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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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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 ...
In conjunction with the 2000 tip, "Search For The BB", I would like to take it a step further. In conducting your searches, are the items you see, the items you find really what they are ...
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 ...
It often helps to photograph your subject with him or her standing in a corner facing the camera. This can improve the lighting of the photo by allowing the flash to bounce off the two ...
Survival Commitment As a law enforcement officer, I am aware that being involved in a shooting or other violent incident is a relaistic possibility. I will continually demonstrate my ...
Be aware of these techniques when searching suspects for narcotics. Suspects often coat cocaine and meth pipes with the drugs for later consumption, scraping off what they need as they go. ...
On a search warrant service of a suspected meth lab, my tactical team arrived at the residence. Once inside and with the place secured, we found a lamp with a red light bulb. We traced the ...
Once the print has been developed on the surface, place the lift tape over it and press it down so that it is flat. Next you need a pencil with an eraser on it. Take the eraser and rub the ...
One of the best ways to prepare to respond to both off and on-duty encounters is to role play potential scenarios in your head using "If/Then Thinking". More secifically, "IF this happens, ...
As an officer, you may be called upon to handle a wide variety of situations, both on duty and off. The more expansive your skill base, the better. Look for opportunities to cross train ...
If chaos erupts, remember to look deeper into the situation to ensure that what you are seeing and hearing coordinates with the event you think you?re dealing with. This can be particularly ...
A bad situation can surface at any time, so be prepared. Remain in Condition Yellow, a state of being relaxed but alert, at all times. Be sure to avoid being overly paranoid. As you will ...
One of your first priorities in an off-duty engagement should be to alert responding personnel to the fact that you are an officer, particularly if you're armed. If backup will be ...
Today, some instructors are teaching officers basic firearm techniques and are qualifying these officers using only basic techniques. I have been shooting competitively for over three years ...
how often do you see a officer next to the driver's side of a stopped veh. with his back to traffic or butt sticking out in traffic."note" most people are left handed, therefore standing ...

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