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How It All Began: <i>Miranda v. Arizona</i>

How It All Began: <i>Miranda v. Arizona</i>

The genesis of the Miranda warnings can be traced to March 13, 1963, when Ernesto Arturo Miranda was arrested by officers of the Phoenix Police Department for stealing $4 from a bank worker and for the kidnap and rape of another woman.

May 11, 2010

Miranda Warning Issues

Miranda Warning Issues

Miranda warnings are triggered by a simple formula: Custody + Interrogation = The requirement for Miranda warnings. A motorist is not in "custody" for Miranda purposes when he or she is detained for an ordinary traffic stop.

May 11, 2010

An Internal Affairs Investigation

An Internal Affairs Investigation

No matter what steps are taken prior to patrol, you are liable to rub someone the wrong way and have a complaint lodged against you. Here's some advice on how to respond.

April 5, 2010

Student Bullying

Student Bullying

In order to put bullying in a light police are familiar with, you may want to view it through the prism of domestic violence.

March 26, 2010

Asset Forfeiture

Asset Forfeiture

The goal of an asset forfeiture program should always be crime reduction; obtaining funds should be secondary to the primary mission.

February 12, 2010

Burglaries

Burglaries

One of the first steps in any burglary investigation is to determine what was taken. But remember what was not taken is often just as telling.

January 31, 2010

Information and Tips

Information and Tips

In addition to good citizens reporting suspicious behavior, police may receive tips from fellow officers, criminal informants, or anonymous sources. The more reliable the source of information, the less independent police investigation is necessary to verify the veracity of the tip.

December 22, 2009

Drunk Driving Prevention

Drunk Driving Prevention

November brings us to the onset of the holiday season. And the holiday season essentially begins and ends with two big nights of drinking: the night before Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve.

November 30, 2009

University Event Riots

University Event Riots

A department can prepare for a large student gathering by reviewing what has occurred in the past and considering the resources it has available. Such precautions are critical because any student gathering can digress into a riot.

October 30, 2009

Continuing Police Education

Continuing Police Education

Just because money is not available from your department doesn't mean that training becomes any less important. As a proactive officer, you know that you must remain current on your training if you are going to be effective on the street. This article is designed to help you locate free training resources and remain on the cutting edge of the law enforcement profession.

September 18, 2009

Child Burn Investigations

Child Burn Investigations

Child abuse is a wide reaching problem entailing physical and emotional abuse. This article will address one segment of child abuse, specifically burn injuries sustained by children.

August 31, 2009

Reducing Response to Non-Emergency 911 Calls

Reducing Response to Non-Emergency 911 Calls

The ongoing recession has forced police departments to look for areas where they can save money. One source of savings may be found in your agency's response to 911 calls.

July 31, 2009

Car Vs. Pedestrian Crashes

Car Vs. Pedestrian Crashes

The major contributing factor to pedestrian injuries and fatalities has nothing to do with the motor vehicle. Unsafe pedestrian actions are the major cause. Yet jaywalking enforcement remains an extremely low priority in most police departments.

June 1, 2009

Citizens’ Complaints about Speeding
April Fools

April Fools

The fourth month of the year is generally pleasant. But as the month progresses, the dates mark the anniversaries of illicit and sinister events and the fools of April are no longer funny.

April 1, 2009