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What to Do If You Are Taken Hostage  

January 1, 2001

In this day and age, hostage incidents have become almost commonplace. Hostage-takers and criminals in general view us as "symbols" of an institution (criminal justice system) or a way of life that they despise.

Using Persuasion Tactics to Handle Conflict  

January 1, 2001

Facing conflict and confrontation is inevitable for anyone in law enforcement.  The challenge is to take an angry or uncooperative person and have him or her voluntarily cooperate with you.

Save Your Hide  

December 1, 2000

Skin cancer is by far the most common cancer in the world. Most cases can be cured, but the disease is now a major health problem. Law enforcement personnel in the field, especially those in high-risk areas of the United States, are at risk for developing what can be a fatal form of cancer.

NYPD-Lite  

December 1, 2000

It was Nov. 1, 1955: my first tour of duty as a policeman. I had been assigned to the 15th Precinct, in midtown Manhattan, to kick off Operation Cross-town, a scheme devised to expedite the flow of vehicular traffic through one of the busiest sections of the city.

You’re on vacation. You want to relax. But can you ever really afford to drop your guard? The key lies in preparation.

Survive Your Vacation  

December 1, 2000

While you may be tempted to think you are "getting away from it all," an experience I had this summer while floating the Yukon River forced me to re-evaluate the steps I undertook to prepare for such journeys.

Missy clears a canyon where accused cop killers Jason McVean and “Monte” Pilon may be hiding.

Death’s Dogs: Cadaver Search Canines  

December 1, 2000

Any officer who has been involved in a search for a missing victim knows that law enforcement needs every possible break. Cadaver dogs, though not likely to become widely known or ever be the subject of a television series, give cops just the break they need when searching for human remains.

Nassau County police officers prepare to cast off aboard their newest patrol boat.

Marine Bureau Fires Up Its Jets  

December 1, 2000

The coastline comprises a wide assortment of conditions, including open-ocean waters, often with high seas, shallows, winding and narrow inlets, bays, canals, harbors, wetlands and the Long Island Sound, each posing a different challenge for a police boat.

The War on Drugs: Where Are We?  

December 1, 2000

The answer to the drug problem lies in a variety of factors. Education is one. Good parenting is another. Also, while drug abuse is stupid, romanticizing its use through popular culture is more so. Finally, let's not be afraid to pass judgment.

You see them on the street every day. But if you look past their rags and vices, can you determine the real problem?

New Orleans PD's Crisis Unit  

December 1, 2000

The Crisis Unit, manned by mental health technicians, provides the department with a team of specially trained civilians who have years of experience with the mentally ill.

Police Steers a Steady Course Into the New Year  

December 1, 2000

We have a yearlong "celebration" of our anniversary planned, including a look back at some of the key issues the industry and the profession have faced in the past quarter century and a retrospective on some of our most popular  features.

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