SURVEY ANALYSIS: Are We Training Warriors?

SURVEY ANALYSIS: Are We Training Warriors?

The false line championed by people who have a national platform is that law enforcement spends most of its training time preparing its officers to be Warriors: Command-and-control-types who are always on the offensive, force-focused, and taught to believe that nearly everyone is out ...
No Excuse: “That’s the Way I Was Trained!”

No Excuse: “That’s the Way I Was Trained!”

Several years ago when I was a patrol sergeant we made it a practice to have new officers coming into the agency and onto our shift show us what they knew relating to critical tasks for the job. We wanted to know, tactically, where they stood and what we needed to work on to make ...
The Power of the Right Question

The Power of the Right Question

Anyone who’s been to five minutes of an interviewing or investigator’s school, or who has taken a shoplifting call, knows the power of asking the right questions. “Yes or no: Did you steal?” vs. “So tell me what happened today” are two different ways to phrase the same question, ...
Otis From Jacksonville Nailed It

Otis From Jacksonville Nailed It

As cops shout about the “war on cops” and activists try to debunk that any such war exists, we are missing the real point: which is that we are at the low-point of a cycle that repeats itself every 10 to 15 years or so. That problem is cynicism. Right now, the media and activists ...