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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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    RayZakrzewski

    over 5 years ago

    2 Comments

    After 33+years of LE experience- believe me I have learned a lot and I think it is a good idea to work caustiously to say the least. Never be afraid to listen to a recruit for they may have some good ideas - remember when you were just starting in your job.

    Always remember that every call you answer has the potention for serious injury and/or death for there is always a deadly weapon that is present and it is YOU that brings it to the scene. Be responsible and remember that the life you save may be your own.
    P.S. I enjoy your website - keep up the good work.

    RAYZAK - Washtenaw County Sheriff's Dept. - Ann Arbor, MI

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    llk

    over 5 years ago

    6 Comments

    i just retire from buffalo police dept as detective in narc/vice inv,it hit me hard to retire from great dept with great officers that had each other back on the street ,last year aug 29 was my final day on the job, due to hip replacement,i did not want to be that person to think on not helping my fellow officer in time of need without causing my self another injury, this job is truly job tobe ready at all time without thinking about , so felt it was time to step away with honor and respect for fellow safety also ,, so to my fellow new officer in the field think safety and go home at the end of night, god bless,, buffalo bad boys i truly missed you guys peace llk aka smokey on the street

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    therrmos

    over 5 years ago

    62 Comments

    Great advice. Here is one more. No matter what the size of the department there will be petty politics and there will be times you think you're back in high school. Even if you don't take part, it will affect you.

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    josmoren

    over 5 years ago

    220 Comments

    great advice

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    ill_taze_u_bro

    over 5 years ago

    2832 Comments

    I think we all have messed up with number 1, and as far as FTO's go, I had a great one, my Sgt and Lt. as well. I learned a lot from them.

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    ljchron

    over 5 years ago

    2 Comments

    I was once told to always act as though a video camera were following me around on my calls...then you aren't tempted to talk or act any way other than the way you are supposed to.

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    Anonymous

    over 5 years ago

    I ECHO THE WORDS FROM RYPETE WELL SAID

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    rypete

    over 5 years ago

    612 Comments

    Something my FTO taught me very early and pounded into my head reagularly was "Do what you need to do to go home at the end of the shift."

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    Mrbdguard

    over 5 years ago

    4606 Comments

    the #1 is something I have forgotten...jumped out of the car and had the unit follow me...does not look good at all...

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    JxnCop

    over 5 years ago

    4 Comments

    Keep your weapon hand free, carry that flashlight, or ticket book in your off hand

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    Deltaman01

    over 5 years ago

    330 Comments

    I love #1 "Put your car in park" too great.

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    Timmy

    over 5 years ago

    4 Comments

    Good advise :)

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    Anonymous

    over 5 years ago

    This article was good, but I liked the comments almost even better. Love learning from all the experience on PL. Thanks guys!

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    cookincop

    over 5 years ago

    214 Comments

    Rule number ONE should ALWAYS be, No matter what happens keep the mindset that you will GO HOME AT THE END OF YOUR SHIFT.

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    taecop

    over 5 years ago

    56 Comments

    A neighboring Dept of ours had a charger slip into reverse while the officer was out of the car on a traffic stop on I35. He go t back to the car before it went to far, but still scared the piss outta him. Think about it, you're out of the car making contact and turn around to see your new charger going in reverse after about a minute outside the car....funny now, but when it happens its not.

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