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Using Persuasion Tactics to Handle Conflict  

January 1, 2001

Facing conflict and confrontation is inevitable for anyone in law enforcement.  The challenge is to take an angry or uncooperative person and have him or her voluntarily cooperate with you.

Preparing For the Oral Interview  

January 1, 2001

There is nothing more important or critical to an officer's success in a promotional oral interview than his or her ability to communicate.  Even preparation and overall experience are of less importance.

Save Your Hide  

December 1, 2000

Skin cancer is by far the most common cancer in the world. Most cases can be cured, but the disease is now a major health problem. Law enforcement personnel in the field, especially those in high-risk areas of the United States, are at risk for developing what can be a fatal form of cancer.

Boarding boats, especially large ones, is not always easy but can be done with practiced proficiency. Here an Indian River Co. Sheriff’s Office ERT team member, armed with an H&K MP-5, boards a suspect’s boat from a PWC (Kawasaki jet ski).

Going Waterborne  

December 1, 2000

Large bodies of water, including waterfronts, oceans, lakes and rivers, make up significant areas of responsibility in many police jurisdictions. They also present unique challenges to law enforcement officers who must deal with water-based criminal activities.

NYPD-Lite  

December 1, 2000

It was Nov. 1, 1955: my first tour of duty as a policeman. I had been assigned to the 15th Precinct, in midtown Manhattan, to kick off Operation Cross-town, a scheme devised to expedite the flow of vehicular traffic through one of the busiest sections of the city.

Funerals are an all too common occurrence in the lives of those touched by gang violence.

Looking at a Year of Developments  

December 1, 2000

Looking back at this year, street gang behaviors have changed little. However, those of us who work the street must have noticed a few unique changes in the types of gang alliances, memberships and the crimes in which some street gangs have been involved.

You’re on vacation. You want to relax. But can you ever really afford to drop your guard? The key lies in preparation.

Survive Your Vacation  

December 1, 2000

While you may be tempted to think you are "getting away from it all," an experience I had this summer while floating the Yukon River forced me to re-evaluate the steps I undertook to prepare for such journeys.

Missy clears a canyon where accused cop killers Jason McVean and “Monte” Pilon may be hiding.

Death’s Dogs: Cadaver Search Canines  

December 1, 2000

Any officer who has been involved in a search for a missing victim knows that law enforcement needs every possible break. Cadaver dogs, though not likely to become widely known or ever be the subject of a television series, give cops just the break they need when searching for human remains.

An aerial shot of the LeMoore Naval Air Station shooting range in California, which covers 420 acres, gives some idea of the amount of land needed to ensure safety.

Range Designers Step Up To Today’s Challenges  

December 1, 2000

Increased urbanization has created new conflicts with shooting ranges used by law enforcement agencies, defense installations, as well as civilian gun clubs across the United States and Canada.

Nassau County police officers prepare to cast off aboard their newest patrol boat.

Marine Bureau Fires Up Its Jets  

December 1, 2000

The coastline comprises a wide assortment of conditions, including open-ocean waters, often with high seas, shallows, winding and narrow inlets, bays, canals, harbors, wetlands and the Long Island Sound, each posing a different challenge for a police boat.

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