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Latest Posts

Call Them "Terrorists"  

Organizations that promote attacks on officers and war on police should be investigated by federal law enforcement as hate groups.

Thursday, September 24 | Patrol

Just as we have in the past, when this nation faced dangers from abroad and from within, we must come together as one people without regard to race or religion or political belief and resist this hatred.

Randy Sutton Discusses Black Lives Matter Movement  

Friday, September 4 | Patrol

On a recent radio broadcast for KPCC in Los Angeles, frequent POLICE Magazine blogger Randy Sutton served as a guest on the show AirTalk to talk about the ratcheting up of tensions between police officers and activists.

America's Turning Point – The War on Police  

The law enforcement community is under attack, and this "Officer-directed Violence" needs to stop.

Tuesday, September 1 | Patrol

We can either be destroyed by ISIS and Al Qaeda terrorists from outside of our borders; or we can be destroyed from within by lawless criminal predators and society's violent criminal activists and police haters.

Four Stresses Cops Deal With That Non-Cops Should Know About  

Other professions have stress but law enforcement stress is unique.

Monday, August 24 | Patrol

There are similar occupations (military, firefighting, EMS first responders) but just as a cop can’t claim to fully understand any of those particular jobs (with the exception in some cases of public safety departments) the job of a police officer stands unique in its own right. The best men and women who take on the vocation of being a police officer understand that it truly is a “calling” and not just a job. A good cop must be committed to a clear concept of the purpose of law enforcement in a

Putting Officer-Involved Shootings in Los Angeles in Perspective  

Police shootings should not be judged with 20/20 hindsight, and the legality of the shooting should not be based on whether the officer made a mistake that could have led to the shooting.

Monday, August 17 | Patrol

The precise circumstances that lead to each OIS are unique, except that in every instance, the officers involved made split-second, life-and-death decisions based on their perception that their own lives or those of others were in danger.

Remember "The Mission"  Law Enforcement Only

If we're not working together to protect and serve our communities, then we've forsaken job one.

Friday, August 14 | Patrol

With very few exceptions, it is my belief that the men and women who serve in law enforcement made the choice to wear a badge because they believed that they could make a difference in the lives of others.

What I Learned Being the Daughter of Police Officers  

Growing up in a law enforcement family provides children with a unique perspective on the world and some valuable knowledge.

Thursday, July 23 | Patrol

My mother, father, and stepfather are all (now retired) police officers. I thought I'd share my knowledge with the world by compiling a list of the most important things my law enforcement parents have taught me over the years.

15 of the Most Absurd Police Department Names  

Some town names in our country, not to mention around the globe, are just plain silly. And when you see the police cars patrolling these silly-named towns it just adds to the level of silliness. I'm sure these police departments are tired of all the jokes, but for the rest of us, I present...

Tuesday, July 14 | Patrol

Some town names in our country, not to mention around the globe, are just plain silly. And when you see the police cars patrolling these silly-named towns it just adds to the level of silliness.

Why Did Ezell Ford Attack LAPD Officers?  

New information sheds light on Ezell Ford's motivation for trying to take away an LAPD officer's duty pistol.

Thursday, July 9 | Patrol

A bench warrant for Ford’s arrest was outstanding at the time of his interaction with the LAPD officers. Ford had previously been convicted of stealing a car in Santa Barbara court, and was on probation in January of last year when he pleaded guilty to trespass in Los Angeles court. As a result, the Santa Barbara court revoked Ford’s probation and issued a warrant for his arrest.

Sometimes Police Must Be Warriors to Be Guardians  

Monday, July 6 | Patrol

What has been lost in this discussion of warriors and guardians is that our officers often are thrust into the role of warrior to fulfill their obligation as guardians.

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