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Identifying and Documenting Gang Members

September 23, 2010

Patrol officers are an essential source of gang information and usually make up the front line defense against gangs. Through field contacts and observations, they can supply confirmation of an individual's gang membership.

Dealing With the Non-Compliant Threat

August 19, 2010
The one thing you have undeniable control over is yourself and your response to the situation. Your goal is to resolve the situation using the lowest degree of force possible.

Gov. Paterson Signs Law Forcing NYPD to Erase "Stop and Frisk" Database

July 16, 2010
Gov. Paterson Friday signed into law the controversial stop and frisk legislation that forces the NYPD to delete the names of people questioned - but not arrested - from its electronic database.

How to Handle Hecklers

May 27, 2010
There's something about asshole opportunists successfully baiting cops and getting paid off for it that just rubs me the wrong way.

Civil Liberties Union Challenges NYPD's Stop-and-Frisk Database

May 26, 2010
The NYPD now uses a program known as "stop and frisk," where officers input the data of subjects into a department database. The department has said the database has been an invaluable tool for detectives.

Don't Discount Info From Inmates

May 13, 2010
It was while working the jail that I had an opportunity to do something most of my LAPD peers didn't: acquire intel straight from the source before getting up close and personal with them on the street.

Tell Me Lies, Tell Me Sweet Little Lies

March 11, 2010
As you venture around your patrol area, strike up conversations. Don't have any particular agenda in mind. Just be friendly. You might actually find a genuine ally or two.

Be On the Lookout for Loners

September 15, 2009
Take parks for instance. The lone male may be there to 1) buy his dope, 2) do his dope, 3) sell his dope, 4) drink his beer, or 5) relieve some sexual tension.

Eyes on the Street

October 1, 2008

In cases involving gang violence, get to the scene quickly, find the witnesses, and document who these witnesses are and what they say. Then if gang members do change their version of events, at least it can be explained why this person did what he or she did.

The Power of Field Contacts

September 1, 2006

Simply put, the more information you have in a case, the better your chances of solving it. While this is common knowledge to most officers, we tend to forget that using field contacts is one of the easiest ways of gaining intelligence in our own cities.

Going Door to Door

July 1, 2006

In a major criminal investigation, getting off your ass and knocking on some doors is essential. In fact, it is a crucial element in the early stages of working an unsolved case. The area canvass-knocking on the doors of all the residences surrounding the crime scene-is one of the first tasks a lead detective should have on his lead sheet.

Perimeter Concerns

April 1, 2006

Working perimeters can be tedious, but it's important that we remember the basics of this role.

Digging Deeper

July 1, 2005

There is a saying in law enforcement, "We deal with 10 percent of the population 90 percent of the time." And whoever said it first had to be a patrol officer.

Handling the Mentally Ill: There Are No Shortcuts for Officers

March 1, 2000

One study has shown that 32 percent of the homeless, who populate our urban streets, are mentally ill and if you have homeless people in your community, you most certainly have those who are mentally ill among them.

Conducting Effective Witness Interviews

December 1, 1996

The ultimate goal of a gang investiga­tion is to find the truth. What happened? Who did it? How? As law enforcement officers, how do we arrive at the truth? What is our part in the game plan? Here are some suggestions that may be useful for patrol personnel, detectives and fol­low-up investigators when dealing with witnesses and victims of gang crimes.

 

Careful Planning is Key to a Sound Investigation

June 1, 1996

Getting the case to court and obtaining a favorable decision by the bench or jury is always the goal in a gang investigation. And one of the greatest assets to any case is, of course, the witnesses. How do you solicit cooperation and a commitment to testify in court from these unique wit­nesses?

Putting Out the Fire

March 1, 1996

Before you go scurrying to your training manuals to find out how some­one can be arrested for a felony when the basic crime is a misdemeanor, take a look at how San Diego (Calif.) police have managed to curb the number of domestic abuse homicides. Through an innovative domestic abuse policy, San Diego now has one of the lowest rates of domestic vio­lence homicides in the country.

Easing Investigations on the Gang Battlefield

March 1, 1996

Photos, jewelry, hairstyles and body piercing are among the obvious physical traits investigators look for when profil­ing gangs. But understanding how the members think, act and feel also can help police develop a rapport with members, and in turn, help expedite gang-related investigations.

Making a "Routine" Pedestrian Contact

January 1, 1996

Tragically, examples of police killings are no longer rare. In all too many instances, a simple request for identification and com­pliance with lawful instructions has led to the murder of a law enforcement officer.

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