trainer with Calgary, Canada PD who instructed at the recent IALEFI ...
Radio codes often vary from agency to agency and in a multi-agency crisis response, that can pose serious problems, says IALEFI instructor Don Alwes, Executive Staff Advisor for the ...
Be aware that allowing the reactionary gap to close increases the possibility of a surprise attack from your subject. This may not allow the deployment of mechanical devices to control or ...
As quirky as the setting may be, a neighborhood yard sale in Fayetteville, NC, recently served as the scene for an illustration of Condition Yellow, or being in a relaxed but alert and ...
This clip from In the Line of Duty, one of the finest producers of law enforcement training videos on the market, serves as a jarring reminder of the hidden threats that may be lurking ...
Whenever you have your gun drawn, stay intensely alert to the fact that the things you do with your non-gun hand (like grabbing someone, punching, opening a car door, operating a ...
In response to our recent P1 report on vehicle concealment locationsSix Vehicle Concealment Alerts Shared By P-1 Members, we received a request for insight into a suspicious switch.  ...
If an officer has been through a traumatic incident like a shooting, you may have a well-meaning tendency to say, "Tell me about it. What happened?" according to police psychologist Dr. ...
In the past three decades officer deaths in vehicle collisions have risen 40 percent. As law enforcement deaths continue to rise due to vehicle collisions and pursuits, there is a growing ...
This "Bike Seat Dagger" was discovered by Ofcr. Alan Turecheck of the New Haven (CT) PD after a suspected gangbanger abandoned his bicycle and fled during a street stop. The ...
If you find yourself in court and needing to convince a jury that you used deadly force or took other serious measures against a suspect because you feared for your life, remember that this ...
I am a Deputy Constable with Travis County (Austin, Texas). I thought I would share a vehicle that officers may not even consider. I know I didn't until I bought one. The 2005 Honda ...
This Dodge van was stopped for a speed violation on I-95. The lone female operator was not the registered owner and provided an implausable story for her trip. The operator was subsequently ...
I am a MD State Trooper who works on I-95. I stopped a Dodge minivan, south on I-95 for a speed violation. Upon contact with the sole occupant, numerous indicators of criminal activity were ...
Law Enforcement personnel are often their own worst enemies when it comes to interacting with the press. This is not due to a lack of intelligence; rather the shortfall comes from a lack of ...
Anonymous Tip Quiz Officer O receives an anonymous tip stating that a man has a stolen gun in his pocket. The tipster describes the man's alleged location and says he is wearing green ...

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