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Lasers: In the Legal Crosshairs  

February 1, 2002

The implication was clear: if laser would display target speeds for a stationary wall, what other errors were possible?

 

Doing the Right Thing  

February 1, 2002

Regardless of the consequences, regardless of how uncomfortable things get, I believe in gritting my teeth, saying what needs to be said and standing firm for the fallout. It's always better to deal with facts than with smoke and mirrors.

Report Writing Battle Tactics  

January 1, 2002

When you write a police report, cover all the bases ... including your own butt. When you're called into court by some punk you arrested, you'll be glad you took the time to dot all your I's and cross all your T's.

The Well Dressed Cop  

January 1, 2002

Today's police uniforms run the gamut from comfortable fleece to all-business pathogen-repelling outerwear fabrics. Where does your department fit in and how does your uniform reflect societal trends?

What Police Captains Can Learn from Captain Picard  

January 1, 2002

Star Trek's Captain Jean-Luc Picard has some pearls of wisdom for police captains everywhere ... even those on Earth.

Lifelong friends often belong to the same gang, sometimes one they themselves have created.

How a Group Becomes a Gang  

January 1, 2002

Gangs can develop from seemingly harmless groups of friends into hardened criminals who may not be obvious as gangbangers.

Who's A Warrior?  

January 1, 2002

Not just anyone who decides to become a cop can claim hero status.

If you don’t watch your back, a suspect just might put a bullet in it.

Watch Your 6  

January 1, 2002

In any given year when we are willing to celebrate the fact that only 50 or so of our brothers and sisters were murdered in the line of duty, it is readily apparent that too many of us are still messing up — fatally — on far too many occasions. Nevertheless, we are doing a much better job of recognizing the fatal errors. And in many cases we are counteracting them.

The ability to maintain balance and navigate tight circles is an important patrol skill, and part of the qualification test.

Cops on Bikes  

December 1, 2001

It might look easy, but you better be ready for training and lots of exercise before you trade in your cruiser for two wheels.

Reality TV to the Extreme  

December 1, 2001

As soon as the cop flipped on his siren, my heart started to beat a little quicker and my hands started to hold onto my mug of coffee a little harder.

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