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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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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 ...
An easier way I have found to load with one hand is to put the gun back in the holster, release the magazine and slide in a new mag.It is not recommended but with a glock and many others if ...
Is going to work tired the same as going to work drunk? It could be, in terms of the impact on your performance skills and the risk you put yourself in regarding injury and ...
Jason, try this. Pull your laces tight, wrap the excess around the top of the boots, then secure the laces with a square knot. Then, tuck the small excess into your boots. the square ...
When it becomes necessary to handle your weapon after one hand/arm becomes disabled, the street is not the place to figure out how. Try this technique when you only have one hand: Hold ...
The lead P.T. Instructor taught my acadamy class to tuck our laces inside of our shoes. Weather we were wearing boots or shoes. The main reason was that he and a fellow officer were ...
I wear side zip boots, after puting them on and fitting them I tie a knot and cut off the rest of the laces
I read Jason Bissell's story about his bootlaces getting caught on the emergency brake pedal of his patrol car. (02/27/05) Although he did not mention what type of car he was driving, I ...
We have all been taught to flood a stopped vehicel with takedown lights, high beams and spotlighting the driver's mirror. Instead of approaching driver side, exit your vehicle, take a quick ...
Suggestion to overcome the "over-blading" problem published 02/25/2005......use passenger-side approach.The passenger side approach has been proven much more "officer safe" than the ...
It sounds like a weird scenario, but tucking your bootlaces inside your boots could potentially mean the difference between life and death. I learned this the hard way the other night and, ...
When ever possible and especially at night I try to avoid sitting in my car to write a citation. I will take the citation to the right rear of my vehicle where I can overwatch the vehicle ...

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