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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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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 ...
Have a running wager with your friends/co-workers to increase your off-duty awareness. If they can walk up to you at the ballpark/mall/gas station and place their hand on your shoulder ...
With such a strong response from PoliceOne members, this is obviously a hot topic. Below is the original post from Officer Sean McLaine (NYPD) followed by several submissions from other ...
Question:Does a dog sniff implicate a person’s Fourth Amendment rights? Answer:By itself, a dog sniff does not implicate a person’s Fourth Amendment rights. A dog sniff is very ...
If an offender is running toward you in a headlong attack, your compelling impulse may be to back up as fast as you can as you try to draw your gun. But he can run forward faster than you ...
We are trained to keep our gun hand free while we are on duty. Whether we are on a traffic stop, investigating a domestic dispute, or approaching a house on a police run, we have been ...
Next time you draw an assignment to speak on crime prevention, this website could be a valuable resource: www.quatloos.com. It can help with fraud investigations, too. Maintained by the ...
Beware of “compliant training” when you’re learning and rehearsing DT techniques. This trap sets you up for losing, not winning, street confrontations. Trainer Bob “Coach” Lindsey, ...
A veteran officer passed this along to me after I had an incident where this tactic would have been useful. If a suspect does not have their ID with them, after getting their name, DOB and ...
FN 5.7 (Fabrique Nationale) pistol is a semiautomatic pistol in 5.7 X 28 mm caliber --------------------------------------------------------------------------------1/20/05 In response to ...
We dont have bloused trousers so instead of putting the laces back into our boots we simply put the laces around the top of the boot and then fold the top of our socks back over to cover ...

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