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4 Exercises Every Cop Must Master

Police officers are just like everybody else, we want to look good, we want to be able to perform our job duties to the best of our abilities and we don’t want to end up looking like Dennis Franz from NYPD Blue. Also, we are not as lucky as firefighters, who get paid to workout. When it comes to choosing a fitness regimen, we need to look at what we want to accomplish.

Author: Retired Lt. Ricky Rhodes of Tigard PD/FBINAA #220

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5 Things to Look For in Body Worn Cameras

Body-worn cameras are a hot topic among police departments and the public alike. Studies have been conducted on the effectiveness of body-worn cameras and it’s becoming a top budgetary concern in PD’s. However, before rushing out to supply your department with the first BWC you find, we’ve made a list of things to consider when purchasing BWC’s for your department.

Author: Retired Lt. Ricky Rhodes of Tigard PD/FBINAA #220

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Top 5 Cop Movies

With the Thanksgiving long-weekend impending and turkey-fueled coma’s around the corner, now is the perfect time to catch up on some classic cop movies. We scoured the internet, dug through Reddit forums, analyzed the extensive databases of Rotten Tomatoes and IMBD, and surveyed multiple officers and aficionados to bring you the top 5 movies.

Author: Retired Lt. Ricky Rhodes of Tigard PD/FBINAA #220

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Volunteer Police Programs 101

Did you know that half of all US departments employ fewer than 10 officers… and that 87% of all local and state police agencies have 49 or fewer officers? This means that most of you are responding to thousands of calls each year with minimal resources and are often left shorthanded when staff call in sick, require training, or go on vacation.

With a limited budget, you can’t just hire more officers, you have to think of new ways to tackle this problem.

Author: Retired Lt. Ricky Rhodes of Tigard PD/FBINAA #220

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Why are our Firearms Going Missing? (and how to stop it)

Bay Area cops have lost 944 guns since 2010; an average of one every other day and with only 20% of them being recovered. On a national level the numbers are much worse.

This is much more than a liability issues, this is an obligation we have to our citizens. Here are the 3 steps to stop this starting today:

Author: Retired Lt. Ricky Rhodes of Tigard PD/FBINAA #220

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The Case for an EOC

Whether you are dealing with an earthquake, an Ebola outbreak or a wildfire, chances are that your police agency isn’t going to be acting alone in dealing with it. You will be working hand-in-hand with other first responders.

If you want to prevent communication failures, equipment shortages, and breakdowns in the chain of command during an emergency, click below.

Author: Retired Lt. Ricky Rhodes of Tigard PD/FBINAA #220

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4 Ways to Improve Officer Wellness

In 2008 the police suicide rate was 55% higher than the national average (Badge of Life). Since then it has been steadily dropping thanks to the introduction of employee wellness programs in departments across the country. A lot still needs to be done and you can start with these 4 tips to improve your officer’s longevity

Author: Retired Lt. Ricky Rhodes of Tigard PD/FBINAA #220

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Body Cameras, Football and your PD

A look at the first-ever study on body cameras and how they relate to police and public behavior. The results will surprise you and may change the way you look at your PD. 

Are body cameras worth the investment for your department?

Author: Retired Lt. Ricky Rhodes of Tigard PD/FBINAA #220

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Choosing the Right Shift Length

If you read our last couple of blog posts, you know how important rotation schedules are to your officers, but how about the actual length of the shift that they’re rotating?

Author: Retired Lt. Ricky Rhodes of Tigard PD/FBINAA #220

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5 Rules for Adjusting to Shift Changes

Shift rotations can be devastating to officer health and well-being. These 5 rules will help you to reduce the impact and help improve your sleep, focus and quality of life. Learn about apps and glasses that can help you to adjust seamlessly. 

Author: Retired Lt. Ricky Rhodes of Tigard PD/FBINAA #220

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3 Changes to your Rotation Schedule that Can Save Lives

Philadelphia PD was experiencing abnormal behavior from their officers; a high rate of work place accidents, cardiovascular disease and officers dropping dead before retirement. They sought out the help of Harvard Medical School to fix their schedule and get to the root of the problem.

Author: Retired Lt. Ricky Rhodes of Tigard PD/FBINAA #220

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The 4 Communication Rules Every PD should Live by

What is the secret to department efficiency and happy employees? The answer is always firmly rooted in effective two-way communication. But if the answer is so simple, then why is communications such a hot topic among departments and most organizations for that matter?

Author: Retired Lt. Ricky Rhodes of Tigard PD/FBINAA #220

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How Many Officers are Enough?

How many officers are enough?

Do you need enough to fill the districts?­­

Do you need enough to respond to emergencies in 5 minutes instead of 6?

Or do you need to take a new look at how this is all calculated?

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5 Ways to Reduce your PD’s Overtime

There are ways to minimize your department’s overtime and it starts from the upper ranks and works its way down to the way you record and analyze your data. We have seen police departments reduce overtime costs by over 30% using the following five strategies.

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The Secret to Managing Extra-Duty

For many law enforcement agencies, secondary duty has become a consistent part of the job description.

Secondary duty can, however, drastically affect an agencies overall ability to provide quality service to the public as employees suffer chronic fatigue, and departments bear the extra costs associated with staff working off-duty hours.

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