Do you want to wear an on-body camera while on duty?
In those cases where force is used—and we are most likely to be sued—we seem to be ashamed to tell the truth and admit that we hit, punched, kicked, bit, scratched, and otherwise got nasty with some miscreant.
The era of on-officer video has arrived. The technology is poised to help keep officers safer and more accountable on the job, while protecting law enforcement agencies from nuisance lawsuits.
You have to make split-second decisions when it comes to use of force while effecting an arrest. Training in strategy and tactics, control and verbal techniques, and proper use of force are essential for you to make proper decisions.
A 19-year-old man who fled a traffic stop with a Pittsburgh Police officer inside his vehicle faces multiple counts after a judge ordered him to face trial. The officer shot Leon Ford four times, leaving him paralyzed. Read the full story here.
At present, less-lethal weapons are a fact of life. It's hard to find an agency that doesn't use at least one in one form or another. With technology advances being what they are, there are more options today than ever before. Let's look at some of the available technologies and how they make a difference.
Law enforcement officers have plenty of less-lethal options to avoid a deadly force encounter, including light, chemical agents, conducted electrical weapons, projectile weapons, and launchable pepper projectiles. Read more in our March feature "Less-Lethal Weapon Options" and make sure to train with your mutual-aid agencies. Photos by Mark W. Clark and Amaury Murgado.
Three Bridgeport (Conn.) Police officers have been moved to desk jobs after a video surfaced showing them kicking a suspect after a foot pursuit. A witness posted video of the May, 20, 2011, incident to YouTube earlier this month. Read the full story here.