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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.

What's Missing from the National Narrative on Improving Police Community Relations  

No one seems to want to take responsibility for the real causes of tragic encounters between officers and members of the community.

Friday, May 29 | Patrol

Where is the public's ownership of these poor life decisions? Why aren't the parents, the political leaders, the community activists, the media talking heads, celebrities, nationally prominent athletes and the jet-setting, race-bating civil rights "activists" such as Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton extolling our children and citizens NOT to make these very obvious and poor life choices?

Time to Thank the Sheepdogs  

All of law enforcement has been getting an inordinate amount of flak for the actions of a few officers, despite all of the good most in the profession do every day.

Wednesday, May 6 | Patrol

I have had co-workers—I have had friends—shot, killed, spit upon, bitten, and even stuck with a needle used by an intravenous drug user. Missing time with your family to investigate a crime against someone you have never met? That may sound crazy to some. But I guess peace officers are different—actually, I know they are.

The One Key Lesson Baltimore Cops Didn’t Learn from the L.A. Riots   

If there was a lesson the LAPD learned in 1992, it is that if you do not respond decisively to lawlessness, you will quickly have much more of it.

Wednesday, April 29 | Patrol

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake gave instructions to police that protesters be given “space” to exercise their right to free speech. But in doing so, she admitted, “we also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well.”

Bait Devices Help Law Enforcement Crack Down on Cellphone, Tablet Theft  

Anti-theft programs using Assisted Patrol's tracking and evidence capture technology are achieving excellent results in some of America's largest cities.

Monday, April 13 | Technology

Through its bait program using Assisted Patrol-equipped devices, Dayton arrested and convicted four individuals who had been arrested for a total of 45 felonies and theft from automobiles in the downtown precinct decreased by 80%for over one year. These results were achieved without stakeouts and with no overtime expenses.

PTSD: Breaking the Silence  

If you've experienced trauma, talking about what you're feeling and why can be the first step toward healing.

Friday, April 10 | Patrol

We may think we can control our grief, our terror, or our shame by remaining silent, but naming offers the possibility of a different kind of control.

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