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Randy Sutton

Randy Sutton is a 33-year law enforcement veteran, a trainer, and the national spokesman for The American Council on Public Safety. He served 10 years with the Princeton (N.J.) Police Department and 23 years with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, retiring at the rank of lieutenant. He is an author who has published multiple books on law enforcement.
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<p><span>Photo: Mark W. Clark</span></p>

Taking The Power Seat  

June 9, 2014
The tragic killings of two Las Vegas officers having lunch at a pizza place on Sunday morning brought me chills. It was reality check time for me. I realized that any officer is vulnerable to attack, at any time, at any place, doing any part of his or her job. Even on a "break," we know there are no breaks, no down time when we're on duty, in uniform.

10 Reasons You Should Not Care About Police Week  

May 16, 2014
To help everyone out, I’ve come up with a pretty valid list of reasons why you shouldn’t care about honoring Police Officers. I’ll be honest with you, no matter what side of the camp you’re on, I think you’ll see my logic. Whether or not I agree with your logic, that’s a different story.
<p>Photo: <a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot;>NLEOMF Flickr</a></p>

Abbreviated Candlelight Vigil Still Powerful, Poignant  

May 16, 2014
This year's ceremony honored a span of fallen heroes from High Sheriff John Cook of the Mecklenburg County (N.C.) Sheriff's Office whose end of watch was in 1804 to MIT Officer Sean Collier who was murdered during last year's manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.

SCOTUS Backs Up Officers with Ruling on Anonymous Tips  

April 24, 2014
The Supreme Court upheld a California traffic stop based solely on a 911 call reporting a reckless driver.

Just What the Hell Are We Protecting?  

April 14, 2014
I do wonder to what extent the federal employees among our ranks ask themselves whether or not these people are worth protecting and their laws worth enforcing? Just where are the conscientious objectors within the federal fold? Are its ranks really filled with men who are content to be given their marching orders and sent out to wreck havoc? And do they really think that all this won't some day come back to bite them in the ass?

Remarkable Statistics on Officer Response to Active Shooter Incidents  

April 12, 2014
The author reviews the PERF report on police response and results from 84 active shooter incidents from 2000-2010.

The Law is An Ass (At Least When it Comes to Photographing One)  

March 17, 2014
Making my way to the urinal, I was passed by a man who'd stepped out the adjacent stall in a hurry. As he did, I noted the presence of crumpled tissue paper on the floor about the toilet. The man's presence in the stall had not been diet-related. Normally, this would not have been something I'd have felt compelled to concern myself with. Different strokes for different folks.
<p>Photo: Kelly Bracken</p>

A Hollywood Lesson in Heroes  

March 6, 2014
And so I sat down and waited for highlights of hero-celebrating fare, looking forward to clips of "End of Shift," "Ladder 49," and "Backdraft." I figured I'd maybe catch a glimpse of a pre-"Cheers" Ted Danson in the role of ill-fated LAPD Officer Ian Campbell in "The Onion Field."

A Plea for Ballistic Helmets   

February 7, 2014
Officers who object to wearing ballistic face shields/helmets in high-risk shooting situations should have a face-to-face discussion with their children and ask their children, "What if daddy or mommy would get killed at work and not ever come home again and not ever hug and kiss you or play with you, how would you feel?"
<p>Photo: Kelly Bracken</p>

Advice for the New L.A. Sheriff  

February 4, 2014
Can the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department assert itself as one of the best and most innovative departments in the country? Can it say that it serves its communities as vigilantly and as well as other law enforcement agencies? Can it say that it still enjoys the reputation in the profession that it once did?
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