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Does Community Policing Work?  

December 1, 2005

By Police Staff

If there is a sacred cow grazing in the field of law enforcement, it can be named in two words: community policing.

Gate Keepers: America's Airport Police  

December 1, 2005

By Melanie Basich

You don't have to be a frequent traveler to benefit from the skills of the airport police. Most people don't even think about the job they do. Maybe that's because part of their job is maximizing efficiency and making sure travelers get to their destinations with as little disturbance as possible.

NOPD Commanders Talk About Lessons Learned from Katrina  

November 1, 2005

By David Griffith

There are many lessons that can be learned from a disaster as catastrophic as Hurricane Katrina. A good way to determine what should be done in response to future disasters is to talk to the officers who served on the front lines of Katrina.

Can Leadership and Friendship Co-Exist?  

November 1, 2005

By Mark G. Stainbrook

You can't call a relationship "friendship" until it has gone through adversity and you know that the person is really your friend. That can also be applied to leadership.

Shots Fired: Los Angeles County 01/14/1987  

November 1, 2005

By Dean Scoville

It's one of the maxims of working patrol: No matter what day of the week, no matter what time of night, things can go to hell in a heartbeat. It didn't take long for Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Michael Claus to learn how true this saying can be.

Residential Protective Sweeps  

November 1, 2005

By Devallis Rutledge

There's always a risk that when a Supreme Court decision discusses two or more major points, those points may get blurred. One familiar example is Terry v. Ohio, which is often cited as the opinion that gave us the "stop and frisk" rule.

Nashville (Tenn.) Police Department  

November 1, 2005

By Bryn Bailer

Last year, in addition to routine patrol duties, officers and their mounts worked more than 600 assignments and events, including NFL Tennessee Titans football games, funerals for fallen police officers, and visits to retirement homes and other community events.

The Last Laugh  

November 1, 2005

By Jim McDevitt

February in New York City can bring plenty of snow if the conditions are right. This particular day in February the forecast was for snow accumulations of eight to 10 inches before midnight. My brother, Det. Henry McDevitt, worked in the Four-Eight precinct in the Bronx.

How to Cope with Looters  

November 1, 2005

By Dean Scoville

The looters hit the gun stores in New Orleans first, loading up with rifles and ammunition to better fend for the crimes to follow. Then they descended upon other stores. Before long, they moved from the business districts to nearby residences. And what Hurricane Katrina hadn’t ravaged or left destroyed, they did.

Hell in High Water  

November 1, 2005

By David Griffith

About 24 hours before Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast Capt. John Bryson of the New Orleans Police Department was in a McDonald’s in the city’s Ninth Ward buying a cup of coffee. Next to him in line was a woman and her four children; the youngest was a one-year-old baby.

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