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Self Sacrifice  

July 1, 2006

By Mark G. Stainbrook

"Let us stop being selfish…to the ideas of the common good and of our existence, everything must be sacrificed." —General Jose de San Martin

Guard Droppers  

July 1, 2006

By Dan Pasquale

Most departments forget to train officers for one very dangerous time on the job: the “safe” times, after a suspect has been arrested.

Defined Benefit  

July 1, 2006

By David Griffith

A strong and generous pension is the least society can do for your years of service.

Shots Fired: Binghamton, N.Y. 05/14/2002  

July 1, 2006

By Dean Scoville

New York State Troopers Shawn Dean and John Spero had been parked at the side of the highway, driver’s window-to-driver’s window, comparing notes and spooking speeders into slowing down. Dean was content with the notion that everyone was pretty much adhering to the speed limit, if only for the moment. At six o’clock p.m., it was the mid-point of his shift, and Spero’s stint was almost over.

Know Their Flight Plans  

July 1, 2006

By Jack H. Schonely

When it comes to apprehending fleeing suspects, understanding the tactics being used by those suspects is as important as understanding the tactics practiced by law enforcement. The criminal element has learned how law enforcement operates and criminals have adjusted their tactics.

Entry to Quell a Disturbance  

July 1, 2006

By Devallis Rutledge

Any law enforcement entry into private premises, including a residence, or an office or other commercial area that is not open to the public, is governed by the Fourth Amendment. Officers may make lawful entry only in four ways, and the consequences of unlawful entry can include suppression of evidence and civil liability.

Language Lessons  

July 1, 2006

By Dave Smith

Sometimes just knowing a few words in a foreign tongue can make you safer and help you do your job better.

Going Door to Door  

July 1, 2006

By Ramesh Nyberg

In a major criminal investigation, getting off your ass and knocking on some doors is essential. In fact, it is a crucial element in the early stages of working an unsolved case. The area canvass-knocking on the doors of all the residences surrounding the crime scene-is one of the first tasks a lead detective should have on his lead sheet.

How to Cope with a Shooting  

July 1, 2006

By Dean Scoville

One of the most stressful episodes an officer can face during his or her career is making the decision to shoot and dealing with the aftermath. Officer-involved shootings spawn a variety of questions, and many of them may be unanswerable.

The Evangelist  

June 1, 2006

By David Griffith

Dave Grossman is a man on a mission. By all rights, the retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel and Ranger should be enjoying a life of leisure. Instead, Grossman spends most of his life on the road, traveling from town to town like a tent evangelist teaching law enforcement officers and military personnel about the psychological and physiological effects of combat and preaching a contemporary version of the warrior code.
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