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Liability: Staying Off the Hook  

September 1, 2005

By David Griffith

A process server has dropped a summons and complaint notice in your hand. You’re being sued for something that the plaintiff claims you did on the job.

How to Write a Policy Manual  

September 1, 2005

By Michael McLaurin

Even if you’ve never been asked to produce a policies and procedures manual, you can well imagine what a huge undertaking it is. If you are planning to develop or even update your agency’s manual, the suggestions contained in this article should help you save time, produce a quality manual, and avoid some frustrations that can occur.

Speed Guns  

September 1, 2005

By Melanie Basich

New technology in radar and lidar makes it even more difficult for drivers to beat speeding tickets. The best part is many of these innovations have reduced the number of court dates for cops because the resulting evidence is so ironclad.

Poisoning the Well  

September 1, 2005

By Shawn Hughes

Quick. Short of a nuclear detonation, think of the worst possible terrorist attack that you can imagine.

Occupational Hazards: Bloodborne Pathogens  

September 1, 2005

By Judith Green-McKenzie, MD, and Marilyn Watkins, MS

The bloodborne pathogens that you are most likely to come into contact with are the hepatitis B virus (HBV), the hepatitis C virus (HCV), and the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). This exposure can result in you becoming infected with one or more of these viruses. As such, it is important that you understand the medical implications of this serious occupational hazard.

Our Greatest Resource  

August 1, 2005

By David Griffith

Reader requests, forum comments, and other feedback from you often lead to news stories, editorials, and even full-fledged features and special reports.

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Shots Fired: Long Beach, Mississippi 05/06/1998  

August 1, 2005

By Dean Scoville

Ron Redding needed a rest. The duties of a lieutenant and SWAT officer with the Gulfport (Miss.) Police Department had drained him.

Principal Decision Systems International TeleStaff Personnel Management Software  

August 1, 2005

By Bob Davis

Those of you who have done scheduling for a law enforcement agency know it’s a thankless job and one that opens you up to plenty of criticism. Scheduling is a labor-intensive juggling act and the results rarely please few if any employees.

Searching Third-Party Residences  

August 1, 2005

By Devallis Rutledge

Most officers are aware of the general rule on entering a suspect's home to arrest him or to search for evidence. These actions must be supported by either valid consent or a recognized exigency.

All Wrapped Up  

August 1, 2005

By Commander Gilmore

A hapless crook sorta brought his own handcuffs—and manacles, ankle-irons, and hood, though he didn’t mean to. Officers responding to a report of a home-invasion robbery in Georgetown, Guyana, arrived looking for two scumbag suspects. But all they saw was a merry mob of neighborhood residents dancing around a utility pole.

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