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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.

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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.

Time and a Half of What?  

April 1, 1998

Most police officers and police employers know that the federal Fair Labor Standards Act requires overtime pay at "time and one-half' for FLSA overtime hours worked. Less well known, however, are some of the FLSA rules governing how time and a half must be calculated. This has sometimes resulted in arithmetic mistakes which have deprived officers of wages to which they are entitled under the law.

American Graffiti Revisited  

March 1, 1998

Today, tagging has become an international issue and taggers can be found worldwide.  From a law enforcement perspective, it is difficult, at best, to monitor and track all of the individual taggers and tag crews.

Above and Beyond  

February 1, 1998

As one of the first operators, I can say that driving a Volvo 240 DL as a cruiser present­ed a very unique experience, which in­cluded the looks of amazement and dis­belief from motorists.

Harbor Units: Beat May Be Different, But Goals Are Same  

February 1, 1998

There are countless other agencies of different sizes, each tasked with making the waters of their jurisdictions safe for recreational boating and business use.

Cutting Edge: Cruising the Exhibits at the "Chief's Show"  

January 1, 1998

Many of the nearly 700 vendors exhibiting their wares at the International Association of Chiefs of Police's 104th Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida, this past October, anticipated a profitable outcome as a result of the "Chief's Show."

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