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A Short Cut to Termination?

June 3, 2010
Maybe one day the tide will change. Just this week, the Supreme Court made a long overdue clarification on the Miranda matter that is favorable to cops. And who knows? Perhaps one day they'll clean up the exclusionary rule, too.

Rolling Gun Shops

May 28, 2010

The fact that you have better guns and more guns means that this type of crime is on the upswing. In recent months, police departments have even received e-mail warnings saying that gang members are increasingly "shopping" for guns inside law enforcement vehicles.

How to Handle Hecklers

May 27, 2010
There's something about asshole opportunists successfully baiting cops and getting paid off for it that just rubs me the wrong way.

Shifting Priorities

May 20, 2010
It's tough for cops to know where to focus their energy as "acceptable" practices change based on the time and place, but decreasing violence is a priority everyone can get behind.

Don't Discount Info From Inmates

May 13, 2010
It was while working the jail that I had an opportunity to do something most of my LAPD peers didn't: acquire intel straight from the source before getting up close and personal with them on the street.

Shots Fired: Fontana, California 07/04/2005

May 13, 2010

The cyclist's attire suggested "gang banger" and their spot lamp illumination of him confirmed it. The rider - Camilo Morales - leaned forward and pistoned his legs faster.

The Little Things

May 6, 2010
I kept thinking back to the way he'd positioned himself. Perhaps most impressive was the fact that he appeared to be a veteran officer who hadn't allowed himself a degree of complacency.

Suicide by Cop

April 30, 2010

When a person jumps to his death, we don't persecute the sidewalk, but time and again, society will blame the cop.

Searching Rides: Dirty and Dangerous

April 29, 2010
The less inclined you are to search something in a vehicle you've stopped, the better the odds that you should. Diapers and sanitary napkins have been used to store narcotics.

Shots Fired: Jacksonville, Florida 01/26/2008

April 29, 2010

The two men continued a rapid fire exchange of rounds, the suspect standing atop the embankment and Reston struggling to move uphill toward him.

Why Are Cops Dragged to Death?

April 15, 2010
Even if an officer is able to get a pretty good grip, the driver can try to scrape the officer's ass off by brushing up against oncoming traffic or fixed objects on the opposite side of the street.

Women Blow Themselves Up Too

April 1, 2010
Female suicide bombers possess an ability to insinuate themselves further into densely populated target areas than their male counterparts and kill more people, Det. Ashabi told an audience at POLICE-TREXPO West.

Shots Fired: St. Louis, Missouri 10/01/2007

March 26, 2010

A 17-year-old member of the 41 Delmar Mob gang stopped, spinning and opening fire on the two officers with his 9mm pistol.

The Active Shooter: Patrol's Number One Training Concern

March 25, 2010
The case for the hunter becoming the hunted will, often, come down to you, the patrol officer. You will be the last line of defense for those who are coming under attack.

Foot Pursuits: A Runaway Policy?

March 18, 2010
What exactly was this "new bar" for performance? How was one to be evaluated against it? And was this really a new policy to follow?

Curbside Justice

March 15, 2010

Encompassing everything from red curbs to alleyways, from metered parking spots to handicapped designated violators, parking enforcement is often seen as a nuisance. But it can also be a means of identifying red flags.

Tell Me Lies, Tell Me Sweet Little Lies

March 11, 2010
As you venture around your patrol area, strike up conversations. Don't have any particular agenda in mind. Just be friendly. You might actually find a genuine ally or two.

Memorable Cop Movies

March 4, 2010
Unfortunately, 2009 wasn't a particularly high-water mark for movies in my book, which makes it all the more tempting to reflect on another staple: the cop movie.

For the Reading-Impaired and Other Idiots (Part 1 of a Series)

February 26, 2010
No piece so hit a nerve as one that I wrote last year on the El Monte officer whose head punt of a gang member has since been deemed a "distraction blow" and therefore an appropriate use of force by investigators.

Shots Fired: Reno, Nevada 02/23/1984

February 23, 2010

Hastings walked to the Fireside Lounge on the corner of Fourth and Lake Streets, dialed up his favorite federal agent on a pay phone, and fessed up to having some 13 stolen antique knives and a stolen Beretta on his person. Oh, and he wanted to turn himself in.

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