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FTOs & Compartmentalization

Oct 16, 2015 in Patrol & Training
By Graham Tinius and Daniel Greene

Compartmentalization. Geez, that’s a long word! It’s a real tongue-twister even when typing it. I’ve looked up some synonyms and can hopefully avoid writing that word repeatedly for the rest of this article. But not only is compartmentalization hard to type, it's been difficult to explain and practice in the world of field training. Field training programs around the country are hearing this word a lot lately. Specifically in response to t... Full Article »

#Trending

May 27, 2015 in Patrol & Training
By Graham Tinius & Dan Greene

With the availability of social media and information outlets like Facebook, Twitter, and so many others that this Gen X cop can’t remember or pronounce, the idea of what is “trending” has become very popular. I even hear some of my favorite commentators on radio and television come back from commercial breaks with, “Let’s go to Joe to see what’s trending this afternoon in the world of sports.” Trendy things are thought of as fashi... Full Article »

Career Longevity Through Novelty

May 14, 2015 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
By Madeline Horner

There are a lot of articles out there that talk about emotional, mental and physical survival in law enforcement. These articles typically suggest maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routine after you graduate the academy. They suggest things such as keeping ties with people who aren't law enforcement and not becoming over-invested in the profession. They may even suggest making time to continue working on with hobbies and activities that you... Full Article »

Feeling the Burn?

Mar 02, 2015 in Leadership & Training
By Daniel Greene

The role of field training officer is one of the most important assignments there is at any agency. FTOs, on behalf of the department, share their knowledge and skills with the incoming generation. They have first crack at developing the culture, attitude and work ethic of a young police officer.It’s a role that must not be taken lightly, and it’s no surprise to say that most FTOs don’t take it lightly. In fact, most FTOs take their res... Full Article »

Believe, Encourage, Challenge, Correct

Feb 03, 2015 in Training
By Graham Tinius and Daniel Greene

Leadership speaker Scott Williams frequently characterizes his mentor and the influence he had on him early in his career with the acronym BECC: Believe, encourage, challenge and correct. His mentor believed in him at all times, encouraged him to be forward thinking, challenged him to take on more, and corrected him back on the right path when he made mistakes.Those qualities and goals are desirable in any leadership position, and I believe ... Full Article »

Break ‘Em In

Jan 19, 2015 in Driving & Roadway & Training
By David Kinaan

When a new recruit graduates from the academy, they’re full of knowledge. They can usually recite policy and procedure verbatim and can demonstrate a handcuffing technique by the numbers. They’re normally in great physical condition and are generally willing to do anything to serve the public. So why not just put them in patrol cars and send ’em out?You’d never think of putting this new knowledgeable and skilled officer on the street ... Full Article »

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