In February 2014, Duane Wolfe retired from his career as a Minnesota Peace Officer after more than 25 years of service (beginning in 1988). During his career, he served as a patrolman, sergeant, S.R.T., use of force and firearms instructor. He is also a full-time instructor in the Law Enforcement Program at Alexandria Technical and Community College, Alexandria, Minnesota. Duane has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Bemidji State University and a Masters Degree in Education from Southwest State University.
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16 winter weather tips for on and off-duty cops– 11
Remember to prepare for the conditions you might find yourself outside in for several hours
The 'Ask, Tell, Make' mistake– 16
This approach attempts to make the situation fit the tactics regardless of the totality of the circumstance
Putting cuffs on a sleeping giant– 18
I have a few sayings I 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 study of police ambushes illustrates specific strategies and tactics that could greatly improve your chance of survival during an ambush attack
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...
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