Police training soft skills


Soft Skills2022-01-26T11:04:02-08:00

Giving Commands

Recently, body-worn camera (BWC) footage from a police department on the West Coast was sent to me. While the sender wanted to discuss something else, the commands given were of interest to me. Or, I should say, how they were given. (Note: this is not a criticism of the officers, I'm using what I heard for a discussion point.) The video showed officers arriving at the scene of a "man with a gun" call in [...]

By |May 28th, 2024|

Where Did These Words Hurt You?

By |January 30th, 2024|

Anytime two or more shooters get together, there will be disagreements, discussions, or differences on something, just like with any other group. The discussions between those shooters can be more spirited because of their emotional attachment to certain phrases. Let’s look at a few of them, shall we? Don’t Look [...]

Where Are They Taking My Gun? — Post-Shooting Forensics

By |September 26th, 2023|

Whether you work for a department having civilians or sworn in charge of your forensic investigation unit, there are certain common denominators throughout the country. Understandably, no matter what the circumstances of an officer’s shooting are, he or she will be justifiably upset, anxious, stressed, or worse. Now, let’s give [...]

The Significance Of S.H.I.T.T.

By |September 12th, 2023|

Perhaps the most gratifying thing a police supervisor can hear is one of his officers telling another, “Yeah, the sarge really has his shit together,” or any of those other scatological allusions which convey the message that you are a master of your craft — and your troops recognize and [...]

August is Shooting Sports Month

By |August 22nd, 2023|

Do you know what month it is? If you answered August, you are correct. However, you are not completely right. The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), has designated August as National Shooting Sports Month.   Why does that matter at American COP? In an era when law enforcement continues to [...]

Command Posts

By |August 16th, 2023|

Coordinating And Containment — Simplified “All that it takes for evil to win in the world is for enough good men to do nothing.” Henry David Thoreau might not have been referencing command posts when he said that, but he could have been. Depending on who’s in charge, their level [...]

The Walking Wounded

By |August 1st, 2023|

Stepping out of the car is the only viable option for drawing from a front pocket holster.   I’m going to put you in a boot for a month,” the doctor said with a frown when she took her first look at my swollen ankle. Thus began my [...]

Six Shots For Six Sergeants

By |July 25th, 2023|

This came out of a scratch gathering of sergeants, discussing the drumbeat of petty details, the constant “white noise” and perpetual distractions that plague the job, and their worst effect: distracting them from the core elements of their responsibilities. One of their suggestions was to write up a simple “bullet [...]

Teacher Or Instructor … Which Are You?

By |July 5th, 2023|

Look back to your youth and ponder your school days. Did you have teachers you admired, who made the learning process fun and exciting? Could you see their passion for the subject and did they pass it on you? I did. Now think of the teachers you didn’t like — [...]

Some Simple Sergeant’s Rules

By |May 24th, 2023|

I was asked if I had some “simple rules” for success as a sergeant; dealing with issues other than training, tactics or administrative stuff. Many years ago, after reading Benjamin Franklin’s personal rules, I came up with sets of “Always” and “Never” statements, kept them close at hand, and tried [...]

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