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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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Photo via Flickr.com (7mary3).

Home Is Where the Fight Is  

June 16, 2010
Admittedly, use-of-force situations are extremely fluid; an officer may not have the opportunity to say so much as "Hi," before it's off to the races and an eventual altercation ends up in some distant backyard.
Photo via Flickr.com (kaibara87).

Catching Something Other Than the Bad Guy  

June 10, 2010
If you've never had any sexually transmitted diseases, you don't know what you're missing. Anxiety, re-infections, full disclosure issues - all this can be had for the cost of one bad choice.

A Short Cut to Termination?  

June 3, 2010
Maybe one day the tide will change. Just this week, the Supreme Court made a long overdue clarification on the Miranda matter that is favorable to cops. And who knows? Perhaps one day they'll clean up the exclusionary rule, too.
Photo via Flickr (San Diego Shooter).

Exclusive: What the Supreme Court's New Miranda Decision Means to You  

June 2, 2010
This significant new decision firmly establishes that once a suspect has received the Miranda warnings and indicates that he understands his rights, officers are not required to ask whether he wishes to waive or invoke but may simply start asking questions about the case.

How to Handle Hecklers  

May 27, 2010
There's something about asshole opportunists successfully baiting cops and getting paid off for it that just rubs me the wrong way.
Image via Flickr (jwiv).

Shifting Priorities  

May 20, 2010
It's tough for cops to know where to focus their energy as "acceptable" practices change based on the time and place, but decreasing violence is a priority everyone can get behind.
Photo via PeachTea (Flickr)

Don't Discount Info From Inmates  

May 13, 2010
It was while working the jail that I had an opportunity to do something most of my LAPD peers didn't: acquire intel straight from the source before getting up close and personal with them on the street.

The Little Things  

May 6, 2010
I kept thinking back to the way he'd positioned himself. Perhaps most impressive was the fact that he appeared to be a veteran officer who hadn't allowed himself a degree of complacency.
Photo via Flickr.com (marcokalmann)

Searching Rides: Dirty and Dangerous  

April 29, 2010
The less inclined you are to search something in a vehicle you've stopped, the better the odds that you should. Diapers and sanitary napkins have been used to store narcotics.

Why Are Cops Dragged to Death?  

April 15, 2010
Even if an officer is able to get a pretty good grip, the driver can try to scrape the officer's ass off by brushing up against oncoming traffic or fixed objects on the opposite side of the street.
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