Naked guy and the Transderivational, say what??

Have you ever seen a cop performing a pat search of a suspect and heard them asking crazy or stupid questions about whether the person being searched has any rocket propelled grenades, nuclear submarines or kilos of crack cocaine? The term for it is a mouthful…the Transderivational search. The point is to basically dazzle the subject with your babbling bullshit, so they are too busy thinking about what you are saying and are NOT thinking about punching you in your favorite face. This is the story of one such time… Continue reading “Naked guy and the Transderivational, say what??”

Your secret weapon: The Two most effective tools in Policing!

So you have applied to be an officer. Are you feeling overwhelmed yet? There is so much information out there…and worse, misinformation. With all this talk about martial arts, defensive tactics, guns, batons, what to say, what not to say…it can be overwhelming! Fear not, I am about to reveal never before heard secrets of the most powerful tools in policing! Okay maybe not never before heard, but at least underappreciated. Continue reading “Your secret weapon: The Two most effective tools in Policing!”

Q&A: What is the best Martial Art for Law Enforcement?

I received a message from a reader stating, What form of martial art would you recommend for Police? I go to the academy in about 6 months. Being a total DT Dork who has practiced martial arts off and on my entire life, this is a topic I LOVE to talk about! Over the years I have picked up FOUR very important facts as they relate to martial arts and Law Enforcement. Continue reading “Q&A: What is the best Martial Art for 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.”

How to clear out a party faster than a can of Pepper Spray!

***Warning! This story contains graphic descriptions of a death investigation that most people will find disgusting and unsettling. It is meant to be since it makes a point. Don’t say I didn’t warn you if you continue to read! ***

Law enforcement holds a unique position among the social hierarchy in group settings and guarantees you are never really off duty. Being a cop is one of the few careers where you are usually introduced by your job. “Hi this is my friend Jaden…He’s a COP.” This last part is usually said in a conspiratorial whisper followed by some lame joke that you have heard at least 500 times. Doctor’s and Astronauts also get this sort of treatment, though usually without the, “I didn’t do it!” remarks. Firemen would also be introduced by occupation, but it never comes to that. You can always spot a fireman by the requisite Fire dept. t-shirt. They’re also the ones who walk into a room and spread their arms out wide and turn slowly so all can see their grandeur while informing the room, “I’m a firefighter!”  Continue reading “How to clear out a party faster than a can of Pepper Spray!”

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”

I only strip for $20’s…Hilarious moments dealing with the public

Earlier today I received an email from a woman with a hilariously candid story to tell. She detailed how she mistakenly thought a police officer who responded to a loud party complaint at her neighbor’s house was in fact a stripper. She was VERY excited about said stripper and was understandably embarrassed when she learned her mistake. Fear not Mam, this is actually MUCH more common than you think! We don’t always get mistaken for strippers, but we do get comments and catcalls that can range from flattering to downright terrifying. Here is the story of the time I was once insisted I would only strip for $20’s! Continue reading “I only strip for $20’s…Hilarious moments dealing with the public”

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.”

There I was…lost in the forest with 10 drunken sorority girls

Every once in awhile in law enforcement you come across a call that sticks with you. Usually its something tragic. Often it’s hilarious. This one starts in a land far far away with, “No shit…there I was…trapped in the forest with 10 drunken sorority girls…” Continue reading “There I was…lost in the forest with 10 drunken sorority girls”

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”