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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

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

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

The Dorner Rampage is Over…Now Comes the Repercussions
Is 'End of Watch' Just 'Training Day II?'

Is 'End of Watch' Just 'Training Day II?'

"End of Watch" is from start to finish undeniably entertaining, and on those occasions when it is on tactically and procedurally sound footing, it transcends any other patrol-oriented film I have ever seen.

October 1, 2012

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

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

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

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