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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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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 ...
When approaching a vehicle on a traffic stop, particularly one you may consider high-risk, push down on the trunk as you walk up from the rear. This can serve two purposes: First, it ...
If you typically approach on the driver's side during traffic stops, consider approaching on the passenger side instead. You might be surprised, and even saved, by what you see. Occupants ...
iknow this is common knowledge for most but if a suspects attempts to disarm you force your weapon straight down into the holster and make distance if you can. remember 110% its your life ...
When dusting a horizontal surface, the dust can become too heavy on the surface. I use a can of compressed air to gently blow away any excess dust. Due to this, my lifts are usually clear ...
Be sure to keep white and black colored ballons in your photo kit. If you dust a bottle or glass and you need to photo the print, I recommend doing the following. Blow up a contrasting ...
In a small department, where you may be the only one at a crime scene, I have learned to use the victim (when appropriate) to assist with my photo collecting. I ask for their help and then ...

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