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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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<p>Photo: Kelly Bracken</p>

A Whole Village to Raise…Only One Madman To Destroy  

December 20, 2012
I often wondered if the school would begrudge my occasionally sitting in some unoccupied office as I wrote for POLICE. And I had every reason to suspect that other officers would be willing to stop by the school and lend an unsubsidized vigil.
<p>Photo via <a href=&quot;http://www.flickr.com/photos/22809952@N03/3889090570/&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;>Terry McCombs</a>/Flickr.</p>

8 Ways To Make Your Campus Safer  

December 14, 2012
After the dust settles on Friday's Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, the campus protection community should once again be prepared to review our K-12 active shooter response emergency plans.
<p>Photo: Kelly Bracken</p>

What Will You Regret?  

December 6, 2012
There are things that I have wondered about such as those occasions when I found myself second-guessing a last second decision not to stop a car near the end of my shift: What might I have missed out on? Invariably, there is no answer to this question.
<p>Screenshot via ODMP.</p>

How To Honor Fallen Officers  

December 5, 2012
These officers who made the great sacrifice of their lives in service to others are treasures whose life experiences offer examples of how to live and work.
<p>Photo: Kelly Bracken</p>

Dreams, Schemes, and Other Interesting Things  

November 16, 2012
Recently, I had a dream in which I was once again working patrol. But rather than writing or dictating our reports, we were drawing them.
<p>Photo: Kelly Bracken</p>

Coming Into My Own  

November 8, 2012
Once while attending a force training seminar, I spoke quite critically of a deputy-involved shooting wherein a pregnant bystander was shot and killed. It was the kind of thing that was easy to grandstand on—or so I thought—and so I did. A lieutenant who was more intimately acquainted with the details of the incident quickly set me straight. The dressing down I received was pretty severe, and I didn't like it one bit. But I had it coming. In spades.
<p>Photo: Dean Scoville</p>

A Blog About Dogs  

October 25, 2012
As I aimed the barrel of my revolver at the dog's head I also took note that while its head was on this side of the screen door, its body was on the other. By applying pressure to the screen door I allowed the dog to decide whether or not to release its 235-psi bite volitionally, or ballistically.
<p>El Paso Police Officer Jonathan Molina.</p>

Off-Duty Interventions, On-Duty Aggravations, and Officer Safety  

October 9, 2012
I would hope that the next officer who finds himself dealing with three street punks will be armed, and I mean truly "armed" with more than just a gun or a TASER. By that I mean that I hope he or she is armed with a special kind of survival mindset.
<p>Photo: POLICE file</p>

7 Tips for Handling the Unusual Call  

October 4, 2012
If it is true that fortune favors the prepared, then it makes sense for law enforcement to have as much prior contingency planning in place as possible. There are several things patrol personnel can do in the absence of otherwise readily available protocol.
<p>Photo courtesy of Open Road Films.</p>

Is 'End of Watch' Just 'Training Day II?'  

October 1, 2012
"End of Watch" is from start to finish undeniably entertaining, and on those occasions when it is on tactically and procedurally sound footing, it transcends any other patrol-oriented film I have ever seen.
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