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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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While the thought of putting the holster further back for drawing the weapon with either hand sounds like a good idea, it can get you killed.Putting the holster farther back makes it even ...
While on a traffic stop take time to smell their license. Sometimes the odor of burnt Marijuana will be on their license or registration.Might help you go further in your traffic stop.
A valuable response to March 23rd's Tip of the Day was recently submitted by a PoliceOne member. Original Tip from Illinois Patrol Officer "Matt" I never thought I'd wear an ear piece ...
Anytime you pull up behind another officer black your lights out. When you have your lights on it creates a silhouette effect. From the perp's point of view, you have just outlined your ...
Take some time to go to your local gun shows, flea markets and less reputable stop&robs and see what they are selling. I've found covert non-metal neck knives, switchblade lighters, .22 ...
Anytime you pull up behind another officer black your lights out. When you have your lights on it creates a silhouette effect. From the perp's point of view, you have just outlined your ...
A veteran officer once told me that, "Only cops and criminals back their cars into spaces." I've found that a lot of people trying to hide their plates back into spaces, probably thinking ...
If you want to catch people breaking into cars, pay extra attention to:-Vehicles in parking lots with the driver's seat-back all the way reclined and the sun visors down. This gives the ...
Many agencies require the wearing of ballistic vests while on duty. Why so many don't is a separate topic. When using take home vehicles, carry a ballistic vest inside your car along with ...
How about teaching officers not to sit in the car at all during a stop? Have the officer work from the curb side of his car and if he needs any paperwork he/she can stand in an open ...
Pulling the trigger is a fine motor skill, hitting the magazine relase is a fine motor skill. To say that someone won't be able to hit the slide release is a common misconception. Training, ...
In addition to Scotts' comments, if someone you are dealing with makes repeated eye contact with your sidearm, you may be in for an impending gun grab.

-Shawn
KEEP IN MIND THAT FINE MOTOR SKILLS ARE NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE TO PERFORM UNDER STRESS. THEREFOR ONE SHOULD NOT RELY ON THE SLIDE RELEASE DURING A TACTICAL RELOAD. USE THE METHOD OF CATCHING ...
Original post from Tim Lemming of the North Central Georgia Law Enforcement Academy: If you are out on a suspicious traffic stop and have a feeling the violator is just waiting for you ...
After gathering documentation from a violator on a traffic stop and while you are in your car writing a citation or running NCIC checks, start shutting the driver door but do not let it ...
We are not all built the same...but I have found that by carrying the holster a little bit further back on my belt, I can draw with either hand. I can reach behind my back with my weak ...
Here is another tip to think about when writing a violator a citation during a traffic stop. When you are finished filling out all of the required information, tear off the violator's copy ...
Play video games. PlayStation 2 as excellent first person shooter games. It helps your cordination and response time.
Carry one or two zip lock type bags in your uniform pocket. After the arrest and subsequent search of a suspect you can place the suspects property or evidence in the bag preventing a loss ...
For years as a firearm instructor I was forced to teach patrol officers on a cold range without movement in the name of safety. Recently, after years of asking, we started keeping weapons ...

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