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Members of S.M.I.L.E. (“Safety, Magic in Law Enforcement”) use magic, laughter and fun to raise kids’ awareness of safety and violence prevention.

Scottsdale (Ariz.) PD's Community Relations Unit  

October 1, 2001

The Scottsdale Police Department has a few clowns working for them and that's something of which they're quite proud. Sure, maybe some other departments have clowns working for them, but the Scottsdale clowns have a mission - one they take very seriously.

Minneapolis Takes The Fight To the Streets  

June 1, 2001

Officer Tim Hanks threaded the last of the Federal Tactical 00 buck-shot shells into his Remington 870, adjusted the Beretta 92FS in his Safariland rig, touched his backup revolver, then turned to me and said, “Well, you ready to hit the street?”

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Preparing For the Oral Interview  

January 1, 2001

There is nothing more important or critical to an officer's success in a promotional oral interview than his or her ability to communicate.  Even preparation and overall experience are of less importance.

NYPD-Lite  

December 1, 2000

It was Nov. 1, 1955: my first tour of duty as a policeman. I had been assigned to the 15th Precinct, in midtown Manhattan, to kick off Operation Cross-town, a scheme devised to expedite the flow of vehicular traffic through one of the busiest sections of the city.

The Importance of Being Responsive to Crime Victims  

October 1, 2000

The costs and consequences of crime can be measured in different ways.  When measured in dollar amounts, for example, crime costs more than 100 billion dollars annually for lost property, medical bills, and work absenteeism.  These costs are tangible measures of the heavy toll that crime exacts on our country's residents.

Battered Women: Why Do They Stay?  

October 1, 2000

She walks into the police station, pregnant, and with two children in tow.  Her face is swollen, her hair matted with blood.  In an enraged voice she tells the police that she is tired of being beaten, wants her boyfriend arrested, and promises to prosecute this time.  Although they have heard all of this five times before, the police nevertheless take pictures and her statement, suspecting all along that the case will never see the inside of a courtroom.

Henderson (Nev.) Police Department  

September 1, 2000

The Henderson Police Department, with Acting Chief Mike Mayberry at the helm, is doing all it can to rise to growth-spurt challenges that come its way.

Doing ‘Whatever it Takes’ To Survive Confrontations  

August 1, 2000

Consider that since 1994, more than 280,000 law enforcement officers have been assaulted or injured and more than 840 killed in the line of duty.  We should ask one another whether some of these deaths and injuries could have been prevented.  Are police officers really trained in the best methods to survive "street fight" encounters?

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service  

August 1, 2000

Chief Postal Inspector Kenneth C. Weaver heads one of the oldest and most distinguished federal law enforcement agencies in the country, the United States Postal Inspection Service.

Police Recruits  

August 1, 2000

Should applicants for jobs as police be held to a higher standard of moral character than is expected in other fields of employment? These re­cruits, after all, are just the mirror image of the society they will police. Is this pre­requisite fair, or even realistic?

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