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<p>Remember to make use of all resources available to you for an investigation, whatever the type of case. Photo: Osceola County (Fla.) Sheriff&#39;s Office Forensics</p>

12 Tips From Homicide Detectives  

December 23, 2013

I work with some highly recognized homicide detectives who have provided tips that could help detectives and patrol officers alike. The following bits of wisdom apply to all investigations, regardless of the nature of the crime or who is investigating.

To Serve and Protect  

December 2, 2013

I don’t know for sure what drove Libke to volunteer as a reserve officer. But I bet it was a desire to serve his community.

<p>Paintball is one way to get immediate training feedback.&nbsp; </p>
<p>Photo: Osceola County (Fla.) Sheriff&#39;s Office</p>

Movement to Contact  

November 14, 2013

For us, the purpose of MTC is stop the threat, deny the suspect movement, deny an advantageous tactical position, or collect information to be used in critical next-step decision-making.

<p>Photo via <a href=&quot;http://www.flickr.com/photos/clintjcl/4898312015/&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;>ClintJCL</a>/Flickr.</p>

You Have the Right to Record  

October 25, 2013

The Citizens Empowerment Act is an attempt to thwart criminal investigations by launching them into the court of YouTube. It would require federal officers to serve written notice to people under investigation that they are entitled to record interviews with the officers.

<p>Photo courtesy of iStockPhoto.com.</p>

Guide to Online Criminal Justice Programs  

October 23, 2013

View our comprehensive guide to 24 educational providers in the law enforcement realm.

<p>Photo courtsey of iStockPhoto.com.</p>

Shots Fired: Burton, Michigan 07/01/2009  

October 18, 2013

At the sound of Barksdale's commands, Kalahar spun the shotgun toward him and leveled it. As the man flinched, Barksdale's finger squeezed the trigger of his gun—repeatedly.

<p>Illustration by Sequoia Blankenship.</p>

Make Your Own Luck  

October 11, 2013

I know a lot of crime fighters who begin to wax philosophical after their fifth beer and one of the common axioms I hear is: "I would rather be lucky than good."

<p>Photo courtesy of iStockPhoto.com.</p>

The Detroit Blues  

October 10, 2013

A force of 2,419 Detroit Police officers now provides law enforcement services to the shrinking city of just over 706,000 residents. Between 1990 and 2011, the city lost a third of its residents. Since 2003, the agency has lost a third of its officers. 

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

The Chief Trainer  

October 3, 2013

You are a chief or sheriff. Get real and train with your officers. You should be one of the first enrolled in your defensive tactics and subject control training classes. Your attendance and participation will speak to all, and what it will say is this stuff is real and it's important.

<p>Thieves take a blank credit card, emboss it with a name matching a driver&#39;s license and load a victim&#39;s information onto the magnetic stripe.&nbsp;Photo courtesy of OCATT.</p>

Investigating Identity Theft and Car Rental  

October 2, 2013

Loyalty rewards programs offered by certain rental car companies are designed with convenience in mind—in one case, all too convenient for a car thief. By using fake credit cards and stolen drivers' licenses, a woman in Orange County, Calif., engineered the theft of 42 rental vehicles in 2012 from a major rental car company.

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