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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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Following up on the tactical tip I posted last week relative to dos and don’ts for handling meth precursors. I got several great pieces of feedback from PoliceOne Members, three of ...
In a perfect world, every cop would have the right tool with him, at the right time. He or she would arrive at every call with every line of the force matrix — from presence to a .50 ...
Betsy Brantner Smith talks to Adam Painchaud, director at Sig Sauer Academy, who says "redundancy is key" to maintaining officer safety. One day, he says, your backup gun could be critical ...
In light of a recent record-breaking 15-ton methamphetamine bust in Guadalajara, Mexico — and the on-going proliferation of meth users and manufacturers nationwide — it’s ...
Do you arrive at work with the spirit of a warrior, or do you just show up with the attitude just another day of job BS and public stupidity? If you have the attitude that this is just ...
In this video tactical tip, Don Alwes talks about the necessity to be prepared for an active shooter incident, calling it a “come as you are, and come right now” type of event. ...
Here is an easy way to keep wipes with your favorite gun oil or solvent on them handy. You will need:• one pack of travel sized baby wipes • your favorite oil or solvent • ...
Scott Reidy, Senior Instructor for the Sig Sauer Academy discusses what he terms the “strong-side-only reload” — some use terminology like ‘dominant / non-dominant ...
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 ...

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