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Hazing and Rites of Passage  

November 1, 2008

You can expect to be put through the ringer and served up some humble pie, but a police department is not a college fraternity.

Keeping up with Case Law  

November 1, 2008

Much of what I learned in basic academy in the late 1960s is no longer good law. If I were still operating on the basis of 40-year-old understandings, I wouldn't be very effective.

Missing the Mark  

November 1, 2008

If you are always on a range with yardage marked and you're standing in a perfect stance out in the open, stop it!

Aiding and Abetting a Success Story  

October 1, 2008

My pager went off one afternoon a few months later. It was Andy and he seemed to be upset. He had gone to see a Marine recruiter and was told that because of his past run-ins with the law, he wouldn't even make it past the interview stage.

The Value of "War Stories"  

October 1, 2008

Whenever someone asks what they should do in this or that situation, I am usually comfortable telling them I am not real sure what they should do. But there's one thing I'm certain about: What they shouldn't do, since I've probably already done it!

Shots Fired: Little Rock, Arkansas 01•20•1996  

September 1, 2008

Ellison then went to work, ramming the door with his shoulder. He repeatedly charged the door, slamming it as hard as his body could withstand.

Redefining Fit for Duty  

August 1, 2008

An officer's physical fitness is a concern not just because the officers are overweight and might develop a debilitating health condition in their later years. It's an officer survival issue. It could put an officer at a serious disadvantage when he or she faces a more physically fit bad guy who has the mindset to win.

Playing the Odds  

July 1, 2008

Sometimes it takes a smack in the face or some other bad event to remind us of the great risks we take and make us appreciate surviving.

Two female officers of the NYPD. Photo courtesy of NYCArthur (Flickr.com).

The State of American Law Enforcement - Women Warriors  

June 1, 2008

Maintaining a balance between one's identity as a woman and as a police officer is never going to be easy. Knowing this, Sgt. Stefani Gombar of the Phoenix PD cherishes one piece of advice she received in the academy from a female officer: "Don't lose yourself."

Albuquerque PD's Strategic Outreach Teams  

June 1, 2008

Tony, a chronically homeless man, lived in Albuquerque's Civic Plaza—also known as Concrete Park—and was well known by police and aid workers alike. Not because he was a problem citizen; Tony's behavior rarely generated any complaints. Instead, the Albuquerque (N.M.) Police Department often received calls from citizens who were worried about the friendly man's welfare.

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