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Viewing Video: Just Press Play  

August 6, 2015

By David Griffith

Denying officers access to the video records of incidents before they write their reports serves only one purpose: It's a trap. The goal here is to play "gotcha" with the officers and try to catch them in a lie.

<p>Photo: iStockphoto.com</p>

Common Sense Concealed Carry  

July 21, 2015

By A.J. George

Before you stuff a pistol in your waistband and head out the door there are a ton of things you first need to square away in your mind.

<p>photo: iStockphoto.com</p>

Cops are Not Ninjas  

July 16, 2015

By Mildred K. "Missy" O'Linn

Understand that the law throughout this country is that officers are permitted to use objectively reasonable force under the totality of the circumstances, and that means they do not have to use deadly force only if nothing else would work.

<p>Photo: Amaury Murgado</p>

You Are Not Their Friend  

July 16, 2015

By Amaury Murgado

The role of a law enforcement supervisor is to lead, motivate, and help accomplish the agency's mission. Nowhere in that role does it state you have to be everyone's friend.

Do Police Have to be Perfect?  

July 16, 2015

By David Griffith

If we start punishing officers for every mistake, just because an encounter ended in the justified shooting of a suspect, then officers will surely minimize their contact with suspects.

Waze'd and Confused  

July 16, 2015

By Jon Adler

Why are companies like Google offering the Waze app through their online app stores, without any regard for officer safety? It's hard to get a straight answer.

<p>Photo: Carla Blazek, Tumbled Bones Photography</p>

High-Tech Crash Reconstruction  

July 15, 2015

By Melanie Basich

Increased accuracy in measurements and calculations helps ensure that officers have better information for court, which can put away reckless drivers and make roads safer for everyone. Here are some examples of how law enforcement officers are using digital tools to investigate traffic accidents.

<p>Photo: Vincent Taroc</p>

Officer Suicide by Cop  

July 15, 2015

By Amaury Murgado

The officer told his ex-girlfriend that if she didn't get back together with him, he would call the agency himself and create a situation where they would have to kill him.

<p>Photo: Hurst Jaws of Life</p>

Hurst StrongArm: A Fistful of Hydraulic Power  

July 14, 2015

By David Griffith

The StrongArm is a lightweight, compact battery-driven hydraulic tool. It can break open metal or wooden doors and cut through chains, rebar, security bars, and even two-by-fours.

<p>Photo: David Griffith</p>

Streamlining the Chain of Evidence  

July 14, 2015

By David Griffith

CMPD crime scene techs say their work can be very physically demanding and officers often don't realize what is involved. "I don't know how many times I have shown up on a scene and the officers have said to me, 'It's just going to be pictures,'" says Crime Scene Supervisor Roy Patterson. "But it doesn't work like that."

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