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The Case Against Making the Easy Case  

July 1, 1998

In a sense, by making the easy cases the officer became part of the problem instead of part of the solution. Usually such behavior is wasteful and a little bit noisome, but not particularly harmful. One kind of "making the easy case" is often very harmful. That occurs when the "easy case" is a dual-arrest in a case of domestic violence.

 

Beating the Devil  

June 1, 1998

The term, ritual crime, is often associated with occult religion.  Such crimes may include: graffiti, animal mutilations, kidnap, substance abuse, sexual abuse, child molestation, grave-site desecration and murder.

Tags: Occult

Genesis of a Sports Riot  

June 1, 1998

Any department, in any city in the United States, either has experienced or may experience a situation when otherwise law-abiding citizens become lawless, out-of-control fans. Such a circumstance, if not properly prepared for, can be a nightmare for local law enforcement.

Training for Real  

June 1, 1998

Recently, several deputies and I responded to a "man with a gun" call. Based on the rapidly escalating nature of the situation, we made an aggressive ap­proach to the location. Angry that we'd frustrated his attempt to kill his girlfriend and family, the suspect turned his aggressions on us. Soon, we were the ones under fire.

 

The Florida Division of Insurance Fraud  

June 1, 1998

Florida has taken a leading role in combating insurance fraud and is only one of 14 states to devote a specific agency to dealing with this problem. The Division of Insurance Fraud (DIF), originally formed in 1976, investigates all types of insurance fraud and related crimes, as well as criminal violations of the Florida Insurance Code.

When Tragedy Struck, the Army Was There to Help  

May 1, 1998

To my horror, the first sergeant told me that my son, who is active-duty enlisted with the 43rd Engineers in the United States Army, had been shot in the head and was not expected to survive.

Here's the Story on Cop-Media Relations  

May 1, 1998

We cops can be masters of circumlocution: If we can't dazzle them with brilliance- we'll baffle 'em with "b.s." Sometimes it seems that we can be notoriously inventive in just about everything, short of public relations. However, in doing so are we doing ourselves a disservice?

Interpreting That Writing On the Wall  

April 1, 1998

Graffiti continues to be used as a written form of communication between street ganges. An observant patrol officer, police investigator, probation/parole officer, school teacher and gang member can read graffiti and collect valuable information about past, current and future gang activities.

Tags: Graffiti

SWAT's Small-Town Question  

April 1, 1998

Whether you work for a metropolitan police department with thousands of officers or small-town agency with only a handful of personel, an incident requiring the response of a special weapons team can happen in your town. How prepared are you and your agency?

SWAT Teams Need Strong Leadership  

April 1, 1998

No police department would ever consider sending police officers onto the street without proper training or equipment to handle routine calls.  Without hesitation, police department send their officers to state-of-the-art equipment. This is equally true when it comes to training and equipping high-risk or specialty units such as SWAT teams, gang units, repeat offender units and emergency response teams.

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