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Also by Dean Scoville

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Child's Play: Lessons From a Decades-Old Murder

February 18, 2011
The body of Mike's mother had been found on their kitchen floor. She'd been stabbed 51 times, and it didn't take long for Los Angeles Sheriff's Department deputies to take 16-year-old Mike into custody for her murder.

Why I Hate Contacting Some Police Departments

February 16, 2011
Having been there and done your job, I'm here to tell you—no, promise you—that I'll try to go out of my way not to set you up or burn you.

Of Bipeds, Fangs, and the Need for Dentu-Creme

February 4, 2011
There are few things in life that can get literally and figuratively under one's skin like a bite. The mere thought of a sentient human being making a conscious decision to rend the flesh of another with his teeth - well, that's just wrong.

The Hazards of Patrolling In Snow

January 27, 2011

Winter poses unique dangers for the patrol officer. Dealing with these threats is a matter of weather-proofing yourself both mentally and physically.

A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words…And Maybe Some Punitive Time Off

January 24, 2011
Even if one could somehow rationalize his way around such ghoulish behavior, it carries with it too many risks. And one day, regardless of whether or not such pictures fall into the wrong hands or cause yourself any other grief, you may well regret taking them.

Shots Fired: Norfolk, Virginia 04/15/2007

January 21, 2011

Non-cops might generously color such cognitive powers as acts of "intuition;" others less taken with the idea of extra sensory perception are more apt to dismiss them as some form of "profiling." By any name, Investigator Christopher Scallon had it working for him the night of April 15, 2007.

Think Twice Before You Key That Mic

January 12, 2011
The mere fact that an officer broadcasts that a person of a particular racial background and gender was involved in a crime simultaneously accomplishes two things: It puts one group of potential suspects on cops' radars while effectively eliminating another.

Remember the Forgotten Fallen

January 6, 2011
Let's not forget our other brethren who work may have been less conspicuously gallant, but who have likewise paid the ultimate price years before their time.

Shots Fired: Portland, Oregon 12/14/1996

December 21, 2010

After a mentally ill woman fired on a paramedic responding to her call that she ingested poison, Portland Police Officer Scott Westerman was tragically forced to counter her attack.

If Looks Could Kill…

December 14, 2010
Many people who probably could have kicked my ass backed down simply because they thought I was meaner and tougher than I was simply because I acted like it.

Talking With—And Not Interviewing—Suspects

December 2, 2010
I heard narratives that explained away less predictable catalysts for their actions. More than that, I was surprised at just how candid some could be when I wasn't just angling to nail them on something.

Shots Fired: Acworth, Georgia 03/21/2007

November 29, 2010

As a narcotics interdiction officer, Van Alstine knew he'd put a damper on quite a few illicit operations. But when it came to speculating just which dope-slinger could be talking about killing him, he was at a loss.

Just About the Worst Thing You Can Do On Patrol

November 24, 2010
Causing an innocent person's death is just about the worst thing you can do on patrol. Seeking payment for injuries sustained while killing two teens is beyond the pale.

Concealed Suspects: Into the Hearts of Darkness

November 18, 2010

Attics, basements, closets, and crawlspaces all present great hazards to officers searching for concealed suspects.

Who's Got Your Back?

November 11, 2010
One of the strongest administrators I ever knew was a captain who took more than one unpopular stance against then L.A. County Sheriff Sherman Block. It cost her politically and took a toll on her physically, but she had the respect and affections of those who were fortunate enough to work for and with her. Years after her retirement, her name is spoken with deep respect among those who knew her.

Personal Preference Determines Tactics

November 4, 2010
These days, a growing chorus of defensive tactics instructors advocates using palm strikes instead of fist strikes. Still, the proficient pugilist will adamantly defend the fist strike as a viable force option.

Shots Fired: Mission Viejo, California 03/09/2008

October 31, 2010

Two Orange County deputies stood between a mall robber and his desperate bid for freedom.

And Now for Something Really Scary

October 27, 2010
Normally, I’d try and get some Halloween-themed column in here about now. But something far scarier weighs on my mind: The outcome of the Nov. 2 election.

Suppressing That Urge for a Pound of Flesh

October 21, 2010
Ask yourself if succumbing to that split-second thought is worth permanently depriving the people who trust and depend on you the value of your services.

The Hazards of Traffic Stops

October 19, 2010

Pulling over a motorist can result in a simple citation or a raging gun battle. You have to be prepared for either one.

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