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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

Second Careers

Second Careers

For those who finish their law enforcement careers, the breadth of experiences the profession avails them offers all manner of post-career options, and nothing speaks to the heart of the adrenaline junkie like another round in the octagon of law enforcement.

August 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

Shots Fired: St. Croix, Virgin Islands 08/18/2012

Shots Fired: St. Croix, Virgin Islands 08/18/2012

Howell leaned forward in pain, his ballistic vest rode up on his torso. A second round tore through his driver's side door, passed through his seat, and struck him in the back. Like the first, this round passed through Howell before striking Jones in the face.

July 16, 2013

Financial Literacy for Cops

Financial Literacy for Cops

If ever a cop had to concern himself with providing for his family today and tomorrow, it is now. To that end, some cops have taken on second and even third jobs; others have deferred their retirement. And still they worry.

June 19, 2013

Shots Fired: Carbondale, Illinois 01/29/2007

Shots Fired: Carbondale, Illinois 01/29/2007

When Officer John Doogan and his partner arrived at the cottage house on Beveridge Street, all they knew was that it was a domestic call and that such calls took all shapes and forms. Neither officer knew just how out of control things had gotten before their arrival and how bad things were about to get.

June 14, 2013

Can We Prevent the Next Chris Dorner?

Can We Prevent the Next Chris Dorner?

Unlike most cornered suspects, the active, retired, or terminated cop who fights his former peers does so with a weapons cache that is wholly different from that of the usual suspects, one that comes with the experience, training, and tactical awareness unique to those who have worked in the profession.

May 21, 2013

Shots Fired: San Dimas, California 06/20/1989

Shots Fired: San Dimas, California 06/20/1989

Belmontez raised the knife and charged at the officers with rapid steps. That the man had a wooden leg had already been made known to Brown. What he didn't expect was that the 250-pound man had long ago become accustomed to walking with it.

May 15, 2013

Shots Fired: Cleveland, Ohio 07/09/2008

Shots Fired: Cleveland, Ohio 07/09/2008

Officer Jim Simone glanced at a teller to his left. The two knew one another well enough for Simone to see that she was having a hard time preventing a bizarre expression from registering on her face. Simone realized very quickly that he had walked into a robbery in progress.

April 17, 2013

Who Are the Oath Keepers?

Who Are the Oath Keepers?

After witnessing what he saw as an unconstitutional outrage in the wake of Katrina, a constitutional law scholar founded the Oath Keepers, an organization for peace officers and soldiers who adhere strictly to the letter of the Constitution and swear not to obey any orders that they believe to be unconstitutional.

April 4, 2013

Social Media Ridealongs

Social Media Ridealongs

Not only do social media help agencies establish better community ties, they also provide them with auxiliary networks of support personnel, informants, and sympathetic witnesses.

March 20, 2013

Shots Fired: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 08/29/2010

Shots Fired: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 08/29/2010

Before Lawson had time to open her car door, the man turned and raised a rifle and began shooting. Lawson's mind kicked into a hyperkinetic drive, her synapses firing in rapid-fire succession of one another and keeping pace with the man's action on the trigger of the AR-15 he was wielding.

March 14, 2013

Police and PTSD

Police and PTSD

As time went by, not only was PTSD diagnosed of war veterans, but of others who'd suffered some damage to their psyche as the result of being exposed to a traumatic event. High on the list of professions associated with the condition are first responders, including fire, EMS, and law enforcement.

February 22, 2013

Shots Fired: Glendale, California 03/31/2008

Shots Fired: Glendale, California 03/31/2008

Gonzalez glanced back in Anderson's direction a second time. "Aw, shit!" he said, his facial expression leaving no doubt as to the sincerity of the sentiment. And with that, he tossed his soda on the ground and took off running around the corner and southbound on Adams Street.

February 15, 2013

Shots Fired: Jefferson City,  Missouri 12/10/2011

Shots Fired: Jefferson City, Missouri 12/10/2011

The sight of the wagon pulling into the hotel parking lot caused Bohanan's heart to sink. He hoped that the suspect would drive through the hotel lot and continue on. He didn't want to have to deal with a desperate murder suspect loose in the hotel.

January 22, 2013