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<p>The damage to Officer Lavoie&#39;s patrol car offers vivid evidence of the ferocious firefight. Photo: Officer Lavoie.</p>

Shots Fired: Ontario, California 02/03/2002  

September 12, 2011

By Dean Scoville

For Officer Kris Lavoie of the Ontario (Calif.) Police Department, Super Bowl Sunday 2002 would prove to be a busy one. But not in the way that most Americans enjoy. For Lavoie had no idea just how busy. Or just how much he would feel like a real "gladiator" before the day was over.

Photo via iStock.

K-9 Drug Detection Cases  

January 3, 2011

By Devallis Rutledge

In the usual case, both the seizure and the search must be reasonable under the Fourth Amendment in order for the evidence to be admissible. The U.S. Supreme Court and federal appeals courts have considered both issues when officers have used K-9s to detect contraband.

The Mexican border has become a militarized zone, according to the POLICE-TREXPO panel members.

Panel Tells TREXPO Audience that What Happens on the Border Affects Entire Country  

October 28, 2010

By David Griffith

Speaking to a POLICE-TREXPO East audience at Chantilly's Dulles Convention Center, Sheriff Sigifredo Gonzales of Zapata County, Texas, said the influence of Mexican drug cartels and human trafficking gangs is now nationwide.

Investigating Gang Homicides  

October 22, 2010

By Richard Valdemar

A gang murder investigation requires your best detective skills to solve the crime and protect the witnesses.

Identifying and Documenting Gang Members  

September 23, 2010

By Matthew O' Deane and William Patrick Murphy

Patrol officers are an essential source of gang information and usually make up the front line defense against gangs. Through field contacts and observations, they can supply confirmation of an individual's gang membership.

Lost Opportunities  

May 28, 2010

By Wes McBride

There was a time when gang officers were making real progress toward restraining the growth of gangs. Unfortunately, these officers were undercut by budgetary constraints, their own administrators, the whims of politicians, and ironically their own success.

Shots Fired: Fontana, California 07/04/2005  

May 13, 2010

By Dean Scoville

The cyclist's attire suggested "gang banger" and their spot lamp illumination of him confirmed it. The rider - Camilo Morales - leaned forward and pistoned his legs faster.

St. Louis PD Officers Duane Hollinshed (left) and Matthew Simpson received the Medal of Valor for their actions.

Shots Fired: St. Louis, Missouri 10/01/2007  

March 26, 2010

By Dean Scoville

A 17-year-old member of the 41 Delmar Mob gang stopped, spinning and opening fire on the two officers with his 9mm pistol.

Photo courtesy of marcokalmann (Flickr.com).

Cancer Treatments: Battling Cartels  

May 1, 2009

By David Griffith

One thing is clear about the battle against the Mexican cartels: Your strategy for countering it tends to reflect your personal world view. And regardless of where you work on this continent, Mexican drug cartels present a great danger to you as an American law enforcement officer.

TREXPO West: Are Gang Members Hopeless?  

May 1, 2009

By Melanie Basich

On the first night of TREXPO West 2009, four gang experts sat on a panel moderated by FOX 11 Los Angeles investigative reporter Chris Blatchford to discuss the challenges gangs pose for law enforcement.

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