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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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During a routine DUI stop the suspect dropped a shell casing on the ground; further investigation revealed a small amount of marijuana in a 308 Winchester shell.
Our department recently has seen a lighter that doubles as a switchblade. The blade is about 1.5 to 2 inches in length and is spring loaded. They have been found in the flea markets in ...
Always assume your weapon is loaded, and always visually inspect the chamber if you need to handle your weapon. Luckily no one was seriously injured.Officer's Gun Goes Off During ...
I work in a drug/prostitution area where I make numerous terry stop interviews with possible suspects. I have found that it really throws possible criminals off and adds a slight advantage ...
When making a traffic stop, especially at night, try approaching the stopped vehicle from the right side after going around the back of your unit. I've stood there at many a traffic stop ...
A fellow officer arrested a suspect for possession of cocaine. While doing a search of the vehicle he found a needle in between the seats. As the needles was removed by the safe end, the ...
We recentally had a accident involving two cars responding to a "officer needs assistance" call. During the accident investigation it was discovered that one of the shotguns was dislodged ...
Some clothing makers (pants specifically) are making their products with hidden pockets on them. I arrested a subject with 4.7g of crack concealed within a small pocket on the inside of his ...
During recent narcotic Search & Seizures, hidden compartments have been located inside stereo components. In these compartmetns, large quantities of narcotics and handguns have been ...
Deputies with the Onondaga County Sheriff's Office in Syracuse, NY discovered a covert surveillance system in a suspect's car on a traffic stop. The system appears to be for recording ...
When approaching a suspect while in training or out in the streets make sure your guys are releasing the helmet chin strap, this strap can be a choker strap if you and a suspect start to ...
I have recently found that people are placing a knife-like object into the seat post of a bicycle and pulling this weapon out and striking the victim and riding away as fast as they strike ...
I developed scenarios used for High Risk Stop (HRS) training for the FTO program in our department. We use Simunitions for the training. This is great for all officers because it adds ...
Probably already noted but this came to may attention while doing some shoe print comparisons. There are shoes out there with hidden compartments in the soles. One good example: ...
02/13/2002 BOLO Red & White Teddy Bears The FBI in Los Angeles has issued an alert to Law Enforcement Agencies in the Southwest (including Salt Lake City) to be on the lookout for white ...
02/15/2002 [Crime Trend] Heroin Smuggling Customs Service inspectors stopped Alejandro Mejia Garcia at Orlando International Airport on Feb. 5 and noticed the unusually stiff clothes that ...
Our department bought micro mini-cassette recorders for the officers. The thought was to use them to protect us against false allegations during vehicle stops. I attach mine with velcro to ...
Make the people you work with safer, by not getting yourself and them into a fight. Learn Verbal Judo.
Officer Alert: A switch has appeared out on the streets that will turn a 9mm Glock pistol into an automatic weapon. The switch sticks out from the back of the slide just below the ...

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