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Patrol

Blog - Patrol

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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.

Responding to Civil Disputes  

April 11, 2008

Here you are being thrust into the middle of a situation that took years to deteriorate. Now you are expected to solve it in five minutes or less because you are, in fact, the police department, right?

How to Avoid Those Less Romantic Injuries  

April 11, 2008

Going in foot pursuit of some fleet-footed felon is a popular rite of passage for cops. As if the natural dangers of heading off some dirtbag’s escape route weren’t dangerous enough, add unfamiliar territory and conditions of darkness, and you’ve got pretty good odds of ending up in full body traction.

Patrol Officers Can’t Afford to Hesitate  

April 7, 2008

Sometimes concerns beyond the scope of the incident at hand can make an officer hesitate when his or her life or the lives of the innocent public are at risk.

How to Talk to the Mentally Ill  

March 28, 2008

There’s not enough underpaid mental health professionals to go around, and family members eventually reach their own breaking points. This leaves society’s de facto field shrinks—that’s you, my brothers and sisters—to deal with those who spend more time listening to the voices inside their head than they do voices of reason.

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