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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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Simple Things Suspects Will Do to Get Away from Us  

June 20, 2007

The average criminal offender will do just about anything to avoid contact, detention, or ultimate arrest.

On Them and in Them: Places Where Dirtbags Hide Drugs  Law Enforcement Only

June 7, 2007

"Are you holding?"

For cops and dopers, this question is the first move in a high-stakes game of hide and seek.

Preventing On-the-Job Injuries  

June 6, 2007
In many U.S. law enforcement agencies, it isn't uncommon for one in five officers to file worker's compensation claims in a given year. And most of these claims are valid.

How Cops Get People Killed  

May 31, 2007

Friendly fire. Erratic driving. Improper medical diagnoses. These are but a few officer-involved errors that have resulted in deaths of innocents. That isn't to say that we aren't conscientious professionals. But we do make mistakes.

In Cuffs, in Custody…and Still Dangerous  

May 30, 2007

Here is a common scene: Cop handcuffs suspect and places him in the backseat of a waiting patrol car. In the movies, this is usually performed with a dramatic flourish punctuated by a Miranda warning. In real life, this is sometimes punctuated by tragedy.

Be Ready for School Shooters and School Takeovers  

May 9, 2007
All of the experts agree that America will experience more “active shooter” situations in schools in the near future. What can you, an ordinary first responder, do to prepare a response to a school shooting or hostage situation at one of your local schools? Plenty.

Stay Calm on the Radio and On the Road  

May 9, 2007

I NEED HELP, RIGHT AWAY!!! I’M IN A FIGHT!! GET ME ASSISTANCE, RIGHT NOW!! HELP!!”

How would you react to hearing this impassioned plea over the radio?

One deputy who'd been off training for only a few months felt that the tone of the broadcast was so emergent that it obligated him to respond code 3 to assist. As he did, he drove 80 mph through a red light and broadsided another vehicle.

Responding to Off-Duty Incidents  

May 9, 2007

How often do we find ourselves faced with an off-duty situation that would normally require our direct and immediate intervention if we were functioning in an on-duty capacity? Hopefully, not very often.

But should we find ourselves in such a position, the extent to which we have planned for it ahead of time can optimize our chances for coming out ahead. 

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