Yesterday, I was reading an excellent post by Donut County Cop regarding Police Body Cams. This led me to think about my department’s use of body cameras…or our lack of use of them. There are many factors about the body cam that most people don’t think about. Citizens seem to believe the body cam is some sort of mythical piece of equipment that will solve all the world’s problems. As Donut County Cop showed in his post, this is not the case. In addition…what do you know about who gets to access to police body cams footage? Continue reading “Police Body Cams and Privacy”
Field Training Officer training (FTO) is an extremely stressful and difficult time in a young officer’s career. FTO is typically where department’s will weed out those who may not be cut out for a career in law enforcement. Following these simple white belt tips can increase your chance of success while on FTO…and life!
Nobody has ever accused me of being the smartest or strongest guy out there. Physically, I am not gifted with the superior genes of an athlete. Nor am I the most talented at the things I undertake. Regardless of these unfortunate facts, I tend to be extremely successful when I train, attend education, perform physical feats or perform at work. If it isn’t because of any natural talent, how do I do it? I have learned one very important skill in life…How to be a Lifelong White Belt. Continue reading “Be a White Belt: The Secret to Success for FTO and Life”
I was recently having a discussion with a friend from high school who did not know I had gone into law enforcement. He commented that he was glad to hear it did not seem like I had a “Power Trip” the way many cops do. This got me thinking. As a law enforcement officer, do I feel there are many cops who are on a power trip? After thinking about it, I realized the answer is…No. Of course there is the rare, “You will respect my authority” type people…every department has that one guy who makes everyone else roll their eyes. No…Cops, do not have a power trip, but it is very easy to understand why people would feel that way. Let me explain… Continue reading “Cops and the Power Trip: Facts and Fallacies”
I previously wrote two posts about the importance of defensive tactics training for law enforcement and providing my opinion regarding the best martial art for police to offset their defensive tactics training. There are many factors to consider when seeking training outside of department approved defensive tactics. Some of these factors include reducing training scars from sport related or traditional martial arts that may not be well suited to law enforcement duties. Regardless of what style you choose (and something is better than nothing), the one thing you absolutely cannot neglect is ground fighting. I personally feel any personal martial arts training or law enforcement defensive tactics training that fails to include ground work is negligent. It is just THAT important for police. Continue reading “Ground Fighting Training and Law Enforcement”
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??”
***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!”
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”
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.”
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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? 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?”