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Travis Yates is a writer and editor at Law Officer. His Seminars in Risk Management & Officer Safety have been taught across the United States & Canada. Major Yates has a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. He is the Director of Training for SAFETAC Training.

With My Life….If Need Be

It is truly what makes the law enforcement profession so incredible. Yes at times it seems tough. The media, political pundits and even your own friends call into question why you do what you do..

The Silence of a President

This past week has been an onslaught of tragic news for law enforcement. Seven police officers were killed in six days and all but one were gunned down by assailants.

The 5 Most Dangerous Risks

Professions that deal in risk owe it to each employee to constantly evaluate the risks that pose significant danger to those doing the job.

Ready to Go

Before I discuss what type of bag you’ll need, there is a difference between a law enforcement go bag and a survivalist bug out bag

Protect our Academy Recruits

Whether a death occurred during part of basic training or out in the field should not make a difference when counting it as a line-of-duty death.

Is the Future of Law Enforcement in Peril?

The administrators reading this right now will shake their head and say it can’t be done.

Why the Soft Uniform Is Dangerous

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This past week, President Obama discussed the idea that law enforcement should wear “softer looking” uniforms.

North Charleston – Patience Under Fire

The video released this weekend showing a North Charleston (S.C.) Officer shooting an un-armed Walter Scott looks bad. That was the first thought I had, and one thing is for sure: there will be no shortage of opinions following the video and arrest of Officer Michael Slager.

Lights & Sirens

Everyone has had the experience of driving in our personal vehicle when, seemingly out of nowhere, an emergency vehicle drove by at high speed with the emergency lights and siren on. You probably felt a sense of shock, fear and relief in the total time span of one second. More importantly, there have probably been times when you were the one in the emergency vehicle that blew by someone who didn't see or hear you coming. We have a huge responsibility behind the wheel, and if we do not take the necessary precautions, there can be deadly consequences.

CrossFit and Below 100: An Unexpected Match

By now, most readers probably have a basic knowledge of the fitness program CrossFit