Rules To Live By
Family comes first. Don't let the job
consume you. Ultimately, the only things that matter are the people
waiting for you to come home.
Take care of yourself. Live a
healthy lifestyle balanced with physical fitness and nutrition.
to educate yourself and TRAIN in defensive tactics. Take on extra
training opportunities as often as you can.
THE UNEXPECTED. Be prepared for anything. No call is a routine call.
Pay attention, especially during boring or repetitious calls. Complacency
Maintain your Integrity. The
uniform you wear comes with a certain level of integrity that must be
Cover/Concealment. Always be aware of your surroundings (on or off
duty). Stay alert and aware of potential dangers in your patrol zones.
Know your patrol zones better than the residents.
Be aware of body language and
non-verbal communication. Watch the hands and eyes during all citizen
contact. Hands kill you - control them.
your instinct. If you don't think something's quite right, it's
professional and courteous to fellow officers, administrators and
civilians. Remember, you're being evaluated on and off duty.
Know the law. Keep up on all
changes of the laws and ordinances, as well as court decisions. Keep up to
date on search & seizure laws and probable cause.
Know your department policies.
Mentally prepare. Keep a
positive mindset - "I will go home at the end of my shift." Practice
When/Then thinking. "When this happens; Then I will...
Practice defensive driving and safe
vehicle operations. More officers get killed by vehicles than gunfire.
Wear your seat belt.
Practice, practice, practice.
Train to react and rely on your training. Practice firearms, defense
tactics and verbal judo skills like your life depends on it.
Have other interests, hobbies
outside of your work.
Know your strengths and weaknesses
including size limitations.
Don't disregard your backup until
you're sure you don't need it, and then think through it again. When
backing up fellow officers, be the best you can.
Know your equipment and take care
of it. Be proficient with it and always carry a backup.
Always wear your vest.
Never underestimate the enemy.
On every encounter, expect your worst possible adversary.
Play the "what if" game in your
head so that you are prepared for any situation.
Remember the golden rule of
handcuffing - cuff and then search. When searching for a weapon,
remember the "Plus One" theory - if you find one, search for two and if
you find two, search for three and so on.
Remember to advise dispatch of your
Practice your communication skills
- writing and speaking. This includes writing thorough and detailed
Have confidence in and support your
fellow officers. We are all brothers and sisters under one badge.