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How to Police the Homeless  

June 1, 2004

By Charles Gary

Police officers and sheriff’s deputies across the country are many times handcuffed by the complexities of dealing with a transient—and often mentally ill—population. Fortunately, new ideas—as well as a few reliable old ones—are available to help.

Your Leadership Toolbox  

May 1, 2004

By Mark G. Stainbrook

As a student of leadership, throughout your police career you will be expanding on your education, training, and experience, and building a "leadership toolbox."

We Have Work to Do  

May 1, 2004

By James J. Fotis

If you want the federal “cop carry” bill to be law, then make your voices heard.

All Keyed Up  

May 1, 2004

By Dean Scoville

The advent of portable police radios severed the umbilical cord that tied a cop to his or her car. Portable police radios have since assisted officers with timely broadcasts of suspect information, expedited requests for fire and rescue, and saved lives.

Hearsay and Confrontation  

May 1, 2004

By Devallis Rutledge

Hearsay rules confound police, lawyers, and judges alike. "Hearsay" is a statement made outside the courtroom that might be true or false, repeated in court to prove that it was true.

A Very Bad Choice  

May 1, 2004

By Jim McDevitt

Perhaps these dummies had their eyes on one of the stolen cars we'd recovered parked in front of the precinct and figured they'd change the plates and drive off. Then again, these guys weren't deep thinkers and I'd probably be giving them too much credit for thinking that far ahead.

How To Start a Bicycle Patrol Unit  

May 1, 2004

By Mark Kariya

Today, more and more departments all over the world are adding bicycles to their arsenal of tools. Like any new tool or method, of course, barriers must be torn down. In the case of bicycles, the old attitude is one of the biggest hurdles to overcome when starting a bike patrol unit.

Three officers test patrol boots from five manufacturers and share their opinions.

Trial Run: Duty Boots  

May 1, 2004

By Melanie Basich

POLICE magazine asked three police officers from the Redondo Beach (Calif.) Police Department to wear five pairs of patrol boots for one shift each and tell us what they thought. Officers Dave Atwater, Denise Brenner, and Corey King gave their ratings to their test boots.

Strategic Modeling  

May 1, 2004

By Lois Pilant

L.A. County's Terrorism Early Warning group was the brainchild of two L.A. Sheriff's Department officers who saw a threat in the rhetoric of a then little-known Islamist radical named Bin Laden. It was August 1996 and Osama had just issued his first fatwa, urging his followers to conduct global terrorist attacks against the United States and its citizens.

Federal Aid  

May 1, 2004

By Shelly Feuer Domash

Improved cooperation between Marshals and local cops is the goal of a new federal initiative that was established after 9/11.

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