Essential Traffic Stop Considerations

Essential Traffic Stop Considerations

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 ...
Training vs. Learning

Training vs. Learning

On October 29, in Haddon Township, N.J. a police officer made a traffic stop on Edmond Brown Jr., 38, of Camden. The reason was displaying a handicap placard while driving. "Do me a favor. Shut the car off," the officer said while standing outside the driver’s window. But instead ...
Virtuosity on Patrol

Virtuosity on Patrol

When it comes to the long-range and complete integration of an officer's mind, body, and spirit, it isn’t just about repetition. It's about mastery. When I was a Special Agent trainee at the Drug Enforcement Administration Academy in Quantico, Va., this principle was drilled into me ...
Ready to be Deployed?

Ready to be Deployed?

Deployable. That word, for myself and many veterans, brings up images of long plane flights to Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, or six months afloat in waters far from home with port stops in unique and exotic countries. What I’m talking about here, in this article, is expeditionary law ...