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Getting Your Case Filed  

March 5, 2015

Although the prosecutor's decision to decline to pursue a prosecution could be for a variety of reasons, there are steps you can take to ensure that a rejection is not based on your police work on the case.

<p>Illustration: Sequoia Blankenship</p>

Caring and Camaraderie  

February 27, 2015

How can it be that when one of our brotherhood is suffering they don't get the emotional support so desperately needed, or worse get criticism for failing to do this or do that which "surely would have changed the outcome?"

<p>Photo: POLICE File</p>

Mistake of Law: To Err Is Human  

February 27, 2015

In a series of cases, the court has upheld searches and seizures made by officers who were mistaken in their understanding of the facts they confronted, or as to the law to be applied.

<p>Photo: Michael Schlosser</p>

Fight from the Guard on the Ground  

February 6, 2015

Let's discuss the best strategy to deal with the situation where you are forced to the ground by the arrestee, who ends up in your "guard" (on top but not mounted—simply between your legs).

<p>Photo of SWAT Tac gloves: StrongSuit</p>

Police Product Test: StrongSuit Tactical Gloves  

January 30, 2015

Founded in 2009, StrongSuit is a relatively new glove company. Gloves are all they make and they take great pride in their simple yet successful business model.

<p>Photo: Amaury Murgado</p>

Missing 4-Year-old Boy  

January 30, 2015

It's 03:50 in the morning when dispatch advises you to respond to a remotely located residence in reference to a missing 4-year-old boy. The mother had gotten up to go to the bathroom and noticed her son was not in his room and the front door was unlocked and open. She immediately called the police.

<p>Photo: Crossmatch</p>

Mobile Print ID  

January 30, 2015

Though mobile fingerprint technology has been in use in law enforcement for nearly a decade, continued enhancements are making the technology viable for agencies of all sizes.

Take LE Critics to the "Funhouse"  

January 30, 2015

Al Sharpton, Bill Clinton, and other self-righteous police critics need to spend some quality time in force-on-force scenario training. I call that training the "funhouse." And I use the term ironically because it teaches you that being an officer in high stress situations is anything but fun.

<p>Photo: Kory Flowers</p>

Understanding the Black Bloc  

January 30, 2015

While law enforcement typically recognizes anarchists by their trademark all-black clothing and mob stratagem, police are often otherwise unfamiliar with this criminal subculture. In order for law enforcement officers to effectively strategize for, safely interact with, and competently prosecute anarchists, a more in-depth examination is needed.

<p>Photo: Mark W. Clark</p>

Legal Issues With Body Cams  

January 26, 2015

Recent events have accelerated law enforcement's timetable for adopting wearable audio-video recording devices. But using this technology has legal ramifications that have to be understood by criminal justice stakeholders.

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