The Changing Face of Law Enforcement – BlueSheepdog Podcast 36

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Does the look of the person in uniform make a difference to you or the public?

Today I discuss the trend in law enforcement away from the clean cut look of Adam 12 toward beards, goatees and tatts.  Should an officer be allowed to sport a full beard?  How about full sleeve tattoos?  Does it make a difference?  Should it?

Sound off in the comments section.  What do you think is a professional appearance?

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Field Training and the iPod: BlueSheepdog Podcast 35

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Field training can be very rewarding, but it can also be a very trying experience.  New officers sometimes come to the job lacking skills they need to be an effective police officer.  Believe it or not, their iPod or iPhone might be able to help.

iTunes University is part of the Apple experience.  The University offers free online classes on a very wide range of topics and at all educational levels.  All you do is search iTunes for the skill you’d like to learn and download what you find.  For example, if you have a recruit that is having problems with grammar, bounce over to iTunes U and grab one of the English language classes.

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Tombstone Courage: BlueSheepdog Podcast 34

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Tombstone Courage was identified decades ago as one of the ten deadly errors made by police officers.  Tombstone courage is also the topic of today’s podcast.

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  • Lifeline Training is offering a 15% discount on all training seminars to Blue Crew members.  They offer training around the United States on topics that include officer survival, communication and criminal patrol tactics.  Definitely give them a look.
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Leadership v. Management: BlueSheepdog Podcast #33

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Leadership vs. management in police work is the topic of today’s podcast.  Are leaders and managers the same thing?  Should they be?  Can we do without one or the other?

We’ve all worked for both leaders and managers, and today I discuss the differences between the two.  I also suggest who should, and should not, be in regular contact with line level officers.

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BlueSheepdog Podcast #32

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Just a quick podcast today to let everyone know where I’ve been and where we are going.  As they say “life happens!”

Getting Hired as a Cop: BlueSheepdog Podcast #31

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I’ve had a lot of requests lately for information on getting hired. So, today’s episode deals with the minimums you need to get hired as a police officer: minimum age, education, driving record, drug use, criminal history, etc.

A couple of notes:

This episode only covers the bare minimums – I will have other episodes and articles on some more in-depth aspects of getting hired. Actually, I may do a video series…

I will not be doing “getting hired” episodes every week. I will still be focusing on officer safety and training topics for most podcasts.

Officer Down – BlueSheepdog Podcast #30

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Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Deputy Lyonelle DeVeaux responded to a 9-1-1 hangup call in an apartment complex on a Friday evening.  Shortly after arriving, she had been shot three times and was fighting for her life.

One of the scariest things any of us can respond to is an officer down call.  In this podcast, I talk about one particular incident and what we can learn from it.

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Attitude – BlueSheepdog Podcast #029

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We’re talking attitude today on the BlueSheepdog Podcast.

Police work is a corrosive environment. Constant exposure to hate, filth and violence eats away at our lives and soul. Maintaining a positive attitude is difficult to do. Yet, to achieve our goals and maintain personal relationships, we have to keep a positive attitude.

Today, I talk about what causes stress and negativity in our jobs, plus I take a look at what we can do about it. Don’t worry, I don’t go “Dr. Phil” on you.

Gen4 Glock Recall: Recoil Spring Assembly Problems

Gen 4 Glock Recall

The Gen 4 Glock 22 is one of several pistols affected by the recall.

A voluntary recall on the recoil spring assembly of Gen 4 Glock pistols started on September 6 and affects all Gen 4 pistols except the G26 and G27.

Several department armorers forwarded me a copy of the notice sent out by Glock.  The announcement states Glock has initiated a voluntary exchange program for the recoil spring assemblies of every Gen 4 Glock sold before July 22, 2011.  While Glock does not cite any specific problems with the original recoil springs, the memo does indicate that the assemblies have been modified to “…ensure each pistol’s performance meets the company’s demanding standards.”

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Body Armor – BlueSheepdog Podcast 027

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I talk about body armor in episode #027 of the BlueSheepdog Podcast. I discuss the differences between exposed and concealed body armor for patrol officers, trauma plates and mandatory wear policies.

It is my first day “back” as the past few weeks I have been sick and have had no voice. It is mighty hard to record a podcast with no voice…

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