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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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In response to officer safety tip 04/15/2004 (never cross draw the X-26), the problem of the cartridge coming off can be rectified by drawing the equipment down and then out. If you ...
When asking a driver whether he's transporting anything illegal in his car, remember to make note of where he looks and what he does with his body immediately following the question. If ...
Follow these instructions to successfully lift prints from a vinyl pool cover: Aquire some Pentel roller glue from your local office supply. After the print has been developed, cut that ...
Ace type locks (like those found on vending machines, bike locks,etc....)are being opened/bypassed by using a 20 cent Bic pen. The barrel of the pen with its cap removed, fit's perfectly ...
1. Aquire some Pentel roller glue from your local office supply.2. Once you have developed the print, cut that portion from the liner and lay flat in a secure area.3. Place a drop of the ...
Ace type locks (like those found on vending machines, bike locks,etc....)are being opened/bypassed by utilizing a Bic 20 cent pen. The barrel of the pen with its cap removed, fit's ...
An effective way to get voluntary consent to search a vehicle is to appear nonchalant, humorous or even apologetic. When the time comes to ask for consent, consider saying something like ...
Ask the driver, in one breath, "are you carrying any drugs guns hand grenades contraband exotic animals endangered species untaxed cigarettes moonshine whisky or illegal fireworks?"
Think about where you place your duty bag. Some guys like to place it in the seat next to them because its easier to get to. However, if you should ever have to crawl out the passenger ...
Ball caps can be great hiding places for weapons and drugs and searching them is crucial. Take the searching slowly and avoid rushing your hands under the cap visor or running your fingers ...
If you fancy positioning your cuff case at the back of your duty belt, a few concerns might convince you to reconsider. A takedown tactic, which according to survival trainer Bob "Coach" ...
Bump Keys are utilized by professional locksmiths and government agencies to bypass all types of household, business & commercial locks in a matter of seconds. This includes high ...
99% of criminals carrying concealed weapons do not use holsters. As you know when you carry off-duty, you are constantly touching your weapon. Criminals do the same. This is called a ...
Bump Keys are utilized by professional locksmith and government agencys to bypass all types of household, business & commerical locks in a matter of seconds, this includes high security ...
When you carry a plain clothes or off-duty weapon and intend to use it in a felony arrest, make it a point that when you get ready to go out onto the street that you have secured your badge ...
ASP tactical handcuffs have a dangerous weakness to picking even when they are double-locked. One can use something to push down the hasp or "pawl" of the handcuff and see a silver piece of ...
An early, easy-to-spot indicator that you may be dealing with a drug runner on a traffic stop can be the license plate. In an effort to be as inconspicuous as possible, some cross-country ...
If you find a need to make stealth entry into a building or you need to stay quiet and unnoticed while moving into position, remember to ensure that your radio is turned down and loose keys ...
Sufficient sleep can make a serious difference in your level of tactical awareness..and consistent shift changes can make regular sleep patterns a serious challenge. A few quick tips to ...
Learn the major DOT placards in your area, and what the properties are for those chemicals. It is important to learn how they can hurt you and what you can do to protect yourself from them ...

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