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Drawing First Blood

Drawing First Blood

Reporters rarely get all the facts right because the facts are hazy by the time their first stories are posted on the Web, broadcast, or inked onto paper. That haziness doesn't clear until the official investigation is complete. By then the reporters have created a "truth" that persists in the public consciousness.

October 9, 2013

The DOJ's VALOR Training Initiative

The DOJ's VALOR Training Initiative

The goal of the VALOR Initiative is to help officers rediscover and hone their officer safety skills. Regional VALOR training sessions are conducted at no cost to the host agency or to the officers who attend.

May 14, 2013

20 Things You Need to Know About Night Vision

20 Things You Need to Know About Night Vision

Night vision tools are less ubiquitous in law enforcement, but as prices fall, they are becoming more common. Yet many law enforcement officers are still confused about what night vision can and can't do and what they need to know before buying it.

March 14, 2013

Police Readers Support Concealed Carry, Romney for President

Police Readers Support Concealed Carry, Romney for President

The vast majority of working law enforcement officers in the United States support the Second Amendment right to bear arms and plan to vote for presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney this fall. That's the findings of a survey conducted by POLICE Magazine this summer.

September 12, 2012

Be Careful Out There

Be Careful Out There

I think complacency is also the reason why so many veteran cops tend to get in serious trouble. You let down your guard and you end up doing things you would have never dreamed of doing as a rookie, things that are extremely damaging to your career and your livelihood.

October 1, 2011

Peace On Earth

Peace On Earth

There is no peace on Earth this Christmas season, but there are peaceful moments. And the only reason that we have such peaceful moments is because of the sheepdogs.

December 22, 2010

The Peter Principle

The Peter Principle

It's critical that only the best warriors get promoted up the ranks in law enforcement. Wearing sergeant's stripes or lieutenant's bars on your uniform has to be about more than just time served or passing a test.

February 12, 2010

Rethinking D.A.R.E.

For some of the kids in the D.A.R.E. program, the D.A.R.E. officer is the only adult that they can really talk to.

August 31, 2009

Washington Turns on the Money Tap

Brace for Impact

Some homeowners upside down in their mortgages have just walked away, leaving their properties to the bank. An abandoned home is bad news. It draws criminals like dead critters draw vultures.

November 1, 2008

The State of American Law Enforcement - SWAT: Breaking the Mold

The State of American Law Enforcement - SWAT: Breaking the Mold

LAPD brass is still trying to mold SWAT into a softer, gentler special unit that won't offend the politically correct sensibilities of community activists. But now for one of the few times in its distinguished history, SWAT is actually vulnerable to such pressure.

August 1, 2008

The State of American Law Enforcement - The Thinning Blue Line
What's It Really Like on the Street?

What's It Really Like on the Street?

Young med students wonder if they will kill a patient. New West Point grads wonder if they have what it takes to lead soldiers into battle. And cops straight out of the academy wonder if they are tough enough and wise enough to maintain the peace.

November 1, 2007

Defined Benefit

A strong and generous pension is the least society can do for your years of service.

July 1, 2006

Armored Cars

Official reports say that at about 11:30 p.m. on Thursday March 3, Officer Richard Kunz of the Schertz (Texas) Police Department pulled over a black Toyota Corolla on Interstate 35.

November 1, 2005

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