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Best of POLICE: Our 12 Most Popular Articles

June 22, 2018

We're doing a new kind of index in this Buyer's Guide issue in the form of a gallery of our 12 most popular articles based on website visits.

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

October 16, 2017

If you respond to a call involving a suicidal person who's not
endangering anyone else, it might be best to not intervene.

Think Before You Hit Send

October 10, 2016

What about those text messages and emails that are sent on officers' personal devices? Are they safe from scrutinizing eyes?

Overlooked Legal Nuggets

May 4, 2016

From time to time, we get a really helpful decision that can make our jobs easier, and yet few people seem to learn about it or realize its significance. Here are 10 such decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court.

Arrest Warrants

April 6, 2016

Many arrests are made without a warrant, of course. However, where the circumstances permit, "Law enforcement officers may find it wise to seek arrest warrants where practicable to do so." (U.S. v. Watson)

Serving the Search Warrant

March 2, 2016

Having a warrant does not guarantee that your actions will always be upheld. Every officer participating in the execution of a search warrant should be familiar with the following guidelines.

Consensual Encounters

February 5, 2016

The well-trained, self-disciplined, smart law enforcement officer first tries a consensual encounter, before resorting to a detention that may or may not win judicial approval.

Under the Microscope After an OIS

January 7, 2016

If, God forbid, you have to shoot someone on the job, here are some possible consequences you may find yourself enduring for the next several years, even though you may have been completely justified in your use of deadly force.

Self-Inflicted Wounds

December 3, 2015

There are times when "tactical language" may be the only thing some suspects respond to. But that doesn't mean profanity should be your default method of communicating with everyone with whom you come in contact.

Reasonable Force

November 3, 2015

In the age of ubiquitous video and mushrooming oversight, how can you ensure that your use of force does not bring unwanted discredit upon you, your department, and the entire profession? The same as always: Know the law, and comply with it.

Flight and the Fourth Amendment

October 7, 2015

Sometimes, people run when they see you coming. May you chase them? If you do, does that amount to a "show of authority" constituting a detention, requiring reasonable suspicion?

Hotel/Motel Registry Checks

August 21, 2015

A supreme court decision might have the adverse effect of making it easier for motels conspiring with criminals to thwart police investigations. 

Entries and Civil Liability

July 7, 2015

Fortunately, the Supreme Court recently overturned two federal court rulings that had exposed officers to potential liability in cases involving warrantless entries.

Unlawfully Prolonged Traffic Stop

June 18, 2015

Is it OK under the Fourth Amendment to turn a traffic stop into a criminal investigation? Of course it is, provided the justification for the additional investigation is developed during the reasonable duration of the traffic stop—not after.

Admonitions and Waivers

May 4, 2015

Most of your communications with criminal suspects are "unscripted" dialogue. But in certain situations it can be very important that you say the right words, at the right time, to avoid creating problems for yourself, your agency, and your prosecutor.

Search Warrant Basics

April 28, 2015

There are good reasons why officers need to become more comfortable with writing search warrant applications, and to delay non-emergency searches until warrants can be obtained.

Getting Your Case Filed

March 5, 2015

Although the prosecutor's decision to decline to pursue a prosecution could be for a variety of reasons, there are steps you can take to ensure that a rejection is not based on your police work on the case.

Mistake of Law: To Err Is Human

February 27, 2015

In a series of cases, the court has upheld searches and seizures made by officers who were mistaken in their understanding of the facts they confronted, or as to the law to be applied.

Legal Issues With Body Cams

January 26, 2015

Recent events have accelerated law enforcement's timetable for adopting wearable audio-video recording devices. But using this technology has legal ramifications that have to be understood by criminal justice stakeholders.

Understanding Fourth Amendment "Standing"

December 3, 2014

A defendant cannot suppress evidence if he cannot show that his own legitimate rights were violated in the way it was obtained.

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