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Alone Against All Odds

Alone Against All Odds

Cops are accustomed to answering calls for help, and generally think no less of those who ask. But officers themselves are often hesitant to ask for help, and that can be very impractical and even costly. 

June 24, 2014

Shots Fired: Mt. Orab, Ohio 01/03/2010
Shots Fired: Bloomingdale, Illinois 10/26/1998
Shots Fired: Berks County, Pennsylvania 06/30/2011

Shots Fired: Berks County, Pennsylvania 06/30/2011

Upon their crossing, the trackers noticed that leaves blanketing the side of a steep hill had been disturbed. Regrouping with his K-9, Pagerly gave him the search command and released him again. Jynx appeared to immediately find an odor and began moving rapidly up hill and toward Hawk Mountain Road.

March 26, 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

Fighting the "Never Say Die" Killer

Fighting the "Never Say Die" Killer

Taking the one-percenter out is problematic. You're no doubt familiar with the extremely popular cable television series "The Walking Dead" in which you have to shoot the brain to put down the monster. This often holds true in getting the one-percenters to go "lights out," too.

February 25, 2014

Shots Fired: Marshalltown, Iowa 11/02/2012

Shots Fired: Marshalltown, Iowa 11/02/2012

The seemingly tireless duo crossed in front of Jefferson's patrol unit. Jefferson drew his sidearm and yelled, "Stop! Police! Let me see your hands! Get on the ground!"

February 14, 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: Kitsap County, Washington 01/23/2011

Shots Fired: Kitsap County, Washington 01/23/2011

If as it's said there's no rest for the wicked, then it follows that the Sabbath day offers no respite for law enforcement. Certainly, the third Sunday of January 2011 adhered to that truth as three Kitsap County, Wash., Sheriff's deputies could attest.

December 12, 2013

Shots Fired: Brown County, Texas 07/29/2012

Shots Fired: Brown County, Texas 07/29/2012

Right smack in the middle of the kill zone, Sgt. Means figured tactical withdrawal was not an option—the shooter could nail him before he had a chance to get very far.

November 26, 2013

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

What's Really Going On With Crime Rates

What's Really Going On With Crime Rates

For all its censuring of personnel for on-duty trysts and off-duty DUIs, the profession pays curiously little attention to an ongoing transgression perpetrated within it: stat fudging. Misreporting statistics about crime is not a new phenomenon.

October 9, 2013

Shots Fired #100: Anywhere, USA

Shots Fired #100: Anywhere, USA

For our 100th "Shots Fired" article, I'm going to step outside the normal formula of our concept and talk about some things I've learned and some heroic officers I've had the honor of interviewing.

September 21, 2013

What It's Like to Be Shot

What It's Like to Be Shot

Perhaps the most significant factor in an officer's ability to recover from a shooting incident is the level of support offered to him by his department. Departments that provide post-shooting support and advocate for their officers in the media and with health care providers are more likely to benefit from their actions in the long run.

September 17, 2013

Shots Fired: Jackson County, Kansas 02/18/2000

Shots Fired: Jackson County, Kansas 02/18/2000

No sooner were the words out of Schoen's mouth than he observed the shooter coming down the ladder in front of the house and walking toward his patrol car. He heard his K-9, "Falco," barking at the man from his back seat kennel.

August 11, 2013