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The 5 Biggest Miranda Myths  

October 28, 2014

Some myths that have sprouted from Miranda have shown so much inertia that the Supreme Court has had to keep coming back to try to knock them down. Here are five of the most persistent.

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In-car Video: Eyes on the Road  

October 28, 2014

Here's a look at some of the latest in-car video systems for law enforcement operations.

The Myth of the Unarmed Man  

October 27, 2014

If you don't believe media bias plays a role in how Americans interpret use of force by law enforcement, try this simple test. Do a Google search for "police officer kills unarmed man." I did and I got 179,000 results. Searching for "unarmed man attacks police officer," I got this message: "No results found."

Understanding Graham v. Connor  

October 27, 2014

Findings from Graham v. Connor will certainly be considered in the deadly use-of-force decision in Ferguson, Mo. Which is why every American law enforcement officer should have a sound understanding of the Graham case and what it means.

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Beyond CIT  

October 24, 2014

When it comes to the mentally ill, many police departments are finding themselves reluctantly cast as community "caregivers of last resort." Two agencies in Southern Arizona have developed a better way to respond.

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Inside the Mind of a Cold Case Detective  

October 21, 2014

The first thing a good investigator, especially a cold case investigator, needs to know is that you can't base your conclusions on past experiences because those experiences are not foolproof. The only way to solve a decades-old murder is through hard work.

<p>SIG Sauer P224 DA/SA Subcompact Pistol PHOTO: Paul Budde and Becky Leavitt</p>

SIG Sauer P224 DA/SA Subcompact Pistol  

October 16, 2014

A quick glance at the P224 dispels any doubts you may have about its heritage. Its looks, feel, and heft scream "P226," although when you pick it up the differences are immediately evident. The P224 is lighter, smaller, and sports a shorter barrel than either the P226 or P229.

<p>Illustration: Sequoia Blankenship</p>

Learn or Die  

October 16, 2014

It seems continuing to learn stops the forgetting process, which is important because in our profession forgetting can have dire consequences. How many times have you watched a video of an officer getting hurt and thought, How did he forget to keep proper positioning? or Why did she stop watching the hands?

<p>Zoe Stahl and husband Brian at a C.O.P.S. siblings retreat. Zoe&#39;s brother Andrew Esparza was Brian&#39;s friend and coworker. Photo: Zoe and Brian Stah</p>

Concerns of Police Survivors Healing Hearts  

October 13, 2014

Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) welcomes with open arms those who have suffered the tragedy of a loved one or coworker dying in the line of duty. The organization offers support through specific programs tailored to meet the needs of everyone from children to in-laws to fellow officers as well as staying connected with informal phone calls and e-mails year-round.

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Stopping Fatal Trends  

October 7, 2014

According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, in the first half of 2014 officer fatalities increased 31% over the same time period in 2013. The only thing we can do is train for the unexpected, and prepare ourselves for that one day that may never happen. 

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