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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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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 ...
I read the article about the right side approach. I use them more often than not and would like to add a few more things I have picked up along the way. I generally attempt to angle my ...
Law Enforcement personnel MUST, during the application of force, constantly evaluate the situation. Does the suspect still pose a threat? If "yes" - what is the appropriate force option to ...
With Methamphetamines becoming more prevalent, officers should take caution when dealing with these type of stops. Moble Meth labs stops are dangerous due to the chemicals that are in used ...
www.NastyGlass.com is a drug paraphernalia website and has several "interesting" marijuana smoking pipes and concealment items under "safes".
When searching vehicles for drugs, make sure you check the trash. A trick the dealers use is wadding the drug up in an empty cigarette pack and putting it in their pocket. If they are ...
Recently the State of Colorado put out a bid for body armor. Also on the bid were 12 other states. Part of the bid process was vest testing. Colorado purchasing asked that officers from the ...
The following are common photographic problems when collecting evidence and tips for solving them. 1. Photo does not contain the information you need2. Room or scene is well-lit, however, ...
A couple of cheap items can tell a great deal about an item in a photo. By placing these items in your camera bag (someone mentioned using a softside cooler), they will always be ...
Be careful pushing down on the trunk...in scenerio training we have found that it lets a person hiding in the back seat know where you are at with out looking. They can pop up and shoot you ...

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