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Protecting the Innocent  

February 1, 1999

Nothing in recent history has compelled such emotional debate and constitutional controversy as the so-called Megan's Law. These laws require registration and community notification when a convicted sex offender moves into a neighborhood. Designed to protect children from manipulative and violent sex offenders, these laws have become involved in a controversy concerning possible constitutional rights violations.

That's a Hero; That's a Cop  

January 1, 1999

Despite being hit by what doctors would later call three fatal shots, Thompson did not surrender. He approached the cab, weapon now drawn, and fired six rounds at the suspect, who had climbed into the back seat of the cab and was trying to escape out the opposite side door.

Dogs of War  

December 1, 1998

As police service dog use continues in full swing, a body of special legal knowledge is beginning to develop.

It’s Your Duty to Expect the Unexpected  

December 1, 1998

On-duty safety issues continue to be an important part of every police officer's street survival training.  A certain physical and mental preparedness is a necessary component for a favorable outcome when we have a violent encounter.

To Serve and Protect?  

December 1, 1998

"To Serve and Protect," is a phrase made famous by the Los Angeles Police De­partment and adopted, in various forms, by law enforcement agencies across the United States.

He Flees—To Pursue or Not to That is the Question  

November 1, 1998

High-speed pursuits are the most dangerous of all police activities for innocent citizens, regardless of the circumstances!  In my example it was a rural setting at 0300 hours on a straight road with no one else around, except for the other vehicle that became an unwitting rolling roadblock for my pursuit.

Getting You to Pull the Trigger  

November 1, 1998

Despite the officer's repeated pleas for him to drop the weapon, Pergament continues to advance.  Faced with the prospect his own impending death, the officer fires three times, killing Pergament.  Only later does the officer learn the brutal truth: the weapon wielded by the suspect is nothing more than a toy gun.

Suicide by Cop: Getting You to Pull the Trigger  

November 1, 1998

At least one lawman, who has participated in perhaps the only study done on these incidents, prefers to call them "officer-assisted suicides," but whatever the description, they are increasing. What can you do to help ensure that you and your colleagues don't get take down by people with a death wish?

Aiding and Abetting a Success Story  

October 1, 1998

On my drive home that evening, I remembered that first day in the police academy.  I'd been told I wasn't there to make a difference in people's lives.  I would now have to say: I beg to differ.

Policing in a Multilingual Community  

October 1, 1998

The value of community policing and problem solving has been clearly established by the many po­lice departments across the country. The San Diego Police Department, a recog­nized leader in this area, has discovered that to become a true community-based policing agency, all communities in a city need to be reached.

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