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Reserve Officers: For Love of the Job

Reserve Officers: For Love of the Job

At minimum, an LASD reserve officer's service will include logging 20 hours a month regardless of obligations posed by the reserve's regular job and family responsibilities. He may find himself working his own patrol car, standing guard in the cold along a parade route, or handling that "change of shift" report nobody else wanted.

March 4, 2014

Shots Fired: Riverside, California 09/11/2008

Shots Fired: Riverside, California 09/11/2008

Officer Evan Wright chased after a gang member who fled and reached for his pocket while running. A flying tackle sent the two men into the middle of a residential driveway where some 20 guests were observing a quinceanera party in the front yard.

January 17, 2014

Shots Fired: San Dimas, California 06/20/1989

Shots Fired: San Dimas, California 06/20/1989

Belmontez raised the knife and charged at the officers with rapid steps. That the man had a wooden leg had already been made known to Brown. What he didn't expect was that the 250-pound man had long ago become accustomed to walking with it.

May 15, 2013

The First Female Patrol Officers

The First Female Patrol Officers

The dawn of the contemporary female officer came in 1972. It was a moment in time where law enforcement's and the public's attitude toward women with badges began to change and female officers began to be perceived as "real police."

September 21, 2012

Tales of the Occupation

Tales of the Occupation

The Occupy protestors have been willing to forego "nine-to-five" picketing in favor of setting up camps on public land. And that has presented two major problems for law enforcement: crime within the camps and civil disobedience once the protesters are legally ordered to disperse.

February 17, 2012

Shots Fired: Eureka, California 12/08/2006

Shots Fired: Eureka, California 12/08/2006

Within a day of Honda's holing up in the motel room, the Eureka Police Department received information of the man's whereabouts. The idea of dealing with a man desperately determined to avoid arrest and under the influence of meth was not something Eureka officers wanted to even think about it.

July 1, 2011

Station Attacks

Station Attacks

Most assaults on cops are borne of desperate bids to evade justice. But what of those who go so far as to engage and assault cops on their home turf? What makes these time bombs tick? Revenge, for one.

May 16, 2011

Shots Fired: Mission Viejo, California 03/09/2008
Booby Traps

Booby Traps

Often engineered with little more than rudimentary know-how, real world booby traps may lack the sophisticated engineering of those in the "Saw" films, yet prove every bit as lethal.

June 30, 2010

Shots Fired: Palm Desert, California 03•30•1996
What Can be Learned from the Oakland Tragedy

What Can be Learned from the Oakland Tragedy

Four officers murdered. A fifth wounded. One suspect dead. A police department in shock. Not since the 1970 Newhall shooting has an officer-involved shooting reverberated so strongly throughout the law enforcement community.

May 1, 2009

Five Ways the Economy Will Change Your Job

Five Ways the Economy Will Change Your Job

For those in law enforcement, the question becomes one of: How does all of this economic gloom affect me? To address this question, POLICE decided to look at five of the biggest economic threats facing law enforcement.

February 1, 2009

Shots Fired: Corona, California 11-07-2002
The State of American Law Enforcement - Rules of Engagement

The State of American Law Enforcement - Rules of Engagement

In smaller agencies, policy manuals—if they existed—were just a few policy statements. Now there are multiple bound volumes that no officer can be expected to memorize, let alone understand. — Tom Aveni, Police Policy Studies Council

October 1, 2008