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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.

Shots Fired: Charles City, Iowa 04•14•2007

December 1, 2007

The call came in a little past 8 p.m. A suicidal man was parked inside a closed garage with the engine running. The Charles City, Iowa, officer assigned to the call was on his first night out and fell prey to many a rookie's bane: he got lost rolling to the call. That meant that the lieutenant who rolled to assist, Brandon Franke, was effectively on his own.

Don't Get Blind Sided by a Car Crash

November 30, 2007

It's a recipe for disaster—two patrol cars approaching an intersection on convergent paths. Both have their lights and sirens activated; each expects the other driver to yield; neither can discriminate between their own siren and that of another car.

Case Rejection Protection

November 21, 2007

The D.A.’s office will give you an explanation for your case’s shortcomings, thereby providing you a means of staying out of the judicial slush pile.

Want to Really Help an Officer in Trouble? Then Keep Your Cool and Maintain Your Professionalism

November 15, 2007

In the aftermath of a deputy-involved shooting, deputies ran around like chickens with their heads cut off, not communicating anything about the suspect’s description and failing to establish a command post or containment. Meanwhile, precious minutes ticked off, giving the suspect more time to put distance between himself and his would-be pursuers. 

The Importance of Backup

November 9, 2007

Having a second officer on scene when things are apparently "code 4" can prevent, or at least mitigate, unfortunate surprises. Little things like having a prisoner slip out of your backseat while your nose is buried beneath the front seat of his POV.

What Skills Do I Really Need to Win a Violent Confrontation?

November 1, 2007

What does it take to really survive a violent confrontation? For all the tactical training and mental preparations, just how much does luck enter into the equation? And what can you do to shift the odds in your favor? These are weighty questions for even the most experienced of cops.

Shots Fired: Cochise County, Arizona 09•11•1997

November 1, 2007

Long before the events of 2001, Sept. 11 had significant meaning for Dep. Tony Parrish of the Cochise County (Ariz.) Sheriff's Department. For on that date in 1997, he handled a call that changed his life and very nearly ended it.

Tricks and Treats

October 31, 2007

Duct Tape Guy
Dispensing with the fig leaves, this robber stuck with duct tape—enveloping himself with it before pulling off a robbery. Unfortunately, he was so wrapped up in the stuff that he neglected to refrain from leaving incriminating fingerprints on discarded pieces of the tape.

Surfing the Criminal Mind

October 25, 2007

When asked why he read Cosmo, a man I respected explained that you had to know what the enemy was thinking. The following Websites may not have obvious appeal for the street cop, but you ignore them at your own peril.

Joseph Wambaugh, The Storyteller

October 19, 2007
Author Joseph Wambaugh shared some thoughts with POLICE magazine in an interview published in the October 2007 issue. Here, he reveals the inspiration for Spermwhale Whalen, and gives his thoughts about the controversial show, "The Shield."

De-Ass Yourself!

October 12, 2007
There will always be those whose personal missions are not to provide support, but domination and personal aggrandizement. They are easily recognized, and their true stripes become the subject of many a windshield conference and informal briefing. They may believe their self-authored press releases, but few others do.

Smilin' Faces

October 5, 2007

The song asserts that "your enemies won't do you no harm, because you know where they're coming from." But it's getting them identified and on radar in the first place that's the problem, and first impressions at least as they relate to smiling faces and our profession can be an iffy proposition, at best.

The Storyteller: Joseph Wambaugh

October 1, 2007

Few artists have done more to change the way that cops are portrayed in popular culture than best-selling author Joseph Wambaugh. While Jack Webb's Joe Friday was all about the facts, ma'am, Wambaugh's cop characters were and are all about the heart and soul. They are human and their profession takes a toll on them as individuals.

Shots Fired: Arlington, Texas 08•10•1994

October 1, 2007

Officer Paul Ware found himself facing an occupied train passing. He waited in his truck for the train to pass. Maybe he'd still get home at a decent hour. But if fortune had smiled on Ware, the grin had been one of a shining skull. For in coming to a stop in the shorter lane, Ware found himself abreast of a gold 1963 Chevy.

Don’t Keep Your Fellow Officers in the Dark

September 28, 2007

Consider, for example, surveillance operations that do not run 24/7, where suspects are occasionally at liberty to be detained by patrol officers who may not know what they're in for once they pull such suspects over, or otherwise detain them. At these times it’s best to share the info.

Take Time to Educate the Educators

September 19, 2007

As any cop who works day shift will attest, teachers are often the front line in identifying problems. Tagging, dope dealing, and gang activities are often identified by vigilant teachers. But vigilance is only half the battle. What the teachers do with the information they acquire is just as important. As such, teachers sometimes make well-intended mistakes.

Your Database Is As Good as the Information Put Into It

September 12, 2007
When Nevada Highway Patrol trooper Carlos Borland pulled over a Chevrolet Blazer on I-80 in response to a call that originated from a nearby truck stop, he did so without the knowledge that the vehicle's driver was an escapee from a North Carolina prison and that he had allegedly murdered two people the previous week. The Blazer was itself reported stolen and bearing license plates stolen from yet another vehicle.
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