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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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Kelli and Jessica Uhl were killed three years ago when a state trooper's car crossed the median and hit their vehicle head on.

Just About the Worst Thing You Can Do On Patrol  

November 24, 2010
Causing an innocent person's death is just about the worst thing you can do on patrol. Seeking payment for injuries sustained while killing two teens is beyond the pale.
Photo via Thomas Hawk (Flickr).

Who's Got Your Back?  

November 11, 2010
One of the strongest administrators I ever knew was a captain who took more than one unpopular stance against then L.A. County Sheriff Sherman Block. It cost her politically and took a toll on her physically, but she had the respect and affections of those who were fortunate enough to work for and with her. Years after her retirement, her name is spoken with deep respect among those who knew her.

Personal Preference Determines Tactics  

November 4, 2010
These days, a growing chorus of defensive tactics instructors advocates using palm strikes instead of fist strikes. Still, the proficient pugilist will adamantly defend the fist strike as a viable force option.
Photo via Flickr.com (hjl).

And Now for Something Really Scary  

October 27, 2010
Normally, I’d try and get some Halloween-themed column in here about now. But something far scarier weighs on my mind: The outcome of the Nov. 2 election.
Tags: Elections

Suppressing That Urge for a Pound of Flesh  

October 21, 2010
Ask yourself if succumbing to that split-second thought is worth permanently depriving the people who trust and depend on you the value of your services.

Dirty Cops: The Slobs You Will Meet on Patrol  

October 14, 2010
I've even heard tale of a cop who saved a partially devoured piece of chicken he found under the front seat and mailed it through the departmental mail to the offender.
Several companies, including 5.11 Tactical, sell clothing designed to allow for easy access of a concealed weapon when off duty.

Guard Yourself While Carrying Off Duty  

October 7, 2010
A firearm stolen from one officer's vehicle was later used to kill still another-Minneapolis PD Officer Richard Miller, who'd stopped the gun thief in yet another stolen vehicle.

The Worst Advice I've Ever Received   

September 30, 2010
A couple of weeks ago, I blogged about some of the best advice I ever received. It seems only appropriate that I should also share some of the less sagacious comments I and other deputies and officers have received through the years, as well.

Accountability Works Both Ways   

September 23, 2010
I give big kudos to the Los Angeles Police Protective League for speaking out loudly and candidly against the repellent politico Sen. Gloria Romero (D-Los Angeles).

The Best Advice I Ever Received from Other Cops  

September 16, 2010
I was sure that I could take the dude, but my T.O. reminded me to never judge a book by its cover. He'd known a good many cops and suspects who'd gone headlong into fights, thinking they had the upper hand by virtue of their age, size, or perceived martial arts skill, and they promptly got their asses handed to them.
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