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Author Guidelines

Who We Are

Law Officer magazine is a leading law enforcement publication that delivers timely and targeted content on tactics, training and technology. Our goal is to provide information that trainers, supervisors and middle managers can read today and use on the job tomorrow. is intended as a one-stop online shop for law enforcement. The site was established in April 2008 as the online adjunct to Law Officer magazine. hosts discussion forums, a buyer’s guide, job listings, a Web directory, up-to-the-minute news stories on law enforcement topics, and an editorial section composed of columns and other articles written by our contributors, and also contains the online archive of articles published in the print magazine. The editorial content is similar to a magazine, but there is no periodic print date for each issue. The content of changes from one hour to the next, as we post new content as soon as it becomes available. Editorial content, such as contributors’ columns, are published on a staggered basis, so that new editorial items are published nearly every day. The intent is to constantly drive traffic back to the web site and have our readers visit every day or more than once a day, and ideally to make it the home page on their web browsers.

How to Submit Your Story Idea

All story ideas for either the magazine or must be submitted with a cover letter that outlines your qualifications. Please include your name, full address, phone, fax and e-mail address on all correspondence.

We accept story submission in one of the following two formats: query letters and manuscripts.

One-page query letter should answer these questions:

  • What specifically are you going to tell Law Officer readers?
  • Why do Law Officer readers need to know this?
  • How will you make your case (e.g., literature review, research, interviews, etc.)?

Manuscripts: When submitting a manuscript, ensure your cover letter includes the following:

  • What specifically are you going to tell Law Officer readers?
  • Why do Law Officer readers need to know this?
  • How will you make your case (e.g., literature review, research, interviews, etc.)?

Manuscript review process: All articles undergo a review process to assess accuracy and relevance. You may be contacted during the review process to discuss any comments or questions about your completed manuscript. Rewrites often are requested at this time to accommodate reviewers’ concerns.

Tips & Hints:

  • Read back issues of the magazine to learn our style and focus (you can view back issues online in the archives).
  • Research back issues to ensure we haven’t covered your topic within the past three years.
  • Read and follow the instructions on this page.

How long does it take to review my story idea?

We review unsolicited queries/manuscripts as time permits. Allow us four to six weeks to review your manuscript.

Where do I send my story idea?

Law Officer Editor, 525 B Street, Suite 1900, San Diego, CA 92101, or via e-mail to

What happens if Law Officer accepts my story idea?

Upon acceptance of your query/manuscript, you will receive an editorial confirmation letter that outlines specifics of the article, length, due dates and payment. You will be assigned an in-house editor to review and edit your manuscript. Use the assigning editor as a resource for questions about direction, tone, style, etc.

Payment (subject to change)

Features: $200-350; Departments: $150-200; News items: $25

All payments are made on publication. We do not accept simultaneous submissions or poetry.

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