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Paul Clinton

Paul Clinton

As the POLICE Web editor, Paul Clinton contributes posts about patrol cars, motorcycles, and other police vehicles. He previously wrote about automotive electronics as managing editor of Mobile Electronics. Prior to that, he was an award-winning newspaper reporter.



William Harvey

William Harvey

William "Bill" Harvey is currently serving as chief of police in south central Pennsylvania. He retired from the Savannah (Ga.) Police Department where he worked assignments in training, patrol, and CID. Harvey has more than 25 years of experience working with recruits, rookies, and FTOs.
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<p>A member of the FBI&#39;s Evidence Response Team collects fingerprint evidence. Photo via <a href=&quot;http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:FBI_Evidence_Response_Team.jpg&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;>FBI</a>/Wikimedia.</p>

FBI's Evidence Response Teams  

May 8, 2013
The FBI special agents who spearhead regional Evidence Response Team (ERT) units work closely with mostly non-sworn evidence collection professionals to process some of the nation's most challenging crime scenes, including the Boston Marathon bombing.
<p>Photo courtesy of Larry Baimbridge.</p>

Houston PD's Traffic Enforcement Unit  

April 30, 2013
Ten stealth vehicles, including Chevrolet Camaros, have helped this specialized unit issue 100,000 tickets for moving violations a year. The unit also accounts for half the agency's drunk-driving arrests.
<p>Photo by Loren Higgins, Albuquerque Police Department.</p>

Albuquerque's Real Time Crime Center  

April 22, 2013
The sworn officers who assist civilian dispatchers and analysts in the Albuquerque Police Department's new Real-Time Crime Center typically rotate into the assignment after they've been placed on injured, restricted or light duty.
<p>Photo courtesy of Roberta Weintraub.</p>

Law Enforcement: A Path Into the Middle Class  

April 4, 2013
The Police Orientation Preparation Program places career-bound, law enforcement students in an established LAPD training environment. Students graduate with an associate's degree and gain real-life experience as they prepare for a career in law enforcement.
<p>VPSO Sgt. Dan Decker patrols Ekwok. Photo courtesy of Alaska DPS.</p>

Alaska's Village Public Safety Officers  

March 21, 2013
To help keep the peace in Alaska's tiny indigenous villages, the state deputizes rural peace officers known as village public safety officers, or VPSOs.
<p>LAPD Rampart&#39;s SPU tests new equipment such as a V-8 Dodge Charger. Photo by Blake Bobit.</p>

LAPD Rampart's Special Problems Unit  

March 15, 2013
The LAPD's Rampart Division may be the agency's smallest geographic area, but its steady flow of house burglaries, auto thefts, and meth-fueled crime offer the Special Problems Unit plenty of opportunity for targeted enforcement.
<p>Photo courtesy of William Harvey.</p>

Learn Your Weak Skill, Then Fix It  

March 11, 2013
I live by one theory—the thing that you fear the most is always lurking around the corner. Train smart, train hard and turn your weakness to strength.
<p>Photo courtesy of William Harvey.</p>

How To Find a Career Counselor  

February 8, 2013
I learned a valuable story from an old U.S. Army first sergeant years ago. Never plan for your next assignment/promotion when it is posted. You should have been working on this goal.
<p>Photo courtesy of William Harvey.</p>

Off-Duty Behavior  

January 3, 2013
Once you become a police officer or deputy, the world changes its view of you. I know you're the same man or woman that you were before you poked your hand up and took the oath, but there are some realities we need to discuss.
<p>Photo courtesy of William Harvey.</p>

Know Your Place  

December 18, 2012
Law enforcement is steeped in para-military tradition. Rank structure is a key to our successes.
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