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Also by Dean Scoville

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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. 

The State of American Law Enforcement - Working on the Front Lines

July 1, 2008

At some point in his or her various travels, the patrol officer will ask a question that pertains equally well to the task at hand and his or her career in law enforcement: Just how the hell did I get here, and where am I going?

Shots Fired: Reno, Nevada 07•15•1999

July 1, 2008

Lessman inched forward. Beyond the refrigerator and deeper into the kitchen was a large table that had been upended on its side. He suspected that the table was shielding someone behind it.

First Impressions

June 27, 2008

That a stranger would go so far out of his way to offer words of comfort and counsel instead of chastisement and condemnation left each child wanting to do the same as police officers themselves.

Blowhards R Us

June 18, 2008

A certain degree of self-assurance is obligatory to our profession. But how fine is the line between self-assurance and arrogance? When does self-confidence become conceit? And at what point does a full blown narcissistic personality disorder become harmful?

Courage When It Counts

June 13, 2008

Yesterday, Sheriff Lee Baca said something that needed to be articulated a long time ago.

That there's an ongoing race problem between blacks and Hispanics in Los Angeles County that is resulting in deaths on both sides.

A Shocking Proposition

June 6, 2008
A categorical claim that the availability of TASERs in the field mitigates the need for a backup officer is not only grossly irresponsible, but a prescription for disaster.

Room Service

June 1, 2008

Motels are often the first destination for parolees and sex offenders upon their release from incarceration. And that makes for an unfortunate dynamic.

Shots Fired: Polk County, Florida 12•03•1989

June 1, 2008

The patrol life of a trainee is never easy. But when you don't have the luxury of getting along with your training officer, it can be damned difficult.

The Creepiest Calls

May 30, 2008

You can’t anticipate everything, and inevitably, there will be surprises. Just remember that when checking on the welfare of another, to look out for your own.

Dangers of Domestic Violence Calls

May 23, 2008

I have been at enough domestics to know that some officers can be a little more lax than they should be. And that can get you killed.

Some Criminals Know How to Fly Under the Radar

May 16, 2008

Many criminals exploit our bias in order to fly under the radar. Some get away with their criminal acts by hiding in plain sight. Often it comes down to attire and timing. And often, they approach it from opposite ends of the sartorial spectrum.

Be Prepared for Gun Grabs

May 9, 2008

When Jim re-holstered his sidearm in preparation for handcuffing the man, the suspect was off the curb, going for Jim’s gun, which he apparently felt was—literally—up for grabs again.

Dumb Things Cops Do to Themselves and One Another for Laughs

May 2, 2008
You may not have any reservations about playing a joke, and the target may not have any objections to being the butt of it, but beware that seemingly ubiquitous third party complainant.

Lessons of Survival

May 1, 2008

On Easter Sunday 1998, I was injured when a suspect ambushed another deputy and myself with an AK-47. In the shooting's aftermath, I considered how I owed my survival to formal and informal training that others had given me.

Talking Them Down

May 1, 2008

Sometimes you can use finesse to gain compliance and stop a situation from escalating into violence.

The State of American Law Enforcement - Can the Average Cop Thrive in the Age of Specialization?

May 1, 2008

There is no shortage of inducements to work specialized units. Cool tools, flexible schedules, prestige, and the ability to work at something one is truly interested in are but a few of the perks.

Shots Fired: Manchester, New Hampshire 09-08-2003

May 1, 2008

As the three met near the front of Kilbreth's patrol car, two red flags immediately registered with the officer.

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