The commute game: A powerful tool for passing FTO

FTO can be an extremely stressful time in a young officer’s career. Most law enforcement academies could easily be twice as long as they are and still only begin to scratch the surface of what an officer should know. After the Academy the FNG is supposed to be able to seamlessly recite off the elements of a crime, know the best tactical way to handle a situation, have excellent radio traffic, know where you are at all times and be able to provide a detailed description of a suspect or vehicle. Continue reading “The commute game: A powerful tool for passing FTO”

Reserve Officers: The best kept secret in law enforcement

Are you looking for a career in law enforcement, but aren’t sure whether it’s a good fit for you? Maybe you have always wanted to be a cop, but were one of those people who were smart enough to get a good paying job and now can’t afford the pay cut? Or maybe you are looking to find a way to get hired at your dream department and want to get an inside edge? Luckily for you, there is a little known solution for all of these. The Police Reserve Officer.  Continue reading “Reserve Officers: The best kept secret in law enforcement”

Would you like fries with that? The hidden strength of your work history.

Have you always wanted to be a cop, but don’t feel like your work history is impressive enough? Fear not! ALL of your job experience is extremely important. When hiring potential candidates, there isn’t any one particular blueprint that will ensure you are hired in law enforcement. We ALL have had those jobs. I have met former construction workers, social workers, bankers, personal trainers, nurses (right!? what are they thinking!?), musicians, cashiers,  soldiers, athletes, landscapers, accountants, college students…and yes…fast food workers. Modern law enforcement agencies like to hire from a variety of diverse backgrounds. Continue reading “Would you like fries with that? The hidden strength of your work history.”

So You’re a bad-ass? Surviving the Police Interview

Are you the kind of guy who can shoot the wings off a fly from 600 meters? Have you mastered the Shaolin Ninja Assassin one finger death touch? Deployed a dozen times and have more confirmed kills than syphilis? That’s great…and it’s is also the best way to FAIL THE POLICE INTERVIEW. Continue reading “So You’re a bad-ass? Surviving the Police Interview”

Defensive Tactics: The MOST important skill for police.

This is an absolutely must watch video! As a Defensive Tactics Instructor, I may be biased, but in my opinion, Defensive Tactics is probably the single most important skill to be trained for law enforcement. Sure it can be argued that firearms is also incredibly important (And it is!) and is obviously much more likely to end badly if you screw it up. We often train for that one moment that MAY happen to the exclusion of the thing that we know WILL happen. By all means be proficient with all your firearms, but absolutely do NOT neglect your physical skills.

This is a topic that I have been putting off writing about for awhile. It is something I feel so strongly about, that I wanted to create the “perfect” article about it. I have decided it is important enough that instead of writing one perfect article, Continue reading “Defensive Tactics: The MOST important skill for police.”

Q&A: Academic Failures in the Police Academy

Recently, I was contacted by Frank who wanted to know about any tips I had on passing the Police Academy. Frank said:

I saw your post on officer.com and it seemed to somewhat relate to what I’m going through to an extent. I was in the academy for about 3 months. Continue reading “Q&A: Academic Failures in the Police Academy”

What should I do first before applying for a cop job?

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Figuring out where to get started can be frustrating and honestly a bit overwhelming. Do you really have a good idea of what you’re getting involved with? How do you find out? There is tons of information on the internet on law enforcement and even the hiring process, yet it is scattered and often doesn’t make much sense to those just starting out. What can I do NOW to either start preparing myself, or better educate myself about the realities of a cop job? Continue reading “What should I do first before applying for a cop job?”

What does it take to be a cop?

What does it take to be a cop? Lighting reflexes and the Kung-Fu moves of Bruce Lee? Or maybe an encyclopedia like memory and knowledge of every law and criminal procedure out there? Or is it what Hollywood would have you believe…shooting from moving vehicles and taking on international terrorists all while yelling Yippee Ki Yay? While some of those things help, what makes for a good law enforcement officer is actually much simpler. And more difficult at the same time.

What primarily makes up the core of a good cop (And therefore a good candidate) is character.  It is the “soft skills” that make or break you in law enforcement. Continue reading “What does it take to be a cop?”