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Betsy Brantner Smith

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Sergeant Betsy Smith has more than 30 years of law enforcement experience, retiring as a patrol supervisor in a large Chicago suburb. Contact Betsy here.

Police work is hard on the body, but you can take preventative measures to help avoid permanent damage
Some of the primary concerns of women crimefighters include controlling larger subjects, avoiding a “police brutality” accusation and finding realistic training programs
The story of women in law enforcement continues to evolve as police departments discover that female officers bring particular gifts and abilities to the profession
The bottom line is that Redditt Hudson is a wannabe politician who, despicably, seems determined to use the Ferguson situation to try and jump-start his stalled career
Have some fun, enjoy a few laughs, and be grateful that you — and your brothers and sisters — are part of greatest profession in the world
I wish I could go back and tell my 21-year-old rookie self, “Hey kid, make sure you start planning for retirement”
If you get hurt at work and have to go to the ER, do you really want the trauma nurses talking about your tattered underwear?
With three generations of women firmly established in policing, women mentoring other women should be a given
Police1 Columnist Richard Fairburn’s excellent piece titled 10 truths of police leadership inspired me ponder what “truths” police trainers need to think about
Here are a few suggestions for staying optimistic during the often-difficult season of “happy” holidays and New Year’s resolutions