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Arresting Foreign Nationals  

April 1, 2005

By Devallis Rutledge

The world is, as they say, getting smaller. International travel and relocation are commonplace, which means that police officers everywhere are more likely to encounter crime victims, witnesses, and suspects who are not U.S. citizens. Because of federal law, special procedures may sometimes apply when dealing with foreign nationals.

Cops Caught Off Guard  

April 1, 2005

By Commander Gilmore

We've gotta believe that 46 Brazilian police officers now own the world's record for the most embarrassing cop moment in history. Nearly 50 officers from the state of Paraiba were on a bus heading for a big athletic competition in the city of Salvador when four armed dudes blocked the road and announced a holdup. None of the cops had brought their guns.

Shaping a Leader  

March 1, 2005

By Mark G. Stainbrook

"There is nothing so disobedient as an undisciplined mind, and there is nothing so obedient as a disciplined mind."- Buddha

Scene Management  

March 1, 2005

By Dan Pasquale

By remembering and practicing a few little techniques, we can keep crime scenes as clean as a rookie’s uniform.

ID'ing with Surveillance Photos  

March 1, 2005

By Devallis Rutledge

By now, most banks and convenience stores have installed video cameras or still cameras to preserve evidence of any criminal event. Following a robbery or other crime, law enforcement officers can use the surveillance video or photos to trace the crook and put together a photo array or lineup to be displayed to witnesses for identification.

What Goes Around, Comes Around  

March 1, 2005

By Jim McDevitt

Back when I was working patrol for the New York Police Department, Sgt. Torre handed my partner and me a business index card to complete for a new bank on Queens Boulevard. It was a weekday, so we drove by the new bank when we turned out. The bank was small with two sets of revolving doors instead of the doors you push open.

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How to Run an Assessment Center  

March 1, 2005

By Michael McLaurin

Deciding who should be hired to a high-ranking position at a law enforcement agency is a difficult job, no question. And the last thing any department wants is for such decisions to be viewed as arbitrary or unfair. This is why many agencies now use a structured process that incorporates the opinions of many people within and outside the department to evaluate prospective employees.

Learn to Read Product DNA  

March 1, 2005

By Ramesh Nyberg

Every crime scene, like every picture, tells a story. There are times when an obvious piece of evidence, complete with its own documented history, stares us right in the face, and we pass it by.

How to Talk to Police Officers  

February 1, 2005

By Mark G. Stainbrook

Watch the leaders, or those in leadership positions, and you will learn much as a student of leadership. I try to key in on how supervisors address groups of officers and I always look to see how the officers respond.

Radio Control  

February 1, 2005

By Dan Pasquale

So, the next time that radio buzzes with an officer asking for help, resist the urge to pick it up and answer. Just head that way and get there.

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