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Shots Fired: West Memphis, Arkansas 05/20/2010

October 24, 2011

After sovereign citizens ambushed two West Memphis officers, Arkansas Game and Fish Warden Mike Neal came face to face with the cop killers in a Walmart parking lot. After taking AK-47 fire, Neal returned fire and rammed them with his truck.

Social Media: Online Investigation

October 17, 2011

Online social networks are already proving themselves invaluable assets to law enforcement. Websites such as Facebook and MySpace provide suspect leads; communities are alerted to missing children and area threats through law enforcement-generated Twitter feeds and e-mail.

Police Agencies Need to Take 'Dirty' Money

September 29, 2011
Whatever the incentive is for someone donating something, it shouldn't be of concern so long as we conduct ourselves in a manner that is expected of us and we have no reason to believe the nature of what we are receiving stands to compromise us.

Criminal Cops: Foxes in the Chicken Coop?

September 15, 2011
There are few things more terrifying than the thought of a captain of a patrol station playing both sides of the fence. The question isn't whether or not your captain had your best interests in mind but how far would he or she go to protect his or her criminal contacts?

Shots Fired: Ontario, California 02/03/2002

September 12, 2011

For Officer Kris Lavoie of the Ontario (Calif.) Police Department, Super Bowl Sunday 2002 would prove to be a busy one. But not in the way that most Americans enjoy. For Lavoie had no idea just how busy. Or just how much he would feel like a real "gladiator" before the day was over.

The Lemonade Cartel Wars

September 6, 2011
Despite the many threats posed by lemonade, there are those who denigrate the efforts of our badged brethren. These lesser mortals characterize our heroes as having screwed up priorities and exploiting their authority as an avenue to revenue and openly ponder if their vigilance wouldn't be better spent in the pursuit of cold-blooded murderers and congressmen.

9/11: 10 Years After

September 1, 2011

The ghosts of the Twin Towers and the victims of the 9/11 attacks in New York City, at the Pentagon, and on United Flight 93 still loom over law enforcement. They loom both as an indictment of the lost opportunities to have prevented 9/11 and as an omnipresent reminder of a need for vigilance.

Would You Respond Off Duty With Family?

August 30, 2011
I ask myself: Would I just hang back and hope for the best? And if things did go south, would I perhaps not only be adding to the officer's vulnerability through my own inaction?

We Need Ballistic Helmets on Patrol

August 22, 2011
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has recently acquired ballistic helmets for its patrol personnel. While there are still a lot of stupid practices within my alma mater, LASD has a deserved reputation for emphasizing officer safety and equipping its personnel accordingly.

Shots Fired: Seattle, Washington 11/30/2009

August 19, 2011

On Saturday Nov. 29, 2009, Seattle patrol officer Benjamin Kelly learned about the murders of four Lakewood, Wash., officers. From the time he got up, Kelly kept tabs on the investigation's progress and by nightfall had learned that one Maurice Clemmons was the prime suspect.

Line-of-Duty Deaths: Managing Risk

August 12, 2011

The rash of police murders and assaults this year is small compared to the body count inflicted on cops during the late 1960s and early 1970s. That era's law enforcement blood bath led to the adoption of better police tactics, more comprehensive police training, and the adoption of ballistic armor as standard police equipment.

What is Going on In San Francisco?

July 29, 2011
Sadly, it would appear that American law enforcement has lost much of its willingness to take the initiative and restore the peace. We've come a long way from the days when the Texas Rangers boasted they only needed one Ranger to end one riot.

Line-of-Duty Deaths: The War on Cops

July 25, 2011

A cursory glance at the numbers seemingly underscores such concerns. Thirty-one officers were feloniously shot and killed from January through mid-May 2011—a 34 percent increase over the same period a year before.

A Cop's Dilemma: Speak No Evil

July 15, 2011
No agency wants its personnel speaking ill of the city that funds its department. But to say that all areas of a city are equally safe is patently absurd. That being the case, if an officer knows that a citizen runs the risk of becoming victimized in some capacity, should he articulate the fact?

Shots Fired: Eureka, California 12/08/2006

July 1, 2011

Within a day of Honda's holing up in the motel room, the Eureka Police Department received information of the man's whereabouts. The idea of dealing with a man desperately determined to avoid arrest and under the influence of meth was not something Eureka officers wanted to even think about it.

An Unsung Lifesaver

June 24, 2011
Upon hearing of the circumstances surrounding his friend's death, Houze decided to do everything he could to ensure that his friend's death would not be in vain.

Shots Fired: Tulsa, Oklahoma 06/10/1996

June 15, 2011

The incident started like a bad joke: "A black guy, a white guy, and an American Indian guy enter a restaurant..." But what happened when this diverse group walked into a Whataburger fast-food joint in Tulsa, Okla., shortly after 9 p.m. June 10, 1996, was not funny.

Officer Seat-Belt Safety

June 14, 2011

Cops are cursed by a tragic mix of impatience, skewed priorities, and self-preservation instincts that sometimes fail to rise to those of a drunken frat boy. As a result, traffic collisions have for decades been one of the top two causes of officer fatalities.

Divide and Conquer: Dealing With Multiple Detainees

June 1, 2011
I wanted everyone a little uncomfortable. When they were seated curbside with ankles crossed, hands beneath their butts, and heads down, it was hard for them not to telegraph their desire to run.

Don't Be a Fair Weather Cop

May 24, 2011
About the last thing I like to do is make t-stops during bad weather. Nonetheless, it's the job. And here's a story of why we need to remain vigilant even when it's awful outside.
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