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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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It’s déjà vu all over again. Since it’s Groundhog Day, I don’t feel too terrible about offering a tip we’ve all probably heard — in one form or ...
It has been more than 40 years since trainer John Demand Jr., then a rookie, almost gave a courtesy ride to a car thief. But he remembers the leadership lesson of that night vividly, and ...
In this video tactical tip, PoliceOne Columnist Betsy Brantner Smith works alongside J.C. Corbett — a Senior Instructor at the Sig Sauer Academy — on what Sig calls the ...
At the IACP annual conference last fall, two separate panels were devoted to debriefing what happened in Detroit that cold and fateful Sunday morning nine months earlier when an offender ...
Being defensive can be counterproductive, particularly if you see the attack coming and you wait to respond. Your best advantage may be to react first. Look for your opening — in a ...
When arriving to handle an active shooter, the officers who are first on the scene have certain responsibilities. Don Alwes outlines them here. ...
For Christmas, a great friend of mine — who had apparently taken pity on me for my well-worn, level-two leather holster — gave me a beautiful new concealed-carry rig from JM ...
Some officers, and even some trainers, argue it’s a waste of time to use your sights in firearms practice. After all, you’re not likely to use them in a sudden gunfight.ILEETA ...
The loudest sound a pistol can make is “click!” In today’s video tactical tip, John McGregor — an adjunct instructor with the Sig Sauer Academy — demonstrates ...
As winter weather hits much of the country it’s important to keep in mind the challenges and potential dangers of slick-surface driving. Here are a few things to keep in mind this ...
I’m submitting this in the spirit of the football playoffs, which began this past weekend. Some of you may appreciate it and others not so much, but there is a point to be made ...
In a recent article which mentioned LEOSA (H.R.218) concealed carry issues, I complained of not knowing a single, good source of LEOSA facts. Attorney Steve Manion of New Jersey emailed me ...
A colleague of mine told me of a story about an officer he knew. This officer had not cleaned his weapon in several months and when he finally went to tear it down the magazine was rusted ...
As editor of PoliceOne I have access to reams of data related to our site traffic. In fact, on alternating Tuesday mornings I host a meeting with some of my PoliceOne colleagues entitled, ...
You may have already read that the hacker group known as Anonymous claimed on Christmas Day to have stolen thousands of credit card numbers and other personal information belonging to ...
One of the first things we as law enforcement officers need to know is that when you arrive on scene, there are a few things going on. One, we should be checking our surroundings as we ...
What’s the plan in your PD for responding to an active shooter situation? Do you have a policy or procedure which advises that you wait for four officers in order to make entry into ...
Hours of better sleep, a coveted luxury in law enforcement, can be yours for just 150 minutes a week, according to a new health sciences study. Not only will you snooze “significantly ...
Last year around this time I posted a tactical tip on Christmas packages containing contraband. This year as the holiday approaches my mind is focused on the people I tend to consider ...
Wow! This has been one heck of a year — the officer down page is once again above 100. I’m not going to tell you in this article about watching your six, checking your weapon ...

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