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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."

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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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Disability Pay: Adding Insult to Injury  

September 26, 2013

Our injured federal officers are humble, honorable Americans who sacrificed to serve our great nation. Yet certain members of the Senate opt to ignore the sacrifice of these men and women, and now attack their means to survive.

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Dealing with the Deaf  

September 20, 2013

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) makes it very clear that hearing impaired people are entitled to the same level of service from law enforcement officers as anyone else. So it's your job to accommodate people with hearing loss.

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Understanding the OODA Loop  

September 19, 2013

The more you study law enforcement training, the more you are likely to see the term "OODA loop." This term was coined by U.S. Air Force Col. John Boyd to explain the dynamics of fighter combat and why some pilots succeed when others fail.

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Public Response to In-Custody Deaths  

September 17, 2013

The chances of an in-custody death subsequent to police use of less-lethal weapons sparking a media firestorm in your city are ever growing. So it is imperative that your agency be prepared to respond to the public and media when an arrest-related death occurs.

<p><span>Illustration by&nbsp;</span><span>Sequoia Blankenship.</span></p>

The Danger List  

September 1, 2013

Over the years I have seen many variations on "deadly errors" officers make to get themselves hurt but the version that is still my favorite is the first one I learned, and I think it is time to do a quick review.

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