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Making a Federal Case  

September 1, 2005

By David Griffith

The overwhelming majority of lawsuits filed against police officers and their agencies include both state and federal causes of action.

Stay Ready  

September 1, 2005

By Dan Pasquale

Be prepared for things to go south on every contact you make. You never know when you’ll need to take chase or pull your gun at a moment’s notice.

Head Shots  

September 1, 2005

By David Griffith

Even the summers in England were cold to Brazilian electrician Jean Charles de Menezes. So on July 22 when the temperatures in South London were balmy to the locals, Menezes was bundled up in a coat.

Shots Fired: Grand Prairie, Texas 01/04/2005  

September 1, 2005

By Dean Scoville

Possessing a rough-hewn face and a rawboned build, Richard Johnson, 31, of Grand Prairie, Texas, was already wanted for a series of aggravated robberies in Ft. Worth by the time he took up a gun and fired a couple of shots at his mother. She escaped unharmed. But then Johnson turned things up a notch, stabbing himself in the stomach and setting fire to the converted mobile home they shared.

BlackHawk Products Group Night Ops Gladius Flashlight  

September 1, 2005

By Scott Smith

Over the years in police products there have been fewer and fewer items that have a high “wow” factor. We see a lot of redesigns and improvements to many current products, but precious few innovations. But let me tell you, BlackHawk Product Group’s new Night-Ops Gladius flashlight is an innovation.

Investigative Traffic Stops  

September 1, 2005

By Devallis Rutledge

Most traffic stops are routine. You see a moving or equipment violation, make the stop, and issue a citation or warning. Everything’s over in 10 minutes or so.

Hartford (Vt.) Police Department  

September 1, 2005

By Bryn Bailer

Slicing through the rolling hills and quiet villages of Vermont’s Upper Valley are the dual black-ribbon roadways of interstates 89 and 91. Stretching from the Canadian border into New Hampshire and Connecticut, respectively, the robust thoroughfares form the backbone for travel in western New England.

Death and Taxes  

September 1, 2005

By Jim Chenoweth

“We only have two things going for us,” said Deputy Marshal Eddie Dolan, calling in from Kodiak. “No one’s been shot so far and no hostages are involved. All the rest is bad news.”

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.

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