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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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This Blog Is Almost Rated G  

July 11, 2012
I am not going all "born again" or going "p.c." on ya. I am just pledging to try and be a little more discriminating in how I communicate my thoughts from now on. Ideally I would like to communicate my thoughts without offending you any more than necessary.

Treat People With Respect  

June 28, 2012
There is nothing either wrong or weak in treating people with kindness and respect. There is always recourse for those who misinterpret the overture as weakness.

Engage Your Brain Before Acting  

June 14, 2012
Let me ask you this: If the driver had been a fellow cop, would you have cited him? And if you wouldn't have, would it be because of "professional courtesy" or something else?
<p>The California State Capitol in Sacramento. CC_Flickr: <a href=&quot;http://www.flickr.com/photos/78425154@N00/174259121/&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;>Franco Folini</a></p>

California Legislature's U-Turn On Law and Order  

June 13, 2012
The California Constitution was amended in 1982 to bring evidence suppression limits in line with the U.S. Constitution. The present legislature has begun a concerted back door effort to undo the state's requirement to follow the federal exclusionary rule.

How Private Security Can Help Law Enforcement  

May 31, 2012
I've worked in private security for many years, and in my experience there are certain steps people in this profession can take to better help law enforcement investigate incidents. Here is what police officers prefer to encounter when they arrive at the scene of a crime and need to speak with security personnel.
<p>Photo: POLICE file</p>

Flashlights: Hand-held Vs. Weapon-Mounted  

May 22, 2012
A tactical light should meet three basic requirements that apply to hand-held and weapon-mounted lights—a high-output beam, reliable high energy power, and tactically correct switching.

Are You a Coward?  

May 14, 2012
That oath did not spare the lives of some officers who failed to live up to it. I will refrain from listing their names herein as they have already paid the ultimate price for their reticence to do what obviously had to be done.
<p>Photo: Yuda Chen</p>

Force Science Institute Studies Sudden Vehicle Stop Attacks  

May 9, 2012
The Force Science Institute has completed a new study on vehicle stop safety and will offer specific pointers on how officers can better protect themselves from sudden shooting attacks.

In Defense of George Zimmerman  

May 3, 2012
Politicians and law enforcement administrators often credit law enforcement with the safety enjoyed in nicer neighborhoods. We don't deserve the credit. Safe neighborhoods are not made so by quality policing.
<p>Photo: Glynn Martin, Los Angeles Police Museum</p>

How the Rodney King Riot Changed the LAPD  

April 27, 2012
Sunday marks the 20th anniversary of the Los Angeles riot that followed the acquittal of four Los Angeles Police Department officers who were prosecuted by the state for using excessive force on Rodney King. There was extensive looting and burning, and 53 people lost their lives.
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