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<p><span>Illustration: Sequoia Blankenship</span></p>

Knowing the Ending  

October 16, 2012

While in fiction Sherlock Holmes' magnificent intuitive leaps lead to remarkable arrests, we would make a huge number of mental errors if we tried the same tricks. Worse, we might make assumptions that would get us or someone else hurt.

<p>Photo: NYPD</p>

Caring for 9/11 Responders  

October 10, 2012

The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) announced its recommendation on Sept. 9 that 50 forms of cancer coverage be included under the James Zadroga Act.

<p>Photo: iStockPhoto.com</p>

Publicity Can Be Costly  

October 10, 2012

As private citizens, reporters are not bound by the Fourth Amendment. You are. Private citizens generally can't be sued for violating someone's Fourth Amendment rights. You can. Read on.

<p>Photo: iStockPhoto.com</p>

Unusual Calls: Beyond the Norm  

October 4, 2012

There are those occasions when the fates bestow upon even an experienced officer something that he or she has not been previously exposed to and he or she has no idea of how to handle.

<p>CC_Flickr: <a href=&quot;http://www.flickr.com/photos/7755749@N05/5541007253/&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;>Simon Collison</a></p>

A Flash of Metal: Edged Weapon Attacks  

October 3, 2012

A Houston Police officer who shot a wheelchair-bound man who had attacked him with a pen has been roasted by media outlets who fail to grasp the dangers of edged weapons.

<p>Photo: iStockPhoto.com</p>

Sovereign Citizens: A Clear and Present Danger  

September 21, 2012

Sovereign citizens believe that the government has no right to tax them, issue licenses, or do many of the other things that the average American citizen has accepted as the roles of government. They also believe that the only legitimate law enforcement officer is the elected sheriff.

<p>Photo: Mark W. Clark</p>

Police Product Test: Streamlight Sidewinder Compact II Flashlight  

September 20, 2012

Designed to be purpose mounted for hands-free use, either on a helmet or other gear, this light has four high-discharge LED bulbs that produce more than ample working light.

<p><span>Officers Kris Kubasta (left) and&nbsp;<span>Jenni Byrd.&nbsp;</span></span>Photo: Nick Byrd.</p>

Officers Save Two Sleeping Women from Burning Home  

September 19, 2012

A few hours after ringing in the new year, Officer Jenni Byrd of the San Jose Police Department spotted a growing fire through the window of a woman's home. She and Officer Kris Kubasta rousted the sleeping woman and her friend upstairs and brought them outside to safety.

<p><span><span>Scott Collier is now chief of the nearby Stratford Police Department.&nbsp;</span>Photo courtesy of Scott Collier.</span></p>

Shots Fired: Pauls Valley, Oklahoma 04/28/2007  

September 18, 2012

The duo approached the house where they found the front door standing half-way open. The two officers stepped across the threshold and into the living room, and they picked up sight of a male adult darting toward the back of the house.

<p>Photo courtesy of Amaury Murgado.</p>

10 Things Dispatchers Want You to Know  

September 13, 2012

The emergency dispatcher is the police officer's lifeline out in the field: coordinating resources, making notifications, running checks, and getting you help when and where you need it. When your butt is on the line, so is theirs.

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