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The State of American Law Enforcement - Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don't
Evaluating the State of American Law Enforcement
The State of American Law Enforcement - Gangster Nation

The State of American Law Enforcement - Gangster Nation

Ride around the streets of Salisbury, N.C., and you'll see graffiti that looks out of place. Gangs in this Southern city have splattered once-pristine walls with messages pledging allegiance to gangs in Los Angeles and New York City.

November 1, 2008

The State of American Law Enforcement - Rules of Engagement

The State of American Law Enforcement - Rules of Engagement

In smaller agencies, policy manuals—if they existed—were just a few policy statements. Now there are multiple bound volumes that no officer can be expected to memorize, let alone understand. — Tom Aveni, Police Policy Studies Council

October 1, 2008

The State of American Law Enforcement - Stopping the Next 9/11

The State of American Law Enforcement - Stopping the Next 9/11

Experts say you deserve praise for being willing to withstand ridicule and even let bad guys win in court to prevent attacks. "If you ask me what law enforcement has done best since 9/11 is that they are stopping these plots in the beginning stages before they go operational," says E.J. Kimball, managing director of terrorism expert Steven Emerson's Investigative Project on Terrorism.

September 1, 2008

The State of American Law Enforcement - SWAT: Breaking the Mold

The State of American Law Enforcement - SWAT: Breaking the Mold

LAPD brass is still trying to mold SWAT into a softer, gentler special unit that won't offend the politically correct sensibilities of community activists. But now for one of the few times in its distinguished history, SWAT is actually vulnerable to such pressure.

August 1, 2008

The State of American Law Enforcement - Working on the Front Lines
The State of American Law Enforcement - Women Warriors

The State of American Law Enforcement - Women Warriors

Maintaining a balance between one's identity as a woman and as a police officer is never going to be easy. Knowing this, Sgt. Stefani Gombar of the Phoenix PD cherishes one piece of advice she received in the academy from a female officer: "Don't lose yourself."

June 1, 2008

The State of American Law Enforcement - Can the Average Cop Thrive in the Age of Specialization?
The State of American Law Enforcement - A Love-Hate Relationship

The State of American Law Enforcement - A Love-Hate Relationship

"My brother told me, 'If you want everyone to love you, join the fire department. If you want half the people to love you but half the people to hate you, go ahead and be on the police department.'" — Officer Michael Pecha, Omaha (Neb.) Police Department.

April 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

The State of American Law Enforcement - The Blue Mosaic
The State of American Law Enforcement - The Thinning Blue Line
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