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<p>Photo: Amaury Murgado</p>

What Records Wants You to Know  

November 21, 2014

The end of your report is merely the start of a process that involves many gatekeepers. The keys to getting past the gatekeepers are found within your agency's records section.

<p>Photo: Mark W. Clark</p>

The 5 Biggest Search-and-Seizure Myths  

November 11, 2014

Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court made the Fourth Amendment exclusionary rule binding on the states in the 1961 decision in Mapp v. Ohio, thousands of published decisions from state and federal courts have applied the exclusionary rule to thousands of searches and seizures. It's no wonder the 50-year tidal wave of exclusionary decisions has left confusion and misunderstanding in its wake. Here are five areas of the law that seem to suffer the most in translation.

<p>Photo: Mark W. Clark</p>

Can Police Stop Killing Dogs?  

October 29, 2014

As with other police encounters involving civilians and what the public perceives as bad outcomes, many dog shooting incidents are captured on video and posted on the Internet. Some officers have even been fired for shooting dogs.

<p>Photo: Mark W. Clark</p>

The 5 Biggest Miranda Myths  

October 28, 2014

Some myths that have sprouted from Miranda have shown so much inertia that the Supreme Court has had to keep coming back to try to knock them down. Here are five of the most persistent.

Understanding Graham v. Connor  

October 27, 2014

Findings from Graham v. Connor will certainly be considered in the deadly use-of-force decision in Ferguson, Mo. Which is why every American law enforcement officer should have a sound understanding of the Graham case and what it means.

<p>Photo: Bryn Bailer</p>

Beyond CIT  

October 24, 2014

When it comes to the mentally ill, many police departments are finding themselves reluctantly cast as community "caregivers of last resort." Two agencies in Southern Arizona have developed a better way to respond.

<p>Photo: iStockphoto.com</p>

Inside the Mind of a Cold Case Detective  

October 21, 2014

The first thing a good investigator, especially a cold case investigator, needs to know is that you can't base your conclusions on past experiences because those experiences are not foolproof. The only way to solve a decades-old murder is through hard work.

<p>Illustration: Sequoia Blankenship</p>

Learn or Die  

October 16, 2014

It seems continuing to learn stops the forgetting process, which is important because in our profession forgetting can have dire consequences. How many times have you watched a video of an officer getting hurt and thought, How did he forget to keep proper positioning? or Why did she stop watching the hands?

<p>Zoe Stahl and husband Brian at a C.O.P.S. siblings retreat. Zoe&#39;s brother Andrew Esparza was Brian&#39;s friend and coworker. Photo: Zoe and Brian Stah</p>

Concerns of Police Survivors Healing Hearts  

October 13, 2014

Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) welcomes with open arms those who have suffered the tragedy of a loved one or coworker dying in the line of duty. The organization offers support through specific programs tailored to meet the needs of everyone from children to in-laws to fellow officers as well as staying connected with informal phone calls and e-mails year-round.

<p>A professional and experienced officer responds rather than just reacting. He or she stays cool and in control. Photo: Amaury Murgado</p>

Responding vs. Reacting  

October 7, 2014

Reacting is guided primarily by emotion and responding is influenced by logic. In this context, it's not hard to see which one of the two is more beneficial to law enforcement officers.

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