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Also by Dean Scoville

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Shots Fired: Jefferson City, Missouri 12/10/2011

January 22, 2013

The sight of the wagon pulling into the hotel parking lot caused Bohanan's heart to sink. He hoped that the suspect would drive through the hotel lot and continue on. He didn't want to have to deal with a desperate murder suspect loose in the hotel.

Informants and Promotion Exams

January 7, 2013
Foremost among my thoughts on informants is that I wouldn't want to find myself at the mercy of anyone whose inclination to sell out others has been well established.

21st Century Surveillance

December 20, 2012

Revolutionary progress in the world of technology has enabled numerous changes in the techniques police officers use to identify, track, and make cases against suspects.

Shots Fired: Billings, Montana 05/24/2012

December 20, 2012

The officer behind the wheel of the cruiser, Sgt. Shawn Finnegan, thought he'd recognized one of the BMW's occupants as a criminal whose frequent flier miles with local law enforcement had netted him an active $50,000 warrant.

A Whole Village to Raise…Only One Madman To Destroy

December 20, 2012
I often wondered if the school would begrudge my occasionally sitting in some unoccupied office as I wrote for POLICE. And I had every reason to suspect that other officers would be willing to stop by the school and lend an unsubsidized vigil.

What Will You Regret?

December 6, 2012
There are things that I have wondered about such as those occasions when I found myself second-guessing a last second decision not to stop a car near the end of my shift: What might I have missed out on? Invariably, there is no answer to this question.

Shots Fired: Boynton Beach, Florida 06/12/2012

November 20, 2012

Reynolds saw the muzzle flashes from Wallace's .45 and darted to his left, sprinting across the blacktop and onto a gravel road. Bullets ricocheted off the ground at his feet. He ran for the cover of a telephone pole and returned fire, laying down six rounds of suppression fire. Munro opened fire, too. Wallace shot back.

Dreams, Schemes, and Other Interesting Things

November 16, 2012
Recently, I had a dream in which I was once again working patrol. But rather than writing or dictating our reports, we were drawing them.

Coming Into My Own

November 8, 2012
Once while attending a force training seminar, I spoke quite critically of a deputy-involved shooting wherein a pregnant bystander was shot and killed. It was the kind of thing that was easy to grandstand on—or so I thought—and so I did. A lieutenant who was more intimately acquainted with the details of the incident quickly set me straight. The dressing down I received was pretty severe, and I didn't like it one bit. But I had it coming. In spades.

10 Things Officers Want to Tell Dispatchers

November 7, 2012

Previously, POLICE Magazine shared some things that dispatchers always wanted officers to know. This time, the shoe is on the other foot, and we allow field units to give dispatchers some advice.

A Blog About Dogs

October 25, 2012
As I aimed the barrel of my revolver at the dog's head I also took note that while its head was on this side of the screen door, its body was on the other. By applying pressure to the screen door I allowed the dog to decide whether or not to release its 235-psi bite volitionally, or ballistically.

Shots Fired: Bismarck, North Dakota 07/08/2012

October 17, 2012

A domestic. Despite the shorthand, Officer Brad Jerome of the Bismarck (N.D.) Police Department knew such calls usually portended something decidedly undomestic, and the fact that this one was in a trailer park on the eastern part of town only raised the odds.

Off-Duty Interventions, On-Duty Aggravations, and Officer Safety

October 9, 2012
I would hope that the next officer who finds himself dealing with three street punks will be armed, and I mean truly "armed" with more than just a gun or a TASER. By that I mean that I hope he or she is armed with a special kind of survival mindset.

Unusual Calls: Beyond the Norm

October 4, 2012

There are those occasions when the fates bestow upon even an experienced officer something that he or she has not been previously exposed to and he or she has no idea of how to handle.

7 Tips for Handling the Unusual Call

October 4, 2012
If it is true that fortune favors the prepared, then it makes sense for law enforcement to have as much prior contingency planning in place as possible. There are several things patrol personnel can do in the absence of otherwise readily available protocol.

Is 'End of Watch' Just 'Training Day II?'

October 1, 2012
"End of Watch" is from start to finish undeniably entertaining, and on those occasions when it is on tactically and procedurally sound footing, it transcends any other patrol-oriented film I have ever seen.

Doing It Right, Doing It Wrong

September 27, 2012
If given the opportunity to make a difference in people's lives, are you more apt to toss a lifeline or an anchor?

The First Female Patrol Officers

September 21, 2012

The dawn of the contemporary female officer came in 1972. It was a moment in time where law enforcement's and the public's attitude toward women with badges began to change and female officers began to be perceived as "real police."

Police Potpourri

September 19, 2012
Increasingly, there are so many things falling on the law enforcement radar that I feel self-conscious running at the mouth on any one of them. Not to worry, I will continue to do so.

Shots Fired: Pauls Valley, Oklahoma 04/28/2007

September 18, 2012

The duo approached the house where they found the front door standing half-way open. The two officers stepped across the threshold and into the living room, and they picked up sight of a male adult darting toward the back of the house.

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