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Two Tools for Field Communications

Two Tools for Field Communications

Two models may help your field conversations, depending on who you're talking to. Introduce-Explain-Ask is a service-oriented approach for relatively low-stress encounters. For tougher, more volatile situations, you can use Ask-Tell-Make.

November 9, 2018

How To Conduct an Area Canvass

How To Conduct an Area Canvass

You need to do a thorough search of the area surrounding a crime scene to develop leads and solve crimes.

November 3, 2017

Haystax Releases Mobile Field Interview Application for Law Enforcement
New Video Footage Brings Scrutiny To Bronx Arrest
Loose Lips Sink Ships

Loose Lips Sink Ships

It's always best to say as little as possible when interacting with citizens. Any sensitive information you provide could come back to bite you—and everyone else involved in the case. Here are some reminders of other wrongheaded ideas that could lead you to say or do something you shouldn't and royally muck up a case.

September 22, 2011

S.D. Cop Killed In Afternoon Gunfight at Intersection
Arrest of Man with Sawed-Off Rifle

Arrest of Man with Sawed-Off Rifle

The New Haven (Conn.) PD has launched an internal investigation into the arrest of Joseph Donaby, following the release of citizen video. A sawed-off rifle was recovered from the suspect.

July 7, 2011

Philadelphia PD To Change Stop and Frisk Policy

The Philadelphia Police Department will change the way it monitors, reviews and audits pedestrian arrests after settling a federal lawsuit filed in November over the department's controversial "stop and frisk" policy.

June 21, 2011

Video: Suspect Gets 26 Years for Attempted Murder of Deputy
Reading Body Language: Leaky People

Reading Body Language: Leaky People

Experts say when we interact with others we are always "leaking" with our face or body what we are thinking or feeling. My wife, the Sarge, has a way of refusing to acknowledge what I am saying and demanding to know what I am actually "thinking," since I'm apparently a pretty bad "leaker."

April 14, 2011

Proactive N.J. Officer Shot During Field Interview

Lakewood Police Officer Chris Matlosz, 27, had stopped his patrol car in a residential neighborhood and begun questioning the subject when the man pulled out a handgun and opened fire shortly after 4 p.m.

January 14, 2011

Unmixing Mixed-Up Concepts

How many times have you heard the expression "PC for the stop"? How about the application of Miranda once the suspect is "not free to leave?" These are common examples of improper mixing that can undercut the case against a guilty perpetrator.

January 1, 2008

The Power of Field Contacts

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

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