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  • Build Your Foundation to Win

    The wolf is at the door; is our house made of straw and easily destroyed or solid brick and able to withstand the assault?

    Article • March 27th, 2014

  • Animal Handling Familiarization Training

    Does your departmental procedure offer a set of options to exhaust before discharging a weapon or lethal force on an animal, when practical and safe to do so? I do not want to jeopardize an officer’s safety but a goal that reduces or eliminates the...

    Article • March 24th, 2014

  • Whose Team are You On?

    Often thrown around, the concept of team should focus on a symbiotic relationship between players and coaches; not just be dependent on the players making the coach look good.

    Article • February 27th, 2014

  • Mental Illness Responses

    When mental health became ‘decriminalized’ years ago, the floodgates of institutions poured many into the mean streets. Most became victims of the system. All too often most became pharmaceutically institutionalized leaving them trapped to take...

    Article • February 24th, 2014

  • Direction for New Sergeants

    All new sergeants need ‘the talk.’ As a guy who has promoted my fair share, here are few tidbits I've found of value to include.

    Article • January 30th, 2014

  • Trends to Follow in 2014

    New purchasing trends to follow next year will vary from the smaller department to the larger and add urban and rural filters to it. What are some of the trends or issues to follow, here are a few.

    Article • December 26th, 2013

  • What is Coming Next in the LE Future?

    There are some unsettling trends that are catching on throughout the country that in time may change the job as we know it.

    Article • November 25th, 2013

  • POETE: The Planning Acronym

    POETE is not a linear process but best applied when circular, it is a constant evolving process. There is no stopping point but constant refinement. One big rock in the road will cause you to return back and review the process that brought you to this.

    Article • December 17th, 2013

  • Job Integrity and Inherent Risks

    It is not what you do when you know you are being watched, but it is what you do when you think nobody is watching that defines your level of integrity. We are the guardians of our profession and the only ones who keep the tarnish off the shield.

    Article • September 23rd, 2013

  • Rethink Incident Management Response

    Irregular storms and natural disasters seem to be the norm now of days. If you review the most recent natural disasters that have affected our country, these were not the basic hurricane 101 but often compound and complex disasters.

    Article • August 26th, 2013

  • Simplicity of Building Morale

    Building morale does not need to be complicated. Here are two simple behavior changes that can create a big impact.

    Article • August 7th, 2013

  • Retirement Chief Jobs

    There are things in a smaller to medium size agency’s chief’s job descriptions that defy logic and would shock most. Let’s explore this some more.

    Article • July 22nd, 2013

  • Terrorism Deja Vu

    For those who recall the beginning of the Post 9-11 era we had our American flags up and we were vigilant. As time went on, our vigilance has waned somewhat, our flags have faded and some have retreated back into our comfort zone. Now Post-Boston Marathon...

    Article • June 24th, 2013

  • Leadership and Officer Safety

    Common sense is the way to approach tiny threats to your staff

    Article • May 28th, 2013

  • Real Solutions for School Safety

    Not satisfied with sitting around waiting for a national solution, Jordan (MN) Police Chief Bob Malz set in motion several changes. “Sometimes the best answers come when we stop listening to everyone else and take it upon ourselves to make common...

    Article • April 23rd, 2013

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