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Putting cuffs on a sleeping giant– 18
There are a few little sayings that I try to teach my students regarding officer safety, and one of them is “let sleeping giants sleep”
5 statements cops should never make on duty– 116
Your destiny should be to be a great police officer; think and speak like a true professional and you will be one
10 tips to protect yourself from vehicular assault during traffic stops– 8
Understanding your capabilities, tactics and limitations will prevent you from being the next officer dragged by fleeing suspect
Police ambush attacks: 4 strategies for survival– 6
A recently released study illustrates specific strategies and tactics to greatly improve your chances of winning an ambush
Be the smartest person in the room– 4
All officers need to be armed with researched responses to hotly debated issues
Why your mic placement matters– 17
Where and how officers choose to wear their mic, or any other piece of equipment, is a personal decision that should be tactically thought out
Why loud & repetitive verbal commands can hinder compliance– 15
Using loud, repetitive verbal commands can be more of a hindrance than a help when trying to gain compliance from a resistive subject
5 ways cops can train to keep their less lethal skills sharp– 3
Regular ongoing practice increases proficiency, muscle memory and performance under stress
Why you should fall asleep to Delta Waves–
Working night shift and/or rotating shifts can make sleeping difficult. I have previously suggested using a sleep mask or blacking out any windows to ensure your bedroom is dark. I also advocate us...
3 things every cop should do before starting their shift– 1
Before starting your shift, take a few minutes to do the following: 1. Walk around your squad. Check to make sure no one failed to report any dents or dings. 2. Check the backseat. You need to make...
Beware of where you wear your flashlight– 2
On occasion I see officers with their large squad flashlights hanging on a ring in the small of their back. While it may be equally accessible to both hands, this is not a good practice. Any hard o...
5 tips from Force Science on de-escalation tactics– 1
Dealing with people in crisis is difficult. The only things a police officer can control are the decisions they make and the tactics they use
Why you should check your rack before every shift– 1
If you share the squad with others, check your long gun(s) are set up correctly before every shift. All too often after a high-risk stop, officers forget to return the weapon to a chamber empty con...
FBI's 2016 LEOKA stats tell a concerning story– 1
2016 saw an increase by more than three times of death by rifle fire over 2015
Why repetition is your friend when it comes to holster positioning– 1
Article updated on October 18, 2018 Each time you start your shift, make sure your duty belt and equipment within is in good working order. Is your holster located in the sweet spot for your draw t...
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