Police Tips


The Police1 Law Enforcement and Police Tips section provides insight from Police1 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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  • The one question every SWAT team needs to ask

    At the 2017 California Association of Tactical Officers (CATO) Conference, Don Kester of the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) hosted a thought-provoking session on the challenges faced...

  • Training tip: Tactical options for SWAT making a 'tubular assault'

    There are a couple tactical options that tend to be overlooked in the planning stages of a tubular assault. SWAT commanders seem to focus on the entry point of the plane and the close proximity of ...

  • Tactical medicine tip: DIY pull tabs

    Adding duct tape pull tabs to your compress gauze, combat gauze, Celox and other packages can make them easier to open while under stress. Thanks to the Skinny Medic for this tip. Share your tactic...

  • 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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    In this video tactical tip, Police1 Contributor — alongside Police1 Editor at Large Doug Wyllie — discuss and demonstrate some thoughts about pistol recoil, and how to train to overcome the anticip...

  • Video: Defense against the necktie

    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

    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 Police1 Video Production Manager Lawson Coke — discusses and demonstrates how to quickly take a position of advantage against a subject, getting...

  • Video: Rear weapon retention

    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

    In this video tactical tip, Police1 Contributor Don Gula — founder of Arrestling Force Options Training — discusses and demonstrates a technique to take a resistive subject who is pulling away from...

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

    In this video tactical tip, Police1 Contributor Don Gula — founder of Arrestling Force Options Training — discusses and demonstrates a few techniques to respond quickly to an attempted ambush by an...

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

    In this video tactical tip, Police1 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

    In this video tactical tip, Police1 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 to...

  • 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

    In this video tactical tip, Police1 Contributor Gary Klugiewicz — alongside Police1 Contributor Dave Young — discusses and demonstrates how to utilize verbal techniques as they apply to the proxemi...

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

    In this video tactical tip, Police1 Contributor Dave Young is assisted by Police1 Contributor Gary Klugiewicz as Young discusses and demonstrates the concept of proxemics. Young breaks it down into...

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