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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  • 3 things every cop should do before starting their shift

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    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

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    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...

  • Why you should check your rack before every shift

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    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...

  • Why repetition is your friend when it comes to holster positioning

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    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...

  • Take a tactical position when writing a ticket

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    When writing or printing off a ticket, or working on your computer during a stop, it is easy to be distracted and not pay full attention to your surroundings. Especially at night, consider moving t...

  • Video: Dealing with anticipation of recoil

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    In this video tactical tip, PoliceOne Contributor — alongside PoliceOne Editor at Large Doug Wyllie — discuss and demonstrate some thoughts about pistol recoil, and how to train to overcome the ant...

  • Video: Defense against the necktie

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    In this video tactical tip, Fletch Fuller — alongside demonstration partner Ray Price — shares a technique you can use when a subject gets you into what is commonly called a necktie attack, where t...

  • Video: The hook sweep

    In this video tactical tip, Fletch Fuller — alongside demonstration partner Ray Price — shares a technique you can use when to take a subject to the ground you are flat on your back in full guard.

  • Video: Defensive ground tactics using open guard with hip index

    In this video tactical tip, Fletch Fuller — alongside demonstration partner Ray Price — shares a technique to keep the bad guy away from your head (the command center, as Fletch puts it) utilizing ...

  • Video: The wrist weave to a takedown

    In this video tactical tip, Fletch Fuller — alongside demonstration partner Ray Price — shows us a non-traditional tactic to take a subject to the ground while engaged in the wrist weave position.  

  • Video: The wrist weave to cuffing position

    In this video tactical tip, Fletch Fuller — alongside demonstration partner Ray Price — shows us how to transition from the wrist weave on a resistive subject, and into a position to apply the handcuffs.

  • Video: The wrist weave position

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    In this video tactical tip, Fletch Fuller — alongside demonstration partner Ray Price — shows us a non-traditional tactic called the wrist weave position, which allows an officer to control a resis...

  • Video: Getting behind the subject

    In this video tactical tip, Lee Shaykhet — alongside PoliceOne Video Production Manager Lawson Coke — discusses and demonstrates how to quickly take a position of advantage against a subject, getti...

  • Video: Rear weapon retention

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    In this video tactical tip, Don Gulla demonstrates how to defeat an offender who attempts to take your sidearm from a rear position. <!--cke_bookmark_99S--><!--cke_bookmark_99E-->

  • Video: From escort position to takedown

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    In this video tactical tip, PoliceOne Contributor Don Gula — founder of Arrestling Force Options Training — discusses and demonstrates a technique to take a resistive subject who is pulling away fr...

  • Video: The flench draw and other counter-ambush techniques

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    In this video tactical tip, PoliceOne Contributor Don Gula — founder of Arrestling Force Options Training — discusses and demonstrates a few techniques to respond quickly to an attempted ambush by ...

  • Video: Using the foot sweep to overcome a resistive subject

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    In this video tactical tip, PoliceOne Contributor Don Gula — founder of Arrestling Force Options Training — discusses and demonstrates a judo technique to take a resistive subject to the ground.

  • Video: Application of the knee to the tricep

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    In this video tactical tip, PoliceOne Contributor Don Gula — founder of Arrestling Force Options Training — discusses and demonstrates another way to get a prone subject’s hands out from under his ...

  • Video: Developing speed, hand, and line coordination

    In this video tactical tip, Diana Rathborne of the Minnesota Kali Group — alongside demonstration partner Peter Hedrick of MPI Protective Services — offers several training techniques to help get y...

  • Video: Verbally applying the 10-, 5-, and 2-foot rule

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    In this video tactical tip, PoliceOne Contributor Gary Klugiewicz — alongside PoliceOne Contributor Dave Young — discusses and demonstrates how to utilize verbal techniques as they apply to the pro...

  • Video: The 10-, 5-, and 2-foot assesment

    In this video tactical tip, PoliceOne Contributor Dave Young is assisted by PoliceOne Contributor Gary Klugiewicz as Young discusses and demonstrates the concept of proxemics. Young breaks it down ...

  • Video: Improving your verbal response to situations

    In this video tactical tip, PoliceOne Contributor Gary Klugiewicz discusses a concept to help improve law enforcement training and performance on the street, explaining his philosophy that we shoul...

  • Video: Application of the shin to the calf

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    In this video tactical tip, PoliceOne Contributor Don Gulla — founder of Arrestling Force Options Training — discusses and demonstrates a way to get a prone subject’s hands out from under his torso...

  • Video: Universal principles in motion

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    In this video tactical tip, PoliceOne Contributor Peter Hetrick of MPI Protective Services Training Academy discusses and demonstrates additional concepts surrounding the Survival X. This principle...

  • Video: Teaching and training in the "Survival X"

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    In this video tactical tip, PoliceOne Contributor Peter Hetrick of MPI Protective Services Training Academy discusses and demonstrates what he calls the Survival X. This principle enables a recruit...

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