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Suspect Contact and Control  

May 2, 2014

By Michael Schlosser and Dallas Schlosser

It's critically important for you to be able to control the suspect at the point of initial contact, and it is equally important for you to have control tactic options once the initial contact is made.

<p>Photo: Vincent Taroc</p>

Stop and Frisk?  

May 1, 2014

By Devallis Rutledge

Many people who use the term "stop and frisk" fail to realize that there actually is no such concept in the law, and that the phrase "stop and frisk" couples two constitutionally distinct activities that do not necessarily coincide. This misunderstanding is easily traced to the coincidence in Terry v. Ohio.

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

Whistleblowers Sounding the Alarm  

April 25, 2014

By Dean Scoville

Regardless of how they are viewed, whistleblowers' capacity to effect change within their agencies often eclipses that of those with more formally acknowledged power.

<p>Photo: Amaury Murgado</p>

Reducing Motorcycle Traffic Fatalities  

April 8, 2014

By Amaury Murgado

It only makes sense that local law enforcement should help find ways to help motorcycle enthusiasts, even veteran riders, ride more safely. The only viable option most law enforcement agencies can help with outside of traffic enforcement is rider education.

The New Guard  

March 31, 2014

By Melanie Basich

Capt. Rhonda Lawson, president of the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives (NAWLEE), became the first female field captain in the Texas Highway Patrol's history. In her experience, many officers resent competition with minorities for desired positions.

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

Building Leaders  

March 31, 2014

By Melanie Basich

Even if people receive some training, there is more to becoming a leader than taking a class. Training in all its aspects needs to change with the times. But it's a pervasive cultural issue. And it takes time to change a culture.

<p>Photo courtesy of MILO Range</p>

Training Outside of the Box  

March 21, 2014

By David Griffith

The contemporary use-of-force simulator scenario has become much more of an immersive and realistic experience for the student. All of this technological innovation has led agencies and instructors to re-examine the ways they are using simulators for both recruit and in-service training.

<p>Photo: Amaury Murgado</p>

Vehicle Ambush Training  

March 20, 2014

By Amaury Murgado

My agency recently presented an in-service training program on how to handle vehicle ambushes. We tackled the issue by focusing on the only three possible options available when attacked in your vehicle: retreat, run the suspect over, or get out and fight.

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Reduce Negative Impact of Miranda  

March 11, 2014

By Devallis Rutledge

Has Miranda v. Arizona adversely affected criminal justice and public safety? Miranda has resulted in the inability to clear a quarter-million homicides, 1 million rapes, 5 million robberies, and 9 million aggravated assaults.

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Reserve Officers: For Love of the Job  

March 4, 2014

By Dean Scoville

At minimum, an LASD reserve officer's service will include logging 20 hours a month regardless of obligations posed by the reserve's regular job and family responsibilities. He may find himself working his own patrol car, standing guard in the cold along a parade route, or handling that "change of shift" report nobody else wanted.

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