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Watching the Neighborhood  

April 1, 2004

By David Griffith

The 9/11 atrocities changed America. But unless they were directly affected, I don't think it really changed individual Americans. In fact, I think it had the opposite effect. If you were liberal before the attack, it made you more liberal; conservative, more conservative; pacifist, more pacifist...

A “calming” hand signal communicates to a subject that you want him to calm down even if you don’t ask him verbally to do so.

Sign Language  

April 1, 2004

By William Harvey

In my years instructing law enforcement officers in defensive tactics I've observed that cops tend to overlook the importance of total communication with the suspect.

Massiah Vs. Miranda  

April 1, 2004

By Devallis Rutledge

Miranda, Miranda, Miranda. Sometimes, we spend so much time on this one aspect of interrogation law that we tend to forget there are three other constitutional tests of admissibility of a suspect's statement.

Prisoners Sing for Their Freedom  

April 1, 2004

By Commander Gilmore

Singing prisoners, wedding gunfire, and a human piñata.

How to Get Promoted  

April 1, 2004

By Melanie Basich

People have their own opinions about what makes a good cop and what constitutes a successful law enforcement career. Most people agree that moving up the ranks is a good indicator of success. For those of you who are looking to add some stripes to your uniform, here’s some advice from people who have been there.

 A tactical team practices entry techniques at the Northeast Counterdrug Training Center.

Head of the Class  

April 1, 2004

By William Harvey

The Center's mission is to provide no-cost counterdrug training and education to law enforcement and drug demand reduction specialists across the 18 northeastern United States spanning Maine to Virginia and west to Wisconsin.

The Good Follower  

March 1, 2004

By Mark G. Stainbrook

When everyone tries to be the leader at the same time, nothing gets done.

Do You Smell Smoke?  

March 1, 2004

By David Griffith

Smoking is about as good for you as drinking toxic waste, although it's a lot more satisfying.

Make Yourself a Leader  

March 1, 2004

By Mark Stainbrook

No asset is more valuable in contemporary American policing than the ability to take charge and get others to follow.

Consider carrying your handcuffs on the front of your duty belt. This way you won’t have to reach behind your back to access them, a move that could give a suspect a chance to escape or attack.

Duty Belt Deconstruction  

March 1, 2004

By David Kleinman

While some safety measures may seem insignificant now, they might actually save your life someday. Start by looking at your duty belt. Did you configure the items on it because they work best that way for you, or because everyone else does it that way?

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