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    Advancement: Police Officer / Deputy Sheriff Positions

    h4. Description A police officer / deputy sheriff serves on the front line and is the first responder to all types of emergencies. h4. Testing Requirements Orientation, Written Exam, Physical Ability Test, Oral Interview, Polygraph, Psychological Exam, Background Investigation, and Medical Exam +Orientation+: Probationary Police Officer testing usually follows cycles where a law enforcement agency advertises a police test in order ...
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    Warring Cops: Making Our Mission Even Tougher

    Warring Cops: Making Our Mission Even Tougher
    I’m sure many of my fellow law enforcement professionals watched the video carried on Fox News Channel, myfoxphilly.com and other outlets that showed neighboring Pennsylvania law enforcers at war with each other. I think all would be as embarrassed for our profession as I was. A far cry from good community relations, the viral video makes these officers from Darby and ...
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    How Serious Are You About Your Officer Survival…Really?

    How Serious Are You About Your Officer Survival…Really?
    Are you serious about your officer safety and survival? No really, are you? We all read the officer killed summaries, lament the tragic circumstances, vow “that will never happen to me” and then within a week or two we often go right back to work and engage in the same habits and tactics that have always allowed us to “get by.” ...
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    Power of Positive Policing: How to Avoid the Negatives

    Power of Positive Policing: How to Avoid the Negatives
    We all know the type in policing. The guy or gal who is never happy. They manage to find fault with the administration, the public, and even fellow crime fighters. It’s an “Us vs. Them” world in their eyes. In a nutshell, this frowny-faced person is a downer and could be crowned the king or queen of morale busting. They practice ...
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    Letting Go of Law Enforcement's Ancient Thinking

    Letting Go of Law Enforcement's Ancient Thinking
    “That’s the way we’ve always done it” It's an all too common answer to a rookie officer’s inquiries about policy, procedure, and unfortunately, even officer survival. An “artifact” is defined by Webster’s as “something in a biological specimen that is not present naturally but has been introduced or produced during a procedure,” and we have plenty of artifacts in police work ...
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    Tips to Avoid Force and Sex-Based Complaints

    Tips to Avoid Force and Sex-Based Complaints
    Allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct and excessive force have been the staple of sensational headlines and are made of the stuff that can be career ending even when proven untrue. While this article and writer absolutely condemn any kind of unethical or illegal sexually based conduct or excessive force by professional law enforcement personnel, some false claim situations do occur. Even ...
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    3 Lessons Learned the Hard Way

    3 Lessons Learned the Hard Way
    1. Search Every Room We were serving a search warrant with tribal police on a residence on Indian Land. The house wasn’t too big and we had a CI’s sketch of the interior. I’ve never liked relying on the word of a strung out informant but the boss had faith in it. For some reason, because two agencies were involved, they ...
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    Perception Plays a Part in the Success of a New Street Cop

    Perception Plays a Part in the Success of a New Street Cop
    As you progress through your first few years as a patrol officer, what supervisors and other officers think of you - and say about you - will play a large part in determining your success. Professionally, these years are where you will call the most attention to yourself and establish your reputation. You will feel pressure to simply blend in with ...
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    The Guide: Your Promotion to Captain

    Congratulations, captain.  Your promotion will move you from mid-manager to manager.  You will wield more authority, supervise more people, and be closer to the top of the organizational chain than ever before.  Ideally, you are about to set yourself on a path of multiple successes.  How you start will be critical in determining how you succeed. Whether it is an advertisement ...
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    Officer Safety: Don't Stay Safe. BE Safe.

    Officer Safety: Don't Stay Safe. BE Safe.
    2010 was a bad year for cops. 2011 hasn’t started out well either. I recently came across a startling anti-police blog that exclaimed, “2010 was the year of the riot and 2011 is set to be the year of the insurrection.” I’m not going to choke you with statistics because so much is already out there on the assaults and killings ...
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    What Does the Public Want?

    What Does the Public Want?
    Every television channel has an old, new or syndicated police drama airing sometime, somewhere. The public has a certain romance with law enforcement and why shouldn’t they? Hollywood and their rating systems have cashed in on white toothy smiles, good looking actors and actresses, witty dialogue, fancy suits, and the ability to efficiently wrap up the most difficult crimes in fifty ...
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    Take Ownership of Your Professional Life

    Take Ownership of Your Professional Life
    There was a time when an eager officer longing for more training opportunities could blame the training request denial on not being one of the “golden children” of the administration in power. With the advent of the economic downturn and a new era for law enforcement budgeting, denials have become the norm, rather than the exception. Training for law enforcers has ...
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    A Certain Chief: Moving from Assistant Chief to Chief

    A Certain Chief: Moving from Assistant Chief to Chief
    Rarely is there a bigger distraction in a police organization than when there is a change at the top. That distraction begins when the rumors start to fly that the current chief is leaving and continues through the early weeks of the new chief’s tenure. The reason for the distraction is simple: uncertainty. Fewer and fewer are the days when the ...
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    7 Steps to Prepare for the Major's/Deputy Chief's Interview

    As you are seeking to ascend to the number two position in your agency, much of what you learned about oral boards in prior promotion processes will not apply.  Yes, competency will still be a factor, but trust and working relationships will be very powerful forces, as well.  So, while it is still important that you know your stuff, be prepared ...
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    Succeeding as an Assistant Chief

    I still clearly recall the telephone call: I was recuperating at home from shoulder surgery that had taken place a few weeks earlier.  Because I was a captain at the time and responsible for a police district, my surgeon told me to stay out of work until I could safely handle my field and administrative responsibilities.  In the few weeks ...
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    Dealing With Uncertainty In Law Enforcement

    Dealing With Uncertainty In Law Enforcement
    As people of faith, we often wonder what we can do for others, especially for those in need. Ultimately, we seek help when things are out of our control and we can’t fix it. Is it a sign of powerlessness when we say, “We must pray for one another”? Spiritual leaders say that to do so is to acknowledge that we ...
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    Promote With a Plan

    Promote With a Plan
    The value system police managers create for themselves and those they oversee sets the stage for their eventual success or failure, so there are certain principles that must exist for the first line supervisor to excel. Most of us yearn for useful tips and frequently look for motivation from inspired writings with exhilarating new ideas. Leadership books have countless pages filled ...
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    Advancement: Officer First Class / Deputy First Class

    h4. Description Sometimes referred to as Senior Officer, Master Officer, or Officer I, this is a senior officer whose primary job function is to respond to 911 calls for police service. This officer acts as the senior officer on the shift and calls the shots in the absence of the corporal or sergeant. h4. Testing Requirements None. Promotions to Officer First ...
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    Get Your Military Resume in Shape for a Civilian Job Search

    You're leaving the service and are faced with the daunting task of developing your resume. Your military career is filled with accomplishments, but even the most decorated veteran needs to figure out how to effectively communicate and sell those successes in civilian terms. Follow these tips to draft a high-impact resume that shows how your military experience is transferable to a ...
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    What do Instructors Make?

    What do Instructors Make?
    (Dedicated to all of my teachers… To all who instructed me in my career... and to all who have instructed Peace Keepers... and to those who currently instruct Peace Keepers.) The dinner guests were sitting around the table discussing life. One man, a CEO, decided to explain the problem with the educational process. He argued, "What's a student going to learn ...
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