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Cruel and Unusual Punishment

"Kill me if you can, suckers." That was the taunting sign-off of a letter written to the Gastonia (N.C.) Gazette newspaper last month by convicted killer Danny Hembree Jr.

February 7, 2012

Line-of-Duty Deaths: Managing Risk

Line-of-Duty Deaths: Managing Risk

The rash of police murders and assaults this year is small compared to the body count inflicted on cops during the late 1960s and early 1970s. That era's law enforcement blood bath led to the adoption of better police tactics, more comprehensive police training, and the adoption of ballistic armor as standard police equipment.

August 12, 2011

What Gets You Killed

What Gets You Killed

Each year the FBI compiles a special report on law enforcement officers killed and assaulted (LEOKA). Although it's a grim topic, much can be learned about the behavior of cop killers and the cops who are feloniously killed by analyzing the source data.

August 9, 2011

Line-of-Duty Deaths: The War on Cops

Line-of-Duty Deaths: The War on Cops

A cursory glance at the numbers seemingly underscores such concerns. Thirty-one officers were feloniously shot and killed from January through mid-May 2011—a 34 percent increase over the same period a year before.

July 25, 2011

Open If...I Don't Come Home

Open If...I Don't Come Home

There are steps you can take now to make life easier on your loved ones should you fall on duty. You need an "Open If" file.

June 1, 2011

Lone-Officer Patrols: Going Solo

Lone-Officer Patrols: Going Solo

Caught between diminishing tax revenues and citizen demand for greater police protection, law enforcement leveraged the challenge onto the backs of its patrol personnel. By splitting two-officer units into separate cars, police agencies were able to effectively double the area of patrol coverage.

March 28, 2011

Jeffrey Stenroos: Crying Wolf

The Jeffrey Stenroos case is the law enforcement version of the "Boy Who Cried Wolf." And as every schoolchild knows, crying wolf when there isn't one is a good way to get eaten.

March 8, 2011

Saving Police Lives

Saving Police Lives

The odds of you dying in a traffic accident are much higher than the odds of you being shot while restrained in your car.

February 1, 2011

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

Honoring the Fallen

Honoring the Fallen

The thought of not being there for my boy and leaving others to exert some control in fashioning his principles, values, and priorities began to weigh heavily on my mind. Would others step up to assist him in my absence? How would he ultimately deal with my absence?

October 30, 2009

What Happens to the Children of Fallen Officers

What Happens to the Children of Fallen Officers

"I love my father, but one thing I know he would want me to learn from his experiences is that this kind of dedication can cost you. There's always a cost, and in his case, it cost him his life, but also time with his family." -Jim Chadwell Jr.

October 14, 2009

What Can be Learned from the Oakland Tragedy

What Can be Learned from the Oakland Tragedy

Four officers murdered. A fifth wounded. One suspect dead. A police department in shock. Not since the 1970 Newhall shooting has an officer-involved shooting reverberated so strongly throughout the law enforcement community.

May 1, 2009

Justice Denied

In 1982, when Abu-Jamal was sentenced to death, Maureen Faulkner believed that she would soon see justice for her husband. But over the last 26 years she has seen nothing but injustice.

May 1, 2008

The Aggrieved: Survivor Maureen Faulkner

The Aggrieved: Survivor Maureen Faulkner

Maureen Faulkner knows the truth, and she wants everyone else to know it. Danny Faulkner was a good cop, a decorated officer who loved his job, loved his family and friends, and loved serving his community. And Mumia Abu-Jamal was, and is, a cold-blooded killer who was motivated by his pure hatred of all cops to murder her husband.

May 1, 2008

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