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Randy Sutton

Randy Sutton is a 33-year law enforcement veteran, a trainer, and the national spokesman for The American Council on Public Safety. He served 10 years with the Princeton (N.J.) Police Department and 23 years with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, retiring at the rank of lieutenant. He is an author who has published multiple books on law enforcement.
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Four Stresses Cops Deal With That Non-Cops Should Know About  

August 24, 2015
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

Putting Officer-Involved Shootings in Los Angeles in Perspective  

August 17, 2015
The precise circumstances that lead to each OIS are unique, except that in every instance, the officers involved made split-second, life-and-death decisions based on their perception that their own lives or those of others were in danger.

Remember "The Mission"  Law Enforcement Only

August 14, 2015
With very few exceptions, it is my belief that the men and women who serve in law enforcement made the choice to wear a badge because they believed that they could make a difference in the lives of others.
<p>Photo courtesy of Alexa Morelli</p>

What I Learned Being the Daughter of Police Officers  

July 23, 2015
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.
<p>(Photo: Facebook)</p>

15 of the Most Absurd Police Department Names  

July 14, 2015
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?  

July 9, 2015
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  

July 6, 2015
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  

July 1, 2015
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.

Police Officers Disproportionately Killing Black Men Another False Narrative  

June 22, 2015
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?  

June 15, 2015
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
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