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Latest Posts

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.

Welcome to Law and Disorder  

This blog is coming to to tell you the truth about surviving your law enforcement career physically, emotionally, and ethically.

Wednesday, July 1 | Patrol

Anyone who has spent time working the street knows that the danger to cops' careers comes in many forms and while we have brought the number of police officers killed in the line of duty down to an annual figure in the 120s, we are losing thousands to termination and even worse, suicide. These are difficult statistics to hear but they are reality…our reality.

IBM Introduces Cloud Version of Coplink  

Agencies of all sizes can now use the information-sharing, investigative intelligence tool without incurring additional IT expenses.

Tuesday, June 23 | Technology

IBM i2 Coplink uses sophisticated analytics and "fuzzy" searches to allow investigators to discover hidden relationships and patterns that can be used to solve crimes. Geospatial mapping features in the software can quickly create maps, highlighting types of incidents such as arson, burglaries, or prowling by specific dates or times of day, and location.

Police Officers Disproportionately Killing Black Men Another False Narrative  

The statistics invalidate the claim that black men are being preyed on by police.

Monday, June 22 | Patrol

Of the 1,491 persons who died as a result of police uses of force, 61.4% were white males, 32.2% were black males and 3.2% were males from other races. Females dying as a result of a police use of force comprised the final 3.2% of deaths.

How Can You Trust the Judgment of a Police Commission That Applies the Wrong Legal Standard?  

The Los Angeles Police Commission doesn't understand the law or LAPD policy.

Monday, June 15 | Patrol

The Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners’ act of finding one officer in the Ezell Ford shooting case “out of policy” for shooting Ford as he tried to take the officer’s gun is a bizarre, ill-considered decision that demonstrates the Commission’s complete misunderstanding and erroneous application of case law, and will have terrible public safety consequences. When an officer has to choose whether or not to be proactive at the risk of possibly losing his or her career, we can only assume the

Remove the Incentive to Serve and You’ll Get No Service  

Law enforcement is a calling for many officers, one that involves risk and sacrifice. But when they are vilified for doing their jobs, expect those officers to stop taking risks and making those sacrifices.

Tuesday, June 2 | Patrol

Police officers have begun to take a serious look at what has happened to their once proud profession and, at least in Baltimore, they have made a choice, they are not taking risks anymore.

Four Important Communication Technology Trends For 2015  

The president of Pryme Radio Products and a Wireless World “Top 100 Wireless Technology Expert” says law enforcement should watch for these trends in communications technology.

Tuesday, June 2 | Technology

Cellular convergence and the importance of end-user application guided the development of nearly half of Pryme’s new product introductions for 2015.

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