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On-Body Video: A Double-Edged Sword

On-Body Video: A Double-Edged Sword

Until recently the technology was limited to traffic stops and perhaps some critical incidents. Now, video can be used to document every aspect of a law enforcement officer's shift. But the question that each agency has to answer remains: Is that a good thing?

July 16, 2012

This Blog Is Almost Rated G

I am not going all "born again" or going "p.c." on ya. I am just pledging to try and be a little more discriminating in how I communicate my thoughts from now on. Ideally I would like to communicate my thoughts without offending you any more than necessary.

July 11, 2012

Shots Fired: Oakland, California 08/27/2010

Shots Fired: Oakland, California 08/27/2010

After serving several DEA warrants in Oakland, Fremont, Calif., police officer Todd Young and his partner headed into East Oakland in hopes of locating a wanted Union City gang member whose ex-girlfriend had said that he'd been hanging out in the area. The officers were met with gunfire, when they located their suspect.

June 13, 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

If You Can Read This...Please Don't

Well, a couple of weeks ago I blogged about the attempted arrest of a Santa Maria (Calif.) Police officer that resulted in his shooting death. I'd like to think that a vast majority of the few thousand—we keep a running tally—who read the piece at least understood where I was coming.

February 14, 2012

Taking Down One of Our Own

Why did the Santa Maria (Calif.) PD attempt to arrest one of its officers on a public street? Was there some other precipitating factor at work? Because absent such explanations, I fail to see the need for the PD to take the officer down then and there at a DUI checkpoint.

February 2, 2012

Video: Avoiding Blue on Blue Arrests

Video: Avoiding Blue on Blue Arrests

These are legitimate concerns, especially from an officer safety angle. After all, take-over robbery suspects have been known to don raid jackets or flash badges as a means of gaining entry into victims' houses.

November 28, 2011

LASD Jail Probe: Chickens Come Home to Roost

LASD Jail Probe: Chickens Come Home to Roost

It is quite possible that Baca did try to keep abreast of things, only to find his efforts undermined by another all-too-human factor-the fear of alienating one's self from the marginal affections of el jefe. Face it, nobody wants to get caught playing Mr. Blackwell—the fashion critic-to the emperor with no clothes.

October 31, 2011

Police Agencies Need to Take 'Dirty' Money

Police Agencies Need to Take 'Dirty' Money

Whatever the incentive is for someone donating something, it shouldn't be of concern so long as we conduct ourselves in a manner that is expected of us and we have no reason to believe the nature of what we are receiving stands to compromise us.

September 29, 2011

Criminal Cops: Foxes in the Chicken Coop?

Criminal Cops: Foxes in the Chicken Coop?

There are few things more terrifying than the thought of a captain of a patrol station playing both sides of the fence. The question isn't whether or not your captain had your best interests in mind but how far would he or she go to protect his or her criminal contacts?

September 15, 2011

Shots Fired: Ontario, California 02/03/2002

Shots Fired: Ontario, California 02/03/2002

For Officer Kris Lavoie of the Ontario (Calif.) Police Department, Super Bowl Sunday 2002 would prove to be a busy one. But not in the way that most Americans enjoy. For Lavoie had no idea just how busy. Or just how much he would feel like a real "gladiator" before the day was over.

September 12, 2011

We Need Ballistic Helmets on Patrol

We Need Ballistic Helmets on Patrol

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has recently acquired ballistic helmets for its patrol personnel. While there are still a lot of stupid practices within my alma mater, LASD has a deserved reputation for emphasizing officer safety and equipping its personnel accordingly.

August 22, 2011

What is Going on In San Francisco?

What is Going on In San Francisco?

Sadly, it would appear that American law enforcement has lost much of its willingness to take the initiative and restore the peace. We've come a long way from the days when the Texas Rangers boasted they only needed one Ranger to end one riot.

July 29, 2011

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

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