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Whistleblowers Sounding the Alarm

Whistleblowers Sounding the Alarm

Regardless of how they are viewed, whistleblowers' capacity to effect change within their agencies often eclipses that of those with more formally acknowledged power.

April 25, 2014

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: Burton, Michigan 07/01/2009

Shots Fired: Burton, Michigan 07/01/2009

At the sound of Barksdale's commands, Kalahar spun the shotgun toward him and leveled it. As the man flinched, Barksdale's finger squeezed the trigger of his gun—repeatedly.

October 18, 2013

Second Careers

Second Careers

For those who finish their law enforcement careers, the breadth of experiences the profession avails them offers all manner of post-career options, and nothing speaks to the heart of the adrenaline junkie like another round in the octagon of law enforcement.

August 17, 2013

Shots Fired: St. Croix, Virgin Islands 08/18/2012

Shots Fired: St. Croix, Virgin Islands 08/18/2012

Howell leaned forward in pain, his ballistic vest rode up on his torso. A second round tore through his driver's side door, passed through his seat, and struck him in the back. Like the first, this round passed through Howell before striking Jones in the face.

July 16, 2013

Financial Literacy for Cops

Financial Literacy for Cops

If ever a cop had to concern himself with providing for his family today and tomorrow, it is now. To that end, some cops have taken on second and even third jobs; others have deferred their retirement. And still they worry.

June 19, 2013

Can We Prevent the Next Chris Dorner?

Can We Prevent the Next Chris Dorner?

Unlike most cornered suspects, the active, retired, or terminated cop who fights his former peers does so with a weapons cache that is wholly different from that of the usual suspects, one that comes with the experience, training, and tactical awareness unique to those who have worked in the profession.

May 21, 2013

Police and PTSD

Police and PTSD

As time went by, not only was PTSD diagnosed of war veterans, but of others who'd suffered some damage to their psyche as the result of being exposed to a traumatic event. High on the list of professions associated with the condition are first responders, including fire, EMS, and law enforcement.

February 22, 2013

The Hazards of Patrolling In Snow

The Hazards of Patrolling In Snow

Winter poses unique dangers for the patrol officer. Dealing with these threats is a matter of weather-proofing yourself both mentally and physically.

January 27, 2011

How You Can Become a Better Cop Right Now

How You Can Become a Better Cop Right Now

Becoming a better cop may not ensure formal recognition such as a promotion, but it'll virtually guarantee it informally. It'll simultaneously help you to do your job faster and increase your prospects to work elsewhere.

November 12, 2009

What to Expect from Your FTO

What to Expect from Your FTO

Policing isn't like eHarmony.com. Recruits and field training officers won't be matched based on 29 personality dimensions guaranteed to predict long-term relationship success.

November 1, 2008

Shots Fired: Little Rock, Arkansas 01•20•1996
The State of American Law Enforcement - Can the Average Cop Thrive in the Age of Specialization?
Talking Them Down

Talking Them Down

Sometimes you can use finesse to gain compliance and stop a situation from escalating into violence.

May 1, 2008

Lessons of Survival

Lessons of Survival

On Easter Sunday 1998, I was injured when a suspect ambushed another deputy and myself with an AK-47. In the shooting's aftermath, I considered how I owed my survival to formal and informal training that others had given me.

May 1, 2008