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Dean Scoville

Dean Scoville

Associate Editor of Police Magazine and a retired patrol supervisor and investigator with the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department, Sgt. Dean Scoville has received multiple awards for government service.
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Just What the Hell Are We Protecting?  

April 14, 2014
I do wonder to what extent the federal employees among our ranks ask themselves whether or not these people are worth protecting and their laws worth enforcing? Just where are the conscientious objectors within the federal fold? Are its ranks really filled with men who are content to be given their marching orders and sent out to wreck havoc? And do they really think that all this won't some day come back to bite them in the ass?

Remarkable Statistics on Officer Response to Active Shooter Incidents  

April 12, 2014
The author reviews the PERF report on police response and results from 84 active shooter incidents from 2000-2010.

The Law is An Ass (At Least When it Comes to Photographing One)  

March 17, 2014
Making my way to the urinal, I was passed by a man who'd stepped out the adjacent stall in a hurry. As he did, I noted the presence of crumpled tissue paper on the floor about the toilet. The man's presence in the stall had not been diet-related. Normally, this would not have been something I'd have felt compelled to concern myself with. Different strokes for different folks.
<p>Photo: Kelly Bracken</p>

A Hollywood Lesson in Heroes  

March 6, 2014
And so I sat down and waited for highlights of hero-celebrating fare, looking forward to clips of "End of Shift," "Ladder 49," and "Backdraft." I figured I'd maybe catch a glimpse of a pre-"Cheers" Ted Danson in the role of ill-fated LAPD Officer Ian Campbell in "The Onion Field."

"The Naked Truth About Well Endowed Women With High Caliber Firearms (With Photos)"  

February 17, 2014
Working patrol, you never know when or where you might find yourself in a knock-down drag-out fight. As such, it makes sense to have some stratagem in place ahead of time. That thought was in the forethought of my consciousness when I decided that if I ever faced an asskicking and really needed assistance, I'd key my mic and advise that I had Jessica Alba oiled down and naked rolling around on a front lawn.

A Plea for Ballistic Helmets   

February 7, 2014
Officers who object to wearing ballistic face shields/helmets in high-risk shooting situations should have a face-to-face discussion with their children and ask their children, "What if daddy or mommy would get killed at work and not ever come home again and not ever hug and kiss you or play with you, how would you feel?"
<p>Photo: Kelly Bracken</p>

Advice for the New L.A. Sheriff  

February 4, 2014
Can the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department assert itself as one of the best and most innovative departments in the country? Can it say that it serves its communities as vigilantly and as well as other law enforcement agencies? Can it say that it still enjoys the reputation in the profession that it once did?

Friend, or Foe…Or, Neither?  

January 20, 2014
I couldn't help but note how the absence of supervisorial intervention had played out for others elsewhere; how their failure to stem some cancerous problem exacted ever greater tolls later. What might have culminated with a written reprimand or a punitive day off instead ended up being the irrevocable loss of careers, families, and freedoms. A few employees ended up taking their lives.

Video: How Former St. Croix PD Chief Survived Harrowing Gunfight  

January 16, 2014
His arm shattered by bullets and his vehicle incapacitated, Howell took a tourniquet out of a trauma kit and used it to stanch the bleeding. Without that tourniquet and the proper training on how to use it, he would have likely bled out.
<p>Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca. Photo via LASD.</p>

And So the Baca Era Ends  

January 7, 2014
But whatever Baca’s priorities, I have reason to question that the welfare of his personnel and countrymen were high among them. His tax dollar-funded support of a department Muslim Community Affairs Unit was less concerning to my mind than his open advocacy of other questionable Muslim entities such as CAIR. Also his mea culpa parading of contrite Century deputies in the aftermath of a shooting proved more embarrassing than mollifying.
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