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Rio Rancho (N.M.) Department of Public Safety  

December 1, 2005

By Bryn Bailer

Growing along with the city has been the Rio Rancho Department of Public Safety (RRDPS). In less than two decades, the city-with a growing population of nearly 70,000 residents-has watched as the public-safety agency experienced a staggering 455-percent increase in personnel resources.

December for the Crime Fighter  

December 1, 2005

By Dave Smith

Ah, December, the holiday month, the month of giving and joy and general goodwill. However, if you wear the badge and gun, walk the cell block, or handle the calls of traumatized citizens, you may be thinking "bah humbug!"

The Other 10 Percent  

December 1, 2005

By Alex Roman

When New York City Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia first authorized the Big Apple’s female police officers to carry guns, he reportedly gave them some patronizing advice. “Use your gun as you would your lipstick,” he said. “Use it only when you need it, and use it intelligently. Don’t overdo either one.”

How to Stay Safe on Prowler Calls  

December 1, 2005

By Gerald W. Garner

Making assumptions about the source of a prowler complaint can get you hurt…or worse. All you can assume safely is that every prowler call holds the potential for danger.

Does Community Policing Work?  

December 1, 2005

By Police Staff

If there is a sacred cow grazing in the field of law enforcement, it can be named in two words: community policing.

Gate Keepers: America's Airport Police  

December 1, 2005

By Melanie Basich

You don't have to be a frequent traveler to benefit from the skills of the airport police. Most people don't even think about the job they do. Maybe that's because part of their job is maximizing efficiency and making sure travelers get to their destinations with as little disturbance as possible.

NOPD Commanders Talk About Lessons Learned from Katrina  

November 1, 2005

By David Griffith

There are many lessons that can be learned from a disaster as catastrophic as Hurricane Katrina. A good way to determine what should be done in response to future disasters is to talk to the officers who served on the front lines of Katrina.

Can Leadership and Friendship Co-Exist?  

November 1, 2005

By Mark G. Stainbrook

You can't call a relationship "friendship" until it has gone through adversity and you know that the person is really your friend. That can also be applied to leadership.

Shots Fired: Los Angeles County 01/14/1987  

November 1, 2005

By Dean Scoville

It's one of the maxims of working patrol: No matter what day of the week, no matter what time of night, things can go to hell in a heartbeat. It didn't take long for Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Michael Claus to learn how true this saying can be.

Residential Protective Sweeps  

November 1, 2005

By Devallis Rutledge

There's always a risk that when a Supreme Court decision discusses two or more major points, those points may get blurred. One familiar example is Terry v. Ohio, which is often cited as the opinion that gave us the "stop and frisk" rule.

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