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....
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...
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...
February 5, 2016
The well-trained, self-disciplined, smart law enforcement officer first tries a consensual encounter, before resorting to a detention that may...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
September 2, 2015
In some cases, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that particular searches and seizures need only "reasonable suspicion" to be constitutional—not the...
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...