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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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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 ...
If you find yourself facing a news crew at a scene, be sure to look behind you and consider your backdrop before starting an interview. Are there crowds of rambunctious people likely to ...
In response to the recent PoliceOne Tactical Tip "Off-Duty Incident ID", NYPD Officer Sean McLaine writes, "That is a hot topic right now in Rhode Island where an off-duty officer (gun in ...
I read a post a while back that talked about what to do if you drop a piece of your equipment; flashlight, ticket book, etc. The posting Officer stated that you should have the subject step ...
As mentioned by Scott Buhrmaster in a previous post. Here is a TEST that I use on occasion when I have determined that the guy is DUI and is going to be arrested. I instruct him to place ...
One of the crucial steps in protecting yourself in an armed, off-duty encounter while wearing plain clothes is clearly identifying yourself as an officer to responding police personnel. If ...
If after completing a series of roadside sobriety tests you decide to arrest the subject, consider putting him through this final "test". Without breaking stride in your testing sequence or ...
The below message was located on the lockpicking 101 forum If you take a trip to your local newsagent, you'll find what are referred to as "Bulldog clips". The are essentially the black ...
I recently bought a new Honda Ridgeline pick-up truck. While I am impressed with the great use of space, there are a couple of things some of you may not be aware of. First, the front ...
Quinlan Investigative Stops Quiz The following is an excerpt from the Investigative Stops Quiz, the full version of which will appear in the April edition of the Investigative Stops ...
When I first entered law enforcement I remember a Defensive Tactics Instructor who demonstrated a hazard to me concerning the way I had set-up my duty belt. I was wearing my handcuff case ...
Despite C Tidmore's well-intentioned caution about removing handcuff keys from your personal key ring to prevent you from inadvertently tipping the bad guys off about your law enforcement ...
There is no way I would ever put a lit flashlight anywhere near my head or neck! A better idea is to practice shooting one handed and with two hands while holding your flashlight in the ...
How many officers keep a handcuff key on their set of personal keys? While off duty, having a handcuff key on your personal set of keys could be a significant off duty safety issue. Their ...
We have all been taught how to deploy a flashlight when simultaneously holding your sidearm. Though some techniques are better than others, having to hold a flashlight in conjunction with ...
When removing suspects from vehicles on a vehicle search, have them sit on the curb after they have been patted down. While sitting on the curb, instruct the suspect to extend his legs ...
Very often and regardless of the situation many officers turn a blind eye to those who are elderly,both letting there guard down and assuming that the aforementioned are less of a threat ...

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