Category: Professional Development

Blog_ Writing Objective Police Reports

The objectivity requirement means that police reports may include only observable, objective facts. Reports cannot refer to an officer’s intuition, hunches, experience, or reasoning processes. The objectivity requirement also prohibits officers from stating opinions, drawing conclusions, and exhibiting bias in their reports.

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Blog_ Police Equipment

Police equipment such as sirens, radios, riot gear, and armored vehicles conveys a powerful message about the presence of law enforcement and its readiness to take charge. In some situations, however, police equipment can have a negative effect. Police officers need to consider both advantages and potential hazards when they’re selecting equipment for dealing with […]

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Blog_ Sensitivity Issues

Sensitivity to victims is important in police interviews, especially with victims of rape, domestic violence, and sexual predation. Advice, lecturing, and blame can shut down an interview, hampering an investigation. Sensitivity creates trust and encourages victims to share information and cooperate with law enforcement.

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Blog_ 4ProfessionalPrinciples

Professionalism is an important topic in any police training program. Complex political factors and legal restrictions create challenges for police officers that call for professional communication skills and problem-solving strategies. Professionalism wins respect for you and your agency, enhancing the likelihood that you will prevail in a difficult situation.

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Blog_ Viewing Employees in a Positive Light

By studying the workplace from a historical perspective and choosing to view employees in a positive light, modern law enforcement managers are able to develop and maintain more effective teams. This article compares the theories that traditional managers view employees in a negative light, and that modern managers view employees in a positive light. By […]

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Blog_ Employees as Assets (1)

Why. A simple three-letter word that has a profound effect on people. It also carries many meanings depending upon where, when and how it is asked. The Why question is too often taken as a challenge to authority. Mom: “Ok, Jimmy it’s time to go to bed.” Son: “But I’m not tired and my friend […]

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Blog_ Leader and Members Working Together (1)

To build and maintain a successful law enforcement team, members and leaders must work together. In doing so, they will find that their goals are not so different. Most people have two main goals in their professional lives – to have steady employment with a respectable organization and to do a good job. Interestingly enough, team leaders have similar goals – they want to retain good employees and build or maintain a successful team.

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Blog_ REinvent 2

Planning for a reinvention from public service retirement requires obtaining professional certifications recognized in private industry, the ability and knowledge of where and with who to network, ensuring your resume is focused specifically on the position and your business acumen in negotiating your comprehensive benefits from a future employer will insure your success.

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