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Editorial: Lawless Nation

Editorial: Lawless Nation

Violent crime against police and the public is increasing at an alarming rate and almost all of it stems from the same source.

June 17, 2021

Pieces of My Mind

Pieces of My Mind

Thoughts on some of the law enforcement news that came across our computers in October.

November 6, 2019

Shots Fired: Anaheim, California 09/25/2009
Looking Back: Tragedy, Invisible Killers, and the Death Penalty
Is Contact and Cover Dead?
Tragedy in Bakersfield

Tragedy in Bakersfield

Activists who have never been trained as law enforcement officers have demanded to know why officers didn't use other force options.

January 10, 2017

Up Through the Ranks

Up Through the Ranks

Now that Williams has achieved one of her greatest career goals by becoming chief of her hometown Phoenix PD, she has equally lofty goals for the department.

December 7, 2016

Lessons Learned from a Very Bloody Week

Lessons Learned from a Very Bloody Week

It will be many months before we have the final reports on the Colorado Springs and San Bernardino active shooter attacks. But initial reports can give us an outline of what occurred during these two bloody incidents and perhaps enough insight to yield some important lessons learned.

January 28, 2016

Do Police Have to be Perfect?

If we start punishing officers for every mistake, just because an encounter ended in the justified shooting of a suspect, then officers will surely minimize their contact with suspects.

July 16, 2015

Policing Tourist Areas: Working Where Others Play

Policing Tourist Areas: Working Where Others Play

Law enforcement officers who work in tourism towns have a two-fold mission, protecting the locals and protecting the droves of tourists that the locals depend upon for their livelihood and their departments depend upon for operating funds. That may sound crass but law enforcement agencies in destination areas have to be aware of the numbers and what they mean.

July 17, 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

Speed Sign Success

Speed Sign Success

Every driver speeds now and again, especially on heavily trafficked thoroughfares. A reminder in the form of a temporary radar sign displaying the driver's speed may be all that's needed to bring down vehicles' speedometer readings.

February 3, 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

Airsoft Tragedy in Sonoma County

Airsoft Tragedy in Sonoma County

What might have happened if the subject had been a gang member, the AK had been real, and the deputy hadn’t taken action?

November 4, 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

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