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Keep a 'reminder binder'

Submitted by Rich Von Voigt
Riverhead, New York

I’ve been a PoliceOne Member for some time now and I constantly check the site.

My main interest has been (and most likely will always be) training and good tactics.

You know, the kind of stuff that keeps officers alive and well.

So a couple of years ago, I started a ‘REMINDER BINDER.’

The binder consists of any article that I deemed relevant to good tactics and safety while on patrol — anything from driving skills to gun retention to edged weapons to joint locks and escapes from chokes and. I have it all in a well kept binder broken down into sections (health, tactical, officer safety, etc.).

I refer to it from time to time to keep it fresh in my head.

So, if you haven't started your own binder yet, here is a good reason to get going: 2013 is now underway. See how many you can collect this year and see if it makes a difference in your patrol routines. See if it makes a difference in your life.

Sometimes we get to face evil like never before, all we can do is try to be prepared and may the best trained to and the healthiest officers prevail.

To all of you who don't believe in staying healthy and tactical, think again.

Get that binder started. I remember the Lakewood Four like it happened yesterday — other things require a reminder.

I just passed my binder down to my son, who is in the Police Academy right now.

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