I argue that knowing how to talk to people and common sense are the two most important skills for a police officer to develop. These skills can help officers gain compliance from a potentially resistive subject, successfully negotiate a hostage situation, comfort someone who has lost a loved one, gain consent to search people and property, and seek admissions and even a confession from a suspect. The best-known tactical communications course in the field of law enforcement is known as “Verbal Judo” and this was founded by Dr. George Thompson over 25 years ago. Since Doc Thompson’s passing, Verbal Judo remains a necessary course that every officer should participate in. Doc Thompson was my friend, mentor, and teacher, and he is missed by many. My other mentor, Doug Haig, continues to pave the way. I thank them both.