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The murder rate has been dropping nationwide, and nowhere is it dropping faster than on the streets of America's formerly most dangerous cities.
Patting down a suspect is serious business and you can never be reminded enough of the hazards of doing it poorly.
A security guard looks at the images on the screen in front of him: a video capture of a clean-shaven man with close-cropped hair next to a mugshot of a convicted American drug dealer with a beard and shaggy long hair. They look different, but the guard confirms they are definitely the same man. In minutes, the positively identified man is apprehended.
The sale of club drugs such as ecstacy and LSD has been adopted as a way to fund the personal lifestyles of businessminded gang members. There is some evidence to support the fact that older, mobile gang members are now involved in the sale of these drugs as well.
Combined Agencies for Narcotics Enforcement (CANE) was started in September 1987 as a vehicle to target mid- and upper-level narcotics dealers working in and around Montgomery County, Ohio.
By looking to its past, the Dover (N.H.) Police Department has successfully adapted to the challenges of policing today.
Looking back at this year, street gang behaviors have changed little. However, those of us who work the street must have noticed a few unique changes in the types of gang alliances, memberships and the crimes in which some street gangs have been involved.
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.
The young children watched cartoons in the living room, while in the kitchen their mother dissolved cold tablets in a jar of denatured alcohol. She had closed up the house to keep the odors inside so her neighbors wouldn't call the police.
Telling my partner that we would handle this, I pulled my badge from out of my pocket, cleared my clothing away from my firearm, walked up on the car and yelled, "Police!" The female driver slammed the car into reverse, heading toward my partner.
Whatever inspired you to become a police officer, when it comes to police work you know law enforcement has many faces. Aside from the array of different specialties within your own department, each jurisdiction, county or state may put its own spin on these specialties.