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Mitigating Circumstances  

July 1, 2003

As a division executive officer, I saw many distraught cops come into my office to discuss mistakes they or their subordinates had made. Before deciding how to proceed I'd ask the same question: "Was it a mistake of the head, the heart, or the hormones?"

Demystifying Miranda  

July 1, 2003

One of the most blatant mistakes entertainers insist on perpetuating is the notion that Miranda warnings have to be given immediately upon the suspect being hooked up.

Vise Grips  

July 1, 2003

Who would have thought years ago that the hunk of hardened and shaped leather we wear on our hips would evolve from a simple holster into a high-tech, lightweight firearm retention device?

The Afterlife  

July 1, 2003

There are many benefits to pursuing a career in law enforcement, one of them being you can retire at a relatively young age with a pension. But to continue paying the bills, there are retired law enforcement officers working in just about every field of human enterprise.

Sweet Talk and Handcuffs  

June 1, 2003

Wily cops don’t need much to outsmart some crooks.

Bullet Proof  

June 1, 2003

Good guys are not the only ones wearing armor these days.

Manufacturers continue to update ammo design, but does it really make a difference in the field?

There Are No Magic Bullets  

June 1, 2003

That constant search, that timeless endeavor by rangemasters everywhere for the "perfect" bullet goes on. But a perfect bullet doesn't exist, and it probably won't, unless somebody invents a "Star Trek" phaser.

NYPD commissioner Raymond Kelly (in suit and tie) walks Broadway with some of his staff officers.

Death Takes A Holiday  

June 1, 2003

The murder rate has been dropping nationwide, and nowhere is it dropping faster than on the streets of America's formerly most dangerous cities.

Priceless  

June 1, 2003

If your department lets you carry a backup gun, and you don't have one, get one. If you have one and don't carry it because its uncomfortable or you just don't think you need it, then ask yourself, what will you do if some recently paroled pumped-up gorilla takes your sidearm away and tries to turn it on you?

Police Suicides: Losing Yourself  

May 1, 2003

While many see the suicide as an admission of guilt, experts say it's more likely caused by an officer's fear of losing his or her badge, his or her identity as a cop.

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