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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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At night with a vehicle with tinted windows you could have the driver turn on his interior lights. Lets the officer see inside somewhat and the driver can't see through the tint. Works at ...
I have been using a ear piece for three years and I am the only one in my department that does so. I love the fact that I am the only one that can hear the radio traffic. There has been ...
If you find yourself in a foot chase with a suspect you need to direct officers to your location ASAP. In addition to the address or street name give out landmarks that you might be headed ...
When carrying your pens for note taking, don't clip the pens in the pocket so they stick up... this leaves them accessible to everyone. In a close in struggle, a suspect could grab them ...
Never walk up on a vehicle on a traffic stop that has windows so darkly tinted that you cannot see inside. While maintaining cover from your cruiser verbally direct the driver to roll his ...
When you are dealing with a person and you accidentally drop an item such as your cuff keys, ticket book, subjects I.D. card etc, do not immediately bend down to pick it up while in close ...
You've finally caught up to a fleeing suspect you've been chasing on foot. Now, how do you get him stopped-fast-in a way that's safest for you? Grabbing clothing may not work. Gangbangers ...
under what conditions would an officer be compelled to sit in the car on a traffic stop?Maybe if there was an adverse climate condition (i.e. torrential rain, snow etc). So, why not call ...
Ever have one of those traffic stops where you wish your cover was right there, right now? You can create the perception of another person simply by using the word "we" during your ...
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, ...

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