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In His Own Words

In His Own Words

Slain Las Vegas officer Charleston Hartfield left a record of public service and a book of his thoughts on what it means to be a "public servant."

November 2, 2017

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

The Hazards of Patrolling In Snow

The Hazards of Patrolling In Snow

Winter poses unique dangers for the patrol officer. Dealing with these threats is a matter of weather-proofing yourself both mentally and physically.

January 27, 2011

The State of American Law Enforcement - Teaching to the Test

The State of American Law Enforcement - Teaching to the Test

One thing that's clear from the statistics is that law enforcement is becoming a more dangerous occupation. Which begs the question: Is the training that the average law enforcement officer receives adequate enough to help him or her counter the threats presented by the job?

March 1, 2008

Fatal Errors: Surviving Traffic Duty

It is easy to get careless while engaged in something you do a great deal. If you are a uniformed police officer and don’t work in a jail, chances are that traffic and vehicles are the bread and butter of your existence.

January 1, 2005

Fatal Errors: Surviving Arrest and Control

Fatal Errors: Surviving Arrest and Control

In the Southwestern U.S., a patrolman with about a year on the job was shot twice in the back of the head while transporting two robbery suspects in the back seat of his patrol car. The officer had failed to find a .380 caliber handgun concealed on one of the robbers. The officer died of the wounds he received in the 3:30 a.m. incident.

January 1, 2005

Fatal Errors: Surviving Domestic Violence Calls
9/11: Port Authority Police Department

9/11: Port Authority Police Department

Thirty-seven. That's how many New York/New Jersey Port Authority Police officers came to work on Sept. 11, 2001, and never went home. More than 2 percent of the agency's complement of 1,400 was killed in the attack, and to add insult to extreme injury, its headquarters were on the 67th floor of 1 World Trade Center.

September 1, 2002