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Avoid the Top 10 Rookie Mistakes

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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  • 100_7432_max50


    over 5 years ago


    Learn your basics 1st. Like any trade you only master it once you've got bloodied up a few times - unforunately in our game that quite often is the difference between life and death.

  • P1000783_max50


    over 5 years ago


    Even the seemingly silly ones, like put your car in park, may save your life one day!

  • Img_2734_max50


    over 5 years ago


    Good list and I agree, stay away from the old farts in retirement mode. Show them respect but don't do what they do it will get you killed!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 5 years ago

    Also don't let burned out cops or the "Retired On Patrol" cops destroy your enthusiasm for the job. You may not can save the world but you can make a big difference in someone's for good or for bad reasons! Always keep the faith that what you are doing DOES make a difference! "Those in life who were loved by you and helped by you will remember you, so carve your name on hearts and not on marble." - C.H. Spurgeon

  • Thinker_max50


    over 5 years ago


    We all need to remember and practice all these tips, not just the rookies. I do remember not putting my car in park and needless to say my cruiser rolled into a parked car. Quite embarrassing...

  • Joudanlightsandsirens_max50


    over 5 years ago


    The thing I try to stress the most with our rookies is patience. Don't believe the first thing that you hear and rush to put someone in cuffs. A patient and thorough investigation will lead to a good arrest. A good arrest beats a quick arrest every day. And it damn sure beats having to apologize for treating someone like a dirtbag based on a statement you later find out was bogus. Shockingly, the first person you talk to is not always telling the truth. Take the time to reach the best conclusion you can. At least you can back up your decision with logic and reason at that point. It still won't always save your butt, but it sure helps.

  • 0524001248_0001_0001_max50


    over 5 years ago


    Makes a lot of sense to me. I actually need to be reminded every day of these rules. Here's one. Don't lock yourself out of your patrol unit.

  • Mmal6_max50


    over 5 years ago


    And a side note, Put Your Car in Park, seems like common sense but is actually a very good point. I'm sure most of you read about the officer that was recently killed when his patrol car rolled into him pinning him between a tree and his car and killed him. Another one of those common sense things that we may sometimes forget and could cost us dearly.

  • Mmal6_max50


    over 5 years ago


    I think this column isn't just for rookies. Granted I've only been on the road 2 years and am still learning a great deal every day. Good refresher.

  • 2010-10-03_17


    over 5 years ago


    Great tips! Most of them are common sense which can save your life.

  • Glock_tiger_17_max50


    over 5 years ago


    put the car in park!!! lol.. ive missed that step a time or two!

  • Btjustice_max50


    over 5 years ago


    Good reminders !

  • Images_5_max50


    over 5 years ago


    These are great tips and are great reminders to the veteran officer as well!!

  • Davis_c_21_cd_max50


    over 5 years ago


    great tips

  • Godblessamerica_1__max50


    over 5 years ago


    to reggieh34,
    I have concidered becoming a police officer many times, but every time something was standing in the way, and if there is one thing I have learned, things happen for a reason, I would say that everyone is not meant to be a law enforcment officer, and if it is forced and you don't have the personality or nature for doing the whole job one might want to steer toward another area of L.E. like corrections, dispatch, security or reglitory. I'm not saying that you, but for me I believe 100% that Laws are meant to keep us and others safe, it may be that some departments stress enforcement stronger in some areas than others, but that is just the nature and the evolution of that department or area of the country. In whatever area of L.E. one finds him/herself working in (in my case it has been in the area of corrections and security) or whatever police or sheriff's department, they find out what is expected and accepted as S.O.P. (standard opperating procedure) and do thier best to abide by that agencies rules. I would say pay attention to your FTO, and ask lots of questions, they only dumb questions are the ones you don't ask.

    I enjoyed all the comments and this website, God bless and keep us all safe, and keep up the great work!

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