Informants can provide a wealth of information. However, that information can come at a price if you’re not careful how you deal with them. Too many officers fall into a few common traps with informants, leading to bad cases, blown operations or personal complaints against them.
May 1, 2007
We'll look into some of the best (and most common) places criminals like to hide things inside a vehicle.
March 1, 2007
Vehicle Identification Numbers (VINs) are a very useful tool in the hands of an officer with a little knowledge.
October 1, 2006
Simply put, the more information you have in a case, the better your chances of solving it. While this is common knowledge to most officers, we tend to forget that using field contacts is one of the easiest ways of gaining intelligence in our own cities.
September 1, 2006
Everyone has their own list of local "Good Guys To Know." While it's great to have a guy on call to get the best restaurant recommendations and a killer deal on that new truck, it can be just as useful in your career of law enforcement.
August 1, 2006
Most departments forget to train officers for one very dangerous time on the job: the “safe” times, after a suspect has been arrested.
July 1, 2006
As the mercury begins to rise, so does the crime rate nationwide. Auto theft is certainly among those warm-weather crimes of opportunity, and one that routinely spikes around this time of year. One of the easiest auto theft techniqes to detect is the use of shaved keys.
June 1, 2006
Although digital cameras are certainly high-tech and have a lot more power and control than their film predecessors, they are still only as good as the officer holding them.
May 1, 2006
Working perimeters can be tedious, but it's important that we remember the basics of this role.
April 1, 2006
Police officers have one of the world’s toughest jobs. In fact, our job is also rated as one of the world’s most stressful. Heart attacks, alcohol abuse, and other results of long-term stress run rampant through every police department nationwide.
March 1, 2006
The easiest and most common way associates are used in police investigations is to locate suspects. While this seems like routine information that everyone knows, only a few people put it into practice in each department.
February 1, 2006
Brushing up on courtroom testimony.
January 1, 2006
Understanding the crime scene and its layout is vital to prosecuting any case. One of the quickest and easiest ways to record everything pertinent to the case is by drawing a diagram of the crime scene.
December 1, 2005
Quiz time! What is the size of a two-dollar pad of paper but contains the entire value of your police career inside of it? Answer: Your city and department personnel files.
October 1, 2005
Be prepared for things to go south on every contact you make. You never know when you’ll need to take chase or pull your gun at a moment’s notice.
September 1, 2005