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Officer Safety: Preventing Murders on Traffic Stops
How to Protect Against Fentanyl Exposure

How to Protect Against Fentanyl Exposure

It's important to know what to look for if you suspect contact with fentanyl. Symptoms of opioid overdose include very small "pinpoint" pupils, slow heartbeat or low blood pressure, and being unresponsive.

August 30, 2018

Preventing Struck-by-Vehicle Duty Deaths
The Lighter Side of Enforcing the Law

The Lighter Side of Enforcing the Law

From traffic stops to the courts, sometimes the best tool an officer has for meeting the challenges of the job is a sense of humor.

January 3, 2018

Reducing Driving Dangers

Reducing Driving Dangers

Officers aren't out there purely to catch speeders and issue citations. They're out there to educate people about the laws and why it's in their best interest to follow them.

August 12, 2016

Unlawfully Prolonged Traffic Stop

Unlawfully Prolonged Traffic Stop

Is it OK under the Fourth Amendment to turn a traffic stop into a criminal investigation? Of course it is, provided the justification for the additional investigation is developed during the reasonable duration of the traffic stop—not after.

June 18, 2015

YouTube Legal Advice Traffic Stop

YouTube Legal Advice Traffic Stop

As you approach the vehicle you notice that her window is rolled up and she has a sign pressed up on her window that says, "I am NOT talking to you, NO you can't search my vehicle, and I want my attorney." She also has her driver's license pressed onto the glass so you can see it.

May 21, 2015

Stopping Fatal Trends

Stopping Fatal Trends

According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, in the first half of 2014 officer fatalities increased 31% over the same time period in 2013. The only thing we can do is train for the unexpected, and prepare ourselves for that one day that may never happen. 

October 7, 2014

Stopping Big Rigs

Stopping Big Rigs

For whatever reason some officers are intimidated when it comes to stopping big rigs. But it's a part of an officer's job to enforce the rules and regulations of the road, and crimes are being committed by some operators of these big rigs.

March 10, 2014

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

How to Approach Traffic Stops

How to Approach Traffic Stops

Experience teaches that there is nothing routine about what we do once we hit the streets. Traffic stops are no exception. A traffic stop generally has two threat levels; you are either at risk or at high risk.

November 26, 2012

Sovereign Citizens: A Clear and Present Danger

Sovereign Citizens: A Clear and Present Danger

Sovereign citizens believe that the government has no right to tax them, issue licenses, or do many of the other things that the average American citizen has accepted as the roles of government. They also believe that the only legitimate law enforcement officer is the elected sheriff.

September 21, 2012

Shots Fired: Redford Township, Michigan 06/10/1998

Shots Fired: Redford Township, Michigan 06/10/1998

Sgt. Adam Pasciak's mind began to feel like it was starting to shut down when he heard more gunshots ringing out—a lot of them. Sgt. Jim Turner had witnessed what happened and continued the foot pursuit of the driver, exchanging gunfire as they ran.

August 29, 2012

Making Nighttime Traffic Stops

Making Nighttime Traffic Stops

Traffic stops are second nature to most patrol officers but even the most routine activities become more complex when executed in diminished light. Let's review nighttime traffic stop safety procedures that you should know and then we'll look at some additional considerations that can help increase your safety during a nighttime traffic stop.

June 20, 2012

Vehicle Counter-ambush Tactics for Patrol

Vehicle Counter-ambush Tactics for Patrol

In last month's The Winning Edge article, I discussed how to anticipate and respond to ambushes when arriving on calls in an urban environment. In this related article, I will discuss how to handle ambushes while in your car.

May 23, 2012

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