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Avoiding De Facto Arrests  

August 1, 2003

If police take someone from one location and transport him or her involuntarily to a police facility for investigation, this will be considered a de facto arrest. Without probable cause, that arrest will be unlawful, with predictable consequences for both evidence suppression and civil liability.

Disarming  

August 1, 2003

Most police departments nationwide didn't start training their recruits and sworn officers how to protect their guns until the early '80s when law enforcement became widely aware of the staggering statistics regarding officer shootings.

Professionalism  

August 1, 2003

Watching that arrest, I was reminded of some interviews I had just completed with commanders of special units that policed the recent anti-war marches.

Hear Today, Gone Tomorrow  

August 1, 2003

Spend any amount of time on or near the firing line and your hearing will become damaged. And with the great variety of hearing protection devices available today, ranging from simple disposable foam plugs to active electronic muffs, you’re foolish if you don’t make the most of them.

I See You  

August 1, 2003

While running after a suspect, I charged around the corner of an alley and the guy hit me over the head, knocking my lights out. I really could have used a tool that let me see around corners that day. And now, today’s cops can have them: easy-to-use tactical video systems.

Getting Away With Murder  

July 1, 2003

On the morning of April 29, 2002, Dep. David March of the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department pulled over a driver for a minor traffic violation on the streets of Irwindale, Calif. Minutes later, he was dead.

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.

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