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Talking Them Down  

May 1, 2008

Sometimes you can use finesse to gain compliance and stop a situation from escalating into violence.

How to Survive Probation  

May 1, 2008

During this critical period, your agency and your fellow cops are checking you out; make sure they like what they see.

The State of American Law Enforcement - Can the Average Cop Thrive in the Age of Specialization?  

May 1, 2008

There is no shortage of inducements to work specialized units. Cool tools, flexible schedules, prestige, and the ability to work at something one is truly interested in are but a few of the perks.

Cuffing with Useful Force  

May 1, 2008

Tragically, the lives of many officers have been lost at the hands of suspects who attacked without warning as the officer attempted to apply handcuffs. Fortunately, there is a safer way to gauge a suspect's resistance while effectively controlling him.

Topics of Conversation  

May 1, 2008

Crooks often commit multiple crimes. When you make an arrest and get ready to begin interrogating, you will normally administer the four-part Miranda warning. But if you want to ask questions about more than one crime you think your suspect committed, do you have to inform him of all possible topics of discussion? The short answer is, "No."

Blind Ambition  

May 1, 2008

“If a man aspires to the highest place, it is no dishonor to him to halt at the second, or even at the third.” —Marcus Tullius Cicero One of the early impressions I had upon graduating from the academy was the need to start studying for the sergeant’s exam that I would be eligible to take in three years. Tucson was a fast growing city and its constant growth was making it a great agency for promotion.

The State of American Law Enforcement - A Love-Hate Relationship  

April 1, 2008

"My brother told me, 'If you want everyone to love you, join the fire department. If you want half the people to love you but half the people to hate you, go ahead and be on the police department.'" — Officer Michael Pecha, Omaha (Neb.) Police Department.

Something is Out There  

April 1, 2008

Each of us who wears a badge and a gun gets to live a real-life monster movie.

The State of American Law Enforcement - Teaching to the Test  

March 1, 2008

One thing that's clear from the statistics is that law enforcement is becoming a more dangerous occupation. Which begs the question: Is the training that the average law enforcement officer receives adequate enough to help him or her counter the threats presented by the job?

The Bruton Rule  

March 1, 2008

In many cases, two or more crooks commit crimes together. When you catch them, you'll generally do your best to get admissible confessions from them. Arresting multiple suspects can actually give you better chances to obtain statements.

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