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Conducting Effective Witness Interviews  

December 1, 1996

The ultimate goal of a gang investiga­tion is to find the truth. What happened? Who did it? How? As law enforcement officers, how do we arrive at the truth? What is our part in the game plan? Here are some suggestions that may be useful for patrol personnel, detectives and fol­low-up investigators when dealing with witnesses and victims of gang crimes.

 

Word on the Street: Slang Terms  

December 1, 1996

Small airports naturally appeal to drug smugglers because they may not have any U.S. customs or law enforcement representation at all. Using light, general aviation aircraft, huge amounts of narcotics are smug­gled into the country each year. Chances are, your jurisdiction has an airport.

Mentally Ill and Dangerous  

November 1, 1996

Mental illness is defined as a psychiatric disorder characterized  by abnormal functioning of the centers of the brain responsible for thought, perception, mood and behavior. And according to mental health codes, it is the substantial disorder of thought or mood that significantly impairs judgement, behavior, the capacity to recognize reality or the ability to cope with the ordinary demands of life.

Wolf Pack: Multiple Assailants  

November 1, 1996

Police officers should command enough respect to deter a group of individuals from spontaneously attacking. But statistics tell a different story. In fact, 40 percent of all assaults against police officers are by two or more assailants.

The Road to Wellness  

November 1, 1996

What is wellness? Is it a myth or a goal. We have the ability to perceive and change our lives if we chose to do so. Personal wellness, there-fore, is an uniquely human prerogative.

Nations at War Within Windy City Limits  

November 1, 1996

These Chicago-­based gangs follow strict dress codes and use body language as a nonverbal form of communication. A gang member can simply cross his arms to "announce" his gang affiliation.

Caution: Handle All Subjects with Care  

November 1, 1996

As a survival-smart officer you already know that prison­ers can be dangerous. You are very much aware that every year American peace officers are murdered after taking offenders into custody. Attention to some basic officer survival skills aimed at the safe handling of prison­ers can help keep you from adding your name to the bloody statistics.

Bike Cops Face Deadly Suspects  

November 1, 1996

"I've got shots fired!" Huffman shouted over the radio. "Chris, where are you?" An eerie silence followed. "Chris, where are you?" After several seconds, the silence was broken. Try­ing to stay as calm and level-headed as possible, I said, "I've been hit!"The suspect fired a .38 point-blank into my chest strik­ing my left shirt pocket.

Shootin' the Bull Can Be More Than Idle Chit Chat  

October 1, 1996

When looking at the man's driver's license, I noticed the bull was inch­ing back toward the freeway. I told the driver I would be right back and slipped across the lanes to drive the bull back into the lot, hoping to prevent more paperwork should the next driver fail to yield him the right-of-way.

Running on Reserve  

October 1, 1996

Regardless of a police agency's size, a quality reserve and volunteer organization can be vital to the protection of the community, the public's perception of law enforcement and the effectiveness of crime prevention programs.

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