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Inside the Mind of a Cold Case Detective  

The first thing a good investigator, especially a cold case investigator, needs to know is that you can't base your conclusions on past experiences because those experiences are not foolproof. The only way to solve a decades-old murder is through hard work.

<p>Zoe Stahl and husband Brian at a C.O.P.S. siblings retreat. Zoe&#39;s brother Andrew Esparza was Brian&#39;s friend and coworker. Photo: Zoe and Brian Stah</p>

Concerns of Police Survivors Healing Hearts  

Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) welcomes with open arms those who have suffered the tragedy of a loved one or coworker dying in the line of duty. The organization offers support through specific programs tailored to meet the needs of everyone from children to in-laws to fellow officers as well as staying connected with informal phone calls and e-mails year-round.

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Stopping Fatal Trends  

According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, in the first half of 2014 officer fatalities increased 31% over the same time period in 2013. The only thing we can do is train for the unexpected, and prepare ourselves for that one day that may never happen. 

<p>A professional and experienced officer responds rather than just reacting. He or she stays cool and in control. Photo: Amaury Murgado</p>

Responding vs. Reacting  

Reacting is guided primarily by emotion and responding is influenced by logic. In this context, it's not hard to see which one of the two is more beneficial to law enforcement officers.

The Forgotten Fallen of 9/11  

On Sept. 11, 2001, 72 officers were killed in the line of duty. But they were not the only law enforcement casualties of 9/11. Today, 13 years after the attacks, officers continue to die from exposure to the toxins that were released by the destruction of the World Trade Center towers.

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DOJ Condemns Leaks of Ferguson Shooting Evidence

New details from the inquiry into Michael Brown’s Aug. 9 death — all provided by unidentified sources and which seem to support Officer Darren Wilson’s story of what happened that day — have emerged in St. Louis and national news outlets in recent days.

Official Brown Autopsy Supports Officer Wilson's Testimony

The St. Louis medical examiner, Dr. Michael Graham, who is not part of the official investigation, reviewed the autopsy report for the newspaper. He said Tuesday that it “does support that there was a significant altercation at the car.”

Video: New Jersey Troopers' Cruiser Sideswiped by Jeep at Traffic Stop

The close call was captured on dashcam video back on October 11 around 10:30 p.m. Two New Jersey state troopers from the Hamilton station pulled over a car for a minor traffic violation along I-95 in Upper Freehold Township. As the troopers stood on the passenger side, a speeding vehicle suddenly clipped the stopped car as well as the state police cruiser.

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In Patrol Blog

Police Rifles: Why We Carry What We Do

Chief Michael C. Koval of the Madison (Wis.) Police Department recently wrote a post on his blog in response to commentary in a...

Law Enforcement's—and Society's—Only Hope

Today, for the most part, the best and the brightest in law enforcement still run directly toward the violence and the trouble...

The Reality of Police Retirement: Live Lean or Keep Working

Are you doing your retirement planning in the briefing room or through the patrol car window? It may be better to seek a financial...

   
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