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Also by Dan Pasquale

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Responding to Civil Disputes

April 11, 2008

Here you are being thrust into the middle of a situation that took years to deteriorate. Now you are expected to solve it in five minutes or less because you are, in fact, the police department, right?

Be Thankful!

January 30, 2008
"We cops have the best job in the world!" How many times has each of us said this to someone during our careers? However, when was the last time you stopped to consider all the other "forgotten" benefits of this job?

Fit for Duty?

November 7, 2007

Picture this: the pursuit ends with the suspect bailing out and running. You and your fellow officers set your perimeter and give chase. The bad guy gets away, and you and your buddies return to the cars to swap excuses about how you could have caught this guy "back in the day." Sound familiar?

Testing for Sergeant

September 19, 2007

While I can't do anything to help you pass the time during the waiting process, I can give you some tips on how to maximize your testing experience.

Besting the Defense at Cross Examination

August 3, 2007
We all know the feeling. You catch the bad guy, book all of your evidence, and put together a great case. Now you're in court, sitting on the stand answering the district attorney's questions when he or she finally says, "no further questions."

Education: The Key to Preventing Auto Theft and Burglary

July 5, 2007
Auto burglary and auto theft make up a huge portion of an officer's report writing time. Anyone who has ever worked dayshift knows how many of these calls come in as soon as people wake up and check on their vehicles (or where their vehicle was the night before). While taking these reports, we get to hear the "obvious" ways victims made their car look like a glowing beacon at night to burglars.

Working Informants

May 1, 2007

Informants can provide a wealth of information. However, that information can come at a price if you’re not careful how you deal with them. Too many officers fall into a few common traps with informants, leading to bad cases, blown operations or personal complaints against them.

Where’s the Dope?

March 1, 2007

We'll look into some of the best (and most common) places criminals like to hide things inside a vehicle.

A Numbers Game

October 1, 2006

Vehicle Identification Numbers (VINs) are a very useful tool in the hands of an officer with a little knowledge.

The Power of Field Contacts

September 1, 2006

Simply put, the more information you have in a case, the better your chances of solving it. While this is common knowledge to most officers, we tend to forget that using field contacts is one of the easiest ways of gaining intelligence in our own cities.

Contact Knowledge

August 1, 2006

Everyone has their own list of local "Good Guys To Know." While it's great to have a guy on call to get the best restaurant recommendations and a killer deal on that new truck, it can be just as useful in your career of law enforcement.

Guard Droppers

July 1, 2006

Most departments forget to train officers for one very dangerous time on the job: the “safe” times, after a suspect has been arrested.

The Key to Auto Theft

June 1, 2006

As the mercury begins to rise, so does the crime rate nationwide. Auto theft is certainly among those warm-weather crimes of opportunity, and one that routinely spikes around this time of year. One of the easiest auto theft techniqes to detect is the use of shaved keys.

Picture This

May 1, 2006

Although digital cameras are certainly high-tech and have a lot more power and control than their film predecessors, they are still only as good as the officer holding them.

Perimeter Concerns

April 1, 2006

Working perimeters can be tedious, but it's important that we remember the basics of this role.

Stress Relief: Keeping Yourself Code 4

March 1, 2006

Police officers have one of the world’s toughest jobs. In fact, our job is also rated as one of the world’s most stressful. Heart attacks, alcohol abuse, and other results of long-term stress run rampant through every police department nationwide.

The Power of Association

February 1, 2006

The easiest and most common way associates are used in police investigations is to locate suspects. While this seems like routine information that everyone knows, only a few people put it into practice in each department.

Do You Swear?

January 1, 2006

Brushing up on courtroom testimony.

Diagramming Success

December 1, 2005

Understanding the crime scene and its layout is vital to prosecuting any case. One of the quickest and easiest ways to record everything pertinent to the case is by drawing a diagram of the crime scene.

Maintaining Success

November 1, 2005

Police officers are tasked with being true “jacks of all trades.” One of the biggest drawbacks to this designation is the amount of gear and paperwork officers are required to carry out into the field with them. It’s like having your entire office in your car and on your belt! Maintaining these items is one of the most commonly overlooked, but most important, aspects of our job.

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