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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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In this video tactical tip, renown police trainer Larry Smith of Larry Smith Enterprises — alongside presentation partner Andy Barton of the Bristol (Conn.) Police Department —  ...
Increasingly, law enforcement organizations are embracing the position of a Diversity Officer, in response to internal and external environmental issues. There is, of course, more to this ...
As a martial artist and use-of-force instructor, I’m a firm believer in realistic training. To truly train, you need to practice in a realistic manner on realistic targets. If you ...
What type of officer are you and what do you expect of others with whom you work? Are you a proactive officer, a reactive officer, or an inactive officer? Sometimes you don't get ...
In this video tactical tip, renown police trainer Larry Smith of Larry Smith Enterprises — alongside presentation partner Andy Barton of the Bristol (Conn.) Police Department — ...
The practical, tactical law enforcement lessons we can learn from sports never cease to amaze me. Seven months ago I posted a tip about what a 37-year-old journeyman baseball player can ...
In this modern era of electronics and personal devices, we’re all busy texting and checking apps. Just about everyone has a smartphone, handheld computer, and some type of ...
Tony Lambraia of Phoenix RBT Solutions and Ultimate Training Munitions — alongside demonstration partner “Joe” — shows some ways you can work drills into your training on the ...
Undoubtedly, you’ve trained to handle an incident while off duty such as the one in which Ohio police officer Tony Luketic and his mother were shot by Ollie Tate in November 1995. ...
Following up on a video tactical tip from October (The 7 locks of the Sudden Assault Response System), Henry Brettrager — alongside demonstration partner Matt — shows how you ...
Following news of the incident late last month in Santa Rosa (Calif.) that left a 13-year-old boy fatally shot, we’ve renewed the conversation about “toy” guns. During ...
I've seen this practice at many departments and by all kinds of officers. With cell phones growing in size, the question of where to put them also becomes as large. What I have ...
We’ve been seeing a lot of orange around lately. But all those pumpkins on all those front porches should not be the only orange you should be thinking about, particularly if you work ...
In this video tactical tip, PoliceOne Columnist Duane Wolfe discusses and demonstrates some of the behavioral indicators that a person may be pulling a gun on ...
The doctor asked the patient if he has been experiencing problems with his memory. The patient replied, “How would I know?” It is a cute joke but it contains a sliver of ...
In this video tactical tip, Van Postell discusses and demonstrates several of the applications available to you with the emergency bandage — also known as the Israeli Bandage — for ...
You’ve probably long since developed “muscle memory” to quickly turn down your portable radio (if you don’t have an ear piece, I encourage you to consider getting ...
In this video tactical tip, Henry Brettrager — the founder of the Sudden Assault Response System, commonly known as SARS — demonstrates the basics and principles of the ...
Before even watching this video I probably should have expected the imminent doom of the smiling knucklehead pictured below. But I didn’t. My mind was on something else (the ...
I would like to share with you two questions, which, if asked, answered, and acted upon at the right moment may prevent future tragedies like Aurora, The Navy Yard Massacre, Newton, and ...

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