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Why Chief Beck Failed Us  

The LAPD chief needs a reminder that leadership means sometimes you have to do the unpopular thing in order to do the right thing.

Friday, January 15 | Patrol

On Monday, Chief Beck chose to put politics above fairness by shouting from the rooftops to every media outlet in the nation that the District Attorney should file criminal charges against LAPD Officer Clifford Proctor.

How Technology is Changing Law Enforcement  

The latest high-tech innovations offer benefits and challenges for crime fighters.

Tuesday, December 8 | Technology

Every second of video that an officer’s camera records can be taken into evidence, providing a first-hand account of what took place during any interaction with a subject. The cameras provide the officer’s perspective on the incident unfettered by testimony and witness reports. Beyond that, departments can use the footage to train and practice crisis scenarios, reviewing successful arrests and discovering areas for improvement. Community members and law enforcement officers alike can benefit fro

A Mess in Minneapolis  

Weak and politically accommodating city and police leadership have led to the disgusting and dangerous siege at Precinct Four.

Thursday, December 3 | Patrol

The MPD's current chief has chosen to simply say nothing of substance and into that void of information has come the destructive rumors now festering within the community. That is gross negligence or total incompetence at the very least and an effort to advance a politically motivated agenda at worst.

Prepare for the Battles to Come  

American law enforcement officers must steel themselves for the Paris-style attacks that will surely happen here.

Friday, November 27 | Patrol

When these attacks occur, America’s first responders, police, fire, and medical teams will be in the middle of a war. Because our military is constitutionally forbidden to deploy within our borders, our law enforcement officers will be forced to take on the responsibilities of combat.

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.

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