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How to...Cope with the Press  

December 1, 2003

In retrospect, last year’s sniper crisis is as much an anomaly as it is a brilliant case study, holding surprises that would have rattled the most veteran of public information officers PIOs. But while it is impossible to anticipate every media situation, a few guidelines do exist.

Paradox View  

November 1, 2003

Cops are caught between a rock and a hard place on illegal immigration.

Officer Safety Searches  

November 1, 2003

Obviously, no reasonable officer is going to risk his or her personal safety or the public safety in order to satisfy rules regulating the admissibility of evidence in a criminal trial, or even to avoid personal civil liability.

Morality Check  

November 1, 2003

Sometimes you have to stand up for what you believe in.

Panasonic Toughbook

Machine Language  

November 1, 2003

If someone had told me then that Captain Gadget was laying the foundation for the future of police work, I would have pointed and laughed and probably choked on my donut. But now I have to admit that he was.

A lightweight rain jacket from Watershed is ideal for motorcycle officers.

Stormy Weather Wear  

November 1, 2003

You start to think to yourself, "How could this shift get any worse?" And the heavens answer with a torrent of rain. But you can't seek shelter. You've got a job to do.

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Standing is your best position for a long-range shot, but it also gives your adversary a big target.

Dialing Long Distance  

November 1, 2003

We all know that most police-involved shootings develop at a range of just a few feet. But there are exceptions. It’s not easy to hit a target in combat at long range with a pistol. But it can be done.

Corruption: Breaking the Code of Silence  

October 1, 2003

Not one of the officers contacted for "Cracking Down on Bad Cops" would admit that they or their colleagues had ever been affected by the code of silence. Their comments went something like this: "The code of silence is not part of the culture of this agency."

"Narc"  

October 1, 2003

If you are looking for a down-and-dirty cop movie with a compelling story and great performance, then "Narc" will fit the bill.

Corruption: Policing the Police  

October 1, 2003

Among more polite officers, internal affairs is thought of as a necessary evil. In less polite, more candid circles it's thought of in less savory terms like "the secret police" and "the rat squad."

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