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Also by Dean Scoville

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"I Don't Like, Trust, or Respect You (But I Can Work with You)"

November 26, 2008

At that moment, there was no shortage of things I could be taken to task for: insubordination, failure to document an off-duty incident, conduct unbecoming an officer, late for work, drama queen. It was then that I realized the man was really putting his ass on the line for me.

Call for Civilian Backup

November 7, 2008

Don’t be shy about asking for assistance from everyday people should you find yourself in need. You might be pleasantly surprised by their response.

Buzzkill

November 3, 2008

When you start drinking to the point that you’ve forgotten what the law is and your obligation to uphold it, then you’re not one of us.

What to Expect from Your FTO

November 1, 2008

Policing isn't like eHarmony.com. Recruits and field training officers won't be matched based on 29 personality dimensions guaranteed to predict long-term relationship success.

Shots Fired: Corona, California 11-07-2002

November 1, 2008

Barton's gun swung toward him, and its barrel spit fire. Flashes of amber split the night as Barton's Ruger blazed at Dunnigan a mere 10 feet away.

Tricks and Treats

October 28, 2008
It’s time for my Annual Real Men (and Women) of Halloween Genius Roundup wherein I review the previous year’s sordid activities. Here are the weirdos and wackos who helped keep us employed, entertained, or emotionally spent in 2007.

Home Invasions Targeting Cops

October 17, 2008

When three suspects assaulted an off-duty LAPD officer at his Gardena, Calif., home, a police spokesperson said it was the first time he'd heard of an officer being a victim of a home invasion robbery. While that may be the case, the crime was not without precedent.

Picking Your Stops (and Keeping Them Stopped)

October 10, 2008

Some cops are in such a rush to get a car stopped that they'll let the driver they're attempting to detain dictate where the traffic stop will take place. Worse, they'll allow suspects to choreograph what happens once the cars have stopped.

The State of American Law Enforcement - Rules of Engagement

October 1, 2008

In smaller agencies, policy manuals—if they existed—were just a few policy statements. Now there are multiple bound volumes that no officer can be expected to memorize, let alone understand. — Tom Aveni, Police Policy Studies Council

Shots Fired: Jersey Village, Texas 01-31-2006

October 1, 2008

Officer Holly Mong had just gotten into the vehicle in her driveway and no sooner closed the driver's side door than it flew back open. She was being carjacked.

Electrocution Hazard

September 26, 2008

One officer died after jumping into electrically charged water in response to cries for help from a man he thought was drowning. In trying to save the man’s life, he shared his fate.

Expensive Mistakes

September 12, 2008

Short-cutting logistics, precipitous actions, inconsistent reportage, shaky testimonies, poor evidence gathering, and lack of control. These problems and others ultimately dovetailed into an at least $24-million settlement (including attorneys’ fees) against Los Angeles County.

 

Making Death Notifications

September 5, 2008

Some may collapse emotionally, even become assaultive to you; others may appear apathetic, even relieved.

Shots Fired: Little Rock, Arkansas 01•20•1996

September 1, 2008

Ellison then went to work, ramming the door with his shoulder. He repeatedly charged the door, slamming it as hard as his body could withstand.

Protect Yourself from Blood Borne Diseases

August 8, 2008

Chandler succumbed to Hepatitis C that he contracted 18 years earlier when he was pricked by a hypodermic syringe while searching a vehicle for narcotics.

Shots Fired: Ogden, Utah 05-26-2006

August 1, 2008

Sgt. Burnett had worn the vest religiously throughout his career, but on this day he told his wife that for the first time he would go to work without it. She wasn't happy with his decision.

Don't Let The Little Head Think for You

August 1, 2008
Sadly, I’ve seen the pursuit of casual sex get more cops in trouble than perhaps anything else. It’s not just the cops’ fault either. It takes two to tango, after all. But it is the cop who most frequently has something to lose in the equation, and often does.

Talking 'Em Up to Take 'Em In

July 18, 2008

It might not be dialogues with Plato, but sometimes striking up a conversation with strangers can offer up all forms of enlightenment.

Rent-a-Cops, Wannabes, and Scabs—Oh, My!

July 11, 2008
You'd think that as people engaged in a profession that is no less broadstroked by the public, cops would have more empathy for security guards.

Sometimes, the Pain Comes Later

July 7, 2008

In conducting interviews with the officers profiled in my Shots Fired columns, I was surprised at how many either didn't know that they'd been injured, or if they knew they'd been injured didn't know where their injuries were located or their severity. 

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