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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.

Ounces of Prevention  

May 1, 2008

You know how to respond to a deadly human threat, but you're much more likely to get sick on the job than you are to be shot. Many officers are unaware of these risks. Awareness is the key to prevention. When you know the danger, you can take precautions.

Fitting In  

May 1, 2008

The first year after your academy graduation is critical in building the foundation for the remainder of your career. A great deal of it starts with the personal relationships you build with your peers during your first year on the street.

Lessons of Survival  

May 1, 2008

On Easter Sunday 1998, I was injured when a suspect ambushed another deputy and myself with an AK-47. In the shooting's aftermath, I considered how I owed my survival to formal and informal training that others had given me.

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