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Market Report  

May 1, 2005

By Shelly Feuer Domash

Economically speaking, street drugs and club drugs are commodities. They are mass-produced products subject to fluctuations in price due to changes in supply and demand. The way you track the demand on a commodity is to check its market value. But there’s no organized commodity market for illegal drugs, so to gauge demand you have to do a little research, you have to talk to the people who know the drug market.

Running with the Big Dogs  

May 1, 2005

By Marcus Wynne

It’s the middle of the night, and I’m sitting in a marked Decatur (Ill.) Police Department Chevy Tahoe with a big dog—a Belgian Malinois named Rico—and Officer Dan Wise, the third-shift K-9 handler. Over continual rounds of coffee, Skoal, and Mountain Dew, the handlers share some insights about their jobs.

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Storytelling  

April 1, 2005

By Mark G. Stainbrook

Cops are by definition storytellers. We deal with a situation, then go back to the station or to our vehicles, gather our thoughts, and tell the story in the form of a report.

Childhood's End  

April 1, 2005

By David Griffith

Records show that on Sept. 23, 1997, North Carolina Highway Patrol Sgt. Ed Lowry pulled a car with South Carolina plates on I-95 near Fayetteville. The reason for the stop was reported as a seat belt violation, but the real reason was probably just that feeling that some veteran cops get that something just ain’t right.

Pelican Products Black Knight M12 Duty Light  

April 1, 2005

By Scott Smith

Let's take a quick look at the Pelican Black Knight M12, a full-bodied duty light that can really be an asset on the street.

Arresting Foreign Nationals  

April 1, 2005

By Devallis Rutledge

The world is, as they say, getting smaller. International travel and relocation are commonplace, which means that police officers everywhere are more likely to encounter crime victims, witnesses, and suspects who are not U.S. citizens. Because of federal law, special procedures may sometimes apply when dealing with foreign nationals.

Cops Caught Off Guard  

April 1, 2005

By Commander Gilmore

We've gotta believe that 46 Brazilian police officers now own the world's record for the most embarrassing cop moment in history. Nearly 50 officers from the state of Paraiba were on a bus heading for a big athletic competition in the city of Salvador when four armed dudes blocked the road and announced a holdup. None of the cops had brought their guns.

Shaping a Leader  

March 1, 2005

By Mark G. Stainbrook

"There is nothing so disobedient as an undisciplined mind, and there is nothing so obedient as a disciplined mind."- Buddha

Scene Management  

March 1, 2005

By Dan Pasquale

By remembering and practicing a few little techniques, we can keep crime scenes as clean as a rookie’s uniform.

ID'ing with Surveillance Photos  

March 1, 2005

By Devallis Rutledge

By now, most banks and convenience stores have installed video cameras or still cameras to preserve evidence of any criminal event. Following a robbery or other crime, law enforcement officers can use the surveillance video or photos to trace the crook and put together a photo array or lineup to be displayed to witnesses for identification.

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