FREE e-Newsletter
Important News - Hot Topics
Get them Now!

Dynamic Plaques - FVT Plaques
FVT Plaques is introducing new dynamic plaques to recognize police and sheriff's...

Security Policy and the Cloud

Ask The Expert

Mark Rivera

FBI-CJIS Security Policy Compliance Officer

Mark Rivera, Customer Retention Manager and CJIS Security Compliance Officer with Vigilant Solutions, served for sixteen years with the Maryland State Police, retiring at the rank of First Sergeant with thirteen of those years at the supervisory and command level. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Management from The Johns Hopkins University and Secret clearance through the FBI, Baltimore.

Departments : Officer of the Month

Tennessee Officer IDs Murder Suspect Between Calls

September 08, 2010  |  by - Also by this author

"This great effort by Officer Paidousis was performed while he continued to conduct his normal patrol duties on his beat in addition to his neighborhood liaison officer duties," said Knoxville Police Chief Sterling Owen.

Paidousis doesn't like to take full credit for McMillan's arrest, however. He was part of a larger investigation that was ultimately successful because everyone shared information and worked together so well. 

"Communication is the key," says Paidousis. "It's essential. Communication between your detective bureau and your patrol division is of the utmost importance in dealing with these kinds of crimes."

The officer takes this lesson to heart when interacting with the community, as well. As a neighborhood liaison officer, Paidousis makes a habit of getting to know the people on his beat and speaking with them regularly. It helps establish trust on both sides and leaves people more open to sharing information related to crimes.

"It takes it a step further than just being a policeman on the beat when they feel that they've got a personal connection with you," says Paidousis. "They feel like they can talk to you. So I'd say it's beneficial to me and to them."

On individual calls, as well, Paidousis strives to spend as much time as needed talking to those involved, even if it's a simple complaint. One older man who had grown up in the city was upset that several residences near his home had been vacated and were becoming magnets for criminal activity. One in particular had all the trademark signs of drug dealing on the premises.

Paidousis patiently listened to the man's complaints. He then took the time to follow up and address all of his concerns. In the end, the city had the abandoned houses condemned and razed, and the police made an arrest at the house where the drug dealers were living, which led to all of them leaving the residence. Ever since, the complainant has been an extremely vocal fan of both Paidousis in particular, and the Knoxville Police Department in general.

It's tough to slow down when there are so many calls for service, and even more difficult to find time to investigate other crimes in between calls. But the 20-year law enforcement veteran believes it's worth it. He also believes it's possible as long as you prioritize your tasks. His approach has led to many arrests and even more happy citizens in Knoxville.

"Just take time. Just listen to what people are telling you. Listen to their concerns," says Paidousis. "Sometimes you're able to make a difference, sometimes you're not. But small changes mean a lot to some people."

Find out more about the POLICE Magazine sponsored NLEOMF Officer of the Month Program.

See video of the September 2009 NLEOMF Officers of the Month

«   Page 2 of 2   »

Be the first to comment on this story

POLICE Magazine does not tolerate comments that include profanity, personal attacks or antisocial behavior (such as "spamming" or "trolling"). This and other inappropriate content or material will be removed. We reserve the right to block any user who violates this, including removing all content posted by that user.
Get Your FREE Trial Issue and Win a Gift! Subscribe Today!
Yes! Please rush me my FREE TRIAL ISSUE of POLICE magazine and FREE Officer Survival Guide with tips and tactics to help me safely get out of 10 different situations.

Just fill in the form to the right and click the button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.

If POLICE does not satisfy you, just write "cancel" on the invoice and send it back. You'll pay nothing, and the FREE issue is yours to keep. If you enjoy POLICE, pay only $25 for a full one-year subscription (12 issues in all). Enjoy a savings of nearly 60% off the cover price!

Offer valid in US only. Outside U.S., click here.
It's easy! Just fill in the form below and click the red button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.
First Name:
Last Name:
Zip Code:
We respect your privacy. Please let us know if the address provided is your home, as your RANK / AGENCY will not be included on the mailing label.
E-mail Address:

Police Magazine