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  • Does anyone have this in a document? I know someone did in a much earlier post but that link does not work anymore.

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    • What I try to teach probational officers, especially those who graduate field training and do not have prior LE experience is this -

      1) Officer safety is more important today than ever before. From dealing with an armed disturbance to sitting in your car typing reports, stay vigilant and dynamic. First comes your own safety, safety of your fellow officers, and lastly the safety of others.

      2) Slow down. The only time you have to make split second decisions is use of force incidents, vehicle pursuits, and medical emergencies Any other time, time is on YOUR side and if it's not, take control of the incident and slow it down.

      3) Do not become hasty with your investigations. Everything from a "routine" traffic stop to a child sex abuse investigation, treat it as if it's the most important investigation you'll ever complete.....because it just may be.

      4) Seek additional training. You're sadly mistaken if your training ends at FTO. Train in firearm, de-escalation tactics, dealing with the mentally ill, active shooter, interview & interrogation skills, report writing, etc. It'll make you more confident while handling calls for service and pay off in the long run.


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      • Don't write cops or cop families.

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        • JisMyNick
          JisMyNick commented
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          I don't disagree in some senses, but why should we hold cops and their families above the law? If anything we should hold them to be more accountable when they are observed blatantly breaking the law.

      • Listen, Listen, and Listen to your FTO.
        Last edited by Axix23; 05-25-2019, 11:52 PM.

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        • Something I learned the hard way yesterday...

          Don't cross a median on the interstate unless your FTO has taken you through there first
          Last edited by Saluki89; 06-08-2019, 06:48 PM.

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          • Rookies should never, EVER go to the bathroom without your flashlight, even inside the police station. Someone like me will come along, see your feet under the stall door, and turn the lights off when I leave.

            Also, never ever leave a computer terminal logged on out of your sight, or you'll come in the next day to explain to the Captain why you were sending romantic emails to the Chief.

            And when you inspect your patrol car before every shift, make sure you do a good job. You don't want to be the subject of any citizens complaints, for driving around all day in a marked patrol vehicle sporting a bumper sticker that says "I'm not gay, but my butthole is".

            Shenanigans can be a great learning tool.

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            • Time to bump this thread.

              Make them tell you no.
              Pete Malloy, "The only thing black and white about this job is the car."

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              • Here's a tip for rookies-

                Don't do anything in my presence that is going to cause me to get read my Garrity rights and/or cause me to have to kill trees, no matter how funny it is.

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                • Originally posted by Aidokea View Post
                  Here's a tip for rookies-

                  Don't do anything in my presence that is going to cause me to get read my Garrity rights and/or cause me to have to kill trees, no matter how funny it is.
                  or a Skelly hearing

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                  • Rookie graduates from DPD academy, then goes drinking and fighting in the rowdy part of town. Gets arrested and then gets mouthy at the jail.

                    Chief was saying internal investigation to take 7 days, but decision as to what happens to rook officer is going to be "no heavy lift" (translation: he's toast).

                    Don't. Be. This. Guy.

                    New Detroit police officer arrested after fight in Greektown hours after graduation (clickondetroit.com)

                    No one likes change but a wet baby.

                    Mark Twain

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                    • Originally posted by Ratatatat View Post
                      Rookie graduates from DPD academy, then goes drinking and fighting in the rowdy part of town. Gets arrested and then gets mouthy at the jail.

                      Chief was saying internal investigation to take 7 days, but decision as to what happens to rook officer is going to be "no heavy lift" (translation: he's toast).

                      Don't. Be. This. Guy.

                      New Detroit police officer arrested after fight in Greektown hours after graduation (clickondetroit.com)
                      One week from academy graduation -night out for the students (mind you that at this academy ALL students were sworn officers some with up to a year on the job).

                      Fight at a bar (disco.......yes it was 1979) one of the students present was recognized as a cop & it was determined she was at the academy. We all got woke up at 1 am asking if we were at the bar that night. Those of us that said NO were severely investigated the next day.. I had an iron clad alibi but refused to tell them where I was, just that I was NOT at the bar. The admin thought I was the one that started the fight and that everyone was covering for me by saying I was not present After 3 sessions with the director I told him to either suspend me so I could contact an attorney or leave me alone. I also told him to stop with threatening the female that was there as she was telling the truth about me not being there. They had threatened her with discharge if she didn't "rat on me"

                      The "instigator" finally came forward and was removed from the academy (he later came back and finished the last week---as his agency REFUSED to fire him)

                      I graduated as did everyone but the one guy................................WHO by the was was a former Navy S.E,A,L from the Viet Nam war era
                      My new word for the day is FOCUS, when someone irritates you tell them to FOCUS

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