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Patrol Officers Can’t Afford to Hesitate

April 7, 2008

Sometimes concerns beyond the scope of the incident at hand can make an officer hesitate when his or her life or the lives of the innocent public are at risk.

Lightbars, Camera, Action!

April 1, 2008

Frightening, instructional, oftentimes inspirational, and even entertaining videos come to us via a variety of dashboard cameras mounted inside America's law enforcement patrol vehicles.

Shots Fired: Overland, Kansas 12•04•2001

April 1, 2008

The two detectives hurriedly exited Schmidt's truck and made a stealthy approach to the apartment complex. If spotted by the suspects, there would be little mistaking the significance of the word POLICE on the back in white letters.

How to Talk to the Mentally Ill

March 28, 2008

There’s not enough underpaid mental health professionals to go around, and family members eventually reach their own breaking points. This leaves society’s de facto field shrinks—that’s you, my brothers and sisters—to deal with those who spend more time listening to the voices inside their head than they do voices of reason.

When the "Victim" is Lying

March 21, 2008

As the handling officer, you are often the first line of defense for identifying the true victim. It's a heady responsibility.

Profanity as Verbal Judo

March 14, 2008

"Under certain circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer."

—Mark Twain

What to Do If You Are Working with a Bad Cop

March 7, 2008

Right now, there are any number of bad cops flying under the radar. People with badges who are exploiting their positions and the people they come in contact with. What to do?

Shots Fired: Old Saybrook, Connecticut 05•03•2005

March 1, 2008

The sight that greeted Bergantino momentarily took him aback. Beyond the threshold stood a man as naked to the world as when he'd first entered it some 50 years before. It was not a pretty sight.

Dangerous Bad Habits

February 29, 2008

Many cops find themselves dealing with beatings, shootings, and stabbings on a fairly routine basis. And with each call or observation-based incident, one can find himself becoming more and more comfortable. It gets harder to get the adrenaline pumping. And therein lies the danger.

Countering Complaints

February 22, 2008

There are those who, whether or not they've been given a break, are hell-bent on trying to extract their pound of flesh for some perceived slight. Often, it has to do with the fact that we had the temerity to detain them in the first place. No matter how justified the detention, no matter how strong the probable cause, no matter how polite we may have been, they just aren't satisfied.

Evidence of a Problem

February 15, 2008

If it wasn't valuable, there wouldn't be so many motions to suppress it. If it wasn't important, nobody would care about its chain of custody. Yet if one watched the haphazard manner with which some cops handle evidence, they might get the impression it was little more than garbage.

Picking Partners

February 8, 2008

Perhaps the saddest of ill-fated partner pairings goes to those orchestrated by the officers themselves.

The State of American Law Enforcement - The Blue Mosaic

February 1, 2008

Who becomes a cop? Who are the men and women that comprise the ranks of a profession where they can be killed for no reason other than the fact that they are cops?

Shots Fired: Fort Worth, Texas 11•09•1994

February 1, 2008

Within seconds of their arrival, the breach man hit the door and the teams streamed inside. Daniels and Johnson targeted the room furthest inside the house.

Dangerous Shifts

February 1, 2008

Besides having to deal with larger numbers of intoxicated drivers, officers working graveyard have to worry about some of the less obvious dangers of disregarding the body's natural schedule.

Greener Pastures

January 22, 2008

In looking back, I have the advantage of hindsight, some maturity, and greater objectivity. I recognize now that the more I wanted something, the more disappointed I tended to be when I got it.

The Bicycle Thief

January 10, 2008

Fortunately, some of these hustlers on Huffys give telltale clues to their criminal activities.

Shots Fired: Detroit, Michigan 12•30•2006

January 1, 2008

Gilbert keyed his mic to advise responding units that the suspects were now on foot. As one ran by his passenger door, Gilbert noticed the man's dark lavender jacket matched that ascribed to the armed member of the two suspects.

Lead Them Not Into Temptation

December 27, 2007

If you’re ever away from your patrol car and find yourself inordinately concerned about the articles therein, then that hunch is telling you to take some corrective or preventative measures. Often, it comes down to simply not leaving anything in your car that you don’t have to, especially overnight. 

Speaking Up

December 7, 2007

Cops can resent other cops giving them orders. But while it's inevitable that we will occasionally step on some toes, people generally take lesser exception if it doesn't hurt them—certain alpha types included. So tread lightly on the radio while still communicating what needs to be said—before they get more than their feelings hurt.

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