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Coping with the Masses  

June 1, 2005

By Shelly Feuer Domash

In April, as the world watched millions of people descend on Vatican City for the funeral of Pope John Paul II, few would have realized that they were watching the inspiration for the crowd management tactics employed by America’s largest police force.

Report Writing Tune-Up  

June 1, 2005

By Dan Pasquale

One of the most ignored aspects of our work is report writing. But it shouldn’t be. Whether we are patrol officers or investigators, we write reports each and every day. And these reports stay with us from the day we write them all the way through the court process and beyond.

Cops vs. Cars  

June 1, 2005

By David Griffith

At presstime many things had still not been publicly released regarding the Devin Brown incident. LAPD detectives, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office, and the FBI were all investigating the shooting. So it’s not known where Garcia was standing when he discharged 10 rounds into the Camry. And it’s not known if his use of deadly force was justified.

Recruiting Replacements  

June 1, 2005

By Jon LeSage

Law enforcement agencies throughout the country are facing a major challenge in the recruitment of qualified peace officers. The baby boomer generation—many of them hired after service in Vietnam—is in the midst of retirement planning. Younger people are more skeptical about police work because of negative publicity and the allure of a rebounding economy with job offers from the private sector.

How to Run For Sheriff  

June 1, 2005

By Bryn Bailer

If jobs were like mental illnesses, the office of sheriff could be said to have multiple personality disorder. On one hand, you're a by-the-book law enforcement officer. On the other, you're a consummate, cunning politician.

The Future of Law Enforcement Leadership  

May 1, 2005

By Mark G. Stainbrook

"In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future." – Eric Hoffer

Street Smarts  

May 1, 2005

By Dan Pasquale

Officers can become too reliant on the new technology to do their job, and can easily forget that an officer’s job is still 90 percent common sense and know-how.

Dive Training: Beyond the Basics  

May 1, 2005

By Mark Kariya

Beyond the basic dive certification that most enthusiasts get from the PADI, an agency will probably have to depend on a more specialized source for training.

Fighting Fire with Fire  

May 1, 2005

By David Griffith

It was March 21, 2:55 p.m., spring was in the air in the remote north woods of Minnesota, and the students of Red Lake High School were anxiously awaiting the sound of the bell. What they heard instead was explosions out in the hallway.

Don't Go With Them  

May 1, 2005

By R.K. Campbell

One of the most difficult situations that an officer can face is a confrontation with an individual who wants to die. These extremely dangerous people fall into three primary classes: terrorists on a suicide mission, criminals who won’t be taken alive, and emotionally disturbed people who want to take their own lives and choose a police officer as their unwitting accomplice.
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