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Maintaining Your Force

Maintaining Your Force

To avoid needlessly recruiting additional officers, agencies are working to keep current officers happy in their careers.

April 3, 2018

Thinking Outside of the Recruiting Box
IACP 2015: Report from the Aisles

IACP 2015: Report from the Aisles

The show floor of this year's International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Conference held in Chicago, Oct. 25-27, again was dominated by body-worn cameras and related software and hardware. 

December 28, 2015

What Retirement's Really Like

What Retirement's Really Like

Law enforcement officers are used to not just keeping busy but having a purpose; staying mentally and physically active is key, say police retirees.

June 30, 2015

Building Leaders

Building Leaders

Even if people receive some training, there is more to becoming a leader than taking a class. Training in all its aspects needs to change with the times. But it's a pervasive cultural issue. And it takes time to change a culture.

March 31, 2014

The New Guard

Capt. Rhonda Lawson, president of the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives (NAWLEE), became the first female field captain in the Texas Highway Patrol's history. In her experience, many officers resent competition with minorities for desired positions.

March 31, 2014

How to Find Funding for Specialty Vehicles

How to Find Funding for Specialty Vehicles

The Homeland Security grants that seemed to grow on trees after 9/11 are not as plentiful as they once were. But that's not to say law enforcement agencies can't obtain grant funding for specialty vehicles. They just might need to approach it differently. 

August 17, 2012

How Safe Is Your Pension?

How Safe Is Your Pension?

You can't turn on the television these days without hearing about the economic crisis that's affecting not only the U.S., but the entire world. So it stands to reason that many retirement funds are suffering as a result. Some public sector pension plans are relatively unaffected, while others were too fragile to weather the financial storm.

October 17, 2011

Pensions: Winning Hearts and Minds

Some citizens are quick to blame police officers themselves for pension funding issues, not understanding the underlying causes. This is why the prospect of citizens who are uninformed or misinformed voting on pension issues is worrisome.

October 17, 2011

Pensions: Defined Benefit vs. Defined Contribution

Public employees typically have access to a defined benefit pension, which may not include Social Security, or a defined contribution savings plan. Learn the difference between the two.

October 17, 2011

Stats at a Glance

Stats at a Glance

CrimeReports' eponymous flagship product allows a law enforcement agency to show the public where and when crimes are being committed in their jurisdiction via online maps. The company's Command Central takes this idea one step further by putting these statistics in the hands of the agency itself.

January 27, 2010

The State of American Law Enforcement - Women Warriors

The State of American Law Enforcement - Women Warriors

Maintaining a balance between one's identity as a woman and as a police officer is never going to be easy. Knowing this, Sgt. Stefani Gombar of the Phoenix PD cherishes one piece of advice she received in the academy from a female officer: "Don't lose yourself."

June 1, 2008

The State of American Law Enforcement - A Love-Hate Relationship

The State of American Law Enforcement - A Love-Hate Relationship

"My brother told me, 'If you want everyone to love you, join the fire department. If you want half the people to love you but half the people to hate you, go ahead and be on the police department.'" — Officer Michael Pecha, Omaha (Neb.) Police Department.

April 1, 2008

Taking a Toll

The enormity of what law enforcement officers have been tasked with in the Gulf state areas devastated by this year’s one-two punch of hurricanes can be summed up in one word: overwhelming.

November 1, 2005

The Money Crunch: Staffing Shortage
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