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ID'ing with Surveillance Photos  

March 1, 2005

By Devallis Rutledge

By now, most banks and convenience stores have installed video cameras or still cameras to preserve evidence of any criminal event. Following a robbery or other crime, law enforcement officers can use the surveillance video or photos to trace the crook and put together a photo array or lineup to be displayed to witnesses for identification.

What Goes Around, Comes Around  

March 1, 2005

By Jim McDevitt

Back when I was working patrol for the New York Police Department, Sgt. Torre handed my partner and me a business index card to complete for a new bank on Queens Boulevard. It was a weekday, so we drove by the new bank when we turned out. The bank was small with two sets of revolving doors instead of the doors you push open.

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Going for the Gun  

March 1, 2005

By Derrick Bartlett

It was something out of a movie or TV show. A suicidal man who was about to shoot himself with a .38 revolver was saved by a SWAT sniper who shot the gun out of his hand.Some were impressed and they felt it was a tactic that merited practice and consideration. Others took a more skeptical stance, recognizing the dangers inherent in this course of action.

How to Run an Assessment Center  

March 1, 2005

By Michael McLaurin

Deciding who should be hired to a high-ranking position at a law enforcement agency is a difficult job, no question. And the last thing any department wants is for such decisions to be viewed as arbitrary or unfair. This is why many agencies now use a structured process that incorporates the opinions of many people within and outside the department to evaluate prospective employees.

Can You Hear Me Now?  

March 1, 2005

By Melanie Basich

When you’re in a high-risk situation, nothing is more important than effective communication to keep you and fellow officers alive. Equipment that keeps you in touch with other tactical officers is invaluable at such times.

The Eliminator: DNA Tech For Detectives  

March 1, 2005

By David Spraggs

Every investigation is a process of elimination. When a crime has been committed it is an investigator’s job to narrow the field of possible suspects until he or she can build a case against an individual or a group of individuals.

Learn to Read Product DNA  

March 1, 2005

By Ramesh Nyberg

Every crime scene, like every picture, tells a story. There are times when an obvious piece of evidence, complete with its own documented history, stares us right in the face, and we pass it by.

How to Talk to Police Officers  

February 1, 2005

By Mark G. Stainbrook

Watch the leaders, or those in leadership positions, and you will learn much as a student of leadership. I try to key in on how supervisors address groups of officers and I always look to see how the officers respond.

Radio Control  

February 1, 2005

By Dan Pasquale

So, the next time that radio buzzes with an officer asking for help, resist the urge to pick it up and answer. Just head that way and get there.

How to Build a Firearms Range: Target Suppliers  

February 1, 2005

By Dave Douglas

Full descriptions of additional companies that sell targets for firearms practice.

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