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Protecting the Innocent  

February 1, 1999

Nothing in recent history has compelled such emotional debate and constitutional controversy as the so-called Megan's Law. These laws require registration and community notification when a convicted sex offender moves into a neighborhood. Designed to protect children from manipulative and violent sex offenders, these laws have become involved in a controversy concerning possible constitutional rights violations.

That's a Hero; That's a Cop  

January 1, 1999

Despite being hit by what doctors would later call three fatal shots, Thompson did not surrender. He approached the cab, weapon now drawn, and fired six rounds at the suspect, who had climbed into the back seat of the cab and was trying to escape out the opposite side door.

Dogs of War  

December 1, 1998

As police service dog use continues in full swing, a body of special legal knowledge is beginning to develop.

It’s Your Duty to Expect the Unexpected  

December 1, 1998

On-duty safety issues continue to be an important part of every police officer's street survival training.  A certain physical and mental preparedness is a necessary component for a favorable outcome when we have a violent encounter.

Skinheads: The New Nazis  

December 1, 1998

Recently, an outbreak of racist-related violence surged through the suburbs of Denver, Colo. This included the shooting of a police officer before the gunman, a reported white supremacist skinhead. Because of their beliefs and actions, the skinheads should be recognized as the "new Nazis."

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To Serve and Protect?  

December 1, 1998

"To Serve and Protect," is a phrase made famous by the Los Angeles Police De­partment and adopted, in various forms, by law enforcement agencies across the United States.

Yellowstone's Law Enforcement Park Rangers  

December 1, 1998

An average of 80 to 90 law enforcement rangers are employed at Yellowstone during the summer, while wintertime employment averages about 60 to 70 rangers. Most positions are seasonal and com­petition for permanent positions is fierce. Most rangers have a four-year degree.

High Court Gang Case Tests America's Resolve  

December 1, 1998

About the time you finish perusing this issue of POLICE, the U.S. Supreme Court will be hearing arguments in a gang-related case that - regardless of how it is decided - will have far-reaching effects for law officers, undoubtedly for years to come.

He Flees—To Pursue or Not to That is the Question  

November 1, 1998

High-speed pursuits are the most dangerous of all police activities for innocent citizens, regardless of the circumstances!  In my example it was a rural setting at 0300 hours on a straight road with no one else around, except for the other vehicle that became an unwitting rolling roadblock for my pursuit.

Getting You to Pull the Trigger  

November 1, 1998

Despite the officer's repeated pleas for him to drop the weapon, Pergament continues to advance.  Faced with the prospect his own impending death, the officer fires three times, killing Pergament.  Only later does the officer learn the brutal truth: the weapon wielded by the suspect is nothing more than a toy gun.

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