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Avoid the Top 10 Rookie Mistakes

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After riding with your FTO for a few weeks you’ll be cut loose on your own. In larger departments you may have a partner, but usually you will be riding solo.

Here are some tips to get a solid footing in your new career.






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    jakester51892

    about 2 years ago

    2 Comments

    And what ever happened to...NEVER ASSUME?

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    Volcomaholic88

    over 2 years ago

    4 Comments

    #1....LOL

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    couponsx

    almost 3 years ago

    14 Comments

    I'm a retired captain and instructor, I want to share with you my number one topics with new recruits. You don't get paid to let these people hurt you, alway's maintain control of your incident and watch the hands of a suspect, those hands will kill you not his face. Don't be afraid to use force when the situation calls for it. Once you have control STOP THE FORCE, don't be a news video victim.
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    werm098

    almost 3 years ago

    358 Comments

    I like rule number 1 lol

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    Patrisha

    almost 3 years ago

    4 Comments

    I can't wait to become a police officer it's the most awesome job ever I am going to try
    My best as a rookie

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    dreamer9657yahoo

    almost 3 years ago

    4 Comments

    I thought most of these were a common sense thing when you put on the uniform....Latinrum nailed it ,couldn't have put it any better than that.

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    latinrum

    almost 3 years ago

    94 Comments

    Remember there is the “Letter of the Law” and the “Heart of the Law”. Learn to distinguish between the two.

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    lemmonw

    almost 3 years ago

    464 Comments

    duly noted.

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    kt25232

    almost 4 years ago

    12 Comments

    Seriously? What about the most important thing all officers should ALWAYS do before hitting the streets, PUT ON YOUR VEST!!!

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    chevyrocket350

    almost 4 years ago

    4 Comments

    Nothing is exactly as it is in any training scenario. I have found myself insituations and no training to rely on. Just take your time and always asess every situation on an individual basis , you can't lump all similar situations into 1 because there are always differences that can mean life or death. I personally rely on knowing "people" in general and so far everything has gone well.

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    northgalaxy1

    almost 4 years ago

    88 Comments

    #1 BEGINS TO DESCRIBE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BOOK SMART AND STREET SMART. Street smart's bring's you home safetly at the end of every shift.

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    karamel4

    almost 4 years ago

    18 Comments

    Love #1... if i didn't see it here, i'd have never known it can be a mistake rookies make... lol good to know for future reference

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    avictor

    almost 4 years ago

    478 Comments

    Most of these tips can be applied to any job.

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    Anonymous

    almost 4 years ago

    One of our local CHP officers got hit by a motorcycle chasing his patrol car across the freeway, so yeahhhh #1 is pretty great! I really like the ones about listening to those that have been at it longer than you and thinking before you speak. Those have applications even outside any work place. Being thick skinned takes a little work! Personally, I don't care what strangers say, just people who are important to me or I admire.

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    MadNinja1

    almost 4 years ago

    20 Comments

    #1 is a classic...

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