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Guide to Online Criminal Justice Programs
Tuff-Writer's Precision Press Pen

Tuff-Writer's Precision Press Pen

You might tempted to call it a "clicky pen" because its ink tip is retractable, but unlike other such writing implements it's so smooth there is no telltale "click." It's also much more durable than the kind you'll find at most offices, yet more cost-effective than others intended to double as kubatons. It's Tuff-Writer’s Precision Press Pen.

June 12, 2012

Setting Interpersonal Boundaries

Setting Interpersonal Boundaries

Some days it seems there's always some schmuck hell-bent on ruining my day. There have been times when I was really good at not letting the person get to me, and then there were other times when I wasn't and just added to the drama. In reality it is my reaction to the situation that has either helped or made it worse.

June 27, 2011

Should You Chase or Contain?

Should You Chase or Contain?

So should you chase or contain? It depends on the situation and what agency you work for. Just as there are a variety of threats to consider about suspects in flight, so too are there differences of opinion as to how to address the problem.

July 31, 2010

Best Practices in TASER Targeting
Saving Green by Going Green

Saving Green by Going Green

"We are all looking to reduce future costs," says Chief Robert Stewart of the Cotati (Calif.) Police Department, whose department sought to save money by reducing its energy use with a new police facility. While green features added $700,000 to the project's final tab, Stewart expects a rapid return on the investment in reduced energy costs.

October 14, 2009

The State of American Law Enforcement - Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don't
Cutting Out the Chase

Cutting Out the Chase

Now, emerging technologies may offer a solution once thought impossible: to stop a fleeing violator quickly, yet safely.

November 1, 2007

How to Evaluate Ammunition

Imagine for a moment that you are a law enforcement administrator who is responsible for evaluating ammunition for your agency. The decisions you make can have a profound effect on the safety of your sworn personnel and the civilian population that they serve. The same is true if you are an individual officer who is allowed to use personally owned firearms and ammunition on the job. You have a responsibility to select the best ammunition available.

March 1, 2007

How to Evaluate a Training Program

You have many opportunities for training outside of your agency. But how do you tell which classes are suitable for you and whether what you learn in those classes will work on the street?

August 1, 2006

Perimeter Concerns

Working perimeters can be tedious, but it's important that we remember the basics of this role.

April 1, 2006

How to Buy a Ballistic Vest

How to Buy a Ballistic Vest

How much is a cop’s safety worth? Despite safety concerns, due to shrinking budgets it’s becoming increasingly common for police departments to require officers to purchase their own body armor. Even when agencies pony up some money for ballistic vests, it’s usually not enough to buy the best of the best—which is what most officers want protecting them from bodily harm.

March 1, 2006

How to Cope with Looters

The looters hit the gun stores in New Orleans first, loading up with rifles and ammunition to better fend for the crimes to follow. Then they descended upon other stores. Before long, they moved from the business districts to nearby residences. And what Hurricane Katrina hadn’t ravaged or left destroyed, they did.

November 1, 2005

How to Care for Your K-9

The excitement of working with a K-9 partner can sometimes overshadow the amount of care and upkeep these animals need. Of course, just like people they need to maintain overall health to excel in the field.

October 1, 2005

How to Write a Policy Manual

Even if you’ve never been asked to produce a policies and procedures manual, you can well imagine what a huge undertaking it is. If you are planning to develop or even update your agency’s manual, the suggestions contained in this article should help you save time, produce a quality manual, and avoid some frustrations that can occur.

September 1, 2005