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These little extras can make a big difference in the quality of your police life
Know these common scenarios that can cause cops to lose situational awareness – and avoid them!
We should consider how our actions will “look” and what “they” will say about them
When you absolutely need to write something down make sure you have a weatherproof Rite in the Rain notebook
First responders need to become students of history, because it’s one of the easiest ways to avoid becoming the subject of history repeating itself
Written for officers at all levels, this book discusses proper note-taking at the scene of a crime, different elements of police reports and compliance writing
If you can’t say anything nice, then don’t say anything at all
The spread of rumors within police departments compromises investigations and shatters morale
DFR provides considerable promise for increased safety, reduced response times and improved de-escalation capabilities for public safety agencies
Set the scene, by introducing the people, property and other information before it is discussed
An exercise involving the Atlantic City FD and PD, U.S. Coast Guard and the N.J. State Police Marine Services Bureau demonstrates how drones can enhance public safety
Advanced body-worn camera technology plays a crucial role in enhancing officer safety and strengthening the bond between the police and the community
Leaders should be alarmed by this data, which indicates widespread issues affecting morale irrespective of location, suggesting systemic problems within departments
The BRINC Responder drone and Responder Station provide an end-to-end solution for public safety agencies looking to start or scale Drone as First Responder programs
As you ready yourself and your community for a heat wave, keep these tips in mind
Gordon Graham offers practical tips to minimize the risk of heat illness, including dressing in lightweight, light-colored clothing, taking regular breaks in a cool place and more
Rookie police officers can upgrade their equipment and maintain their gear with these Amazon finds
Follow these tips for police officers to protect your skin and eyes from the sun while on patrol
A recent event where officers confronted a suicidal man armed with a sword provides a stark reminder of the dangers and complexities in law enforcement
Unlike a physical injury, a mental traumatic injury can happen almost daily
Reducing resistance to policing makes your job easier and safer
Tips for police officers in their quest to make the SWAT team in their department
Ambush attacks on police officers do not discriminate in gender, assignment or age, and they affect all category of assignment
A squad car can feel like a little bubble of safety, but it’s not
The smartest cop isn’t the one with the quickest decision
Be smart about when and where you don shades
Sheriff Scott Rose of the Officer Down Memorial podcast discusses the unseen burdens of law enforcement careers, the importance of mental health resources, and his efforts to ensure fallen officers are remembered
When good people get involved in high-risk, low-frequency events, you are much more likely to make a mistake; listen to learn why ongoing training is key for responders