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    From Student to Trainer: Evolution of Police Learning

    From Student to Trainer: Evolution of Police Learning
    *Start with some one-on-one time* One of the best training sessions I ever attended was one-on-one with a fellow officer who taught me (yes, this will totally show my age) how to “word process” on something called a “personal computer.” I was a new sergeant who had been told I’d better learn how to how to use a PC; he was ...
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    The Civilian Side of Fighting Crime

    The Civilian Side of Fighting Crime
    Do you love the idea of being involved in crimefighting but are not sure you’re ready, willing or able to strap on a gun, a badge, and a TASER? Fortunately for you, there are literally hundreds of opportunities to work in law enforcement without being a sworn officer. In fact, your most difficult decision may be which position to go after, ...
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    The Importance of Continuing Education for Cops

    The Importance of Continuing Education for Cops
    When I became a cop in 1980 many of the veteran officers made fun of the new recruits who had college degrees. We heard things like “What are you going to do in that bar fight, Rookie, hit ‘em with your diploma?!” And to be honest, at the time I really didn’t see how my four year degree in “Law Enforcement ...
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    The Importance of In Service Training... Even for the Chief

    The Importance of In Service Training... Even for the Chief
    You’re out of the academy, done with field training and out on your own. You may be just off probation, ten years into the job, a detective, a supervisor, a manager; you may even be the chief, but chances are, you’re hoping to _never_ have to sit in a classroom again. After all, isn’t most of what we learn in law ...
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    It's Not What You Say, It's How You Say It

    It's Not What You Say, It's How You Say It
    One of the most popular workshops we teach is titled “What Did You Just Say?!” We call it that because if we called it “Organizational Communication for Professional Police Agencies” no one would hire us. Attending classes on how to communicate with each other is right up there with sexual harassment prevention, cultural diversity training, and learning CPR; its stuff we ...
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    Avoiding the Us vs. Them Mentality

    Avoiding the Us vs. Them Mentality
    Most of us start the academy with a servant’s heart. Remember the old LAPD motto “To Serve and Protect?” That’s all of us, that’s supposed to be what cops are all about, but pretty quickly into your law enforcement career, it becomes less about “them” and more about “us.” We separate ourselves from the rest of society, even from our family ...
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    Real Cop or TV Cop: Which Do You Want to Be?

    Real Cop or TV Cop: Which Do You Want to Be?
    People always ask me, “Why did you become a cop?” I’d love to have a great philosophical answer like, “I wanted to have the opportunity to give back to my community” or a really cool answer like “I wanted to drive fast cars, shoot big guns and put evil men behind bars” or even the standard oral board interview answer everyone ...
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    Battling Second Thoughts in the Academy

    Battling Second Thoughts in the Academy
    You’ve filled out the endless applications, taken the tests, sailed through the interviews, rocked the physical agility test, and chosen your police department; now you’re finally in the academy. Whether you find yourself at the local junior college or at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, there’s no doubt this is going to be tough, and its just going to get ...
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    Interviewing the Interviewer

    Interviewing the Interviewer
    You’ve made it to the interview stage. Now it’s time to come up with all those clever, meaningful responses to the interviewer’s questions. In any good interview, the candidate asks as many questions as the interviewer. Keep in mind that the questions you ask are one of your best opportunities to showcase your knowledge, communication skills and commitment. *Right resources* There ...
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    Non-Traditional Degrees for Law Enforcement

    Non-Traditional Degrees for Law Enforcement
    Degrees such as Criminal Justice, Homeland Security, and Forensic Science seem like the logical choice for a planned career in law enforcement, but they’re not the only choice, and sometimes may not even be the best option. [widget:366] Many law enforcement agencies, federal investigative agencies in particular, are involved in very complex investigations every day of the year -investigations that cannot ...
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    Getting Hired: It’s About the Patterns

    Getting Hired:  It’s About the Patterns
    Through all of the law-enforcement hiring articles, emails, and discussions I've been involved with, one thing has become clear: a person’s ability to be hired is not in the stars. It's in the patterns you can read in their lives, and police chiefs, sheriffs, and the recruiters and background investigators that work with them, are looking for those patterns. The best ...
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    So You Want to Be a SWAT Operator?

    So You Want to Be a SWAT Operator?
    So you want to be a SWAT Officer, huh? Many individuals can put together an article about theories and research from their respective fields of training and tactical experiences. Many can also quote statements from books that have been written from many of the so called modern day warriors in years past. However, looking at today’s modern times and current threats ...
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    Careers at the CIA

    The Central Intelligence Agency is the most widely American intelligence service. Its mission is to provide national security intelligence to senior US policymakers. To accomplish its mission, the CIA engages in research, development, and deployment of high-level technology for intelligence purposes. As a separate agency, the CIA serves as an independent source of analysis on sensitive matters and also works closely ...
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    Career Profile: Federal Agent

    Career Profile: Federal Agent
    The first thing most people think of when they here the term ‘special agent’ is the FBI. In reality, the FBI is only one of almost 100 federal law enforcement agencies that employ special agents. [widget:368] Special agents serve in all three branches of government – the Executive Branch, the Legislative Branch, and the Judicial Branch – and many of the ...
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    Promotions: The Courses that Count

    Promotions: The Courses that Count
    You’ve decided to go back to college. You figured how to pay for it (or have your agency do so). You’ve set up a place in your home to study for exams and do papers. But here’s the question that many people ask…what should you study? Picking a major has never been harder than it is now. With the explosion of ...
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    Top Things to Know with Saving for College

    1. Saving for your own retirement is more important than saving for college. 2. The sooner you start saving, the better. 3. Stocks are best for your college savings portfolio. 4. You don't have to save the entire cost of four years of college. 5. With mutual funds, investing for college is simple. 6. 529 savings plans are a good way ...
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    A Guide to PoliceLink

    So now that you’ve found your way to PoliceLink, what exactly is there do? There are many ways to be interactive and if you need some ideas, this guide will show you exactly what there is to do in each section. *News* You can rate every news article that you read. Go to the box that says “Rate.” Hover over the ...
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    Selecting the Right Degree

    Your degree choice will affect your future career opportunities and ultimate success. This compact guide will help you choose the degree that works for you. "_Find a school that will get you ready for a career in law enforcement._":http://policelink.monster.com/content/education-resources When making this decision, consider your current career path, future job markets, timeline and flexibility. Here are a few questions you need ...
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    Learn About Online Courses

    What are online courses? Online courses offer the same educational information that you would get in a traditional institution but they are held in virtual classrooms instead of physical classrooms. Everything else will be similar to campus colleges. You will still have professors, books, assignments, exams, and grades, but also more flexibility as you would learn over the Internet from the ...
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    Advancing Your Education

    People of all ages are choosing to further their education by obtaining bachelors and even masters' and doctoral degrees. Many people choose to go back to school to open new doors and get ahead in their job, as well as the rest of their lives! "_Find a school that will get you ready for a career in law enforcement._":http://policelink.monster.com/content/education-resources Sometimes it's ...
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