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Bomb Threat at a Middle School  

August 21, 2015

By Amaury Murgado

It's 13:30 on a Tuesday and dispatch advises you that someone called the local middle school saying he planted a bomb and it is set to go off at 14:30, just as school lets out. The school is waiting for law enforcement's response. 

<p>Illustration: Sequoia Blankenship</p>

Normalcy Bias  

August 20, 2015

By Dave Smith

Officers might find themselves in a mental state called "normalcy bias" which can cause them to woefully underestimate the possible negative impact of a crisis or disaster.

Releasing the Lions  

August 20, 2015

By Jon Adler

How does President Obama show his respect for the risks you face while investigating and apprehending drug traffickers? He commutes the sentences of 46 drug traffickers.

Viewing Video: Just Press Play  

August 6, 2015

By David Griffith

Denying officers access to the video records of incidents before they write their reports serves only one purpose: It's a trap. The goal here is to play "gotcha" with the officers and try to catch them in a lie.


Cops are Not Ninjas  

July 16, 2015

By Mildred K. "Missy" O'Linn

Understand that the law throughout this country is that officers are permitted to use objectively reasonable force under the totality of the circumstances, and that means they do not have to use deadly force only if nothing else would work.

Do Police Have to be Perfect?  

July 16, 2015

By David Griffith

If we start punishing officers for every mistake, just because an encounter ended in the justified shooting of a suspect, then officers will surely minimize their contact with suspects.

Waze'd and Confused  

July 16, 2015

By Jon Adler

Why are companies like Google offering the Waze app through their online app stores, without any regard for officer safety? It's hard to get a straight answer.

<p>Photo: Vincent Taroc</p>

Officer Suicide by Cop  

July 15, 2015

By Amaury Murgado

The officer told his ex-girlfriend that if she didn't get back together with him, he would call the agency himself and create a situation where they would have to kill him.

Hurst StrongArm: A Fistful of Hydraulic Power  

July 14, 2015

By David Griffith

The StrongArm is a lightweight, compact battery-driven hydraulic tool. It can break open metal or wooden doors and cut through chains, rebar, security bars, and even two-by-fours.

<p>Photo: Vincent Taroc</p>

Entries and Civil Liability  

July 7, 2015

By Devallis Rutledge

Fortunately, the Supreme Court recently overturned two federal court rulings that had exposed officers to potential liability in cases involving warrantless entries.

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