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You Can Get Killed Just Because of Your Uniform

March 27, 2009
The idea of targeting cops is hardly a new one. Indeed, it may have reached its apex during the late sixties and early seventies with the advent of counter culture revolutionary groups such as the Weathermen, Black Panther Party and Black Liberation Army.

In Defense of BS

March 20, 2009

Maybe I'm throwing in the towel, giving up the ghost, acknowledging defeat—but by God I'm hoping to help cultivate some good BSers here.

Salesmanship 101

March 13, 2009

Cops like to see themselves as straight shooters—literally and figuratively. Well, they just may have to start appealing to their more diplomatic side.

Shots Fired: West St. Paul, Minnesota 05•10•2007

March 11, 2009

An "ambush" alarm brought West St. Paul officers to a credit union where they discovered a robbery in progress.

Tipping Our Hands

March 6, 2009

Between clueless coworkers, astute criminals, damnable fate, and our own inattention, we can turn a winning hand into a losing one.

Do We Still Need Batons?

March 1, 2009

The Rodney King incident still colors how the public views the use of batons. For that reason and others, some officers are reluctant to use the tool.

Lessons Learned, Complaints Registered, and Tips Made

February 20, 2009

Just another run-down of things on the law enforcement radar that have been on my addled mind as of late, that while individually not warranting an entire column collectively could prove momentous for the world.

Choose Your Mentors Wisely

February 13, 2009

Walt had always enjoyed the reputation of being a man’s man, an individual of independent thought who was never shy to offer his opinion. It was one of the things that I respected about him.

Shots Fired: Santa Ana, California 12•27•2006

February 12, 2009

The red dot of the suspect's laser sights pinballed back and forth between the Crown Vic and Hernandez.

Don't Try to Be Supercop

February 6, 2009

Maybe you like to see yourself as a one-man crime task force. The truth is you're probably not an expert in kicking down doors, lifting prints, AND running media interference. Leave such stuff for the pros.

Five Ways the Economy Will Change Your Job

February 1, 2009

For those in law enforcement, the question becomes one of: How does all of this economic gloom affect me? To address this question, POLICE decided to look at five of the biggest economic threats facing law enforcement.

Cops Don’t Have to Take the First Punch

January 20, 2009

You would think that the average cop would know that he doesn’t have to get punched prior to using force. But having seen my fair share of patrol cops who got coldcocked and were laid out on the asphalt when the warning signs were in bold-capped Helvetica-font neon, I wonder.

Shots Fired: Great Bend, Kansas 01-01-2007

January 12, 2009

Weber fixated on the short barrel of Johnson's shotgun, mentally committing himself to fire his Glock if Johnson elevated the weapon to a certain level.

Medical Diagnosis: We Suck!

January 8, 2009

So NINETY-NINE+ percent of emergency room doctors polled think we use excessive force? Let's hear it for the less than one-percenters!

Random Thoughts and Observations

December 22, 2008

There are things that, while perhaps worthy of a mention, don’t warrant a whole column. And so I decided to make a column out of several of them.

The Ghosts Of Christmases Past

December 19, 2008

This is my first murder, the first of many I will roll on throughout my career. Back at home, only exhaustion lets me get some sleep before reporting back to work later that day.

Extra Sensory Policing

December 12, 2008
Call it a hunch, precognition, ESP, or intuition, most cops have experienced it: That feeling that something isn’t right. That sensation that something bad is going to happen. For some, the impression proves prophetic.

Calling the Chase

December 5, 2008

Whenever we hear a well-called pursuit, we are in awe of it. We know that it's a damn difficult thing to accomplish.

Shots Fired: Mesa, Arizona 04-14-2007

December 3, 2008

Kennedy could see something was wrong. Molander gave her a "we've got a liar" smirk, and she knew that anytime a passenger started playing a felon's game of Truth or Consequences, there's usually a reason.

The State of American Law Enforcement - Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don't

December 1, 2008

Perhaps nowhere in contemporary American society does the question of the right tool for the right job come into play more often than in matters of police use of force.

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