Hobbies: Follow a New Passion
Law enforcement is a profession that many use to define themselves, but allowing your identity to be based solely on your job is not a good idea. Pursuing an activity outside of policing gives the mind and body a much needed breather. Some officers find surprising ways to fulfill this goal.
Get Ready for a Fight
Your defensive tactics training should be intense, exhausting, applicable, and eye-opening. Don't come to in-service training dressed for vacation or expecting to sleepwalk through the course.
Alone Against All Odds
Cops are accustomed to answering calls for help, and generally think no less of those who ask. But officers themselves are often hesitant to ask for help, and that can be very impractical and even costly.
Officer Joshua Burns might have bled out and died if it wasn't for a new emergency medical program that the Dallas PD had implemented just weeks before he was shot. As part of that program, 3,200 Dallas officers had been trained in basic hemorrhage control techniques and issued Tactical Medical Solutions' Downed Officer Kit (DOK).
Autonomous Cars: Driving on Auto Pilot
Imagine an officer gets into the driver's seat, which recognizes her by retina scan, and it immediately moves to the position she prefers. The officer logs on via voice request to the department CAD system and "tells" the vehicle to patrol the downtown area using random patrol "Henry 1." This could be reality sooner than you think.
Deadly Threats: The Longest 10 Seconds
The most stressful situation a police officer can face is an unexpected deadly threat—someone wanting to kill you or another person. You must react to it. And you don't have time to think.
John Wayne knew the canyon was dangerous and was ready. Our ambushes occur in a modern-day canyon of houses, vehicles, and woods, and we also need to have the Duke's "always prepared" mindset.
Seattle PD Lawsuit: Calling Out Goliath
Late last month 126 officers of the Seattle Police Department decided it was time to stand up and challenge Goliath, in this case the federal government. Instead of a sling and a stone, they wielded a lawsuit.
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