6 life-saving lessons for cops learned on the battlefield

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Tactical Medicine for LEOs with Chuck Soltys In a critical incident, there is an unspecified amount of time where even the best intentioned EMTs may not be able to get to you — you are on your own Much of what we do as police officers today in self-aid/buddy-aid was passed on by our military troops who paid a high price …

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How To Protect Yourself from Doxing

In Officer Safety, Technology by rapsheet

By Leischen Stelter, managing editor of In Public Safety CBS News reported that after the fatal shooting of a man by a LAPD police officer, someone posted the officer’s private information online including his home address, phone number, and other personal details including his child’s school location. This practice of researching and broadcasting personally identifiable information about an individual is …

Colorado Police on alert after anonymous caller threatens to kill cops

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AURORA, Colo. — The Aurora Police Department is on high alert after dispatch received an anonymous threat, Fox 31 reported. Local law enforcement is taking the Sept. 6 call very seriously. The caller threatened to shoot officers who were alone. “It’s time that you guys know we are no longer playing around with the police departments. Aurora and Denver, we …

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How To Improve Officer Training for High-Risk Traffic Stops

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The problem with ever-increasing stress during critical incidents such as a HRTS is found in an associated decrease in critical thinking abilities By David Blake The following article originally appeared on PoliceOne, the leading online resource for law enforcement, and is reprinted by permission of the PoliceOne editorial team. Visit www.PoliceOne.com to access news, commentary, education information, and training resources …

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PPA Files Staffing Grievance

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Today, the Portland Police Association filed a grievance over the officer safety and workload issues that have arisen given the dangerously low staffing levels of the Portland Police Bureau. For years, the PPA has urged City and Police Bureau leaders to address this critical staffing issue through dialogue and collaboration. Unfortunately, the only outcome has been an incomplete staffing survey …

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4 tactics that can save your life in a plainclothes gunfight

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Going armed while in soft clothes requires a different mindset than when you are in uniform In the recent ambush killing of two Las Vegas uniformed officers, the second phase of the incident resulted in the death of a citizen carrying a concealed weapon (CCW). When the male shooter entered a Wal-Mart and fired a round, the CCW citizen attempted …

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3 lessons from the Las Vegas police ambush about on-duty breaks

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Police officers are highly visible public figures who are vulnerable to attack any time they are out in public, regardless of what they are doing. The murders of two Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officers who were dining in a restaurant by a pair of radical militants happened less than a week ago, and the heinous crime is still under …

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How your Brain Handles Fear

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By Val Van Brocklin   Fear is the brain’s hard-wired survival mechanism. There are three key players in this system: •   The thalamus is your brain’s window to the world. It receives and processes at a low level sensory input and sends messages to: •   The amygdala, which scans the information for threats and musters a full body response if danger …