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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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<p>Photo: <a href=&quot;http://www.flickr.com/photos/digitalart/&quot;>digitalART2</a>.</p>

Criminal Cops: Foxes in the Chicken Coop?  

September 15, 2011
There are few things more terrifying than the thought of a captain of a patrol station playing both sides of the fence. The question isn't whether or not your captain had your best interests in mind but how far would he or she go to protect his or her criminal contacts?
<p>The effects of Lemonade can be quite ugly.</p>

The Lemonade Cartel Wars  

September 6, 2011
Despite the many threats posed by lemonade, there are those who denigrate the efforts of our badged brethren. These lesser mortals characterize our heroes as having screwed up priorities and exploiting their authority as an avenue to revenue and openly ponder if their vigilance wouldn't be better spent in the pursuit of cold-blooded murderers and congressmen.
<p>Photo: <a href=&quot;http://www.flickr.com/photos/lawrence_evil/&quot;>Lawrence Whittemore</a>.</p>

Would You Respond Off Duty With Family?  

August 30, 2011
I ask myself: Would I just hang back and hope for the best? And if things did go south, would I perhaps not only be adding to the officer's vulnerability through my own inaction?
<p>Photo: Mark W. Clark.</p>

We Need Ballistic Helmets on Patrol  

August 22, 2011
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has recently acquired ballistic helmets for its patrol personnel. While there are still a lot of stupid practices within my alma mater, LASD has a deserved reputation for emphasizing officer safety and equipping its personnel accordingly.

What is Going on In San Francisco?  

July 29, 2011
Sadly, it would appear that American law enforcement has lost much of its willingness to take the initiative and restore the peace. We've come a long way from the days when the Texas Rangers boasted they only needed one Ranger to end one riot.

A Cop's Dilemma: Speak No Evil  

July 15, 2011
No agency wants its personnel speaking ill of the city that funds its department. But to say that all areas of a city are equally safe is patently absurd. That being the case, if an officer knows that a citizen runs the risk of becoming victimized in some capacity, should he articulate the fact?
<p><em><strong>Photo: gilmorec (Flickr)</strong></em></p>

An Unsung Lifesaver  

June 24, 2011
Upon hearing of the circumstances surrounding his friend's death, Houze decided to do everything he could to ensure that his friend's death would not be in vain.
<p><em><strong>Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/99923398@N00/5726230711/">yooperann</a> (Flickr).</strong></em></p>

A New (Old) Approach to Crimefighting In Chicago  

June 13, 2011
The city's new top cop is implementing a more traditional policing approach, by stressing the need for resources to be in the hands of district commanders to use as they see fit in the neighborhoods they oversee.

Divide and Conquer: Dealing With Multiple Detainees  

June 1, 2011
I wanted everyone a little uncomfortable. When they were seated curbside with ankles crossed, hands beneath their butts, and heads down, it was hard for them not to telegraph their desire to run.
<p><em><strong>Photo: Flickr (Tattooed JJ).</strong></em></p>

Don't Be a Fair Weather Cop  

May 24, 2011
About the last thing I like to do is make t-stops during bad weather. Nonetheless, it's the job. And here's a story of why we need to remain vigilant even when it's awful outside.
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