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Shots Fired: Sauk Rapids, Minnesota 01/09/1985  

July 1, 2005

By Dean Scoville

When Derek Brinkman was born in January 1985, his father, Doug Brinkman, couldn’t believe his good fortune. He passed out cigars and received many slaps on the back.

Combating Conditioned Hesitation  

July 1, 2005

By Michael Andrew Lord VanBlaricum

There are many factors that can lead to an officer hesitating in the kill zone. Any hesitation in a crisis situation can potentially cost an officer his or her life. Factors contributing to this problem include but are not limited to training, the officer’s level of physical fitness, the officer’s mindset and attitudes, suspect/subject factors, and fear.

Resumption of Questioning  

July 1, 2005

By Devallis Rutledge

Once a custodial suspect has been given Miranda warnings, there are three basic options he can choose to exercise: (1) waive his rights and agree to talk, (2) invoke his right to remain silent, or (3) invoke his right to counsel. The suspect’s response determines whether, and under what circumstances, he can later be re-approached by law enforcement officers to obtain an admissible statement.

A Cry for Help  

July 1, 2005

By Jim McDevitt

We were working day tours and a July heat wave was stifling New York City. Sgt. Reibe was supervising on patrol and Lt. O’Leary was on the desk. My partner and I operated a sector patrol car, One-Ten Ida.

Who Really Pays for Your Gear?  

July 1, 2005

By David Griffith

There are many professions in which workers receive some kind of additional pay to allow them to buy essential apparel, gear, and equipment for their work. Traditionally soldiers, nurses, even some janitors have received uniform allowances. But few professionals have come to rely on this practice as much as law enforcement officers.

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Watch What You Eat  

July 1, 2005

By Dean Scoville

While not generally regarded as one of the more obvious dangers of the job, an officer’s lunch break is not without its liabilities.

Shots Fired: Pueblo, Colorado 12/23/2004  

June 2, 2005

By Dean Scoville

It was two days before Christmas 2004, and Sgt. Randy Wills of the Pueblo (Colo.) Police Department was a case study in sleep deprivation. It had been a busy holiday season with very little peace on earth and even less good will toward men. Wills needed rest.

Don’t Reach for the Keys  

June 1, 2005

By David Griffith

There’s probably not a patrol officer alive who hasn’t had the impulse. You don’t want an uncooperative drunk getting back on the road, so your first instinct is to reach in and take the keys from his ignition. Don’t do it.

Survival Stories  

June 1, 2005

By Dean Scoville

In a profession fraught with diminishing resources, one of our most valuable resources is the experience of officers who have already faced our worst nightmares and come back alive.

K-9 Sniffs and the Fourth Amendment  

June 1, 2005

By Devallis Rutledge

Under what circumstances is it permissible to use a dog to try to detect the presence of narcotics or dangerous substances without prior suspicion? The Supreme Court has considered this issue in three decisions.

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