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Latest Posts

LAPD's New and Very Dangerous Honor  

Chief Beck's Preservation of Life Award is a terrible idea that will put officers in even more peril.

Friday, November 13 | Patrol

This award will prioritize the lives of suspected criminals over the lives of LAPD officers, and goes against the core foundation of an officer’s training.

Los Angeles Police Union on Tarantino  

Disorder and disturbance, much like you see in many of his films, are what Tarantino’s remarks incite.

Friday, November 6 | Patrol

Tarantino may feel misunderstood, but make no mistake. He is a highly talented and accomplished screenwriter who knew exactly what he was doing in joining the demonstration and condemning police officers.

Community Policing: What it is and Why it’s Important  

Strengthening bonds and improving communications between law enforcement agencies and the people they serve benefits both officers and the public.

Wednesday, November 4 | Patrol

At a time when citizens, whatever their race, are voicing valid frustrations about their fear of and disconnection from police, it’s not surprising that a system based on promoting an approachable, community-oriented department is showing significant appeal.

Abdicating Law Enforcement Leadership  

The anti-police bias of the media and the political expediency of a South Carolina sheriff have led to a massive injustice against a school resource officer.

Tuesday, November 3 | Patrol

The old adage of never let the facts get in the way of a good story is fully illustrated by this incident and another sacrificial lamb in the uniform of an American cop has been led to slaughter.

IACP 2015: Report from the Aisles  

Friday, October 30 | Editor's Notes

For those of you who weren't able to attend this year's International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Conference, we've gathered information about a selection of new products seen at IACP 2015 in Chicago, Oct. 25-27.

Would I Still Become a Police Officer?  

As I approach the end of my law enforcement career, I was asked an interesting question recently: Would you become a police officer today?

Thursday, October 15 | Patrol

I couldn’t pretend in good conscience that a new officer will have a career like I’ve had, knowing how drastically different a cop’s job is today.

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

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