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How to Select and Train FTOs

January 1, 2005

Patrol training is the obligatory stepping stone to street work for many a new cop. It is weeks (or months in remedial cases) of short meals, long nights, and court in the morning. And this time spent with a veteran field training officer (FTO) can result in some of the most curious pairings of individuals since Pat Boone married himself to heavy metal. Still, this mentoring process is critical to the development of new officers.

Slicing the Pie

November 1, 2004

The first phase of the Iraq War alone cost $79 billion and more than $100 billion may be spent on the reconstruction of Iraq. Back at home, American cities received only a relative pittance to fund their new homeland security duties, despite being deemed the front lines of response to terrorist attacks.

All Keyed Up

May 1, 2004

The advent of portable police radios severed the umbilical cord that tied a cop to his or her car. Portable police radios have since assisted officers with timely broadcasts of suspect information, expedited requests for fire and rescue, and saved lives.

Mental Illness Can Kill...You

January 1, 2004

Confrontations with emotionally disturbed subjects put officers’ lives at risk.

Screen Gems: Best Websites for LEOs

October 1, 2003

In researching the best Websites for law enforcement officers, we decided to go with a listing of quality sites that might roughly parallel an officer’s needs throughout his or her career.

The Enemies Within

September 1, 2003

It seems a quaint idea now, but before 9/11, the leading culprits for launching major terror attacks on American soil were hate groups and other domestic terrorists. These people are flat dangerous, especially to law enforcement officers who might get in their way.

How to...Start a SWAT Team

March 1, 2003

Somewhere between the images, the perceptions, and accusations lies a truth: If ever an entity embodied the philosophy of "hope for the best, but plan for the worst," it is the SWAT unit.

DNA: Tales of the Double Helix

February 1, 2003

Blood stains are really hard to get out. And today, with the advent of DNA matching, it’s even harder for criminals to mask their violent deeds, as just trace amounts of blood and other biological materials can put investigators hot on their trail.

Bah! Humbug! A Cop's Christmas

December 1, 2002

Holidays can be a trying period for many, but particularly for the police officer. Sandwiched between familial obligations and departmental expectations, pulled from one preventable call to the next, you find your emotions stretched to the point where you'd like nothing better than to find some nice, dank chimney to climb into and hide.

Blue Christmas

December 1, 2002

Holidays can be a trying period for many, but particularly for the police officer. This time of year, you find your emotions stretched to the point where you'd like nothing better than to find some nice, dank chimney to climb into and hide

One Man, One Bomb

September 1, 2002

"The threat of suicide bombers in the U.S. is not an 'if' but a 'when,'" read a recent alert to law enforcement that was sent by the California Department of Justice.

Code 7

July 1, 2002

Of course, you don't have to work the late shift or even work the streets for a cop's lifestyle and eating habits to add up to obesity, high blood pressure, and other coronary risk factors.

Search Engines

April 1, 2002

Conducting a thorough head-to-toe search requires as intrusive a probing as garments will allow.

Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes ...

July 1, 2001

Officer safety tactics have evolved to accommodate the prospect of dealing with suspects via a variety of media, developing a hitherto unknown degree of intimacy with a suspect even as it keeps him at bay.

The War on Drugs: Where Are We?

December 1, 2000

The answer to the drug problem lies in a variety of factors. Education is one. Good parenting is another. Also, while drug abuse is stupid, romanticizing its use through popular culture is more so. Finally, let's not be afraid to pass judgment.

Getting You to Pull the Trigger

November 1, 1998

Despite the officer's repeated pleas for him to drop the weapon, Pergament continues to advance.  Faced with the prospect his own impending death, the officer fires three times, killing Pergament.  Only later does the officer learn the brutal truth: the weapon wielded by the suspect is nothing more than a toy gun.

Suicide by Cop: Getting You to Pull the Trigger

November 1, 1998

At least one lawman, who has participated in perhaps the only study done on these incidents, prefers to call them "officer-assisted suicides," but whatever the description, they are increasing. What can you do to help ensure that you and your colleagues don't get take down by people with a death wish?

Training for Real

June 1, 1998

Recently, several deputies and I responded to a "man with a gun" call. Based on the rapidly escalating nature of the situation, we made an aggressive ap­proach to the location. Angry that we'd frustrated his attempt to kill his girlfriend and family, the suspect turned his aggressions on us. Soon, we were the ones under fire.

 

Here's the Story on Cop-Media Relations

May 1, 1998

We cops can be masters of circumlocution: If we can't dazzle them with brilliance- we'll baffle 'em with "b.s." Sometimes it seems that we can be notoriously inventive in just about everything, short of public relations. However, in doing so are we doing ourselves a disservice?

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