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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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    godchild

    over 4 years ago

    6 Comments

    i is all about common sense though

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    Lawful_Blue

    over 4 years ago

    1184 Comments

    I like how #1 is "put your car in park." That's funny..........

    All around common sense though.

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    gfdccso

    over 4 years ago

    282 Comments

    Mostly common sense, but still some good pointers.

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    Ahi

    over 4 years ago

    1990 Comments

    good points.

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    jimmy85

    over 4 years ago

    38 Comments

    WOW ! There is a lot of knowledge here. Here's my two cents.... Your #1 goal for every day is to go home in better shape (physically, mentally, etc) than you came to work in.

    If they are in YOUR backseat YOU SEARCH THEM. I don't care if Jesus Christ and John Wayne searched them first, with GOD as a witness.

    Put the car in park. Don't be in a hurry. Slow down, THINK. Watch their hands!

    Know where you are at all times. Know your compass directions. If you need help, and you're lost, nobody can help you, except to carry your casket.

    THINK before you open your mouth to anyone. THINK before you speak on the radio. Somebody ALWAYS has a microphone/camera on you. Don't gossip. DO NOT LIE, STEAL, ETC.

    GOOD LUCK AND GOD BLESS !

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    RebelKB475

    over 4 years ago

    70 Comments

    Good points are def made here

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    insp

    over 4 years ago

    16 Comments

    Never pass the address, the suspects will be waiting, yes, know your area, you want to get to your call and just turn on that last block and maybe surprise the suspects....No matter who gives you a suspect, if he is going to sit behind you, search him yourself. I have found cuff keys taped to the inside of underware next to the tag in the rear. stay safe and good luck

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    bubbabear

    over 4 years ago

    166 Comments

    unfortunly people laugh at the #1 but it happens more than people let on I was with emergency services for over 10 years and I was about 6 months in and we had a forest fire and people where screaming on the radio they needed roads shut down and I got on scean with out even thinking jumped out of my car and it started rolling almost into a troopers car it did not hit it but I remeber how embarresed I was I shared that story as I became a sgt. to the new members just to tell them how inportant it is to slow down some one could have been hurt now you have anther situation in an already bad situation hopfuly I can help someone by sharing my story to tell you just slow down take a deep breath and think befor you go out into your situation!!

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    ps4436

    over 4 years ago

    352 Comments

    Everyone, please, #2, hear it from someone who's retired after sitting at the other end of the radio for thirty some years: KNOW WHERE YOU ARE!! Even a second can mean the difference between life and death, and you may only get one transmission out on the radio, so make it count! Your dispatcher will send the whole world if necessary, but if you don't know where you are, then neither do the dispatchers, and for heaven's sake do not rely on your AVL to get help to you, it may or may not be working or up to date when you need it most. Nothing can take the place of your eyes and ears, and just one more thing: BE SAFE OUT THERE!!!

    That is all! (thank you, John Wayne)

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    MidnightMike

    over 4 years ago

    470 Comments

    DevilDog, good luck to you, enjoy your work, and STAY SAFE !

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    bartlett705

    over 4 years ago

    64 Comments

    This is a great list for all rookie's. I am an FTO and I plan on sharing this with my trainees and fellow FTO'S. I have to agree with Police_Dad be very careful not to fall into the trap with some of the senior officers who are bitter. We like to call them the "snipers" of the department. Stay Safe and enjoy your career.

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    DevilDog_JW

    over 4 years ago

    246 Comments

    That is a good to know list. I will be released from FTO in about 3 weeks and we ride alone. I really don't want to start out on a bad note.

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    AKangel

    over 4 years ago

    4976 Comments

    GOOD INFO THANKS
    STAY SAFE...

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    DALLASCRANE

    over 4 years ago

    19380 Comments

    (1)You are King of words you do not speak and prisoner of those you do. (2) Don't take it personally. Remember common sense is not so common..........

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    drummercop

    over 4 years ago

    54 Comments

    Good list. I'm a "rookie" myself. Alot of the stuff on the list my FTO and my partner told me. My dad also told me too, since he was a police officer. It's true, THINK BEFORE YOU SAY SOMETHING, that will get you in trouble; WATCH YOUR SURROUNDINGS, I've been guilty of that. I'm finding my way. lol Thank God.

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