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If You Don't Learn This, You'll Die!

March 12, 2013
It's been said that the street cop wears many hats: psychologist, sociologist, counselor, arbitrator; electrician, firefighter, judge, jury, and even executioner. But how much formal training has he or she been exposed to in these various capacities?

Video: Detroit Eliminates Gang, Tactical Units

January 23, 2013
The Detroit Police Department will eliminate its gang and tactical units to add about 100 officers to homicide, criminal investigations and traffic enforcement, the city announced Wednesday.

Scottsdale (Ariz.) PD's Crowd Control Unit

December 17, 2012

The Scottsdale (Ariz.) PD's Rapid Response Team was established with three squads of officers, plus supervisors and logistics support. Now it totals 40 officers, all trained in the latest crowd control techniques developed by FEMA's Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, Ala.

Boston Motor Patrol

October 9, 2012

Boston celebrated two centennials in 2012—the building of Fenway Park for the Boston Red Sox and the founding of the Boston Police Department's motor unit, which is known as the Mobile Operations Patrol (MOP) unit. The two centennials came together on Sept. 16, when agency brass recognized the unit's heritage during a ceremony in front of Fenway's "green monster" wall in left field. Photos courtesy of Robert Anthony.

Female Motor Officers

September 26, 2012
Female motor officers, like me, are distinguished as the top 0.2% (roughly) of law enforcement. What it took to get there wasn't an average walk in the park, but there is no other specialized unit I would rather be a part of.

LAPD's Air Support Division

January 4, 2012

The LAPD Air Support Division is the largest municipal airborne law enforcement organization in the U.S. and operates from the LAPD Hooper Heliport. The helicopter crews assist with thousands of arrests, pursuits and crimes in progress each year. The LAPD's airborne law enforcement program began with one helicopter in 1956. Today, the Air Support Division is the largest municipal airborne law enforcement operation in the world and logged more than 18,000 flight hours in 2011. Photos courtesy of the LAPD's Air Support Angel's Foundation.

Video: NYPD Can Take Down Terror Planes

September 26, 2011
The New York Police Department's anti-terrorism unit can take down smaller aircraft that would pose a threat to the nation's "No. 1 target," Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly told news magazine "60 Minutes."

NYPD's Counter-Terrorism Unit

September 26, 2011

In this "60 Minutes" profile of the NYPD's counter-terrorism unit, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly reveals that the agency has the capability to take down lighter aircraft. Read the full story here.

Elite Chicago Cops Face Charges In Shakedowns, Plotting Murder of Fellow Officer

April 7, 2011
Jerome Finnigan and three former Chicago PD officers who were members of the disbanded Special Operations Section (SOS) were charged today for allegedly concealing unlawful searches or arrests in which they stole hordes of cash. Prosecutors say Finnigan planned to murder a former officer he believed would testify against him.

Waiting for Your Time

March 14, 2011
Time-in-service requirements have long been around; they started in the military. If you're working in a grade — let's say patrol officer — you'll have to serve a suitable time period in the pay grade or assignment before you can be promoted or transferred. This allows you to gather valuable experience or what I call exposure.

Tucson PD's Home Invasion Unit

July 20, 2010

The Tucson (Ariz.) PD started its home invasion unit two years ago to curb paramilitary raids on drug houses by well-organized crews with military grade weapons. The crews were well trained and often posed as police officers. In an interview from Tucson PD headquarters on Tuesday, the unit's Sgt. Bob Jimenez discussed the unit's approach to enforcement and outlined two recent cases, including a shootout with two former Marines with an SKS rifle. View the "Tucson Home Invasions: The Missing Man" photo gallery of one of the cases.

Houston PD's Mounted Unit

December 11, 2009

The Houston Police Department has one of the largest mounted patrol units in the country. Learn about it in this police recruitment video from Houston PD.

Loon Mountain (N.H.) Ski Patrol

November 19, 2009

The bread-and-butter calls on Paul Hayes' beat are ones you might expect: traffic control, investigating thefts, finding lost children, and handling unruly public intoxicants. Then there are the ones you might not expect: evacuating aerial chair lifts, transporting injured people via sled, and dealing with drug- or alcohol-fueled "Ski.U.I." incidents.

Douglas County (Colo.) Sheriff's Detention Unit

September 17, 2009

Inmates at Douglas County Detention Center in Colorado are indeed being punished, but the deputies who work there don't style themselves as punishers. Rather, they work as enforcers and facilitators-maintaining order and teaching life skills that will hopefully reduce the number of "repeat customers" to the jail.

Why I Joined the Bomb Squad

September 1, 2008

By the time you read this article, I should have completed the six-week basic course at the FBI/Army Hazardous Devices School in Huntsville, Ala. Which means I will be well on my way to becoming a certified bomb technician, a career aspiration that many people—including fellow cops—consider crazy.

Albuquerque PD's Strategic Outreach Teams

June 1, 2008

Tony, a chronically homeless man, lived in Albuquerque's Civic Plaza—also known as Concrete Park—and was well known by police and aid workers alike. Not because he was a problem citizen; Tony's behavior rarely generated any complaints. Instead, the Albuquerque (N.M.) Police Department often received calls from citizens who were worried about the friendly man's welfare.

The State of American Law Enforcement - Can the Average Cop Thrive in the Age of Specialization?

May 1, 2008

There is no shortage of inducements to work specialized units. Cool tools, flexible schedules, prestige, and the ability to work at something one is truly interested in are but a few of the perks.

Hillsborough County (Fla.) Sheriff's Agricultural Unit

October 1, 2007

Homer Brown, Larry Lingo, and Lowell Cain—the three detectives who work the Agricultural Unit of Hillsborough County, Fla.—aren't afraid to get down and dirty. "We just got done rounding up some cows at 10 this morning," says Det. Brown, referring to a case the trio and their horses handled on a hot, humid day last July.

Fla. Department of LE's Crimes Against Children Mobile Unit

August 1, 2007

The grisly murder of six-year-old Adam Walsh in 1981 was a wake-up call for America. Not only did it bring national attention to the growing problem of missing and abducted children, it also fostered an overhaul in the system.

Reno (Nev.) PD's Motel Interdiction Team

June 1, 2007

The Star of Reno shines no more. Luck ran out a long time ago for those who lodge at the Roulette Motel. And you'll find more grim than glamour at the Monte Carlo. Welcome to downtown Reno, Nev.

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