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<p><em>All court personnel can be vulnerable to attack both in and outside the courtroom, which is why New Jersey has implemented its security program. Photo: iStockphoto.com</em></p>

Enhancing Judicial Security  

April 7, 2016

By Paul Safier

A proprietary, Web-based database known as SAMS (Suspicious Activity Monitoring System) is another integral part of the program. SAMS has been created to collect and house suspicious activity, reportable incidents, and other notable events. 

<p>Photo: Michael Schlosser and Dallas Schlosser</p>

Gaining Compliance with Targeted Pressure  

April 7, 2016

By Michael Schlosser and Dallas Schlosser

There are pressure-sensitive areas on the body that can cause pain and/or become distractors when triggered, and thus can be used when attempting to arrest an active resister or aggressive assailant.

<p>K-9 handlers at Spokane PD usually train multiple dogs during their tenure, building a wealth of experience as a unit over time.&nbsp;Photo: Carla Blazek.</p>

Taking the Lead  

April 7, 2016

By Melanie Basich

The Spokane (WA) Police Department's nearly 290 officers patrol the City of Spokane's 76 square miles. The agency's K-9 unit provides support to department officers as well as other regional law enforcement agencies through searching buildings and vehicles, apprehending suspects, tracking fleeing suspects, and protecting officers.

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

Check on the Well-Being  

April 7, 2016

By Amaury Murgado

Don't just take the call you are dispatched to at face value. You never know until you get there and see what your investigation brings up.

<p>Photo: Kelly Bracken</p>

All Politics is Local  

April 7, 2016

By David Griffith

 Despite its worship of a copkiller, the Black Lives Matter movement is not about killing you; it's about inhibiting your willingness to take action on the job.

<p>Photo: Police File</p>

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)

<p>Illustration: Sequoia Blankenship</p>

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.

<p>Photo: Silynx Communications</p>

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.

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

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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