Best Practices: How To…Respond Instead of React

The Aug. 9, 2014 shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, triggered a chain of events that changed how the public perceived law enforcement....

Stripes and Bars: Maintaining Focus

IF YOU ARE A STAR WARS FAN, you might remember that in Episode I, Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn tells young Anakin Skywalker, "Always remember,...

Stripes and Bars: Don’t Be An Idea Person

THERE IS NO SHORTAGE OF IDEAS IN LAW ENFORCEMENT. However, there is a shortage of people who will actually implement them. In today's world,...

Stripes and Bars: Lead, Don’t Blame

WHEN SOMETHING GOES WRONG at an agency, administrators go into self-preservation mode. This, in turn, has a cascading effect all the way down to...

Best Practices: Responding vs Reacting

At face value, there doesn't seem to be much difference between the words responding and reacting. However, if you take a moment to look...

Best Practices: Maintain A Healthy Mind

It's not difficult to find information and inspiration about staying in shape and maintaining a healthy body. However, without maintaining a healthy mind, you...

Best Practices: Closing the Reactionary Gap

One of the most important things you can learn about dealing face to face with suspects is the concept of relative positioning. Relative positioning...

Best Practices: Why the OODA Loop is Still Relevant

The OODA loop was created by Air Force colonel John Boyd in the late 1950s. He was a Korean War fighter pilot and a...

Best Practices: Leading By Example

Respect comes from leading by example. Anything I ever needed to know about leadership I learned serving in the U.S. Army prior to becoming a...

Best Practices: Warrior Mindset

You probably hear about needing to have a warrior mindset almost daily. Books are published about it, motivational speakers make money speaking of it,...

Best Practices: Teamwork Minus the B.S.

We live in an age of political correctness where saying the right things seems to have more value than doing the right things. People...

Best Practices: Goal-Oriented Training

Many in law enforcement view training as something to try to get out of. Since it’s often seen as a necessary evil, it’s always...

Best Practices: Stress Management

Stress is an officer’s number one nemesis. During a call, it creates automatic psychological and physiological responses that reduce your effectiveness. Too much stress...

Best Practices: Wargaming As Training

There is a school of thought that suggests good training is proportionate to the amount of money you spend; the more you spend the...