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Help Wanted

July 2, 2009

It has been largely left to the individual officer to somehow come to terms with his career decisions and its eventualities. To recognize its impact on him or her and find some manner to come to terms with it—or not.

Stupid Policies Are Costing Us on Multiple Fronts

June 26, 2009

Without further ado, here are some of my major reservations about modern law enforcement policies.

Shots Fired: South Congaree, S.C. 09•20•2003

June 18, 2009

Pruitt had to go on the offensive. His mind went to his backup gun, which he kept in his uniform pants. He reached for it.

Picking Our Targets

June 12, 2009

The sooner that cops embrace the notion that the person they may find themselves in a firefight in may look more like a grandfather than a gangster, the better able they will be to not only respond to the threat at the time, but deal with its aftermath.

A Turk and an Armenian go Out to Breakfast….

June 5, 2009

For all the cultural sensitivity training we're required to sit through, for all the tolerance we may espouse, we may just not be able to relate to some of our contacts as well as others might. That's why you should consider using a fellow officer of a similar persuasion, if possible.

Legalizing Marijuana: Chronic Confusion

June 1, 2009

Some cops say marijuana is not benign; it's a gateway drug that leads users to harder narcotics. Others say policing its use and sale wastes precious law enforcement resources.

Helping Yourself Out in Matters of Force

May 29, 2009
If there's ever a time for you to start thinking like a sergeant, a detective, and a lawyer, it's when you've just knocked some suspect on his ass.

The Challenge of Analyzing a Tragedy While We’re Still Grieving

May 28, 2009
Shortly after the murders of four Oakland officers by parolee Lovelle Mixon in March, I got a call from Police Magazine editor David Griffith. He wanted me to write a feature article on the Oakland incidents. To be honest I didn’t want to do it.

Shots Fired: Edina, Minnesota 08•15•2002

May 22, 2009

Elasky rose and aimed his Gun at the robber using a Weaver stance, his feet centered and his body positioned for as much cover as the counter could afford. Then he opened fire.

The Value of Video Review

May 22, 2009
To say reviewing the video footage was boring would be putting it lightly…but something caught Postiglione's eye.

Kicking Up a Stink Over California Incident

May 15, 2009

Where are the media’s priorities? Did the officer’s actions really eclipse the actions allegedly perpetrated by the suspect? Why aren’t we seeing the truly offensive footage, that of motorists taking last second evasive actions to avoid being maimed and killed during the pursuit Rodriguez allegedly triggered?

Patience, My Ass. I Want to Arrest Somebody!

May 8, 2009
Periodically during the passenger's invective, I would step off to the side—always keeping a vigilant eye on the rider and passenger, of course—and whisper to my t.o., “Let me take him!” Each time the t.o. nodded me off without comment and continued methodically filling out his paperwork. I couldn’t believe it.

What Can be Learned from the Oakland Tragedy

May 1, 2009

Four officers murdered. A fifth wounded. One suspect dead. A police department in shock. Not since the 1970 Newhall shooting has an officer-involved shooting reverberated so strongly throughout the law enforcement community.

Have a Script for Field Interviews

May 1, 2009
Cops shouldn’t be shy about making inquiries into the affairs and possessions of those they deal with.

Could Your Vehicle Approach Get You Killed?

April 24, 2009

If an officer or his vehicle is immobilized because of haphazard parking on a hot call, other officers can effectively become trapped inside the kill zone because of an inability to back up or accelerate forward due to the incapacitated patrol unit.

Shots Fired: Falls Church, Virginia 01•21•1999

April 17, 2009

The hair on the back of his neck stood on end as though the very air about him suddenly became ionized with some ill-defined threat. The officer couldn't suppress the sensation that something was terribly wrong.

The Hazards of “Low Risk” Calls

April 17, 2009

Annoying, "routine" calls can sometimes have significant consequences for the officers that respond to them.

Secure and Insecure Cops

April 10, 2009
Few things are more rewarding in one’s career than the opportunity to work among the quietly self-assured. Few things are more depressing than having to work around the desperately insecure.

What I Learned at TREXPO West

April 3, 2009

At first blush, one would be hard pressed to connect the dots between that Michael Keaton clunker of a film "Multiplicity" and TREXPO. Nonetheless, I found myself thinking of the cloning comedy throughout the three-day training conference and expo because if there's one frustrating thing about TREXPO WEST, it's one's inability to be at multiple places at once.

Staph: The Hidden Training Hazard

April 1, 2009

Responsible for 18,650 deaths nationwide a year—150 percent as many deaths as caused by AIDS—the monster is microscopic, extremely aggressive, and damned difficult to kill. The monster is a microbe called Staphylococcus.

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