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Tactical Search Techniques  

August 1, 2007

By Jack H. Schonely

The officer learns that this person observed two males dressed in dark clothing in his neighbor's backyard and then heard the sound of breaking glass. The neighbors are out of town on vacation. The officer's pulse quickens as he calls for an additional officer to search the location.

Investigating Gangs Outside the Gang Squad  

July 1, 2007

By Richard Valdemar

I remember riding with another L.A. Deputy Sheriff in an East Los Angeles gang car in 1975. To me, it was a privilege working with a special gang suppression unit, but my partner complained that he hated working gangs because it was useless. But he was wrong.

The "Good Faith" Doctrine  

June 1, 2007

By Devallis Rutledge

The U.S. Supreme Court has said that "Because many situations which confront officers in the course of executing their duties are more or less ambiguous, room must be allowed for some mistakes on their part. But the mistakes must be those of reasonable men, acting on facts leading sensibly to their conclusions of probability." (Brinegar v. U.S.)

Street Corner Drug Dealing  

January 1, 2007

By Joseph Petrocelli

It has been argued that drug use is a victimless crime. But you’re a cop, and you know better. You’ve seen the overdosed victims, the worried looks on parents’ faces. You’ve also seen the neighborhood deterioration. You know that as drug dealers move in, citizens have a diminished feeling of safety and legitimate businesses move out. This creates an environment suitable not only for drug dealing, but also prostitution, burglaries, robberies, rapes, and murders.

Taking on the Drug War  

November 1, 2006

By Shelly Feuer Domash

In 1971, President Richard Nixon declared what he called a modern-day war on drugs, calling it "America's Public Enemy Number One." Since then, police departments all over the country have been fighting that war, without a foreseeable end.

30th Anniversary: Voices of Experience  

October 1, 2006

By Melanie Basich

On the occasion of our thirtieth anniversary, Police Magazine decided to contact veteran officers and ask them how law enforcement has changed in the past three decades.

Miranda Wording  

October 1, 2006

By Devallis Rutledge

When custodial interrogation is imminent and it's time to give the suspect a Miranda warning, what exactly do you have to say? The answer is, nothing exactly. The U.S. Supreme Court, which created the necessity of a warning of rights and a waiver as prerequisites to the prosecutorial use of a statement obtained through custodial interrogation, has never held that any precise wording is required.

The Power of Field Contacts  

September 1, 2006

By Dan Pasquale

Simply put, the more information you have in a case, the better your chances of solving it. While this is common knowledge to most officers, we tend to forget that using field contacts is one of the easiest ways of gaining intelligence in our own cities.

Good Riddance  

August 1, 2006

By David Griffith

By the most conservative estimates, there are more than 12 million illegal aliens in this country. All but the most liberal Americans and those who own large industries that benefit from illegal alien labor at ridiculously low wages believe that this is a real problem.

Napa (Calif.) Police Department  

March 1, 2006

By Bryn Bailer

Sometimes a schoolyard scuffle is just a simple fight. Sometimes it’s a clear cry for help from a kid battling bigger demons at home. And sometimes it portends more serious violence from a disturbed, future-felon-in-the-making.

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