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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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Blowhards R Us  

June 18, 2008

A certain degree of self-assurance is obligatory to our profession. But how fine is the line between self-assurance and arrogance? When does self-confidence become conceit? And at what point does a full blown narcissistic personality disorder become harmful?

Courage When It Counts  

June 13, 2008

Yesterday, Sheriff Lee Baca said something that needed to be articulated a long time ago.

That there's an ongoing race problem between blacks and Hispanics in Los Angeles County that is resulting in deaths on both sides.

A Shocking Proposition  

June 6, 2008
A categorical claim that the availability of TASERs in the field mitigates the need for a backup officer is not only grossly irresponsible, but a prescription for disaster.

The Creepiest Calls  

May 30, 2008

You can’t anticipate everything, and inevitably, there will be surprises. Just remember that when checking on the welfare of another, to look out for your own.

Dangers of Domestic Violence Calls  

May 23, 2008

I have been at enough domestics to know that some officers can be a little more lax than they should be. And that can get you killed.

Some Criminals Know How to Fly Under the Radar  

May 16, 2008

Many criminals exploit our bias in order to fly under the radar. Some get away with their criminal acts by hiding in plain sight. Often it comes down to attire and timing. And often, they approach it from opposite ends of the sartorial spectrum.

Be Prepared for Gun Grabs  

May 9, 2008

When Jim re-holstered his sidearm in preparation for handcuffing the man, the suspect was off the curb, going for Jim’s gun, which he apparently felt was—literally—up for grabs again.

Dumb Things Cops Do to Themselves and One Another for Laughs  

May 2, 2008
You may not have any reservations about playing a joke, and the target may not have any objections to being the butt of it, but beware that seemingly ubiquitous third party complainant.

Has 911 Become a Government-sponsored Dial a Prayer?  

April 25, 2008

Several recent 911-related misadventures are currently making their way through the courts. One where a five-year-old dialed 911 for his mother who had collapsed, only to be chastised for "playing with the phone" while his mother died; another where a 37-year-old woman choked to death while veteran 911 workers refused to assist a trainee with the call. Upon hearing of her death, one of these employees was heard to comment, "I guess she bit off more than she could chew."

Uncomfortable With Your Duty Gun?  

April 18, 2008
I wasn't the only one out there that day faking my way through firearms training.
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