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Why You Should Talk to the Bad Guys

Why You Should Talk to the Bad Guys

There is something discomforting in hearing a convicted cop killer say, "He got careless, so I wasted him." But how often can a mere six words leave such an indelible imprint on our mind and help get us through our shifts?

April 19, 2013

Whatever Happened to Verbal Judo?

Today's up-and-coming cops have mastered texting, sexting, e-mailing, and Facebook but are less accomplished when it comes to face-to-face interfacing. That’s the art of conversation—and therefore the ability to verbally de-escalate situations—is dying out.

March 2, 2012

Talking With—And Not Interviewing—Suspects

I heard narratives that explained away less predictable catalysts for their actions. More than that, I was surprised at just how candid some could be when I wasn't just angling to nail them on something.

December 2, 2010

Dealing With the Non-Compliant Threat

The one thing you have undeniable control over is yourself and your response to the situation. Your goal is to resolve the situation using the lowest degree of force possible.

August 19, 2010

How to Handle Hecklers

How to Handle Hecklers

There's something about asshole opportunists successfully baiting cops and getting paid off for it that just rubs me the wrong way.

May 27, 2010

Don't Discount Info From Inmates

Don't Discount Info From Inmates

It was while working the jail that I had an opportunity to do something most of my LAPD peers didn't: acquire intel straight from the source before getting up close and personal with them on the street.

May 13, 2010

Tell Me Lies, Tell Me Sweet Little Lies

Tell Me Lies, Tell Me Sweet Little Lies

As you venture around your patrol area, strike up conversations. Don't have any particular agenda in mind. Just be friendly. You might actually find a genuine ally or two.

March 11, 2010

Be On the Lookout for Loners

Take parks for instance. The lone male may be there to 1) buy his dope, 2) do his dope, 3) sell his dope, 4) drink his beer, or 5) relieve some sexual tension.

September 15, 2009

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