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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

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

Electronic Evidence Management

Electronic Evidence Management

Managing evidence is one of law enforcement's most critical tasks. Automating evidence management enables property room personnel to know where their evidence is and why.

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

How to Use Police Vehicle Tests

How to Use Police Vehicle Tests

The agencies that test new model-year, pursuit-rated vehicles offer complementary evaluations and differing methodologies that give them equal weight among vehicle purchasers.

November 1, 2012

Unusual Calls: Beyond the Norm

Unusual Calls: Beyond the Norm

There are those occasions when the fates bestow upon even an experienced officer something that he or she has not been previously exposed to and he or she has no idea of how to handle.

October 4, 2012

Shots Fired: Glendora, California 05/15/2011

Shots Fired: Glendora, California 05/15/2011

The suspect spun counterclockwise to face Cpl. Chris Stabio. His face was contorted into a grimace and his lips seemed to mouth an unheard profanity. He raised his right arm toward Stabio. In his hand was a dark object. That the object was a firearm didn't become apparent until Stabio was about almost six feet inside the front door and it started spitting fire at him.

July 16, 2012

Choosing Caprice

Choosing Caprice

The Montclair (Calif.) Police Department chose Caprice to replace its aging Crown Vics due to the spacious cabin, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty, 6.0-liter V-8 engine, and dynamic braking.

November 11, 2011

Ending a Barricade with Heavy Equipment
Shots Fired: Fontana, California 07/04/2005

Shots Fired: Fontana, California 07/04/2005

The cyclist's attire suggested "gang banger" and their spot lamp illumination of him confirmed it. The rider - Camilo Morales - leaned forward and pistoned his legs faster.

May 13, 2010

Defined Benefit

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

July 1, 2006

Napa (Calif.) Police Department

Sometimes a schoolyard scuffle is just a simple fight. Sometimes it’s a clear cry for help from a kid battling bigger demons at home. And sometimes it portends more serious violence from a disturbed, future-felon-in-the-making.

March 1, 2006

Police Inventors: Building a Better Mousetrap

It’s said that necessity is the mother of invention, and that’s clearly true for cops. Sent out on the streets with often outdated or unproven equipment, cops, like soldiers, have been forced to improvise, tweak, jury-rig, or just plain create what they need.

July 1, 2004

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