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The 5 Biggest Miranda Myths  

October 28, 2014

Some myths that have sprouted from Miranda have shown so much inertia that the Supreme Court has had to keep coming back to try to knock them down. Here are five of the most persistent.

The Myth of the Unarmed Man  

October 27, 2014

If you don't believe media bias plays a role in how Americans interpret use of force by law enforcement, try this simple test. Do a Google search for "police officer kills unarmed man." I did and I got 179,000 results. Searching for "unarmed man attacks police officer," I got this message: "No results found."

Understanding Graham v. Connor  

October 27, 2014

Findings from Graham v. Connor will certainly be considered in the deadly use-of-force decision in Ferguson, Mo. Which is why every American law enforcement officer should have a sound understanding of the Graham case and what it means.

<p>Photo: Bryn Bailer</p>

Beyond CIT  

October 24, 2014

When it comes to the mentally ill, many police departments are finding themselves reluctantly cast as community "caregivers of last resort." Two agencies in Southern Arizona have developed a better way to respond.

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Inside the Mind of a Cold Case Detective  

October 21, 2014

The first thing a good investigator, especially a cold case investigator, needs to know is that you can't base your conclusions on past experiences because those experiences are not foolproof. The only way to solve a decades-old murder is through hard work.

<p>Zoe Stahl and husband Brian at a C.O.P.S. siblings retreat. Zoe&#39;s brother Andrew Esparza was Brian&#39;s friend and coworker. Photo: Zoe and Brian Stah</p>

Concerns of Police Survivors Healing Hearts  

October 13, 2014

Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) welcomes with open arms those who have suffered the tragedy of a loved one or coworker dying in the line of duty. The organization offers support through specific programs tailored to meet the needs of everyone from children to in-laws to fellow officers as well as staying connected with informal phone calls and e-mails year-round.

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Stopping Fatal Trends  

October 7, 2014

According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, in the first half of 2014 officer fatalities increased 31% over the same time period in 2013. The only thing we can do is train for the unexpected, and prepare ourselves for that one day that may never happen. 

<p>A professional and experienced officer responds rather than just reacting. He or she stays cool and in control. Photo: Amaury Murgado</p>

Responding vs. Reacting  

October 7, 2014

Reacting is guided primarily by emotion and responding is influenced by logic. In this context, it's not hard to see which one of the two is more beneficial to law enforcement officers.

The Forgotten Fallen of 9/11  

September 29, 2014

On Sept. 11, 2001, 72 officers were killed in the line of duty. But they were not the only law enforcement casualties of 9/11. Today, 13 years after the attacks, officers continue to die from exposure to the toxins that were released by the destruction of the World Trade Center towers.

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Revisiting the "21-Foot Rule"  

September 18, 2014

The so-called "21-Foot Rule" was born and soon spread throughout the law enforcement community. But is the "21-Foot Rule" a forensic fact or a police myth?

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