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Take Time to Educate the Educators  

September 19, 2007

As any cop who works day shift will attest, teachers are often the front line in identifying problems. Tagging, dope dealing, and gang activities are often identified by vigilant teachers. But vigilance is only half the battle. What the teachers do with the information they acquire is just as important. As such, teachers sometimes make well-intended mistakes.

Your Database Is As Good as the Information Put Into It  

September 12, 2007
When Nevada Highway Patrol trooper Carlos Borland pulled over a Chevrolet Blazer on I-80 in response to a call that originated from a nearby truck stop, he did so without the knowledge that the vehicle's driver was an escapee from a North Carolina prison and that he had allegedly murdered two people the previous week. The Blazer was itself reported stolen and bearing license plates stolen from yet another vehicle.

Don't Be a Bully with a Badge  Law Enforcement Only

August 31, 2007

I understand full well the temptation to administer a little street justice. But while you may be able to rationalize Avenging Angels actions to yourself, you'll have a devil of a time defending it in court.

Euthanizing Animals (And I Mean the Four-Legged Kind)  

August 14, 2007

Humane issues not withstanding, the situation was a no-brainer: The deer had to be put out of its misery before it caused a traffic accident.

Say What You Mean  

August 8, 2007

Ours is a profession that places emphasis on saying what we mean and meaning what we say. However, what we say and what we mean can be wildly divergent in the minds of our audience. What follows are some cautionary tales about using ambiguous wording.

Besting the Defense at Cross Examination  

August 3, 2007
We all know the feeling. You catch the bad guy, book all of your evidence, and put together a great case. Now you're in court, sitting on the stand answering the district attorney's questions when he or she finally says, "no further questions."
Tags: Duty Tips

Bad Assumptions Can Bite You in the Ass  

August 2, 2007

Example Three: Cops ask a resident if she minds if they search a bedroom.
“No problem,” she says.
The search is conducted and evidence seized, only to be suppressed at trial. The reason? The person that granted permission had no legal standing to do so.

Suspect Haunts  

July 20, 2007

When asked why he robbed banks, Willie Sutton replied, "Because that's where the money is."

If someone were to ask a cop why he conducts patrol checks of motel parking lots, he might very well reply, "Because that's where the dirtbags are."

Lazy Cops Make Life Harder on All of Us, and We Resent It  

July 12, 2007

One of the most widely recognized banes of the job among good cops is other cops’ inability or unwillingness to do their jobs. And nowhere is that inability and unwillingness more manifest than in that age-old ritual known as the "kiss off."

Telling People Where to Go and How They Can Get There  

July 6, 2007

There are times when the information provided is too simplistic. While descending on a suspect who was hellbent on taking out his girlfriend and her family with an AK-47, we were advised that the suspect was "on the right side of the girlfriend’s house." Without a "You Are Here" marker painted on the street, we couldn't tell if it was the right side when facing the house or the right side when looking out of it.

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