Many of the readers of this article will have something in common: We drive. It’s that commonality that I am banking on to express my understanding of a huge topic, organizational leadership. If you own or operate a vehicle or a large piece of equipment with multiple systems, you should be able to relate. I remember my first car. It was a 1978 Buick Skylark with a 3.8-liter V6 engine and an automatic transmission. It wasn’t anything fancier ... Full Article »
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NHTSA—National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, for those who don’t know—and the other various alphabet-soup government agencies who keep track of roadway statistics tend to attribute the major causal factors of collisions on physical mechanics that are measurable. I understand this and accept it, because we have to start somewhere. While it’s true that excessive speed is a major causal factor in collisions, it’s even more true th... Full Article »
Through the years, I have been given a lot of 'advice' regarding how to conduct my traffic stops. Some of that advice has been good. And some of it has been, well … shortsighted and rigid. Some agencies prefer their officers to perform stops in a certain way. Then they go silent on the topic once their officer is off of FTO. Unfortunately, that leads many officers to either do it one way (without knowing why) or to give very little thought on ... Full Article »
The contact-and-cover approach has been successfully used in police tactics for quite some time. However, as increased call loads and chronic personnel shortages seem to be the rule these days, we appear to have strayed away from this practice in the name of “efficiency.” It seems difficult for many agencies to spare two officers to deal with a single individual when the list of calls for service is overwhelming the call screen. Unfortunat... Full Article »
It's been said that good judgment comes from bad experience and that good experience comes from bad judgment—as long as you survive it! The reason it's taken me so long to write this article is because the incident I will describe affected me so heavily. It fundamentally altered my sense of awareness at a traffic stop. Good tactics were already instilled in me by my agency through training. However, even the best tactics—absent a heightened ... Full Article »
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