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Responding to Civil Disputes

Here you are being thrust into the middle of a situation that took years to deteriorate. Now you are expected to solve it in five minutes or less because you are, in fact, the police department, right?

April 11, 2008

Be Thankful!

"We cops have the best job in the world!" How many times has each of us said this to someone during our careers? However, when was the last time you stopped to consider all the other "forgotten" benefits of this job?

January 30, 2008

Fit for Duty?

Picture this: the pursuit ends with the suspect bailing out and running. You and your fellow officers set your perimeter and give chase. The bad guy gets away, and you and your buddies return to the cars to swap excuses about how you could have caught this guy "back in the day." Sound familiar?

November 7, 2007

Testing for Sergeant

While I can't do anything to help you pass the time during the waiting process, I can give you some tips on how to maximize your testing experience.

September 19, 2007

Besting the Defense at Cross Examination

We all know the feeling. You catch the bad guy, book all of your evidence, and put together a great case. Now you're in court, sitting on the stand answering the district attorney's questions when he or she finally says, "no further questions."

August 3, 2007

Education: The Key to Preventing Auto Theft and Burglary

Auto burglary and auto theft make up a huge portion of an officer's report writing time. Anyone who has ever worked dayshift knows how many of these calls come in as soon as people wake up and check on their vehicles (or where their vehicle was the night before). While taking these reports, we get to hear the "obvious" ways victims made their car look like a glowing beacon at night to burglars.

July 5, 2007

Working Informants

Informants can provide a wealth of information. However, that information can come at a price if you’re not careful how you deal with them. Too many officers fall into a few common traps with informants, leading to bad cases, blown operations or personal complaints against them.

May 1, 2007

Where’s the Dope?

We'll look into some of the best (and most common) places criminals like to hide things inside a vehicle.

March 1, 2007

A Numbers Game

Vehicle Identification Numbers (VINs) are a very useful tool in the hands of an officer with a little knowledge.

October 1, 2006

The Power of Field Contacts

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.

September 1, 2006

Contact Knowledge

Everyone has their own list of local "Good Guys To Know." While it's great to have a guy on call to get the best restaurant recommendations and a killer deal on that new truck, it can be just as useful in your career of law enforcement.

August 1, 2006

Guard Droppers

Most departments forget to train officers for one very dangerous time on the job: the “safe” times, after a suspect has been arrested.

July 1, 2006

The Key to Auto Theft

As the mercury begins to rise, so does the crime rate nationwide. Auto theft is certainly among those warm-weather crimes of opportunity, and one that routinely spikes around this time of year. One of the easiest auto theft techniqes to detect is the use of shaved keys.

June 1, 2006

Picture This

Although digital cameras are certainly high-tech and have a lot more power and control than their film predecessors, they are still only as good as the officer holding them.

May 1, 2006

Perimeter Concerns

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

April 1, 2006

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