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Who Really Pays for Your Gear?  

July 1, 2005

By David Griffith

There are many professions in which workers receive some kind of additional pay to allow them to buy essential apparel, gear, and equipment for their work. Traditionally soldiers, nurses, even some janitors have received uniform allowances. But few professionals have come to rely on this practice as much as law enforcement officers.

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Watch What You Eat  

July 1, 2005

By Dean Scoville

While not generally regarded as one of the more obvious dangers of the job, an officer’s lunch break is not without its liabilities.

Shots Fired: Pueblo, Colorado 12/23/2004  

June 2, 2005

By Dean Scoville

It was two days before Christmas 2004, and Sgt. Randy Wills of the Pueblo (Colo.) Police Department was a case study in sleep deprivation. It had been a busy holiday season with very little peace on earth and even less good will toward men. Wills needed rest.

Don’t Reach for the Keys  

June 1, 2005

By David Griffith

There’s probably not a patrol officer alive who hasn’t had the impulse. You don’t want an uncooperative drunk getting back on the road, so your first instinct is to reach in and take the keys from his ignition. Don’t do it.

Survival Stories  

June 1, 2005

By Dean Scoville

In a profession fraught with diminishing resources, one of our most valuable resources is the experience of officers who have already faced our worst nightmares and come back alive.

K-9 Sniffs and the Fourth Amendment  

June 1, 2005

By Devallis Rutledge

Under what circumstances is it permissible to use a dog to try to detect the presence of narcotics or dangerous substances without prior suspicion? The Supreme Court has considered this issue in three decisions.

Mile-a-Minute Mountie  

June 1, 2005

By Commander Gilmore

When your constables can run at 50 kilometers per hour and catch speeding cars on foot, how does a lawbreaker stand a chance? That’s what was sluggishly percolating through Robert DuPort’s mind, we suspect, when he was arrested for driving under the influence.

Torture Testing  

June 1, 2005

By Dave Young and Gary T. Klugiewicz

All holsters are not created equal. You know that. You also know that different types of holsters are designed to be used for different police applications. But what you may not know is how to evaluate holsters for quality, fit, retention, and general function.

Coping with the Masses  

June 1, 2005

By Shelly Feuer Domash

In April, as the world watched millions of people descend on Vatican City for the funeral of Pope John Paul II, few would have realized that they were watching the inspiration for the crowd management tactics employed by America’s largest police force.

Report Writing Tune-Up  

June 1, 2005

By Dan Pasquale

One of the most ignored aspects of our work is report writing. But it shouldn’t be. Whether we are patrol officers or investigators, we write reports each and every day. And these reports stay with us from the day we write them all the way through the court process and beyond.

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