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Sharing the Truth  

October 1, 2000

Does honesty apply to a department, or can a department retain its bragging rights?  Does it apply when it comes to sharing a full exchange of all information?  I think it should.

Tags: Ethics

Battered Women: Why Do They Stay?  

October 1, 2000

She walks into the police station, pregnant, and with two children in tow.  Her face is swollen, her hair matted with blood.  In an enraged voice she tells the police that she is tired of being beaten, wants her boyfriend arrested, and promises to prosecute this time.  Although they have heard all of this five times before, the police nevertheless take pictures and her statement, suspecting all along that the case will never see the inside of a courtroom.

Smooth Sailing in the Big Apple  

October 1, 2000

What could have been a logistical nightmare—replete with miscues, bruised egos or worse—at the city's largest event on record, instead developed into a finely tuned, dynamic project that set sail for its duration without major incident.

At What Cost?  

September 1, 2000

Take the time to nurture your loved ones. They need you more than "the job" does.

When Arrogance Beats Experience  

August 1, 2000

Telling my partner that we would handle this, I pulled my badge from out of my pocket, cleared my clothing away from my firearm, walked up on the car and yelled, "Police!"  The female driver slammed the car into reverse, heading toward my partner.

Verbal Judo: Talk Your Way Through Confrontations  

August 1, 2000

Law enforcement is about 97 percent verbal interaction and only 3 percent physical interaction, according to a recent Rutgers University study.  In keeping with such findings, a new communications philosophy, called Verbal Judo, has been making an impression on how law enforcement deals with the public.

Use of “Less Lethal”: A Case History  

August 1, 2000

In the early morning hours of Oct. 14, 1998 a call was received at Placer Co. Sheriff's dispatch regarding a report of a suspect armed with a knife and standing in the street behind a four-plex apartment in a high-density population area.  The situation would be quickly ended without the loss of life, but it could easily have been otherwise.

Gaining Ground Through Tactical Tracking  

August 1, 2000

While tracking down fugitives from the law has been going on for thousands of years, this "lost art" is being refined for modern police forces as the new millennium begins.

Firing Practice Helps Make Survival Possible  

August 1, 2000

Personal investigation indicates that only about 25 percent of officers practice on their own time.  Supervisors, concerned by a low hit rate in critical incidents, may push for better handguns and advanced training.  But officers are responsible for their own safety and should practice on their own.

Doing ‘Whatever it Takes’ To Survive Confrontations  

August 1, 2000

Consider that since 1994, more than 280,000 law enforcement officers have been assaulted or injured and more than 840 killed in the line of duty.  We should ask one another whether some of these deaths and injuries could have been prevented.  Are police officers really trained in the best methods to survive "street fight" encounters?

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