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Arrest Warrants  

April 6, 2016

By Devallis Rutledge

Many arrests are made without a warrant, of course. However, where the circumstances permit, "Law enforcement officers may find it wise to seek arrest warrants where practicable to do so." (U.S. v. Watson)

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Good Old Condition Yellow  

April 6, 2016

By Dave Smith

We do control ourselves, and like all who must go into danger to serve and protect, we should take stock of our assets to counter the greater risks to our safety.

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Next-Generation Headsets and Mics  

March 14, 2016

By Melanie Basich

Law enforcement officers accustomed to using smartphones with wireless devices in their personal lives are itching to use the same type of technology on duty. And manufacturers of headsets, microphones, and wireless devices are working to meet that challenge.

ECDs and Use-of-Force Law  

March 8, 2016

By Christopher L. McFarlin

A recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, which applies to five states, emphasizes the use of TASERs as tools for protection, not for compelling compliance.

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A Revolution in Use-of-Force Policy and Training?  

March 7, 2016

By Greg Meyer

A battle is brewing among law enforcement leadership organizations about whether and how to change police use-of-force policy and training to be kinder and gentler.

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Police Product Test: Vertx 37.5 Combat Shirt  

March 7, 2016

By A.J. George

The new combat shirt features Vertx and Fechheimer's proprietary dual fabric blend they call "37.5 Active Particle Technology."

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Black Officers' Lives Matter, Too  

March 4, 2016

By David Griffith

From the point of view of anti-police activists, the only black lives that "matter" are those of street criminals killed by police.

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Sudden Infant Death Syndrome  

March 3, 2016

By Amaury Murgado

Dispatch advises that a 1-year-old was found dead in his crib. When the mother's boyfriend went to check on him at 05:00 this morning, he was not breathing and cold to the touch.

A Failure to Act  

March 3, 2016

By Jon Adler

Sworn federal law enforcement officers were left wondering what their role was in this situation. It was shameful for the White House not to immediately commit its federal law enforcement assets to resolving this conflict.

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Serving the Search Warrant  

March 2, 2016

By Devallis Rutledge

Having a warrant does not guarantee that your actions will always be upheld. Every officer participating in the execution of a search warrant should be familiar with the following guidelines.

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