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Flight and the Fourth Amendment  

October 7, 2015

By Devallis Rutledge

Sometimes, people run when they see you coming. May you chase them? If you do, does that amount to a "show of authority" constituting a detention, requiring reasonable suspicion?

Missing Elderly Man with Dementia  

September 30, 2015

By Amaury Murgado

You get a call about a missing elderly white male who left his residence somewhere between 21:00 and 04:00 while his caregiver was sleeping. The gentleman is 74 years old and expected to be walking in dress clothes. He has a habit of wandering off.


The Guardians of the Border  

September 30, 2015

By Sylvia Longmire

United States Border Patrol agents regularly deal with conflicting or nonsensical information regarding policies and procedures, but they soldier on because they believe in the mission.

<p>Illustration: Sequoia Blankenship</p>

Mental Toughness  

September 4, 2015

By Dave Smith

It's called the McGuire-Ivey-Lattner Model of Mental Toughness, and coaches are using it to focus their athletes and build their mental skills. I think crime fighters should use it, too.


Reasonable Suspicion  

September 2, 2015

By Devallis Rutledge

In some cases, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that particular searches and seizures need only "reasonable suspicion" to be constitutional—not the higher justification level of probable cause. What's the difference, and when is reasonable suspicion sufficient?

<p>Trek Stealth Pack (Photo: Tru-Spec)</p>

Police Product Test: Tru-Spec Tactical Backpacks  

August 31, 2015

By A.J. George

Tru-Spec has added a few new packs for the everyday carry (EDC) market to its 2015 product lineup. The new additions, dubbed the Stealth and Trek Sling packs, are capable of managing a lot of gear in an optimally sized package.

<p>Photo: Carla Blazek, Tumbled Bones Photography</p>

Don't Reach for the Keys  

August 31, 2015

By William Harvey

Reaching into a vehicle and taking the keys to prevent a suspect from driving off is a tactical error that has sent many an officer for medical treatment.

<p><em>It&#39;s best to draw the TASER with your non-dominant hand, even if you transition to your strong hand after the draw. (Photo: Carla Blazek, Tumbled Bones Photography)<br /></em></p>

Improving ECW Tactics and Policies  

August 21, 2015

By Greg Meyer

A TASER is an effective tool when the situation calls for a non-lethal approach, but to properly use it, you need to do more than just pull the trigger.


Hotel/Motel Registry Checks  

August 21, 2015

By Devallis Rutledge

A supreme court decision might have the adverse effect of making it easier for motels conspiring with criminals to thwart police investigations. 

<p><em>K-9s are only trained to recognize certain explosives and might miss some. Understand that even after a clean sweep you can&#39;t say with absolute certainty that there are no explosives on a campus. (Photo:<br /></em></p>

Bomb Threat at a Middle School  

August 21, 2015

By Amaury Murgado

It's 13:30 on a Tuesday and dispatch advises you that someone called the local middle school saying he planted a bomb and it is set to go off at 14:30, just as school lets out. The school is waiting for law enforcement's response. 

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